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As more and more runners are re-thinking the type of running shoe that is right for them, the designers at Brooks are putting together models that blend the best of the two worlds. For the foodies out there, think of fusion style restaurants blending different styles of foods such as a cheese burger and beef and broccoli, but this is much less complicated, or so we think!
Ever since the Brooks Ravenna has been introduced, I have heard only good things from runners. I often times hear this from other runners in the running groups I belong to and I also have had a chance to test out a few models of the Ravenna, including the Ravenna 4. In short, the Brooks Ravenna 4 doesn’t disappoint. I typically prefer a neutral to mild stability shoe and I was very happy the way the Brooks Ravenna 4 performed. I didn’t feel that I was running in a super stiff running shoe nor did I feel like the shoe was pushing me to supinate or pronate.
As for the details of the shoes, lets dig in!
The upper of the Brooks Ravenna 4 is comprised of mesh for breathability and a synthetic material for durability and structural integrity. To get a nice wrap around the foot, there is a piece of synthetic material which the laces go through and sits about half way down on the laces and wraps the foot a little tighter as you tighten up your laces. One problem that I have with shoes from time to time is that the tongue of the shoe slides to one side or the other. To help prevent that, Brooks added a lacing loop on the side near the top of the tongue. This helps keep the tongue in place and allows for a more consistent comfortable fit. On the inside of the upper, Brooks nailed it with just the right amount of padding around the collar of the ankle.
Midsole and Outsole
My overall impression of the Brooks Ravenna 4 is that this shoe rocks for someone looking for a tad of stability, but still wants the more cushiony feel of a neutral running shoe. At a price of $110, this shoe is a great deal when compared to many of the other running shoes on the market sitting at $150. For more information on the Ravenna 4 and other Brooks Running footwear, please visit www.brooksrunning.com or www.amazon.com/brooks.