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The Brooks Launch is a popular lightweight daily trainer among neutral runners, offering moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.

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Left foot, right foot. Repeat. Now faster. Faster! The Brooks Launch is a lightweight trainer, which is great for tempo runs, racing and even daily training for some. The ride is smooth, soft yet responsive and the minimalistic upper provides secure comfort.

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How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low

Weight: 9.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (27mm), Forefoot (17mm)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2009
  • Color discontinued: June 2010
  • Color update: July 2010
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Burn

*Forefoot height includes outsole thickness difference between heel and forefoot.

INTRODUCTION

The Launch is a moderate feature, minimal neutral shoe designed for speedwork and daily training. It is built with a semi-curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • Hydroflow ST cushioning in the heel uses a chamber filled with viscous fluid to attenuate shock, dampen impact forces, and add heel stability.
MIDSOLE
  • BioMoGo full-length midsole offers resilient cushioning and is made of environment-friendly, biodegradable materials.
  • Cush Pod Configuration is a cushioned midsole/outsole design that sets the foot up for an efficient, balanced heel-to-toe transition.
UPPER
  • Air Mesh upper consists of a breathable mesh material.
  • Synthetic Overlays are strategically located to provide a snug, secure fit.
  • Traditional Sockliner offers additional underfoot comfort.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length BioS-257, a material which releases a non-toxic, natural additive when placed in active landfill that helps break down the midsole faster.
OUTSOLE
  • HPR Plus is a high abrasion-resistant rubber located in the heel for durable traction.
  • Blown Rubber in the forefoot offers durability, responsiveness and flexibility.
  • Cush Pod Configuration is a cushioned midsole/outsole design that sets the foot up for an efficient, balanced heel-to-toe transition.

Comments: great shoe! i'm going on my third pair of these that i keep in rotation and they're a great all around shoe, road or trail. they're light enough with excellent cushioning but not so light that it becomes an issue in long distance runs.
From: joe, tarrytown, ny

Comments:  I love this shoe. The mesh upper is comfortable, and the sole has the perfect amount of cushion and flex. Unfortunately, I wore through the lining on the heel of the right shoe in the first 100 miles, which led to a huge blister as the heel counter rubbed my foot raw. Running Warehouse was extremely helpful and quickly replaced the shoes under warranty. Unfortunately, after 120 miles the exact same hole developed in the replacement pair. I've never heard anyone else complain about this (and my wife has put more than 300 miles on hers with no problem), so it's very possible the problem is with my heel and not with the shoe. Then again, I've never had this happen with any other shoes. It looks like two strikes and out--I won't be buying the Launch again. Which is too bad, because otherwise these might be my favorite running shoes ever.
From: Eric, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Comments:  This is my second pair of this shoe, and I'm very happy with them.  I moved to training and competing in a flatter shoe about two years ago, but was unhappy with many of the weak shoes in this niche.  I practice Chi Running, and while I don't strike the heel, it is nice to have a small heel for balance.  I have run up to a half marathon in the Launch, and would recommend it for all runners who want a quality running shoe.  And...the shoe is priced right!
From: Mike, Austin, Texas, USA

Comments: Feels like the heel is a little higher than my other shoes (Asics DS-T's, Mizuno Elixer's, NB 905's, Saucony Tangent's, Nike Lunar Racer's). It wants to make me heel strike. Have to pay attention and shorten stride to keep mid foot strike...esp. down hills. Thought the extra cushioning might be nice on 20+ milers but...ball of foot still feels the pounding. I'll run them out but won't buy another pair. Still searching for a comfortable 30+ mile training run shoe. 
From: Ben, Dreseden, TN, USA

Comments:  Really good shoe.  Probably the most versatile shoe I've ever worn.   Running in it is proof of it's value...the Launch should be around for a long time at the top...long runs, tempos, distance racing.  I use Asics hyperSpeed for 5k-15k races, and faster speedwork.
From: JJ, Lockport, NY, USA

Comments: Dude, I love this shoe and it loves me.
From: James, Reno, NV, USA

Comments: A very good trainer with enough protection and to me good support for such a light shoe. The fit is a bit more generous than the ghost which I like, now if a more subdued colour was available in the selection it would be better!  Very smooth and comfortable ride at a variety of paces.
From: Brent, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Comments: I completed my first 26.2 in the Launch- Simply a great shoe- no blisters, no worries, no pain. I just ran a comfortable, smooth pace. Great fit. I have both the Ghost 2 and the Launch and I love them both... The Launch seemed like a better choice for the longer distance.
From: Jeff, San Diego, CA

Comments: I thought this shoe was soft initially THe first three or four easy runs seemed like running in sand. After about fifty miles though, I really love the shoe. It is built to run faster workouts. That's when the midsole seems the most responsive. The best think about the shoe is that my legs feel great after any workout in the Launch. I'm a long-time adidas wearer, especially models like the adizero CS, Ace, RC with a high arch. I've raced in the books T4's and the adidas RC's and will definitely buy another pair of the Launch's.
From: Bill, Springfield, TN

Comments: I have about 80 miles on these so far and like them. I'm running anything from long easy runs to races in them to try them out. Cushioning is very good for a lightweight trainer and they are responsive. They are a little higher off the ground than some other lightweight trainers (like the DS Trainer, Speedstar or Precision). I'm glad I bought them.
From: Steve, Greenfield, IN

Comments: First time running in a pair of Brooks and I am very pleased with the responsiveness of the Launch. The shoe is on the softer side compared to my normal training shoe, the ASICS Speedstar. Would recommend for longer tempo runs and long midweek and weekend runs to reduce wear and tear on the body. 
From: Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA

Comments: Amazing feel right out of the box. Originally thought the shoe might be too soft in the forefoot, but once I got on the road, they preformed very well, with plenty of energy return. The wider toe box feels great. I think the solid sole (versus a break in between the heel and forefoot) allows for easy forefoot running.
From: Mike, Austin, TX

Comments: I have always run in Mizunos, but ran into some problems when I got into the marathon distance. I was looking for a change and was pointed to the Launch. THey are certainly soft, which is what I've grown to love about them. I am a forefoot runner and these have complimented my style nicely. They are light too. I just bought my second pair. 
From: Justin, Austin, TX

Comments: I too thought this shoe would be like the Asics Speedstar. They are certainly comfortable, but after several near misses with a twisted ankle, it's perhaps to soft. I had no ankle problems with the Speedstar 3's. I'll still work this into long runs on pavement, but will stay away from trails and uneven terrain. I don't think I'd buy them again.
From: Craig, Port Townsend, WA

Comments: Not at all what I expected. Thought it would be like the Asics Speedstar, but it's very soft, almost mushy in the forefoot. Doesn't feel fast or responsive and for that reason I would not race in this shoe. It's a great trainer, especially for longer distances. Has that great Brooks fit and the forefoot cushioning is exceptional for training.
From: Carl, Oakland, CA

Comments: Agreed with the softness in the heel area -- and it's the softness that initially caused me to heel strike a lot more than with other shoes. Now I've gotten used to it and adjusted my style a bit. I do think that this shoe is a great everyday trainer, but I run up to half-marathon distances and it does really well there too.
From: Bernie, Round Rock, TX

Comments: This is the closest reincarnation to the Brooks Burn in recent attempts. It's pretty much as advertised: smooth, soft and responsive. It's almost a tad too soft at times, nevertheless a great addition to Brooks' lightweight line-up. For anyone looking for a responsive, yet cushioned training shoe, the Launch should definitely be on your short list.
From: Paul, SA, TX

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+