Brooks Ravenna 2 Review

Zachary Rodasti

Zach's been testing gear with Active Gear Review since day one of the site, and just generally loves being outside doing any outdoor activity. He and his wife race year round, prefer long distance endurance events, and have raced marathons in multiple states nationwide. Recently, Zach added triathlons to his list of endeavors, and has competed in all distances up to a half iron. He has two young boys who are full of energy and get into all sorts of trouble on a regular basis - just like him.

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8 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Hey,

    anybody got some experience with a midfoot strike on the ravenna 2? Still running in the previous model, where I had no issues.
    This says, however, that the shoe is more for the heelrunner…
    Any comments greatly appreciated.

  2. jim says:

    Hey Chris, I chirun in the ravennas. Had two pair of the first addition and have about 40 miles on my new 2,s. Very similar, but I think you have a little more cushion in these which my legs seem to like better than first edition. I personally like the minor upgrades. If you have any other midfoot strike shoes you like let me know, but what I like about these I wear them for everything, racing, training, distance, you dont need anything else.

  3. Anthony says:

    i’m a mid/forefoot striker, no problems with the ravenna 2, prefer the asics ds trainer, but nothing wrong with the ravenna, pretty similar shoes

  4. Robert Drouin says:

    New to soft running (mid/forefoot strike) and found no problems with my Ravenna II. Actually my hip pains have subsided with my new mechanics of running in these shoes..

  5. Nancy says:

    I just bought my Ravenna 2 shoes and have ran twice in them. First run I kept short with a 5km run and had no problems…..Oh! By the way ..I am a midfoot striker…..Second run of 18km I had pain in the forefoot and some shin pain that I have never had in my Asics Gel Pulse 2. This is a bit worrysome as I have a half merry coming up in November. Any suggestions? xo

  6. Hi Nancy,

    Have you thought of running in a neutral running shoe? If you are a forefoot runner, the stability might not be all that necessary. It also seems odd to me that you are getting shin pain with a new pair of shoes. If the shoes aren’t working out for you, I would also suggest trying to take them back and getting a different pair, that is if they aren’t too old.

  7. Jeremy Gray says:

    These shoes are terrible! The shank section, under the shoe, has a hard plastic section with a marble sized “ball” that, if anything whatsoever (i.e. twig on ground, small pebble, etc) was stepped on by accident, I would feel a sharp pain on that part of my foot. DESIGN FLAW!!!

  8. Zachary Rodasti says:

    Jeremy –

    You aren’t alone; I’ve heard this comment about the Ravenna 2 before. This was not my experience in any of the Ravenna Models, and I put several hundreds of miles on a few different iterations of the shoe. I think it has more to do with how the Brooks last fits your foot than anything else, as the shank section of the shoe didn’t perform this way for me. Hopefully your local running store was able to exchange them for you. Cheers.

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