Brooks Revel Review + Comparisons Against Popular Running Shoes

I recently made the switch from Brooks Ghost to Revel.

In the beginning, I did not think there would be a significant difference, but as it turns out, there are some huge differences. 

Below I detail what makes them special, what I like about them, and compare them to several popular running shoes, including Brooks Ghost, Launch, Glycerin, Levitiate, Anthem and Adrenaline.

What Makes A Good Running Shoe?

Before I jump in, what makes the Brooks Revel a quality running shoe?

Believe it or not, not all shoes are made equal.

Even athletic shoes are susceptible to variation, as some are better for sprinting while others are excellent for long distance running, and vice versa.

Still more might be acceptable for sports like tennis but can’t keep up with the hectic life of a runner.

When it comes to picking a good running shoe, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has some of the best guidelines. The venerable institution recommends that an individual check three factors: slope, minimal features, and overall shoe weight

Slope

Slope refers to how much of an angle exists between the height of the shoe’s heel and toe box.

The toe box is the section which encompasses a person’s toes and usually ends around the balls of the feet.

The ACSM recommends that individuals find a shoe which has almost no slope. This is because the angle can put excessive strain on the joints and lead to injuries like sprained ankles.

Minimal Features

This characteristic is exactly what it sounds like.

A good running shoe is one that lacks unnecessary bells and whistles and instead focuses on helping the foot achieve its maximum potential as an appendage meant to propel runners from one place to another.

This means that a decent running shoe does not have extra padding, lights, support, zippers, and other unnecessary details.

Weight

The ACSM suggests that running shoes should weigh no more than 8-10 oz. since footwear over that amount can hold people back and potentially cause injuries from excess tension and pressure.

People should additionally find a shoe that fits their foot shape and type.

The biggest change in feet comes from the kind of arch an individual has.

The arch in the foot is the curve people can see. This curve controls where people might feel pressure or pain when they move.

The easiest way to determine what kind of arches you have is to take a wet test.

A website called Heel That Pain explains this test in greater detail, but the general idea is to wet your foot and then press it to a sheet of paper.

The more of the foot that appears on the paper, the flatter your feet.

Flat feet or high arches can cause problems like pronation, supination, or just general injuries.

The Sports Injury Clinic recommends against pronating too much – or rolling your ankles inward – because you are more likely to get sprains or muscle tears. 

Similar results occur from supination, which is when your ankles roll outward.

A good running shoe will help you avoid these problems. With that being said, we’re now left to wonder “Does the Brooks Revel qualify as a good running shoe?”


Full Brooks Revel Review

Brooks Women's Revel White/Anthracite/Black Athletic Shoe

The Brooks Revel is one of the most popular street-running shoes on the market.

It comes in a broad price range depending on size, color, and whether there are any additional features. The images throughout are the actual photos of the shoes I purchased. 

This guide reviews the basic shoe, so only parts included in all models of the Revel will be reviewed.

The Revel has a medium level of arch support, which means it should be comfortable for most runners. People with high levels of pronation or supination might not be as comfortable in these shoes as they would be in others, so it’s important to try one on before making your decision.

Brooks revel review

There is a small slope in these shoes, but it’s barely noticeable. The toe side is slightly lower than the heel, which could cause problems for people with high arches, but it’s unlikely.

There is plenty of room in the toe box for a regular amount of play, so people shouldn’t worry about their toes being crushed.

The rest of the Revel has an average width, made for people of most foot sizes.

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Brooks Women's Revel, White/Black, 8.5 B
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Brooks Women's Revel, White/Black, 8.5 B
  • SHOE SIZE: “B” = Medium width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • CUSHIONED FEEL: Soft and protective, these shoes provide just the right amount of cushion in each step to let you float through your run, walk and everyday life.
  • PLUSH CUSHIONING AND FLOAT FEEL: BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to your stride, providing comfortable cushioning for just-right softness underfoot to let you float through your stride.
  • SOFT, COMFORTABLE AND VERSITLE FIT: The shoe’s internal bootie surrounds your foot in all-day comfort, no matter how your foot naturally moves whether you’re on a run, walk or the gym.

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel?

PROS

  • Flexible and lightweight material
  • Breathable design regulates temperature
  • Extra padding in the heel and around the toes
  • Minimalist design
  • Average weight

CONS

  • The shoe is not made for heavy or use
  • Little support for arches
  • Some people find the padding annoying
  • Not good for long distance
  • Not good for sprinting
  • Slightly heavier than the ACSM recommends

Overall, the Brooks Revel is a solid running shoe. Runners who go for light exercise, such as jogging or running a few days a week, will find the shoe comfortable and relatively long-lasting.

The extra padding I mentioned above in the Pros category helps prevent heel blisters.

Below is a photo showing the difference between my Brooks Ghost and Revel, specifically around the heel area. The Revel certainly has more padding, which means a more comfortable ride.

I recommend the Brooks Revel to runners who are planning to run 50 miles or less per week, or those runners who are looking to try out Brooks and are not sure which pair is right for them.

There may be problems for people with high arches, but it’s unlikely. There is plenty of room in the toe box for a regular amount of space, so people shouldn’t worry about their toes being crushed.

The rest of the Revel additionally has an average width, made for people of most foot sizes.

Brooks Revel Heel Difference

Brooks Revel vs Ghost

Brooks Revel vs Ghost

The Brooks Ghost is similar to the Revel. It is slightly heavier than the ACSM recommends and has a slope of roughly 12 mm., which isn’t noticeable for most athletes.

It also has average arch support, so it should be comfortable for runners with medium arch sizes.

The Ghost was designed for daily running. It comes in a variety of colors and styles and has few additional features.

If you are looking for the aesthetically pleasing, the new Brooks Ghost 11 have eye-popping designs. 

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel vs Ghost?

PROS

  • Extra shock absorption (both)
  • Breathable design so feet don’t get too hot (both)
  • Durable (both)
  • Minimalist design (both)
  • Average weight (both)
  • Comfortable arch support, Revel offers the better of the two

CONS

  • Many people noticed rapid deterioration around the tongue and sole in the Ghost
  • Some people find the padding annoying (Ghost)
  • Not effective at gripping wet surfaces (Ghost)

Similar to the Revel, the Ghost was made for street running and should not be used cross country. It possesses many of the same features, including extra padding and a relatively minimalist design.

The main difference is that the Ghost has more arch support and can last longer while the Revel is more of a casual athlete shoe.

The Revel also has a roomier toe box, which can prevent squashed feet. However, both are roughly the same price, so you can try them on and see which you like better.

Brooks Ghost 11 White/Pink/Black 8 B (M)
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Brooks Ghost 11 White/Pink/Black 8 B (M)
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width, "D" = Wide width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability—yet it feels lighter than ever.
  • SMOOTH, STABLE RIDE: The Segmented Crash Pad is designed to adapt to each foot fall, so no matter how your foot lands, you’ll enjoy the smoothest ride possible.
  • SOFT, SECURE FIT: The newly engineered mesh upper practically disappears on foot with strategically placed stretch and structure where you need it most.

Brooks Revel vs Launch

Brooks Revel vs Launch

The Brooks Launch are also road running shoes with average arch support and minimal slope. They have more padding on the bottom than other shoes from Brooks with only a 10 mm., the difference between the heel and toe box.

This particular brand of shoe has been discontinued, so they are becoming increasingly harder to find.

These shoes are some of the only Brooks models which follow the ACSM’s advice about weight, since they weigh between 8 and 9 lbs. per shoe.

They also have minimal features, excluding the extra padding on the bottom. They work as daily running shoes, but can be considered casual as well and will deteriorate faster than stronger models.

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel vs Launch?

PROS

  • Extra shock absorption (both)
  • Breathable design so feet don’t get too hot (both)
  • Durable (both)
  • Minimalist design (both)
  • Average weight (both)
  • Comfortable arch support, Revel offers the better of the two

CONS

  • Narrow toe box (Launch)
  • The threading tends to disintegrate quickly (Launch)
  • Oddly enough the shoe sizing runs a bit smaller than normal (Launch)

The main reason why people prefer the Revel to the Launch, and why the Launch was discontinued, is because the Launch simply feels too small and tight for a daily running shoe.

While many people found it comfortable once they selected a larger size than normal, many runners were unwilling to deal with it and preferred the Revel because of its comfort.

Brooks Women's Launch 3 Running Shoes
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole provides custom comfort
  • Heel Segmented Crash Pad for soft landings and smooth transitions
  • Full-length Cushsole adds cushion and flexibility
  • Air mesh upper keeps the air moving so your feet stay cooler
  • Synthetic overlay materials add no-sew support

Brooks Revel vs Glycerin

Brooks Revel vs Glycerin

The Brooks Glycerin is yet another road running shoe with a bottom slope of 10 mm. It has average to low arch support, which can create problems for individuals with high arches.

The shoes are slightly heavier than the ACSM recommends, but are considered relatively durable for their price point.

The Glycerin has extra padding along the bottom to ensure maximum comfort for the runner.

They can be used for daily running, but some users began to see sole wear and tear after 70 miles, which was deemed unsatisfactory. In fact, the new Glycerin 16 have DNA LOFT cushioning which has made them even softer.

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel vs Glycerin?

PROS

  • Extra shock absorption (both)
  • Lightweight and comfortable material (both)
  • Durable (both)
  • Minimalist design (both)
  • Average weight (both)
  • Comfortable arch support, (both)
  • Extra cushioning and padding for the heel area (both)

CONS

  • Narrow toe box (Glycerin)
  • Similar to the Launch,  the shoe sizing runs a bit smaller than normal (Glycerin)
  • Not ideal for high arches (Glycerin)

Similar to the Launch, the Glycerin model is a bit too small to be comfortable for most runners. While the Revel has plenty of room for toes, the Glycerin tends to be too small and cramped.

The design decision to make the front curve up can also cause discomfort.

In terms of price, the Revel is a better value than the Glycerin, which tends to be more expensive and has lots of padding.

While some athletes appreciate the extra cushioning, it ruins the minimalist design of other Brooks models and can cause more problems like unsteady ankles.


Brooks Revel vs Anthem

Brooks Revel vs Anthem

The Brooks Anthem is actually considered one of the better models from Brooks because it was designed for competitions, has almost no slope along the bottom, and is extremely lightweight.

Many runners report feeling like they weren’t wearing anything at all because it was easy not to notice the shoes. The Anthem has neutral arch support and is relatively inexpensive.

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel vs Anthem?

PROS

  • Extra heel/ankle support (both)
  • Lightweight and comfortable material (both)
  • Roomy toe box (both)
  • Minimalist design (both)
  • Average weight (both)
  • Comfortable arch support, (both)

CONS

  • Lower padding, which means if you have a higher arch or flat feet these are not the right fit. (Anthem)

It’s hard to compare the Revel and Anthem because they were made for different events.

While the Revel works well for daily workouts, people who actively participate in competitions would benefit more from the Anthem.

The Revel is far more durable, but not as light. Both have comfortable toe boxes though, which is a plus for people who play.

Brooks Anthem Grey/Ebony/Pink 9
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Brooks Anthem Grey/Ebony/Pink 9
  • Run at your best every day with the underfoot comfort and reliable grip of the Anthem running shoe from Brooks®.
  • Engineered mesh upper.
  • Lace-up closure delivers a secure, adjustable fit.
  • Designed to anatomically mimic the shape of the foot for an incredible fit.
  • Comfort collar wraps around the heel and ankle for a super comfortable fit and feel. Smooth fabric lining creates a great wear inside of shoe. Profile sockliner is contoured to fill any negative space under the foot. Rounded heel allows for more stability. BioMoGo DNA midsole has cushioning that dynamically adapts to every step and stride. HPR Plus outsole is abrasion resistant and durable. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 7 oz Product measurements were taken using size 9, width B -

Brooks Revel vs Levitate

Brooks Revel vs Levitate

The Brooks Levitate are daily road running shoes.

They have average arch support, a reasonable slope, and feature extra padding around the heels and toes, which can either be comfortable or bothersome for the individual wearing the shoes. 

A typical pair is more expensive than other Brooks models.

These shoes are heavier than the ACSM recommends but otherwise meets the standards for a reasonable running shoe.

Many people enjoyed the comfort but did not like how much the footwear weighed.

These shoes are heavier than the ACSM recommends but otherwise meets the standards for a reasonable running shoe.

Many people enjoyed the comfort but did not like how much the footwear weighed.

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel vs Levitate?

PROS

  • Comfortable arch support (both)
  • Lightweight and comfortable material (both)
  • Very Durable (both)
  • Minimalist design (both)
  • Average weight (both)
  • Comfortable arch support, (both)

CONS

  • Toe Box is a little tighter than the Revel. (Levitate)
  • Bottom grip not as superior as the Revel (Levitate)

Compared to the Revel, the Levitate is slightly heavier and generally more uncomfortable.

While some people appreciated the extra padding, the majority of wearers agree it might not be worth the extra money when the Revel is cheaper. 

The Levitate did have one thing going for it, which was that it was more durable and likely to survive daily runs compared to the Revel.


Brooks Revel vs Adrenaline

Brooks Revel vs Adrenaline

The Brooks Adrenaline is a discontinued model designed for daily road running.

Unlike a lot of the manufacturer’s shoes, the Adrenaline has high heels and toes with a moderate slope designed to provide extra support.

This can be comfortable or uncomfortable depending on the size of the wearer’s arch.

The Adrenaline features extra arch support and weighs slightly more than a good running shoe should.

So, what are the pros and cons of the Brooks Revel vs Adrenaline?

PROS

  • Comfortable arch support (both)
  • Comfortable material (both)
  • Very Durable (both)
  • Minimalist design (both)
  • Comfortable arch support and extra padding (both)

CONS

  • Shoes run smaller than anticpated. (Adrenaline)
  • Narrow Toe Box (Adrenaline)
  • Shoes are a little heavier than normal (Adrenaline)

Compared to the Revel, the Adrenaline is stronger and designed to provide extra support to the wearer.

The main difference is that the Revel is a more casual shoe and has a better fit for people with average fit.

The Adrenaline works well for runners with narrow feet, but can be uncomfortable for other people.

Conclusion

Overall, the Brooks Revel is a good shoe and can be comfortable for most wearers. In general, it can be used for regular running but can wear out quickly for people who exercise every day and need something more durable.

 Is it recommended? Yes.

But be sure to try out several different models to find running shoes that truly feel great.


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