Brooks Launch 2Review Facts
The Brooks Launch 2 is made for neutral runners looking for a lightweight experience. This shoe is designed to allow the runner a cushioned and flexible run, whether running fartleks, everyday distance training, or running in a competitive race. For balanced heel-to-toe transition, the Brooks Launch 2 offers a Forefoot Cush Pod Configuration and a Heel Segmented Crash pad. For maximum durability, this shoe features both blown rubber in the forefoot, as well as the HPR Plus System in the heel. With the BioMoGo midsole technology, you as the runner can obtain a true made-for-you experience, as the foam adapts to your specific style of running. In fact, many runners report never having to break these in because they are comfy from the get-go.
In 2012, Brooks considered discontinuing the Launch line. However, runners rose up and demanded its continuation. Now, you get to reap the benefit of that fight with the Brooks Launch 2.
This shoe presents with synthetic overlays that make for a secure and snug fit. These no-sew synthetic overlays keep the foot comfortable and protection from irritation. Feet stay cooler with the air mesh upper. This mesh, combined with the overlay system, works to make the shoe flexible while still maintaining the light weight. Occasionally a runner will report that their mesh upper tore apart a few months after purchase.
The midsole is considered by some to be the most important part of the shoe. Its the part that you notice the most while running. The midsole of the Brooks Launch 2 is comprised of a foam DNA called BioMoGo. This adaptable material provides both cushioning and responsiveness to your run. BioMoGo foam has the ability to adapt the level of cushioning based on the wearer’s needs. The softness and firmness of the foam change as the wearer walks, jogs, runs, or sprints. It also reacts to the wearer’s specific weight and style of running.
The outsole is the bottom of the shoe. The outsole of the Brooks Launch 2 is constructed with blown rubber, which increases durability, responsiveness, and flexibility. To absorb shock and add additional cushioning, the Brooks Launch 2 also offers a segmented crash pad. This crash pad is made up of integrated shock-absorbers that maximize efficiency, improve heel-to-toe transition, and provide cushion.
The average pair of Brooks Launch 2 weighs approximately 10 ounces in men’s and 8oz in women’s. Of course, any shoe’s weight will vary with size. If you are a new runner, a general rule of thumb is to begin with a shoe that maximizes cushioning, like this one. Then work toward a lightweight shoe with less heel to toe drop, over time.
A breathable shoe can be vitally important to a runner’s comfort. This is especially true when running in the spring and summer months
. And, even more so here in Las Vegas where I live. The air mesh of the Brooks Launch 2 strategically increases breathability while you run, making this an ideal shoe for running in those warm months.
Brooks also offers a whole line
of breathable products to pair with these breathable running shoes.
The Brooks Launch 2 features a Heel Segmented Crash Pad, improving heel-to-toe transition. This Crash Pad is made up of fully integrated shock absorbers that, not only improve the heel-to-toe transition, but maximize cushioning as well. The full-length S-257 Cushole works to enhance cushioning and flexibility. There is an engaged sockliner that adds extra comfort underfoot.
The BioMoGo DNA is designed for responsive cushioning as well. One runner reported that the Brooks Launch 2 helped ease her discomfort related to bone spurs on the back of each foot. She reported that the pain had gotten so bad that she could no longer wear typical sneakers. However, these were so soft and cushiony that she was able to wear them to workout. Another runner reported that the Brooks Launch 2 eased her pain with plantar fasciitis.
This shoe is made for the neutral runner. Runners with a high arch report that these shoes work well for them as well. The design of the Brooks Launch 2 also appears to offer support to those with past knee problems
. No-sew support is offered by synthetic overlay materials. Nurses are reporting not only wearing these for running but also for working their long shifts.
Runners want a responsive shoe that will give them that 'pop' during toe-off. With this energy-returning property, wearer’s can generally run longer, making this shoe perfect for those seeking high milage. The outsole of the Brooks Launch 2 is constructed with blown rubber, which works to increase responsiveness. In addition, this shoe features a Universal Sprung Platform, increasing the consistency of the under-foot feel.
The Brooks Launch 2 offers a variety of fun and stylish eye-cathcing colors. For men, Brooks Launch 2 comes in both Nightlife/Electric and Mako/Black. Women get a little more variety with Fuscia Purple, Brite Pink/Midnight, Kaleidoscope/Aruba Blue/Sparkling Grape, Paradise Green/Blue Iris, Black/White, Spectrum Blue/Berry/Blue Radience (it is Radience with an “e”, I checked). What color will you choose?
As with most running shoes, the women’s styles are made on a last that is narrower than the men’s. The women’s heel is also made more narrow than the forefoot. However, the forefoot and heel are the same width in men’s shoes. When you see B in women’s, this means a medium width. But, you must looks for D for a medium width in a men’s shoe. A woman with a very narrow foot may have difficulty lacing up these shoes for a snug fit.
If you are a woman looking to wear a men’s or a unisex shoe, please purchase a size one and a half times smaller than your normal shoe. An example would be, if you normally wear a size 7, you would purchase a size 5.5 in men’s or in a unisex shoe. If your foot measures between 2 sizes, I recommend choosing the larger size, as Brooks shoes tend to run slightly small. Even if planning to order online, I recommend a trip to the store to try these on first. Don’t worry if you buy the wrong size though, Brooks makes returns easy and relatively painless.
There has been a lot of attention placed on the flexibility of running shoes in recent years. The flexibility refers to how the shoe bends and aligns with the foot joint as it moves through the stride. The more flexible the shoe, the lighter and more comfortable it feels. Increased flexibility in the shoe is also thought to cut down the strain placed on the foot. The outsole of the Brooks Launch 2 is constructed with blown rubber, which increases flexibility. The full-length S-257 Cushole of this shoe also works to enhance cushioning as well as flexibility.
Although with a brand new look, the Brooks Launch 2 continued the forefoot responsiveness, smooth transitions, and extreme cushiness of the original Launch.
However, the no-sew upper with a snug secure fit and the BioMoGo DNA technology are new. Brooks improved the shoe’s ability to adapt to any landing style by adapting the under heel groove. They also hardened the rubber in the mid-foot for increased durability and added even more cushioning to the forefoot.
For balanced and efficient heel-to-toe transition, the Brooks Launch 2 features a Forefoot Cush Pod Configuration. This shoe holds the foot snugly without any stride-altering control devices. It offers full ground contact with updated forefoot flex grooves and a decoupled heel, that aid in stabilizing the foot on the ground before beginning the next stride.
The outsole of the Brooks Launch 2 is constructed with blown rubber, which increases durability. The HPR Plus System offers durable traction in the heel. One runner reported that the pinky-toe area in the shoe appeared to wear out faster than the rest of the shoe. When Brooks upgrade from the Launch 1 to the Launch 2, they added a hardened rubber in the mid-foot for improved durability as well.
Some runners report that this stiffer midsole provides better cushioning and protection. The midsoles seem to wear out around 300 miles, give or take depending on the runner. Check the soles of your shoes regularly and look for wear. You know it is time to replace them if sections are wearing thin. It is important to replace shoes regularly to avoid injury. When was the last time you checked your shoes?
The no-sew mesh upper of the Brooks Launch 2 helps to keep your feet, not only comfortable, but also dry. Keeping your feet dry during your run is important to reduce blisters and bacterial build up. Why spend money on purchasing deodorizing sprays or powders
for your traditional running shoes, when you can buy the incredibly breathable Brooks Launch 2?
The price of the Brooks Launch has always been considered friendly. Generally though, prices appear to be slightly elevated for popular sizes. However, now that the next models in the Launch line have been released, you can find the Launch 2 at discounted, or even clearanced, prices.
Knowing what terrain you want to run on is important when purchasing a running shoe. Some shoes are designed for road or for trail
. The Brooks Launch 2 appears to do especially well with road racing. However, secondarily, this shoe does well on track, treadmill, and groomed trails
as well. This shoe is not designed for inclement weather
or extreme temperatures.
The profile of the heel measures at 34.4mm, while the profile of the forefoot is 23.3. This accounts of an 11.1 heel-toe drop (also known as ’stack height’). This is considered a relatively high drop. A high drop is recommended for runners who experience plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial and/or Achilles tendonitis
, or other heel pain.
Key Features of the Launch 2
Key Features of the Launch 2
• For balanced and efficient heel-to-toe transition, there is a Forefoot Cush Pod
• Forefoot durability, flexibility, and responsiveness enhanced by a blown rubber outsole
• Durable traction in the heel made possible by the HPR Plus System
• Consistent under-foot feel improved by the Universal Sprung Platform
• Environmentally friendly BioMoGo DNA for responsive cushioning
The Brooks Launch 2 was introduced five years after the original, after runners demanded the Launch’s return. The new updates provide Launch-lovers with the same great shoe but with the added bonus of enhanced comfort, flexibility, and responsiveness. Your feet
absorb more force during a run than any other part of your body. So, why not treat them to a pair of Brooks Launch 2? This shoe is designed as a high-milage
trainer, but rewards wearer’s even when walking, working, or sprinting. You may also love this shoe for recovery runs due to its extreme cushiness.