Brooks Launch 2

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Brooks Launch 2 Review 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. 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • This shoe is considered lightweight 
  • It is cushioned by the BioMoGo DNA system
  • The flex grooves ensure this shoe is as flexible as possible
  • It is made breathable by the air mesh of the upper
  • This shoe is biodegradable, and at a more rapid rate than competitors, making it Earth friendly
Cons
  • This shoe does not aid in correction of over-pronating
  • Not made for those female runners with a very narrow foot
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These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • I have small heels and these fit great and the sole is a dream. They have rubbed a bit due to the tiny toes box.
  • I switched to this brand from Asics and I couldn't be happier. They are super light and supportive and help me with my distance as well as work with my sprinting.
  • My favorite shoes ever. They are light and comfy and an all around a great shoe and style.
  • I am able to walk and jog in these without issues and I just had surgery. I am super happy that I got these shoes.
  • These are a very versatile shoe. From distance running to cross training, these have given me nothing but comfort and stability. The toe box is roomy yet the arches and heel are snug, great fit.
  • These have lasted me a whole year and still have some life to them. The were a great price and I just love these shoes.
  • They are very supportive for how light and comfortable they are; I was surprised. Good job Brooks.
  • I had high expectations for these after trying my daughters. These are the most comfy shoes ever. They were a little stiff at first but they only took one good walk to work out the kinks.
  • I switched from my other style Brooks to these and I am impressed. They are not that great for my high arches. However, they are super comfortable and the cushioning in the toe box is great.
  • These are very light and comfy. I love running in these.
  • These shoes were such a great price for what they offer. I am hooked. I would recommend Brooks to anyone.
  • These are the best Brooks shoe on the market if not the best shoe period. They are comfortable and true to size.
  • After finishing a marathon, I felt like I could just keep going. These are the most light and comfortable shoes I have ever owned.
  • These have great support and are not rigid at all. These shoes are great for any type of runner.
  • I have narrow feet and these work great for me. I use them for my daily walks and I have no pain. They have great arch support too.
  • I'm usually a Nike runner but these have taken over. I love the stability and how light they are. These are more structured than my old Nikes and offer way more durability without being clunky.
  • They are a great supportive runner and I am in love with the style.
  • These do not disappoint. They are exactly what they are advertised to be: comfortable, lightweight, durable. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend them without hesitation.
  • Without a doubt the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I am a large dude and move around a lot: in the gym, at work, running; these have not let me down in any aspect.
  • I am a chef and I use these at work. They have great traction, are comfortable and lightweight. I bought a couple pair to alternate and I have had them a very long time without having to buy new ones.
  • These are a runner’s dream shoe: lightweight, comfortable and can take a heavy stride.
  • I did some research and ended up trying these after 4 years with my other sneakers and these are amazing. Me, at over 200 lbs, and over 300 miles, these shoes have held up. They are extremely comfortable and lightweight. They are an all around great running shoe.
  • These are super cushy from the toe to the top of the ankle. They breath great and take a lot of impact without the after shock. I ran in the rain and they dried rather quickly.
  • I run a lot and work 13 hour shifts at the hospital and these have never failed me. They support me well enough all day that I have not gotten fatigued or had any pain from the day of standing and pacing.
  • I like to take these jogging on the trails by my home. I love the traction that they have and that they fit me perfect out of the box; there was no blistery break in time.
  • I love these when I take my long runs. I did have to buy a half size up, which was to be expected. These are lightweight and very breathable. The cushion is just right for me as well.
Negative
  • These were definitely not made for me. I am a nurse and these had my body, from my lower back down, in pain at the end of the day. I am disappointed.
  • I have always worn Brooks and these are the worst they have ever came out with. They are not the same sizing and they fell apart after 5 months. This is such a disappointment and I would not recommend buying these.
  • These were way too stiff and they were really small in sizing.
  • I have really bad knee and heel pain because of these shoes. Also, these only had around 60 miles on them and they started wearing out. That is not good for how much they cost.
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Upper
Upper

Upper

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.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

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.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

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.
Weight
Weight

Weight

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.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

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.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

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.
Support
Support

Support

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.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

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.
Color
Color

Color

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?
Size
Size

Size

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.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

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.
Updates
Updates

Updates

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.
Stability
Stability

Stability

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.
Durability
Durability

Durability

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?
Protection
Protection

Protection

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?
Price
Price

Price

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.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

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.
Drop
Drop

Drop

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

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
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

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.