The Brooks Ravenna 4 is the middle child of the Brooks’ shoe range, offering a good mix of stability and speed thanks to several clever steps taken by Brooks that are also visible in their other shoes. The Brooks Ravenna 4 is designed to very much a typical running shoe, a little weighty to the touch, supportive whilst not overly stiff in the mid arch region, whilst being designed to accommodate to virtually all foot sizes and shapes. There are one or two key issues with them, but by and large, this is a highly satisfactory shoe that will also go the distance thanks to their robust and chunky nature.
Despite being very much the middle range shoe of the Brooks range, the color scheme is incredibly bright and thus immediately recognizable. Whether this is for the right or wrong reasons is up to your personal taste. The good news is that if you like bright greens and luminescent yellow, then you will be more than adequately served with the color scheme at hand. If not, then don’t look down.
Thankfully the shape and material of the Brooks Ravenna 4 fairs much better. The overlays are stitched to the outer material, giving it a good, solid look and the blend of materials works incredibly well. The numerous overlapping material overlays are a bit gaudy by and large, but they serve a purpose.
This means that the solid feel is carried over to the upper part of the shoe. The toe box is a little narrow if you have a wide stance or toes, but there is good vertical room in the shoe for most and the heel counter also locks the heel firmly in place in the shoe. There is an internal band also installed midway through the shoe to compliment the overall fit and make the risk of slipping much less. The materials utilized on the sock liner also had a similar effect and are incredibly comfortable upon the foot.
The overall design of the insole is a little flatter than other competitors and this makes the shoe ideal for those with a slightly flat running stance and overall foot shape. The foam material utilised throughout also conforms well to the foot shape for added cushioning abilities. The rest of the insole feels a little barren, but if you want pure performance with no added frills then this factor may well appeal to you.
This is where Brooks has focused a considerable amount of their efforts and it shows. The heel is decoupled like quite a few other Brooks’ shoes and is split in two, with the effect of there being a lack of collapsing under stride. The insole part of the heel is incredibly robust and offers good foot support, whilst the outsole acts as a counterbalance and gives good overall cushioning.
The midsole is made of Brook’s patented BioMoGo rubber and is nice and flexible, giving you a good range whilst also providing adequate support to the medial arch that is well designed for flat footed runners. Torsional stability is also excellent to the midsole shank installed here too, and at the forefoot toe off and acceleration is good if a little stiff. This does make strike better, though.
The cushioning abilities of the Brooks Ravenna 4 are excellent thanks to the heel design, a factor usually present in Brooks’ range of shoes. This is especially prominent in the heel and midsole of the shoe and gave for a smooth and well supported ride, even if you are flat footed.
Despite the bulky appearance, thanks to the thick cut grooves and overall design of the sole of the shoe flexibility are excellent. The shoe does feel a little stiff in the forefoot region but this partially to be expected thanks to the thickness of the sole as a whole. The medial arch is well positioned and ensures that your foot remains as flexible as possible, which is a plus.
- Robust, with a good array of durable materials
- Excellent cushioning
- Good flexibility and foot control
- Well designed insole and upper
- Some may find that it has a very strange looks and odd colour scheme
The Brooks Ravenna 4 is a very good shoe that is durable and encourages a good running stance in tandem. The design of it is rather odd, especially in the looks department but it performs well and is ideal if you are flat footed. I hope that this Brooks Ravenna 4 review has been helpful.