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Houston, we have an honor! Runner's World has awarded the Launch "Best Debut" in the Winter 2010 Shoe Guide in its December 2009 issue, on newsstands Nov. 4, 2009.


With an incredibly flexible outsole and seamless transition, this lightweight neutral trainer will get you from start to finish, whether for a tempo run or in a race. Add to that the lower-profile midsole and minimal upper, and it's 3, 2, 1 . . . blast off!


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  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Pronation: None/Normal
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • Surface: Road/Track
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • DNA Layout: No DNA
  • Water-Resistent: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Road racing
  • Weight: 9.3 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 9.5 mm

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Launch
 
4.8

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (61)
  • Comfortable (60)
  • Cushions impact (50)
  • Responsive (47)
  • Durable (22)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (5)
  • COLOR (3)

Best Uses

  • Dry conditions (25)
  • Road running (21)
  • Distance / endurance (18)
  • Tempo running (17)
  • Distance running (16)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      93% 

      (62 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      99% 

      (66 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (37), High arch (15), Low arch (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (41), Competitive athlete (16), Gym rat (6), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

All that I had hoped for and then some.

I have had this shoe for a good month now and use it for my everyday running and even on long runs (13 miles). This shoe is incredibly comfortable even though you can...Read complete review

I have had this shoe for a good month now and use it for my everyday running and even on long runs (13 miles). This shoe is incredibly comfortable even though you can definitely feel the road beneath you. They certainly still have the right amount of cushioning to give you a comfortable feeling when running.
My feet do not shift in the shoe, which is important, especially when taking turns.
I will be using these shoes for my next 10K and Half Marathon.
Did I mention that they also "look" fast which for some people's psyche is important. :)
As for the durability and how long they will last? I suppose that time will tell.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Bad as a Trainer

When I first bought these shoes, I probably would've given them a 4 or 5 star review. I'm in my second pair now, but I probably won't be purchasing a third. The light...Read complete review

When I first bought these shoes, I probably would've given them a 4 or 5 star review. I'm in my second pair now, but I probably won't be purchasing a third. The light weight was great at first, and for such a light shoe it offered good support. But they do wear out quickly, especially if you're like me and you're running in them six days a week. The exterior also wears out much quicker than any shoe I've ever had. Within weeks, the inner mesh of the toe box is frayed and filled with holes. Maybe that's what you get for wearing a "racer" like your average trainer, but next time I'll probably go for a different Brooks shoe.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My go to trainer and distance racer

By Dan

from Colorado Springs

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • 600 Miles Per Pair
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Distance Running
  • Half Marathons
  • Marathons
  • Road Running
  • Tempo Running
  • Trail Running

Comments about Launch:

I love this shoe. I am on my 5th pair. At first I got them as my first pair of lightweight neutral trainers for easy days. I then slowly added them as my long run shoe, and now my tempo shoe as well. I raced the Houston Marathon in them, and they really protected my feet from the concrete. But I use them on trails, roads, and the treadmill.

I have an efficient gate, and get anywhere from 600-650 miles out of each pair!

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

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Glad these are back

By Workhorse

from Clemmons, NC

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Dry Fast
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Color Selection

Best Uses

  • Distance Running
  • Over 25 mi/week
  • Road Running
  • Speed Work
  • Triathlon

Comments about Launch:

I use these shoes for training and competition from short runs to marathon distance to triathlon and I absolutely love them. Only down side is the color selection. The Lime Punch was awesome but now they are very toned down and I wanted more loud colors. Running is supposed to be fun.

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

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic all-around running shoe

By NortPort

from Portland, OR

About Me Gym Rat

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Distance Running
    • Over 25 mi/week
    • Road Running
    • Tempo Running

    Comments about Launch:

    I have bounced around from various brands and models, running in anything from Asics, Nike, New Balance, and Saucony. The Launch is still my overall favorite shoe. I just ordered my 3rd pair since my 2nd pair needs replacing and my Flyknits and NB 1400s aren't cutting it for anything over 10 miles (or 10K, really). The first pair of Launch I owned was magical. It is such a lightweight shoe, but with decent cushioning and flexibility. I have used my Launch for 5K, 10K, 10-miler, half-marathon, and full marathon and for roads and non-technical trails.

    It'll be a sad day if and when these shoes are no longer made. I have yet to find a quality replacement for high-mileage days that have the same balance of weight to cushioning.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Height/Weight:
    • 5'11" 160 Lbs

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All-around great shoe!

    By Colin

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Brooks Fanatics - Sponsored Athletes

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Distance Running
      • Road Running
      • Speed Work
      • Tempo Running
      • Trail Running

      Comments about Launch:

      The Launch is an awesome shoe! I'm so glad they are bringing it back! I use the Launch primarily for tempo runs (I train primarily in the Ghost and race 5k/10k in the T7). I have also used the Launch for 10k races (as part of a triathlon) on rocky trails and it was just the right blend of being light enough for racing but durable enough to keep my feet happy over some rough terrain.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Height/Weight:
      • Male 6'0" - 174 Lbs
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good For Any Distance

      By Minnesotadon

      from St Paul, MN

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Distance Running
        • Over 25 mi/week
        • Road Running
        • Speed Work
        • Tempo Running

        Comments about Launch:

        This is my 9th pair of Brooks Launch shoes. Before the Launch I purchased 19 pairs of the Brooks Burn, their predecessor. I have been running for 11 years, and in that time have run 72 marathons, including at least one in each of the 50 states, all in Brooks Burn or Launch shoes.

        Obviously, I think pretty highly of them. They are light, sufficiently cushioned, yet durable, and that's all I need or want. I run them up to about 400 miles, but they still have plenty of life left then. I use them for race distances from one mile to a marathon, and use old ones for trail running. The universal shoe.

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

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Shoe

        By jackie

        from austin tx

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable
        • Good Arch Support
        • Light
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Distance Running
          • Over 25 mi/week
          • Road Running
          • Speed Work
          • Tempo Running
          • Track Running
          • Trail Running
          • Xc

          Comments about Launch:

          i love my launch Rest in peace perfect shoes

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Height/Weight:
          • Light Male
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I will buy this shoe again & again

          By JB

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Lightweight
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Wide In The Midfoot

          Best Uses

            Comments about Launch:

            I am a former collegiate runner trying to rehab from injury & get back in shape to make my marathon debut. I'm not exceptionally fast, but I hope to run 2:30-40 for my first marathon, so I'd consider myself a serious, competitive runner. I've also run in about 10 different neutral trainers because I tend to shop deals instead of buying the shoes I want (poor college kid, you know?)

            I didn't think the Brooks Launch would be for me b/c it's so light and I need some cushion, but let me tell you I will continue to buy this shoe again & again as long as they make it and the price stays good. The ride is PERFECT. The cushion is incredible for a shoe this light and responsive. Wonderfully comfortable, stable, and responsive. Perhaps the perfect everyday trainer for an even somewhat efficient runner (I'm not efficient for someone my speed but I'm super light...I think heavier runners might be the only who'd need more shoe).

            This really is a great shoe. My ONLY complaint is that it fits a little wide in the midfoot part of the upper, which is probably nice for some people, but I have tiny little narrow feet and I have to relace these occasionally. But really it's a minor inconvenience and won't prevent me from buying these again.

            Brooks: DON'T change the price. This shoe is a great value and that's the entire reason I'd buy it over some of the plusher 130-140 dollar shoes. Keep this shoe where it is and you'll have a bestseller for years to come.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • High Arch
            • Height/Weight:
            • Male - 130 Lbs
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Codered

            By Codered

            from Humboldt County, CA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Distance Running
              • Over 25 mi/week
              • Road Running
              • Tempo Running

              Comments about Launch:

              I have a couple of pairs of Launch in my Brooks collection and used one pair to train for a marathon. I used them in several 20 mile runs and felt great throughout. I even ended up running the marathon in them. Of course, they are light and responsive enough to do a fast 5k in too.

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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              3-2-1 LAUNCH !

              By Richard Hilltopper

              from St. Johnsbury Center, VT

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Arch Support
              • Lightweight
              • Racing Shoe
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Over 25 mi/week
                • Road Running
                • Speed Work
                • Tempo Running

                Comments about Launch:

                Great light weight racer / trainer. Good toe off.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Height/Weight:
                • 65 And Still Racing
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This shoe doesn't go slow

                By Reed H.

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Good Arch Support
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Over 25 mi/week
                  • Road Running
                  • Speed Work
                  • Tempo Running
                  • Track Running

                  Comments about Launch:

                  I'd been running in Ghosts and Glycerines for a while and wanted to make a foray into a more minimal shoe. As my current shoes were on their last legs I ordered another pair of trusty Glycerines and my first pair of Launches. I still love running in the Glycerines but unless I am going over 10 miles I now reach for the Launches first every time.

                  Starting with my first run in them I just felt fast. The feel on the bottom of my foot is very similar to a Glycerine/Ghost but the upper might as well not be there. That air of lightness lets your feet turn over quickly and the support that's there will keep you going.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Height/Weight:
                  • Male - 6'3" 180lbs
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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