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  • Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 9.8oz
    Women: 7.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2016
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  • 96 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    My experience with the Brooks Launch 3

    Brooks was founded in 1914 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. by Mr. Morris Goldenberg and is presently located in the city of Seattle, Washington U.S.A.

    The Launch 3

    The Brooks Launch 3 is a medium weight cushioned road shoe. It was amazing to witness the power of the people who spoke loudly to Brooks when the Launch production was stopped after only one year.

    The Launch came back. I saw a pair of Red Launch 3 for less than $ 50.00 at RunningWarehouse.com, and I would call that a great value. I am very impressed by the clean and bright colors of red, white and black, the colors of the national flag of Trinidad - Tobago.

     

    Fit & finish

    As perfect as any man-made thing could be, uncomplicated and purposeful.

    With very few stitches and none where you would object to, but with many very thin overlays in the right places to help give this shoe some shape. Normally hidden, the stitches under sock liner are nearly perfect.

    Upper

    Excellent engineered mesh with 3D printed overlays, well ventilated for the summer months. I can wiggle my toes and see my white socks moving through the forefoot upper.

    The tongue is well padded and stays in place. Laces are oval shaped, somewhat elastic and stay tied. The collar is not over-stuffed, ankles do not rub as with the overly plush Glycerin model I had to drive 130 miles to return for that very reason.

    No reflectors except one small spot on the tongue. It is not wise to rely on reflectors for safety because drivers are not looking! And when they do look, never expect a driver to do the expected!

     

    Cushion

    The battle of the gels vs. foams vs. BioMoGo DNA, waveplates, DynaFlyte, and Boost goes on; only time will tell who the winners will be. There is not a lot of big thick rubber in the heel, so don't run there. The mid and forefoot have plenty of rubber.

    The Launch uses BioMoGo and DNA which is a testimony to excellence in engineering and innovation at Brooks.

    Run & ride

    Flexibility is high (easy to flex) which helps me move my 148 lbs/67 kg forward with less effort than with the bigger shoes. My first run in these shoes was at 5 AM on a foggy morning, the sensation of speed is greatest at these hours in the fog.

    The Launch 3 runs smoothly, midfoot striking and with a flawless roll to toe-off. One look at the outsole shows the engineers have been busy, with a cool crossover pattern and plenty of rubber helping transition and traction.

     

     

    High abrasion rubber in the heel and softer quieter rubber elsewhere. Leg speed, turnover is remarkable, my speed was far greater with these Launch 3 than in the 12 oz. models.

    Running in some of the bigger models with too much cushioning and too many grams of weight is like having a one-speed bicycle in the Alps, the Launch gives me the lower gears I need.

    My confidence has soared with these shoes as simple pleasures of running!

    Specifics

    Size  12 (US),  46 (EU), 11 (UK), 30 (CM
    Width D
    Weight 294 grams
    Heel to toe drop 10mm
    Avail colors red, black, grey, blue

    Lastly

    These are my third pair of Brooks Launch shoes, and they came at a good time as I am a bit worn out from using big shoes. The bigger shoes are good trainers, but there is no better running sensation than with the Launch. Sometimes less is more!

    Thank you for taking your time to read this review, now get out and run happy!

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  • 94 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Brooks Launch 3 vs. Brooks Revel

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    This is a comparison review, made necessary, by the failure of the very shoes I had intended to run with the incoming U.S. Air Force Half Marathon.

    As you recall, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 had won the hotly contested faceoff with the Asics Kayano 24, conducted by me only a month earlier…on this very site. See review here.

    However, while training for the big race, I began to notice a hole developing in the upper, directly above the big toe of my left foot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.

     

     

    The Adrenaline GTS outer soles were yet to show wear but the uppers were worn out with only about 175 miles of easy running! By comparison, I had a pair of Nike Flex run 2013 that lasted for 2 half marathons, many miles of training and then several years on the sales floor at work before crumbling, I expected more from the famous Brooks Adrenaline GTS.

    Naturally, I was forced to select another pair of shoes for the big day, which was less than 2 weeks away. I couldn't possibly show up at the Air Force Base with my toes sticking out! My options for race day seemed to be between the Brooks Launch 3 and the Brooks Revel

    Both shoes are neutral road shoes with the same reliable and proven BioMoGo-DNA midsole, both models also have a solid footprint where the rubber meets the road. And both came from the same neighborhood in Seattle, however, these two similar neutral brothers are quite different. And both came from the same neighborhood in Seattle, however, these two similar neutral brothers are quite different.

    The Brooks Launch 3

    The Launch 3 is the third go-around of this model and weighs in at just  28 grams less than the Revel. The Air Force race course is almost totally flat, without even a hint of a hill, a typical airbase, so the weight advantage of the Launch will be only slight.

    The Revel frees you from the tethers of the 12 and 13-ounce shoes, with the Launch you begin to understand the term "turnover speed", possible only with a light shoe.

    The Launch is also fairly quiet, nearly as quiet as the Brooks Ghost, running along smoothly and without surprises, hotspots or personality quirks.

     

     

    The aptly named Launch is so comfortable that you seem to almost “launch” yourself out the door and into a new running adventure.

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Light
    • Smooth
    • Economical
    • Good looking

    Cons

    • See through uppers could be cold in winter
    • Could use a little more cushioning in the forefoot

    The Brooks Revel

    A new model from Brooks, introduced July 1, 2017, and believed by many to be a prototype of the replacement for The Ghost, or perhaps Launch.

    I think Brooks had a bunch of great new ideas, and materials, but would not allow them to be tried on any of their already proven, and successful, Ghost and Glycerin models.  Hence, in an attempt to disclose these new products to the running world without risk to an already proven seller. The Revel appeared. 

    I discovered as it turns out, that The Revel is, in fact, a very capable and valid design with worthy innovations that would have been no risk to introduce in the Ghost. The Revel is truly a combination of both function and versatility. This shoe is a great daily trainer that is at home in both the workplace and the café; after its retirement from running.

    You can also add your old Asics Nimbus or Kayano sock-liners with room to spare. My Revels were subjected to regular use and abuse, with many miles of easy road running before finally being subjected to retail store duty that included more than one paint spill. 

    The Revel runs okay for me. They are very quiet, comfortable and surprisingly durable, very much like the Nike Pegasus. The Revel uppers are a woven material that forms around my bony feet quite comfortably.

     

     

    I would completely understand if Brooks announced that this woven upper material was to become the standard for all new models. It seems the designers of The Revel have not sacrificed toe box space and forefoot roominess.

    Pros

    • Quality
    • Durability
    • Great woven 
    • Greatest lace

    Cons

    • No zip, pop, zing or  spring

    The numbers

      Brooks Launch 3     Brooks Revel 
    Size tested   12 D  U.S. 12 D  U.S.
    Weight 340  grams 368 grams
    Heel-toe drop   10 mm 11mm
    Miles tested 110 155
    Cost $100 $100
    Arch mid-high mid-high
    Value High High
    Score 94/100 90/100

    Summary & conclusion                                                                                                                        

    I am fairly familiar with both shoe models since first reviewing them and I wonder if the Launch may be too minimal for me at that distance. The Revel, however, is missing some ingredient that makes a shoe go from nice & dependable to something that makes a user smile.

    I have got to go with the Brooks Launch 3 and work on my form to minimize any discomfort at the half marathon distance, while hoping for sunshine and that those 3 hurricanes are not in Ohio on race day.

    I might even get a PR, among my old Air Force mates? The Revel will be at home back to the workplace.

     

    After the race report

    The Air Force Half marathon was a great experience, I had underestimated the race course, it had some hills and broken and crumbling pavement. The Brooks Launch was a good choice but lacked cushioning for that distance. It is no wonder why there are so many runners wearing Asics at these races.

    2017 Air Force Marathon Broll - Start/Finish Line

    Thanks for stopping by, now go run!

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  • 90 / 100 | Phidippides TV | | Level 4 expert

    A nice, soft, luxurious upper to go along with its sleekness and its responsive feel.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Northwest | Level 3 expert

    While I had some nits, it's not bad in any way. This is a great shoe.

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  • 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.

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.

The outsole of this Brooks shoe 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.

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 same ride experience is delivered by the Launch 6 since it uses the same midsole material. 

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.

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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