Comments: This is my first pair of Brooks and they seem to fit me extremely well. I used to run in Asics GTs as I'm a mild pronator with a medium arch at 150lbs. These feel less clunky and faster with a much better toe-off. The soles in the forefoot do wear out faster than other shoes though. They provide plenty of cushion but have a longer break in period than others. Looking forward to the 5's when they arrive next year!
From: Matt, San Jose, CA, USA
Comments: I spoke to a Brooks rep in person at a local Fleet Feet opening recently and he said the Ravenna 5 coming in Feb 2014 will go back to the wider toebox as was found in the Ravenna 3.
From: Tom, Montgomery, AL
Comments: I've had every version of the Ravenna. They have always been a great shoe for me, a light weight runner. They fit great without any heel sliding. I must agree with all of the other comments: they seem a little more narrow in the toebox than the previous versions and I've gotten blisters on the lateral aspect of both great toes with runs over 8 miles. I'm thinking about trying the Adrenalines as they boast a wider toebox.
From: Tom, Montgomery, AL
Comments: The Ravenna 4 is a fantastic shoe with a fatal flaw: it's narrow. I'm currently in the Adrenaline GTS - which is a brilliant shoe - but I wanted a touch less support and a bit more cushioning. Enter the Ravenna. On paper it was exactly what I was looking for.
The problem (for me, at least) is that it's a touch narrower than the Adrenaline. Enough so that they caused blisters on both feet. Not good. If you need a support shoe and have a foot on the narrow side the Ravenna may be perfect for you. If you have a medium foot like me, proceed with caution.
From: Dave, California
Comments: I find the top of the shoe (laces) press down too hard on the top of your foot. This lock down is not for me.
From: Martin, NJ, US
Comments: I am on my second pair, soon to be starting on a third. I love these shoes - they are a better fit than the 3s, and provide just a bit of support that I need without giving too much (Adrenalines). I am getting a good 400 miles on a pair before I feel the forefoot cushioning get too compressed - haven't seen any unusual sole wearing out. I would like them a bit wider in the toebox, but they don't cause any rubbing or blistering. I've worn them in a marathon and my feet felt great at the end.
From: Ed, Bethesda, MD
Comments: Sole wears out very fast, also shoe runs narrow.
From: Jonathan, Goldsboro, NC, USA
Comments: Wear this shoe along with my Adrenaline 13's. Love the cushioned fast feel! They fit narrower and have a touch more cushion in the heel and forefoot than the Adrenalines. Run 25-30 miles/wk, have flat feet and I am a mild pronator.
From: Mac, New Orleans, LA