Who should buy the Brooks Launch GTS 8

Go for the Launch GTS 8 as long as:

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Who should NOT buy it

If you want a shoe for easy days, the Brooks Launch GTS 8 is not it. It's a moderate stability shoe, which means it's not suited for those with severe overpronation (feet roll inward excessively) and supinators (feet roll outward). 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 midsole

If you're planning to run long miles in it, you might want to reconsider. 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

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. Instead, the shoe is designed to control overpronation by guiding and stabilizing the runner's knees. How does it do that? 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 support

  • 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 broader platform than the Launch 8 for a better foot plant. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8: A stable ride that doesn't overdo it

Unlike other stability shoes, the Launch GTS 8 offers "very mild" support. Experts say that the GuideRails are almost "invisible" and only work when needed, making the ride adaptive and NOT restrictive. 

Spot-on wrap

It has a performance-oriented fit — very snug in the midfoot and opens up in the forefoot. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 toe box

Don't worry about slips

Experts find the ride very surefooted thanks to the combination of the shoe's fit, overlays, sidewalls, and wide outsole. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 outsole

A welcome element

The gusseted tongue prevents unwanted movements and rotation while promoting a more "secure lockdown." 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 gusseted tongue

The Launch GTS 8 is ready for summer and winter

Almost all testers agree that it breathes "great" during hot days and gives enough warmth during winter. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 upper

A cozy haven for the feet

Runners attribute this to the shoe's breathability, roomy toe box, and flexible upper. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 collar

Practically unbreakable

After logging 100 miles, athletes still haven't seen any noticeable wear. They predict that the shoe can last between 250-400 miles. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8: Lacks life

Reviewers say that the BioMoGo foam doesn't work. It makes the ride "uninspiring," "stiff," and "dead," even after the break-in period. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 ride

Mediocre heel hold

It's not as secure as the Launch 7. It's slippery, and some had to use a runner's knot to avoid slippage. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 heel

Caution: Instability in the midfoot

The outsole is quite narrow in the midfoot, making the run a little unstable, especially in this area. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 midfoot width

Digging sensation

The eyelets have plastic around them which causes pressure on the foot when it flexes. 

Brooks Launch GTS 8 laces

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.8oz / Women 8.1oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Brooks Launch GTS 9
Collection: Brooks BioMoGo, Brooks Launch
Pronation: Overpronation

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