Brooks Ravenna 9 Review
In February 2018, Brooks finally released a model that didn’t resemble its eight predecessors – a great all-around trainer that was able to maintain stability for longer runs. This beautifully updated version, the Ravenna 9, represents a true design from the 21st-century, pulling off bright colors and a sleek design. Not only does it look sporty stylish, but it also has excellent technology systems applied to it. According to reviewers, the new Ravenna 9 style is super supportive and springy.
The weight in the design is reduced, so much so that it helps runners have more energized run. Being lighter and faster than its predecessors, the Ravenna 9 model may be the perfect selection if you are looking for a stability shoe for your daily runs, whether outdoors or indoors. Who is it ideal for? This updated version would be great for a casual runner who isn’t sure what type of shoe they need. It also makes an excellent pair for overpronators. There are many different types of running shoes out there, but if you are a Brooks fan or you just need a good, well-built trainer for your runs and workouts, keep on reading.
- Highly breathable
- Bouncy ride
- Relatively lightweight
- Reliable traction
- Great color options
- Size runs small
- The forefoot is a bit narrow
In addition, the lightweight top material not only is highly breathable and supportive, but it’s regarded as really flexible too. The redesigned mesh stretches enough, so it is able to wrap your foot comfortably in it. Furthermore, the seamless design minimizes the risk of irritation associated with blisters and rubbing of the skin against the shoe. Last, but not least, the sockliner gives instant soft and comfortable feel, and according to many, there is hardly any break in period.
Thanks to the Diagonal Rollbar (DRB), also applied to the midsole, the Ravenna 9 became an excellent choice for runners who tend to pronate. This Diagonal Rollbar is a part of Brooks technology known to reduce excess pronation while providing stability to all runners out there. With this being said, the updated Brooks Ravenna 9 is sure to deliver high performance while providing responsive cushioning, given by this BioMoGo DNA midsole. For all those Brooks fans, this technology is also used in the Brooks Launch versions. Overall, it is safe to say that the Ravenna 9 midsole is one of the model’s best features, designed to deliver the unforgettable energized running experience.
Similar to other Brooks versions, the Ravenna 9 is able to survive wet conditions and even snow, without destroying the shoe. Some customers mentioned that the outsole provided reliable traction even when they tried running on slippery surfaces.
Even though the Ravenna 9 model has somewhat thicker-interior midsole foam, many said that their runs were efficient. This particular model may not be the ideal choice for runners who supinate since the Ravenna 9 offers interior stability. However, if you only need moderate support, this should be no problem. If you prefer a good stability shoe, then you ought to know that the Ravenna 9 may not give the same level of support that you are used too.
Reduced in weight and less bulky than the Ravenna 8, these runners are a great addition to the Brooks “Energize” series. Many runners appreciate style as much as performance, and some added that the perforations in the mesh gave this design even better touch. The Ravenna 9 model is available for both men and women, and it comes in only four color options for men, and four colors for women, but some of the colors don’t come in all widths. Regardless of the limited selection in colors, customers were happy with the provided styles.
Furthermore, runners with plantar fasciitis who had to run with prescription orthopedic inserts in some of their shoes claimed that running in the Ravenna 9 model was very pleasant even without the inserts.
The Diagonal Rollbar works perfectly to deliver reliable support while keeping the heel-to-toe transition smooth. Overall, the updated Ravenna 9 version, seems to be an excellent shoe for overpronators, but its reduced weight took some support away.
The new mesh upper on the Ravenna 9 is stripped of overlays and is much lighter than its predecessors, thus offering high levels of breathability. This is also due to the large perforations, strategically placed around the top to keep your feet sweat and odor-free.
At the back, the heel collar is reported to keep the foot snug and really comfortable, while the heel counter is firm but nicely padded to minimize the possibility of irritation for all of you with sensitive Achilles. While the foot follows the natural shape of the heel, the most important part of the heel counter is that it holds the posterior part of the foot, so much so that there is no heel slippage or movement.
One drawback reported by some runners was about how this model fit, especially in the toe area. Some said that there was not enough support back below the arch, which was a result of the reduced weight of the shoe.
On the other hand, the outsole is made of solid blown rubber and a High Performance Rubber or HPR, to increase the durability of the new version. This ninth iteration of Ravenna can be used for long runs, or treadmills, and provides decent traction on wet and slippery terrain. Ideal for casual runners and overpronators, Brooks Ravenna 9 is certain to make your feet happy for a very long time.