DiscontinuedUpdate: Brooks Launch 5
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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
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WeightMen: 10ozWomen: 8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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The all-mesh upper maintains the close-to-the-foot feel.
For me, the Brooks Launch 2 takes a step forward with the upper, and a step back with the midsole.
It doesn’t offer much support, but it does offer full ground contact with a decoupled heel and updated forefoot flex groves to aid the foot in stabilizing on the ground before the start of the next stride.
This shoe is also dubbed a classic by many runners as a simple but wonderfully comfortable ride for miles on end.
Updates to Brooks Launch 2
- The Brooks Launch 2 is a neutral running shoe that’s created for those who need adequate support and coverage throughout their daily activities. It’s a durable running shoe made for regular running purposes, but its appealing looks certainly make it a respectable part of casual clothing. The comfortable and ergonomic construction contributes to this model’s functionality and accessibility.
- The upper unit makes use of a mesh material that’s actually made to encourage air to easily enter the foot-chamber. A well-ventilated interior greatly makes the coverage more agreeable to long-term running activities. The no-sew design of the fabric and overlay system allows the foot to stay comfortable and free from irritation.
- The mid-sole of the 2nd version of the Launch from Brooks features a full-length foam technology that is able to conform itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot. Basically, each runner gets a personalized underfoot experience when using this model. The Cushsole also brings reliable cushioning while making the platform flexible.
- HPR Plus is a highly durable rubber compound that’s placed in the heel area of this running shoe. It effectively shields the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. The front of the shoe uses blown rubber, which adds a bit of cushioning & lift on top of its protective quality.
Brooks Launch 2 size and fit
The Brooks Launch 2 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that use the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot.
The HPR Plus is a rubber compound placed in the heel area of the Brooks Launch 2’s outsole. Made to shield the mid-sole from wear and tear, it is abrasion-resistant so it remains effective even after many uses.
Blown rubber is a more responsive rubber compound that’s actually created to add a bit more cushioning to the forefoot strike and toe-off. That function blends well with its protective purpose.
The Segmented Crash Pad design is made up of individual sections in the external sole unit that are meant to absorb impact shock throughout the gait cycle. It also makes the cushioning feel efficient as it smoothens the transitions from the heel to the toe.
The mid-sole unit uses the BioMoGo DNA, which is the amalgamation of cushioning technologies that have graced many Brooks shoes. It delivers customized cushioning by conforming to the shape, size and speed of the wearer’s foot. It’s also biodegradable, so it’s a good feature for environment-friendly runners.
The full-length Cushsole technology brings comfortable cushioning throughout the entire gait cycle. It’s flexible and long-lasting, too.
The air mesh is a material that has an open construction. It covers the foot responsibly, making sure that it stays well-ventilated at all times.
No-sew overlays are directly fused with the upper mesh. They provide structure to the upper, but their main purpose is to keep the coverage as snug and secure as possible. They adjust with the tightening and loosening of the lacing system.