Who should buy the Brooks Launch 9

The ninth iteration of the Brooks Launch is the perfect pick for runners in need of a: 

  • fun and lightweight running shoe that can go fast or slow 
  • road shoe built for any distance and can double for casual wear

Brooks Launch 9 brooks running

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a dedicated, tried-and-true speed trainer that's ready to set and beat PRS, it's better to go for the Brooks Hyperion Tempo or the Brooks Levitate 5

Brooks Launch 9 forefoot

For narrow-footed runners, get the Brooks Ghost 14. And if you want something even cheaper, get the Brooks Revel 5

Brooks Launch 9 vs. 8

This time around, the Brooks Launch 9 sees these updates: 

  • More cushioned ride, thanks to the additional 2mm stack
  • Lighter weight (8.1 oz vs. 8.8 oz in US M 9) because of the new Creel wrap upper
  • Sustainability-driven design with the shoe's Green Rubber outsole

Brooks Launch 9 stack

All these changes entail a price increase of $10. From $100, the Brooks Launch 9 now retails for $110. Despite this, many still find it a "great-value" choice. 

Brings in the fun

It's not the most rebounding running shoe on the market because of its "dated" midsole says multiple testers. However, it still has a touch of pop that makes it a fun and peppy ride from low to high-mileage runs. 

Brooks Launch 9 ride

Runners find the ride as something close to the NB FuelCell and the Puma Nitro, but a touch firmer. For Brooks fans, think of the Ghost but a little more aggressive. 

Run easy

This shoe has a rockered shape that allows for fast and easy heel-to-toe transitions. The ride is so seamless, experts compare it to the Skechers Maxroad 5

Brooks Launch 9 rocker

Weight that's built for speed

It's not just lighter than its predecessor; it's also lighter (8.1 oz in US M 9) than most running shoes on the market (weighing in at 9.9 oz on average).

Brooks Launch 9 heel

The Launch 9 takes care of the foot

Because it has more cushion, reviewers find it "more forgiving" for longer miles than the Launch 8. 

Brooks Launch 9 running shoe

Inspires surefootedness

The combination of the snug upper and the broad base are loved by many runners. Despite it having a higher stack, according to them, they don't feel tippy in the Brooks Launch even during sharp turns and when running on gravel. 

Brooks Launch 9 toe box

Opens up to broad feet

Runners with medium to wide-width feet all claim that they feel secure and locked in with the Launch's new upper. However, those with narrow feet find it "too roomy," especially in the midfoot area. 

Brooks Launch 9 midfoot

Minimizing waste

To champion a more eco-friendly approach, the Launch 9 has a green rubber outsole that's made using sand instead of petroleum. This lessens its environmental impact.

Brooks Launch 9 stable

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 230g / Women 200g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 26mm
Heel height: 36mm
Collection: Brooks Launch, Brooks BioMoGo

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Author
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.