Available January 2017 – MSRP $120.00
Mixing reliable support with soft cushioning, the Brooks Ravenna is known as a fantastic daily training option for moderate overpronators. But with recent versions of the shoe becoming sleeker and more responsive, the shoe’s classification has slowly shifted and now finds itself within the Brooks “Energize me” lineup. Now living in the same category as the Launch 4, the Ravenna 8 will continue to be known as cushioned daily trainer, but with the springy responsiveness that will perform well when you decide to pick up the pace.
Compared to its predecessor, the Ravenna 8 should offer a very similar underfoot feel but with a revamped look. The shoe continues to utilize a BioMoGo DNA midsole as well as a Diagonal Rollbar for responsive cushioning and reliable support. While the 8th version of the Ravenna does not offer huge updates, one big change can be seen on the outsole. A completely redesigned rubber configuration offers enhanced traction and modified omega flex grooves create added flexibility. The shoe should also offer a slightly faster feel due to the newly designed mid foot transition zone. The new shape should should offer small improvements to create an ultra smooth landing with a fast and responsive toe off.
More small changes to the Ravenna can also be seen on the upper. At first glance version 8 appears unchanged from the previous version but a closer inspection reveals the shoe utilizes slightly altered overlays as well a new air mesh material. The use of a modified adjustable saddle also creates a secure midfoot fit with plenty of adaptability.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 28mm heel, 18mm forefoot, 10mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 10.2 oz (men’s size 9), 9.1 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from what is listed here.
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