We asked Lauren, one of our runners, to take Brooks' Launch GTS 8 for a test to see how this shoe performs compared to the Launch 7 and the newly released version, the Launch 9. Scroll down how they performed during our test runs.
In all, however, this is a solid training shoe that I would recommend looking for a medium distance shoe with a decent amount of stability.
I found the toe box to be spacious and comfortable. My feet are a little wide and I felt that these fit very well. The heel and inner support are also decent. The heel has a snug fit and my heel doesn't come out or rub in any way. And the arch support seems to be sufficient. I have neutral arches and found the arches to be comfortable. I would not use an insole with these shoes. They feel comfortable without one.
Overall, the shoe fits very well. It feels comfortable and the sizing seems to be spot on. They were good to go right out of the box. with no hotspots or rubbing, and no break-in period needed.
These are very comfortable running shoes that are good for speed. They provide an excellent grip on the surface that you are running on. So far I have only run these on a treadmill, but I plan to try these shoes outside as well because I think they would perform well on pavement.
With that said, I feel that this shoe’s versatility really shines when working out in the gym. The high durability on the outsole can help you conquer the treadmill, and it can easily transition to workouts.
I would probably wear these shoes for shorter distances where I am focused on running at a faster pace. The cushioning is adequate but light overall. It seems like these shoes were made to be light and agile instead of heavy and heavily cushioned.
It’s incredibly stretchy, but not too much, which helps to lock these shoes down nicely to your feet. This mesh fabric is also composed of one single piece of fabric, which really helps to reduce the occurrence of hot spots, and it helps to keep the overall weight low.
This design also boasts a little less cushioning than other designs in the Launch lineup. It boasts a little less cushioning along the heel collar and on the tongue, but it is still just and comfortable. By limiting the stiff cushioning in the upper, Brooks makes the Launch 8 a little more fast and flexible.
Plus, it boasts a modern flared heel cuff that reduces the risk of rubbing and chafing, and it makes it just a little easier to slip your foot inside of this shoe. A flared collar may look a little peculiar, but it is much more comfortable and keeps your heel from slipping on those long runs.
Overall, the midsole is fine, but I know that Brooks can do better. The implementation of the BioMoGo DNA may not be the best, but it helps to keep the price tag low.
This midsole cushioning is very soft and plush, but it isn’t quite as responsive as I would have liked out of a daily trainer. If you are looking for high speeds, this may not be your best option. However, if you love midsoles that offer super-soft step-in feel that your feet just melt into, this is a great option.
For a daily trainer, this is a really great option that is able to withstand whatever you can throw at it. While the durability is fantastic, this rubber outsole suffers in a few areas.
Additionally, these shoes don’t perform very well on slick surfaces. The rubber on the outsole doesn’t offer that slightly tacky finish that is designed for slick sidewalks or rainy weather, so it is probably best to stick with dry surfaces.
I love these shoes and I will definitely be using them for my speed workouts in the future.
There isn’t a lot that has changed between Launch 7 and Launch 8. Both shoes are equipped with many of the same performance features, such as the BioMoGo DNA midsole and Midfoot Transition Zones. They both have highly durable outsoles, and both shoes have similar durability.
One of the biggest changes made to the Launch 8 is the construction of the upper. The design of this upper boasts a flared heel collar which is very trendy right now, and the newer design isn’t quite as padded as previous versions, making this shoe more lightweight and agile.