We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper has a no-sew construction, which keeps the foot comfortable and free from irritation.
  • The overlay system has been fused directly to the fabric, keeping the cover system lightweight and flexible.
  • The different colorways present an eye-catching look.
  • Runners appreciated the mid-sole unit of the Brooks Launch 2, which delivered personalized underfoot support.
  • Additional cushioning is provided by a segmented crash pad, which also absorbs impact shock.
  • This running shoe doesn’t have an expensive price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners didn’t like that it took them time to break in the shoe and get their feet to acclimate to how it performs.
  • A few noted that the mesh upper tore apart after a few months of use.

Bottom line

The streamlined design doesn’t make the Brooks Launch 2 less appealing. It’s actually a great option for neutral runners who want to have a shoe for their daily running sessions and other activities. Its cushioning is dependable and its features work well.



A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
Better rated than the previous version Brooks Launch 3

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    This shoe is also dubbed a classic by many runners as a simple but wonderfully comfortable ride for miles on end.

  • 85 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The all-mesh upper maintains the close-to-the-foot feel.

  • 75 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    For me, the Brooks Launch 2 takes a step forward with the upper, and a step back with the midsole.

  • 65 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 89 / 100 | Salt Marsh Running | | Level 4 expert

    It was supposed to be an easy run, but it soon became something closer to a progression workout as my pace kept dropping mile after mile. 

  • 90 / 100 | Running Maven | | Level 3 expert

    I really adore the fit of the upper on the new L2 especially how it greets and hugs my feet as they settle into the shoe.

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  • 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.

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 midsole unit uses the BioMoGo DNA, which is the amalgamation of cushioning technologies that have graced many Brooks shoes, like the Brooks Launch 6. 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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.