Who should buy the Brooks Launch GTS 9

The Brooks Launch GTS 9 is a must-have for runners who want to purchase a: 

  • supportive shoe for overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot) that's also suitable for neutral runners
  • short to long-distance running shoe for easy or fast days on the road 
  • budget stability shoe perfect for beginners

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Who should NOT buy it

If speed is your top-most priority, buy the Brooks Hyperion Tempo instead. It's not a stability shoe, but it excels in speed training and in providing a snug fit for narrow feet. But if it's an easy-day shoe you're after, take the supportive Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 instead. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 padded collar

Brooks Launch GTS 9 vs. 8

Comfort and protection are maximized in the Brooks Launch GTS 9 while waste is minimized. To do so, it meets the following fine-tuning: 

  • For a cushier ride with less ground feel and more impact protection, it has 2mm more cushion.
  • It features a lighter upper that trims down its weight (from 250 g/8.8 oz. to 246 g/8.7 oz. in US M 9).
  • Using a Green Rubber outsole, the Launch GTS 9 aims to be more sustainable by using sand instead of using petroleum. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 outsole

Stability is the name of the game

Signifying support, the GTS in the Brooks Launch GTS 9 literally means "Go To Support." And true to its promise, it delivers a highly stable ride for those who suffer from overpronation. It does so by keeping the foot centered, the knees aligned, and eliminating excess motions. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 guiderails

What's also great about it is neutral runners can enjoy it just as much as overpronators. According to testers, it doesn't "overcorrect," meaning it's not too firm, making the ride forgiving and enjoyable. 

Ride is A-OK

Although it lags behind in speed compared to other dedicated tempo shoes, the Brooks Launch GTS 9 still remains responsive, so if you want to pick up the pace or slow it down, your runs will be just as peppy and fun. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 ride

On top of this, the heel-to-toe transitions are seamless; it's easy to get from one step to the next. 

No more achy feet with the Brooks Launch GTS 9

Thanks to the shoe's added cushion, reviewers agree that the Launch GTS 9 from Brooks feels "more protective" than its precursor. Even those who are on their feet for long periods attest to this. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 running shoe

Doesn't tip the scales

On average, stability shoes weigh in at 298 g/10.5 oz. in US M 9. However, the Brooks Launch GTS 9 only weighs in at 246 g/8.7 oz. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 lightweight

It's not only light on paper; it's also light on the run. So much so, all testers say it's unlike any other stability shoes they've tried, which are traditionally bulky. 

Fits like a dream

From the heel to the midfoot, runners describe the fit as supportive. The overlays keep everything snug, but not too tight. It's secure even when picking up the pace.

Brooks Launch GTS 9 toe box

And in the toe box, there's ample room for foot swelling and comfortable foot splay. Even wide-footed runners enjoy it. Those with narrow feet, meanwhile, find the fit too roomy; their feet end up sliding inside. 

A hike in price

From $100, the Brooks Launch GTS 9 climbs to a $110 retail price. 

Laces could be a tad longer

Those with slim heels share the same gripe about the Launch GTS 9's laces being too short. According to them, they don't help in cinching down the rear fit because they're not long enough for heel locking. 

Brooks Launch GTS 9 laces

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 246g / Women 212g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Collection: Brooks Launch, Brooks BioMoGo
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Low arch

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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.