Facts

Discontinued
Update: Launch 4
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$100
Weight
M: 278g | W: 224g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 27mm | W: 27mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The upper fabrics were able to cover the foot securely and comfortably, wrote testers.

  • Reviewers generally appreciated the upper unit, which was soft and non-irritating to the skin.

  • Many runners enjoyed the vibrant color schemes of the Brooks Launch 3, noting that they enhanced its aesthetic appeal.

  • It felt adequately lightweight for a lot of those who tried it.

  • This model had become the ‘go-to’ running shoe for runners; they stated that it didn’t mar their performance in any way.

  • Several testers who frequently complained of knee and muscle pains when running actually commented that wearing this shoe prevented the occurrence of such discomforts.

  • The cushioning system was sufficiently responsive, according to many reviewers.

  • Many consumers were happy about the general durability of the Brooks Launch 3.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that the upper unit began to lose its threading after a few uses.

  • Others noted that it was one size smaller than their regular choices.

  • A number of testers wrote that the toe box was a tad narrow, causing their toes to clump together uncomfortably.

Bottom line

Generally, the Brooks Launch 3 was lauded by its purchasers. It satisfied the cushioning needs of neutral runners. For most of them, it delivered well when it comes to its visual flair and its overall efficacy. But it felt small and narrow for a number of users. Some noted that the durability of the upper fabrics wasn’t able to leave a good impression. Still, a lot of runners were able to enjoy the service of this road shoe.



World wide, Launch 3 is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 489 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
19%
3 star
10%
2 star
5%
1 star
3%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 27 expert reviews

  • 91
    CaitlinLevel 1 expert
    by Get Out There Gear
    I would definitely recommend this shoe to anyone who has a neutral foot stride. I found that I enjoyed this shoe so much that I switched from my normal brand of shoe to use this shoe in the Boston Marathon.
  • 90
    William QuickLevel 1 expert
    by WILLIAM QUICK
    The toe box is still nice and roomy. It's not one of those more narrow-fitting Brooks shoes.
  • 93
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    A bit stiff in the forefoot and blocky in the heel, they feel best for me at moderate tempo paces.
  • 79
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by Gearist
    There is a reason the Launch has been popular with so many people and while the fit of this doesn’t do it for me, the rest of the shoe is really very strong with a quality build.
  • 90
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by Phidippides TV
    A nice, soft, luxurious upper to go along with its sleekness and its responsive feel.
  • 89
    Jason SaltmarshLevel 4 expert
    by Salt Marsh Running
    However, I’m happy to report the updated Brooks Launch 3 raises the bar even higher for performance trainers with a revamped upper, comfortable ride, and springier push-off.
  • 87
    New England Running CompanyLevel 4 expert
    by New England Running Company
    This is shoe that has the durability to tolerate everyday miles, preferably faster ones, in addition to feeling quick for longer distances races.
  • 81
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    Since the shoe carries over the somewhat soft yet responsive midsole of the Launch 2, the new version should continue to straddle the line of a long distance tempo shoe and fast-feeling daily trainer.
  • 81
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by Runblogger
    The Launch hits right in the middle of the road for weight, protection, and cushion, and should work for a wide variety of runners.
  • 99
    Athletics WeeklyLevel 3 expert
    by Athletics Weekly
    The shoe suits a range of athletes, from those wanting a lightweight everyday shoe to those requiring a racing shoe with a little more cushioning.
  • 90
    Austin BondsLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    And a price point of $100 is icing on the cake. This is a fantastic running shoe.
  • 87
    Brian GoldmanLevel 3 expert
    by Running Without Injuries
    I simply couldn’t run slow in the Launch 3!
  • 84
    Jeremy KrallLevel 3 expert
    by Running Northwest
    This is a multi-utility shoe for runners who pace in the 8 to 12 minute range, don’t do a lot of speedwork, and probably just want one shoe in their closet.
  • 84
    Impact MagazineLevel 3 expert
    by Impact Magazine
    The Brooks Launch 3 is an ideal running shoe for long runs, tempos and easy days, moreover a great marathon shoe for those who like some extra cushioning in a lighter weight shoe.
  • 80
    Running NorthwestLevel 3 expert
    by Running Northwest
    While I had some nits, it's not bad in any way. This is a great shoe.
  • 79
    James ReaderLevel 3 expert
    by Runners Need
    For smoother transitions and comfort, the Launch 3 has a full-length segmented Crash Pad and flexible Cushsole.
  • 75
    DaveLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    It's the exact same mid-sole and outer sole, so the same feel underneath. The exact same mesh in the upper. No changes to the mesh, they just turned it inside out.
  • 90
    Lynn ClarkLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    This shoe is an excellent option for runners looking for a fast feeling cushioned trainer that can handle the demands of both short and long runs.
  • 88
    ErwinLevel 2 expert
    by Erwin
    The Brooks Launch 3 looks great, feels great and most of all it gives a great performance while making you feel secure about its durability.
  • 85
    Jamison MichaelLevel 2 expert
    by Jamison Michael
    You should get it. It's a great shoe. It feels great.
  • 84
    Derek LiLevel 2 expert
    by Running Commentary
    If you want something that is reliable and predictable, in terms of how a shoe will respond to different terrain or paces, this shoe will work.
  • 82
    Ferdinand BatatanLevel 2 expert
    by Finish Line Fever
    Whether it is for training or racing, the shoe will not disappoint, it is responsive, has a decent amount of cushion and comfortable fit to give you that smooth ride.
  • 78
    RebeccaLevel 2 expert
    by Rebecca
    Another thing I noticed about the shoes is that the shoe doesn’t grip the ground as well in wet weather.
  • 86
    FitFam6Level 1 expert
    by FitFam6
    I have absolutely no problem racing in these and am thinking of running a full marathon in them in a couple months.
  • 84
    Crazy Running GirlLevel 1 expert
    by Crazy Running Girl
    Lastly, I love how light they are on my feet. 
  • 82
    The Hungry Runner GirlLevel 1 expert
    by The Hungry Runner Girl
    They aren’t quite as flexible as the Pure line (in my opinion) but a little bit more firmness is actually what my feet were needing lately.  
  • 80
    Chris CalderonLevel 1 expert
    by Modulus Guru
    The Launch 3 is a shoe that I can use as an everyday trainer, but excels at faster runs like tempo runs. 
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  • Nick Symmonds Shop Zappos
    Full-length BioMoGo DNA midsole delivers dynamic, adaptive cushioning, and the heel segmented crash pad absorbs impact and shock.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    The addition of extra rubber in the forefoot provides a springy toe-off while a midfoot transition zone and segmented crash pad help deliver a fast heel-to-toe transition.
  • Gunner Fletcher Gunner Fletcher
    The upper is really nice, the toe box is pretty wide, so that your toes could stretch out. It has pretty good blown rubber grip for either trail or road.
  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    They feature moisture-managing technology to help keep your feet feeling cooler and dryer.
  • Joel Whiteside Source for Sports
    This BioMoGo sole actually adapts to each individual runner. The higher the impact, the stiffer the shoe gets; the less impact, the faster it gets. So, it really adapts to each person, individually.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Utilizing a BioMoGo DNA midsole, this daily trainer provides adaptive cushioning with plenty of energy-return.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You got that seamless 3D FitPrint material with synthetic overlays on top--that transparent-looking--that'll give you great structural integrity, so when you lace up it'll really hug your foot and give you that glove-like fit.
  • Rachel Road Runner Sports
    Your runs will feel effortless as the extra rubber in the forefoot provides added responsiveness and comfort.

Updates to Launch 3

The major enhancement of the Brooks Launch 3 was in its upper. It comes with a new 3D Fit Print upper that increases the shoe’s flexibility without adding weight and affecting the overall shoe structure. This enhanced upper offers a flawless fit.

The outsole was also slightly updated. New element was added in the forefoot area to deliver an extra-springy toe-off. It also gives added durability and flexibility.

Launch 3 size and fit

The Launch 3 has a true to size running shoe length. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements, accommodating those with regular foot shapes and measurements. Brooks is offering the shoe under the standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole uses the HPR Plus technology that delivers impressive traction on the road. The rubber’s high-abrasion resistant capacity made the outsole to last longer. This works well with forefoot’s blow rubber material that gives added durability and flexibility.

Midsole

The Launch 3 uses the brand’s standard BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning which is believed to be more reliable than the standard MoGo midsole. It is an environment-friendly alternative that delivers a more flexible and softer running experience.

The midsole also uses the durable S-257 Cushsole technology that is energy-efficient and serves as insole board for added flexibility and cushioning.

The Segmented Crash Pad and midfoot transition zone offers customized cushioning and added stability for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Upper

The enhanced upper features the 3D Fit Print which is strategically stretchable for added flexibility and impressive fit. This works well with the shoe’s Air Mesh upper that keeps the foot well-ventilated. The synthetic overlays deliver a snug and secure fit.


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