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Women's Ravenna 5

$110.00 $72.00

Style #120149

Swagger your run out with the light and fast feel of these pumped up kicks. Riding the line between Neutral and Support, the Ravenna 5 gives you that just-right blend of cushion and stability. With BioMoGo DNA now gracing the entire midsole, the extended Segmented Crash Pad delivering full ground contact, and the adjustable saddle wrapping from the heel and midfoot, this shoe plans to take over the world, one foot at a time.

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What's New

Ravenna 5

  • BioMoGo DNA Midsole provides adaptive cushioning
  • Diagonal Rollbar offers mild support
  • Extended Segmented Crash Pad delivers fast heel-to-toe transition
  • Omega Flex Grooves optimize flexibility
  • Moisture-management mesh helps your feet breathe
Great for road running

Great for road running

Ideal for Medium to High Arches

Ideal for medium to high arches

Weight

Weight 8.5 oz

Ideal for mild pronation

Ideal for runners with mild pronation

Midsole drop

Midsole drop 10mm

Nightlife color available

NIghtlife color available

Technology

DNA Midsole

An innovative cushioning system that adapts to runners of all sizes and speeds, providing a custom ride.

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Segmented Crash Pad

Made up of fully-integrated shock absorbers to provide cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition, maximizing the efficiency of every stride.

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DNA Midsole

What is it?

Brooks DNA is an innovative and uniquely adaptive cushioning system. By adapting to your specific weight, pace, gait and running surface, DNA offers customized cushioning and adds a spring to your step.

Traditional cushioning takes a one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that each runner is different. Brooks DNA was developed to continuously tailor the level of cushioning to your specific needs – even as they change during the run.

How does it work?

Brooks DNA is made up of a highly viscous non-Newtonian material or more simply put, a material that adapts to the specific force you apply to it. Part of the brilliance is that this compound was engineered to perform at the molecular level (picture millions of resilient 'nanosprings').

If you looked at Brooks DNA through a microscope, you'd see that it's made up of individual molecules connected in strands. These strands (which form chains) react to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing pressure and providing resiliency. Bottom line of this physics lesson: You get tailored cushioning that reacts to your specific weight, pace, gait, movement and running environment – "made-for-me" cushioning vs. "one size fits all."

And, as with all good technology, we’ve taken it a step further (two steps actually):

  • BioMoGo DNA is DNA technology blended with the BioMoGo midsole to provide adaptive cushioning throughout the midsole vs. just in the heel and forefoot.
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole includes an organic, non-toxic additive that biodegrades the midsole 50 times faster than traditional EVA when it comes into contact with anaerobic landfill microbes (otherwise known as active, enclosed landfills).

  • 30% more cushioning than standard midsole materials (gel or EVA)
  • Twice as much energy return for more pep in your step
  • Great performance no matter your weight or running pace
  • Smoother transition from heel to toe

Segmented Crash Pad

What is it?

The Segmented Crash Pad customizes your foot's lay-down to provide amazing cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition throughout the run.

How does it work?

We know that a key component of maximizing your run is to provide the smoothest possible heel-to-toe transition. The Segmented Crash Pad is one technology we use to achieve this goal.

Shaped like a caterpillar, the Segmented Crash Pad is a midsole made up of independent, yet fully integrated shock absorbers. As your foot strikes the ground, the segments work together to customize your individual lay down to provide the right amount of cushion and seamless heel-to-toe transition for you – making the most of all that effort you put into each stride.

Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Guidance
  • Pronation: Mild
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium, Large
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Stroebel
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Launch Date: January 1, 2014
  • Weight: 8.5 oz

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Reviews

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Ravenna 5
 
4.6

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (93)
  • Lightweight (76)
  • Cushions impact (70)
  • Arch support (63)
  • Good traction (51)

Cons

  • Too stiff (5)
  • Uncomfortable (5)
  • Narrow / tight (4)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Poor cushioning (3)

Best Uses

  • Walking (49)
  • Dry conditions (47)
  • Gym (42)
  • Distance / endurance (41)
  • With orthotics/inserts (22)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      93% 

      (101 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      95% 

      (102 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (80), High arch (18), Low arch (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (41), Casual/ recreational (33), Gym rat (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (106)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another Great Ravenna

I bought Ravenna 5 in purple and I love it! As someone who goes with the best shoe regardless of appearance, it is exciting to get the "cuteness factor" to...Read complete review

I bought Ravenna 5 in purple and I love it! As someone who goes with the best shoe regardless of appearance, it is exciting to get the "cuteness factor" to boot! I used to have many foot and lower leg problems, but I haven't had any running related injuries while wearing the Ravenna (3 years). I am a long distance runner and I believe having the right shoe is absolutely necessary for bio-mechanics and injury prevention.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cute, comfy shoe

I bought these late last season, when I was coping with post-tib tendonitis. My other two pairs of shoes had a lot of miles on them, and I wanted a shoe with cushion...Read complete review

I bought these late last season, when I was coping with post-tib tendonitis. My other two pairs of shoes had a lot of miles on them, and I wanted a shoe with cushion and support, thinking it would help mitigate the strain on my tendon. Purple is my very most favorite color on the planet, so I was pretty stoked that the shoe that seemed to fit the bill would coordinate with the rest of my running wardrobe.

They played nicely with my orthotics, which I was glad about, because Brooks's sockliners tend to hit my arch in a weird/uncomfortable spot.

As cushy and stable as the ride was, though, I found that I didn't feel the ground as much as I prefer to. I also felt like my feet weren't able to go through the full excursion of movement very efficiently, which is sub-optimal when you already have diminished subtalar mobility. Despite the fact that they are lighter (objectively) than both of my other shoes, they felt heavier and more cumbersome. It felt like I lost momentum with every step and fatigued faster on otherwise comfortable distances.

I will enjoy the comfort, cushion and support of these at my active, on-my-feet job, and anytime when I anticipate I'll be doing a lot of walking.

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4.0

nothing special

By Vic

from Livermore, CA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Good Arch Support
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight
  • Pronation Control
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Walking
    • Work

    Comments about Ravenna 5:

    Got my first pair of Ravenna 4 a couple of years ago and have stuck with the Ravenna series because it's perfect for me. This pair is the sixth pair I've purchased from various sources.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome shoe!!!

    By horsenarnd

    from belfair, washington

    About Me Gym Rat

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Gym
      • Walking
      • With Orthotics/Inserts

      Comments about Ravenna 5:

      This shoe is great! Would recommend it to anyone! Works well with orthotic inserts. Very impressed with shoe especially after being a first time user and buyer.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      So far, so good!

      By MCM here I come

      from Woodbridge, VA

      About Me Gym Rat

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Arch Support
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Gym
        • With Orthotics/Inserts
        • Work

        Comments about Ravenna 5:

        Love these shoes! I regularly run 10-15 miles per week, and they have kept up so far! I'm working my way into them, as to not switch completely from the pair I'm using for my next race. I plan to wear these for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I love Brooks shoes in general, and have been running in them for sometime. There was recently a gap in available shoes that were not stability but were also not neutral, and I think they've found it! Brooks shoes are very durable, which is important for runners like me. I find the prices comparable, especially because of the use I get out of them.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels half size too small
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Best shoe for wide feet

        By Megan

        from Milwaukee, WI

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable
        • Good Arch Support
        • Good Traction
        • Pronation Control

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather
          • Endurance Training
          • Gym
          • Trail Running
          • Walking
          • Wet Weather

          Comments about Ravenna 5:

          I developed Planter's Fasciaitis from using a different shoe that didn't have enough arch support. I switched back to the Ravenna and the pain is slowly going away. I will never order a different type of running shoe again. Please never stop producing these!

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Very comfortable shoe with support

          By Hanner

          from Utah

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Good Arch Support
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ravenna 5:

              Great looking shoe

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • High Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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