Looking for a lightweight daily training shoe? Definitely give the Brooks Launch 4 a try. The 4th generation of the Launch series continues its tradition of providing runners with a lightweight and responsive ride during each and every run.
The Launch 4 brings updates such as deeper flex grooves and a greater amount of blown rubber to provide more flexibility and responsive cushioning than its predecessor, the Launch 3. Keep reading to see what other updates were made to the Launch 4, as well as my wear-tested opinion about what this shoe can bring to your run.
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The Launch 4 also has a greater forefoot surface area. This iteration of the shoe provides more flexibility than its predecessor and greater ground coverage, which provides for a toe off that is smoother and more energetic than in the previous version of the Launch. The outsole is mainly constructed blown rubber and just a small bit of carbon rubber. This not only increases the durability of the outsole but also lightens the shoe overall.
The material used in the upper, called Air Mesh Fabric, is also highly breathable and allows air to flow through your shoe so it dries quickly and prevents moisture-related issues like blisters and hot spots. There are fewer 3D overlays in the Launch 4, and the remaining overlays have been moved into new positions on the shoe. This has made the toe box more flexible, which for some users, has provided greater comfort. Although the tongue is thick, the laces are also thick and help to keep the tongue in place. The tongue also helps to prevent chafing caused by lacing that is too tight.
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- Increased blown rubber in the outsole
- X band provides stability
- Low profile design
- Eye-catching color schemes