Brooks Launch 6 Review Facts
The 6th generation of the Brooks Launch family brings us a comfortable and breathable neutral running shoe that will suit a wide range of runners. The BioMoGo DNA cushioning technology provides an energized run and a significant amount of underfoot protection, and the adjusted Midfoot Transition Zone will provide a smoother and more seamless heel-to-toe transition than before. This is one of the running shoes that doesn’t try to hard to be noticeable and relies on its quality and performance to do all the convincing – and they really, really do. Given its great price, the quality build and the durability, finding a better runner for runs ranging from 5k to a marathon would be really hard.
The outsole of the sixth generation of the Brooks Launch running shoe has been enhanced from the previous iteration. The first thing to notice is the wider heel decoupling grooves that allow for greater flexibility and easier transition off the heel and to the midfoot. The front of the outsole has also been changed and now features shallow and wide, arrow-shaped flex grooves that further give the feeling of a smooth transition, along with the Midfoot Transition Zone. The outsole itself is made from a durable
rubber compound, and the traction pattern ensures good grip and ground feel, without sand, pebbles or ground getting in the way.
The brand has kept its BioMoGo DNA cushioning, with the greatest change being increased cushioning. The Launch 6 resembles the Launch 4 much more than the 5th model of the family, which was firmer and more responsive. Also, the forefoot received another foam layer, in order to make the ride softer and more protective. The BioMoGo DNA cushioning, which offers a bouncy, energized ride and shock absorption, works in tune with the Midfoot Transition Zone, which is also visible on the outsole because due to its ribbon shape. As the name suggests, the Midfoot Transition Zone helps to make the whole heel-to-toe transition smooth, connecting the outsole heel and forefoot transition properties.
The new, redesigned upper is made of one-piece engineered mesh, rather than the fabric-like material that was featured in the Launch 5. The upper of the Launch 6 features minimal overlays and the one-piece mesh provides a lot of support for the foot while remaining breathable
, comfortable and lightweight. Another noticeable change, compared to the Launch 6’s predecessor, is the tongue that is now thinner, although still padded enough so as to disperse any pressure from the laces. The padding on the collar has also been decreased in order to provide a better fit, but the collar remains protective and supportive enough for a regular runner. Beneath the mesh on the vamp is a firm construction aimed at offering structure as well as protecting the toes and increasing the lifespan of the engineered mesh.
At 255g or 9oz for a men’s and 227g or 8oz for a women’s half-pair, it appears that the Brooks Launch 6 is more lightweight than the previous model of the Launch family. This doesn’t come as a surprise, given that lighter materials were used in the construction of the upper; however, some runners have noticed that the shoe feels a little bit heavier than the Launch 5, even though it’s not like that on paper. The majority of runners have only noted the great, light weight of this neutral runner, without noticing a dramatic difference either way.
Since Brooks has decided to opt for engineered mesh in this iteration of the Launch running shoe, that means that the Launch 6 is more breathable than its predecessor. The breezy upper ensures that no hot spots will develop, no matter the length of your run, giving the Brooks Launch 6 just the right amount of support and ventilation needed for a comfy summer run.
The overall comfort of the Brooks Launch 6 is more than satisfactory, with the one-piece engineered mesh providing flexible and supportive comfort throughout the entire ride. The platform of the shoe is a tad narrower than with the Launch 5, but the snug upper allows for runner of varying widths to run comfortably in this shoe. The length of the shoe is standard, and the shoe is true to size. The widths available are D Medium for men and B Medium for women. The toe box has gathered a lot of positive attention, seeing how it allows for the toes to splay in it and stretch, and the depth of the toe box is more than enough for a comfortable ride even during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle
. The laces of the Launch 6 are short, so you won’t have to double-knot them and they won’t get in the way while you run.
The design of the Brooks Launch 6 has failed to knock anyone’s socks, and you can easily see the reason why. While there’s not anything wrong with the design itself, the whole color block vibe has been seen time and time again, leaving the Launch 6 lacking in this department. This is your average-looking running shoe that comes in 4 different colorways for both men and women’s versions. This isn’t to say that the shoe is ugly – far from it, but given the recent trend of creating high-quality running shoes that can double as a lifestyle shoe, the Launch 6 is decidedly a one-trick pony: a running shoe and nothing but. For some runners, this will be more than enough, but a lot of them feel hopeful that the brand will come out with more modern and interesting colorways as time goes by. Another thing to note is the lacing system, which is a bit wider than a standard one, making your foot appear wider than it actually is, looking down at the shoe.
The outsole of the Brooks Launch 6 utilizes significant amounts of rubber, especially for a shoe in the lightweight
category, which does increase the sole durability quite a bit. You can expect the sole to last you quite a long time, protecting the upper and the midsole, while at the same time providing a reliable and consistent grip on the surface.
With the brand’s popular BioMoGo DNA cushioning intact, and the additional foam layer featured in the forefoot of this running shoe, the Brooks Launch 6 is a fairly protective shoe that will keep your feet safe from impact forces that could leave you with swollen and tired feet. Another protective feature of this neutral runner is the toe-box structure hidden beneath the upper mesh layer. The toe-box has a primarily comfort-oriented purpose, ensuring that the toes have a lot of wiggle room at any given time, but it will also protect
your toes from pebbles and small stones that might fall on your feet while running.
Compared to Launch 5, Launch 6 features a less responsive, softer midsole. That being said, the BioMoGo DNA cushioning technology is the brand’s trademark technology from the “Energize” line, meaning that any shoe with the BioMoGo DNA in the midsole will provide quite enough bounce and energy-return. The Launch 6 is no exception, and with the aid of the Midfoot Transition Zone, the responsive midsole provides a smooth and energized ride that allows you to amp up the speed easily and with minimum effort, making this a good daily runner, as well as a good marathon shoe.
The Brooks Launch 6 is a neutral running shoe, meaning that it’s most suitable for runners who have high, medium-high or normal arches, which is about a half of runners out there. Compared to the previous version, the customers have noted that the Launch 6 has a little less arch support than the 5th model, even though both shoes are in the neutral category. So if you like to feel a more engaging arch support our advice is to opt for a customized orthotic insert that will give you the feeling you like.
The Brooks Launch 6 is a shoe best for roads, track, treadmill, and light gravel. Due to the absence of overlays on the upper, we wouldn’t advise to take it off-road, even if it’s not a technical trail, because there’s a danger of the shoe’s upper tearing and rendering the entire shoe useless. That being said, what the Launch 6 is great for is your everyday running, due to the sufficient cushioning
and underfoot protection the shoe’s midsole has to offer.
The Launch 6 is a shoe that’s great for a runner looking for a comfortable, breathable and cushioned neutral running shoe that’s well-priced and won’t break the bank as well. For the C-note you’re paying for the Launch 6, you’ll be getting one of the best lightweight neutral running shoes on the market. Considering that the Launch 5 was an immensely popular runner and that the 6 only has improvements over the previous version of the shoe, it’s safe to say that we’re looking at a running shoe that is more than reasonably priced for the price you’re paying.
The abundant use of rubber on the outsole results in the Launch 6 having great traction on dry terrain. This shoe will even offer good performance on lightly wet terrain, even though the mesh upper means that this clearly isn’t a shoe made for rainy weather runs. All in all, you won’t experience slippage when running in the Launch 6, and the outsole won’t go bald for quite a time, providing you with reliable and confident running
The Launch 6 offers a decent amount of flexibility, although this definitely isn’t one of its most prominent features. The new engineered mesh upper provides a good amount of flexibility and prevents any blisters from forming over the upper material not bending enough with the foot. As for the sole, it’s not too firm or too flexible, but the transition that it provides is smooth and gives an impression of a shoe that’s more flexible than it actually is. Once the shoe gets broken in completely, you can expect a little more forefoot flexibility that will further complement the overall responsiveness
of the midsole.
The snug-fitting upper of the Brooks Launch 6 offers a decent amount of lateral stability – more than enough for your usual track daily run, while the rearfoot of the shoe is built to stabilize the heel and prevent movement and slippage during the run. Compared to the previous version, the Launch 6 offers about the same amount of stability as the Launch 5.
The rearfoot stack height of the Launch 6 measures 27mm, while the forefoot is at 17mm of height, making this a 10mm drop
shoe. The ‘standard’ drop, so to speak, is most popular with heel strikers and midfoot strikers, while it will probably be too unnatural to forefoot strikers due to the heel of the shoe getting in the way of their natural stride.
● Rubber outsole
● BioMoGo DNA midsole
● Midfoot Transition Zone
● Engineered mesh upper
● Very comfortable
● Great price point
● Very durable due to the generous use of rubber in the outsole
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Neutral running shoe
● Moderate flexibility
● Great responsiveness
● Boring design
● 10mm drop
The basic aspects of the Launch line of shoes remain intact in the Brooks
Launch 6. This is still a lightweight, responsive and comfortable shoe suitable for runs ranging from 5k to marathons. The new one-piece engineered mesh upper increases the snug fit and the breathability of the shoe, while an additional foam layer on the midsole gives a bit more cushion without losing the responsiveness of the outsole. The generous use of rubber in the outsole means that the longevity of the shoe will be great, and the traction and grip on the ground reliable. The Brooks Launch 6 has definitely lived up to runners’ expectations, both in the terms of performance and quality, making it one of the best neutral running shoes
available in that price range.