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$100.00
Style #110065

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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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Reviews

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Launch
 
4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (62)
  • Comfortable (61)
  • Cushions impact (51)
  • Responsive (48)
  • Durable (23)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (5)
  • COLOR (3)

Best Uses

  • Dry conditions (26)
  • 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% 

      (63 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      99% 

      (67 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (37), High arch (16), Low arch (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (41), Competitive athlete (16), Gym rat (6), Casual/ recreational (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

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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5.0

Great, lightweight, shoe for a tall guy

By Joseph the door frame ducker

from Clarksville, TN

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Dry Weather
  • Gym
  • Walking
  • Wet Weather

Comments about Launch:

I bought a pair of Brooks shoes years ago. As soon as I put them on and walked across the floor.I knew there was never going to be another brand of shoe for my size 15 feet. I recommend Brooks shoes to anyone who wants to wear the best athletic shoe there is.

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

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(4 of 4 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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(2 of 2 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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(3 of 3 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

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 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

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