Who should buy the Brooks Launch 4

You will enjoy running in the Brooks Launch 4 if you want:

  • a budget-friendly option from a competitive brand that performs like a more expensive shoe
  • a well-cushioned shoe to accompany your long-distance running up to a marathon
  • a sleek lightweight trainer that can go fast if needed

Brooks Launch 4 top view

Who should NOT buy the shoe

Brooks has made quite a few advancements in the Launch series since version 4. You might as well consider a more recent update, the Launch 9, to experience all of the improvements made to the shoe.

Alternatively, you can check out the Hyperion Tempo, a premium-level speedster from Brooks. Or dive into the plushest goodness that Brooks can provide in the Glycerin 20.

Brooks Launch 4 performance

Solid cushioning but could be smoother

Runners agree that the BioMoGo DNA foam midsole of the Launch 4 offers enough cushioning for long miles even up to a marathon. It ensures soft landings and feels quite supportive. The X-shaped component at the bottom adds some torsional rigidity which translates to a more stable ride.

But on the downside, this very same zone created a problem for more than a few athletes. They felt as if it "interrupted the flow" of the shoe, detracting from the smoothness of heel-to-toes:

  • "awkward firm transition at midfoot"
  • "felt like I was unintentionally hitting the breaks"

Aside from that, some reviewers also mentioned that the Launch 4 needs a little time to soften up and lacks springiness. 

Brooks Launch 4 midsole

Extra comfort in the upper of the Launch 4

For an enhanced fit and added comfort, this Brooks running shoe uses the 3D Print overlays that also give structural integrity. The padded tongue and collar give added comfort and the thick laces help in providing a secure fit.

No pressure points have been reported by the runners. They enjoyed the thick tongue and well-padded interiors of the shoe: "surrounds the ankle and locks down the heel" and "feels very secure."

Brooks Launch 4 ankle area

Nice and airy in-shoe feel

The Brooks Launch 4 uses an air mesh material in the upper for maximum breathability, keeping the foot well-ventilated all throughout the run. The air mesh fabric keeps the foot cool and dry through its moisture-wicking capacity.

In the words of one reviewer, the shoe "feels like a great summer shoe option at least for us in the Pacific Northwest."

Brooks Launch 4 upper

Lighter than you might expect

The Brooks Launch 4 weighs in at 9 oz (255 g) per shoe. For a daily trainer, this is considered rather light. For comparison, the average weight of running shoes is 9.9 oz (280 g).

Brooks Launch 4 promises a long life

More than a few runners consider this Brooks shoe a very durable option. With its sturdy upper and hard-wearing outsole rubber, experts anticipate at least 350 miles from the shoe.

Brooks Launch 4 outsole

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9oz / Women 7.5oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Brooks Launch 9
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 27mm

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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.