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Terrain
Road

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

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.

Use
Daily running

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
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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 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what users 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 937 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
16%
3 star
8%
2 star
6%
1 star
5%

My Rating

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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86 / 100 based on 28 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    You should get it. It's a great shoe. It feels great.

  • 93 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    A bit stiff in the forefoot and blocky in the heel, they feel best for me at moderate tempo paces.

  • 79 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 96 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

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

  • 89 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    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 / 100 by New England Running Company • New England Running Company • Level 4 expert

    This is shoe that has the durability to tolerate everyday miles, preferably faster ones, in addition to feeling quick for longer distances races.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    I simply couldn’t run slow in the Launch 3!

  • 84 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 81 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    The Launch hits right in the middle of the road for weight, protection, and cushion, and should work for a wide variety of runners.

  • 81 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 100 / 100 by Athletics Weekly • Athletics Weekly • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Austin Bonds • Level 3 expert

    And a price point of $100 is icing on the cake. This is a fantastic running shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Impact Magazine • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Commentary • Derek Li • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Finish Line Fever • Ferdinand Batatan • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Northwest • Running Northwest • Level 3 expert

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

  • 79 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    For smoother transitions and comfort, the Launch 3 has a full-length segmented Crash Pad and flexible Cushsole.

  • 75 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Lynn Clark • Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by WILLIAM QUICK • William Quick • Level 2 expert

    The toe box is still nice and roomy. It's not one of those more narrow-fitting Brooks shoes.

  • 78 / 100 by Rebecca • Rebecca • Level 2 expert

    Another thing I noticed about the shoes is that the shoe doesn’t grip the ground as well in wet weather.

  • 91 / 100 by Get Out There Gear • Caitlin • Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 86 / 100 by FitFam6 • FitFam6 • Level 1 expert

    I have absolutely no problem racing in these and am thinking of running a full marathon in them in a couple months.

  • 84 / 100 by Crazy Running Girl • Crazy Running Girl • Level 1 expert

    Lastly, I love how light they are on my feet. 

  • 82 / 100 by The Hungry Runner Girl • The Hungry Runner Girl • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Modulus Guru • Chris Calderon • Level 1 expert

    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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Updates to Brooks 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.

Brooks 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.