Brooks Launch 2 Women's Lightweight Running Shoes

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Women's Launch

Brooks Launch Women's Neutral Running Shoes

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$100.00 $65.00

Style #120060
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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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Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • DNA Layout: No DNA
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Road racing
  • Weight: 7.5 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 9.5 mm

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Reviews

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Launch
 
4.7

(based on 204 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (165)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (96)
  • Comfortable (78)
  • Durable (72)
  • Easy to use (39)
  • Responsive (30)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Distance / endurance (113)
  • General fitness (49)
  • Outdoors (39)
  • Sports training (35)
  • Strength training (19)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      80% 

      (35 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      91% 

      (40 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (27), High arch (11), Low arch (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (102), Competitive athlete (60), Casual/ recreational (20), Gym rat (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (177)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great for marathons

I used my bright blue Launch shoes for marathon training going into the San Antonio Marathon. The shoes were lightweight but had just enough cushioning to support me during long runs. Seems that with...Read complete review

I used my bright blue Launch shoes for marathon training going into the San Antonio Marathon. The shoes were lightweight but had just enough cushioning to support me during long runs. Seems that with other shoes, you have to sacrifice support for lightweight, I didn't feel that at all with these shoes. When I first started using them, the tongue did bunch up on me around mile 10 and would put pressure on the top of my foot. This happened twice, but relacing my shoes by looping through the top two laces (apparently, there is a *right* way to tie your laces for marathons) and this pulled the shoe around my foot better and kept the tongue from scrunching up. The shoes have lasted since October (it's currently the middle of January), while I have racked up long long long runs, including the November San Antonio marathon. I don't feel like they've broken down yet and am actually hoping they take me through spring training and into my next race. Additionally, tying up my shoes and seeing the shoelaces remind me to "Dig Deep" always puts a smile on my face!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Trying really hard to like these shoes

I run about 30 miles a week and bought these shoes to run the Cowtown Marathon. My heels have hurt from the first run. I thought they needed to be broken in but the...Read complete review

I run about 30 miles a week and bought these shoes to run the Cowtown Marathon. My heels have hurt from the first run. I thought they needed to be broken in but the pain continued after many miles both indoors and out. I ran a 10k this morning in a competetive brand and realized the Launch has very little cushion in the heel (comparitively). I LOVE Brooks and have worn the Ghost 3 & 6 and the Glycerin but I found this shoe to be disappointing. I'll keep it for strength training but I won't continue to run in them.

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4.0

Just what I needed

By 

from Omaha, NE

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Endurance Training

    Comments about Launch:

    I have only been able to run in these shoes a few times, nursing knee pain, but I love them! They are light weight and the cushioning is great for me! I tend to get some aches and pains when shoes get close to wearing out and I am hoping these last a long time, from what I hear from other reviews they will! I can't wait to be able to get back out there and test them out more!

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

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    5.0

    Super great

    By 

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Trail Running

      Comments about Launch:

      Love this brand. Most comfortable, lightweight, and durable shoes.

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      great marathon trainning shoes

      By 

      from spokane,wa

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • With Orthotics/Inserts

      Comments about Launch:

      Trainning for 2nd marathon, and wanted to get the same pair of shoes I wore for 1st because I loved them so much! comfortable,supportive. This is my 3rd pair of transends!

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      I love it!!!

      By 

      from Oakland, Ca

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer
      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Gym

        Comments about Launch:

        I work out a lot. I usually take high intensity cardio classes and my ankles used to hurt alot from all the jumping. I have tried so many different shoes until a friend recommeded brooks. These shoes are amazing, no more ankle pain! I recommend getting the Brooks, they are expensive, but if you work out alot, they are worth every penny.

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

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        5.0

        Just what I was looking for

        By 

        from Golden, CO

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer
        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Launch:

            Trust the reviews on this shoe with regards to size! It's true that it runs about a 1/2 size too big. I disregarded those reviews and got my normal shoe size...only to realize they truly are about a 1/2 size too big. Even so, I decided not to return my shoes, but I will order 1/2 size smaller next time around.

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

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            4.0

            Launch

            By 

            from Maine

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer
            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dry Weather

              Comments about Launch:

              Color that I thought was red was actually bright orange. It's a good shoe but a little too bright for my liking.

              • 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

              Feels like I am floating not running

              By 

              from vero beach

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Good Arch Support
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dry Weather
                • Endurance Training
                • Walking
                • Wet Weather
                • Work

                Comments about Launch:

                This shoe is what Brooks are all about. The shoe is lightweight, cushiony but not too much, fits like a glove but not tight. I had the white with blue and when these went on sale I was ecstatic! One of the better running shoes. It's great for any distance and the color is beautiful!

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

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Ok, but not as good as my other brooks

                By 

                from honolulu, hi

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Launch:

                      It runs really narrow, which makes the shoe length seem too long. The shoe doesn't provide as much cushion as the other brooks I have and the cushion is just a notch above the pureflow project shoes.

                      I don't feel that these shoes will last me a long time.

                      I haven't decided whether to keep or return yet.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels half size too big
                      • Width:
                      • Feels too narrow
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Love brooks but...

                      By 

                      from Nj

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Launch:

                            Best walking shoes

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels half size too small
                            • Width:
                            • Feels too narrow
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Comment on this review

                             
                            5.0

                            17 miles out of the box!

                            By 

                            from Castorland NY

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Good Arch Support
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Endurance Training
                              • With Orthotics/Inserts

                              Comments about Launch:

                              I fell in love the second I tried this shoe on. I have narrow feet, and it fit like a glove (if you have wide feet at all, this probably isn't for you). The next day I had a 17 miler road run planned. I knew I shouldn't, but I didn't wanna wear my old sneakers that were heavier & had been hurting my feet. I had no issued whatsoever in these sneakers, right out of the box, 17 miles. My feet felt like heaven. They are my new favorites.

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

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