Brooks Launch GTS 8: Gets the job done! 

It's not a shoe that can wow you. In the case of the Launch GTS 8 from Brooks, you get what you give. Priced fairly cheap, this stability shoe may not feature the pep that most speed shoes have, but if you're looking for a solid daily training option, this shoe delivers.

Launch GTS 8: How does it help overpronators? 

As a stability model, it's targeted towards runners who suffer from overpronation or excessive inward rolling of the foot (find out more about it in this pronation guide). But it doesn't solely focus on the underfoot support, rather the shoe is designed to control overpronation by guiding and stabilizing the runner's knees. How does it do that? 

  • The GuideRails technology reduces excess shin and heel rotation, keeping the knee's natural motion in a safe range. 
  • Contrary to the Launch 8 (non-GTS version/neutral counterpart), the shoe has more midfoot rubber coverage, generating more grip for a slip-free ride. 
  • To add to the shoe's stability, it has a wider platform than the Launch 8 for a better foot plant. 

Who will enjoy this shoe? 

If you want to pick up the pace, the Brooks Launch GTS 8 is "more than capable" of running speed runs. It's also a stability trainer that you can rotate with other Brooks models like the Adrenaline GTS 21 or the Glycerin GTS 19

Be warned, after using the shoe in long-distance efforts, there have been reports of pain developing in the lower legs at the end of the run. 

What changed: Launch GTS 8 vs. Ravenna 11 

To streamline its shoe models, Brooks finally renames the Ravenna to Launch GTS. Marking this change, here are some of the updated features from the Launch GTS 8: 

  • Roomier forefoot
  • More breathability due to the new Air Mesh upper
  • Smoother transitions and durability, thanks to the added rubber at the forefoot

Rankings

How Brooks Launch GTS 8 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 7% road running shoes
All road running shoes
Top 17% Brooks running shoes
All Brooks running shoes
Top 9% stability running shoes
All stability running shoes

Popularity

The current trend of Brooks Launch GTS 8.
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