Brooks Launch 8

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I think that Brooks was reading my diary when they rolled out the Brooks 8. I am a big fan of Brooks’ trainers, and the Launch 8 checked almost all of my boxes. It does have a few disadvantages to the design, but the insanely affordable price point makes me overlook some of these missteps. This shoe is a great daily trainer that is perfect for daily runs on sidewalks or working out at the gym. Also, the nimble and lightweight design makes this shoe a great choice for race day as well.

It boasts a plush and comfortable upper that contours to the shape of your foot, and it also has a modern design that looks like many of the trendy running shoes out there on the market. The midsole is cushioned and comfortable but doesn’t implement some of Brooks’ higher-end midsole cushioning that I have seen in some of their modern running shoes. If you are in the market for a really great daily trainer, the Brooks Launch 8 is worth checking out.
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Pros & Cons
Pros
Very affordable
Many colors and designs
BioMoGo DNA midsole is very plush
Durable rubber outsole
Breathable mesh upper
Runs true to size
Cons
Togue is not gusseted
Laces come untied easily
The outsole is not great on slick surfaces
Key Features
Key Features
MIDSOLE

The midsole on this design is good, but it isn’t great. It is composed of Brooks’ tried and tested BioMoGo DNA foam cushioning. This design of cushioning provides a plush fit, but it isn’t the best of the best the Brooks has to offer. The DNA Flash is one of the best midsole cushioning from Brooks, but it can’t be found in this shoe.

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.

UPPER

One of the biggest changes made to the construction of the Brooks Launch 8 is the build of the upper. This upper is made from super soft and breathable mesh that works to lift hot air up and away from your feet. It’s incredibly stretchy, 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.

OUTSOLE

The outsole of this design is composed of a full-length rubber design, but the overall weight is still pretty light. This rubber outsole is insanely durable and made to last for hundreds and hundreds of miles before the rubber starts to show signs of wear and tear.

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.

Many runners found that this outsole is durable, but the overall grip is a little lacking. When running on uneven surfaces, the grooves in the rubber do not offer a whole lot in terms of grip. If you like to take your runs off-roading, this may not be the ideal shoe.

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 best to stick with dry surfaces when running in the Launch 8.

PERFORMANCE

Overall, the Brooks Launch 8 is a great daily trainer for a variety of workouts. It really shines when running on flat and dry surfaces such as sidewalks or treadmills but it can also transition to other workouts as well.

Many users found this shoe has just enough agility to work well when engaging in bodyweight workouts, CrossFit, or even when lifting weights. It is the type of shoe that can be utilized in all corners of the gym, or it can also be stored away and saved for race day.

There are a few performance issues that are worth noting with this shoe. The limited grip on the outsole means that if you are running in soggy conditions, your traction will suffer a little bit. Ideally, this shoe is designed for dry climates or working out indoors.

Personally, 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 the weight rack or a CrossFit class.

FIT

From what I have read from previous runners, this shoe runs true to size. If you are size 8 in previous Brooks running shoes, the same can be said for the Launch 8. If you are new to Brooks, be sure to take accurate measurements of your feet and compare those numbers to their detailed sizing chart to spare yourself a trip to the returns counter!

Runners also loved the overall fit of this shoe. It boasts a wide toe box that allows your feet to naturally splay, the stretchy upper really contours to the shape of your foot. One of the only downsides to the fit of this shoe lies in the laces.

The laces are made from a slippery nylon material, which means that they often come untied. Many runners really need to pull these laces incredibly tight (which can dig into the top of their foot) to find that perfect lockdown that prevents the laces from coming untied.

STYLE

When I laid my eyes upon the styling of this shoe, I didn’t care much about performance. If they didn't perform up to my expectations, I would at least be left with a cool-looking casual shoe!

While the silhouette of the Launch 8 looks like your typical Brooks training shoe, the color options are out of this world. Brooks has included some insanely unique styles that made it really difficult to make a final decision (which is not a bad problem to have!).

I was immediately drawn to the flannel design with the floral outsole that is insanely unique and doesn’t look like anything else out there on the market.

Whether you like neutral colors, bright colors that can be seen from space, or unique patterns, there is something in the Launch 8 lineup designed for just about anyone.

PRICE

Sure, the Launch 8 suffers from a few missteps. Its laces are less than ideal, and it doesn’t perform well on wet surfaces. However, as a frugal runner that is constantly on the hunt for a durable and high-performing running shoe that clocks in at a reasonable price point, I am more willing to forgive these minor problems.

The Launch 8 is one of Brook’s most budget-friendly running shoes, and it is still just as durable and comfortable as many of their more expensive designs. If you are looking for a great daily trainer on a budget, this is one of your best options.
Comparisons to Previous Versions
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.
Verdict
If you are in the market for a great daily trainer that is durable and versatile, the Launch 8 is one of your best options. While the shoe does suffer from a few missteps, you can’t beat that price point.

Overall, this shoe performs quite well in a gym environment, and can easily adjust from working out on the treadmill to shifting over to a CrossFit class. The upper is lightweight, comfortable, and breathable, and allows plenty of room for your toes to naturally splay.

Plus, the rugged rubber outsole is built to last for hundreds and hundreds of miles. When you compare these benefits to the super reasonable price point, there are few reasons to leave the Launch 8 on the shelf!
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Best offer on: Jul. 30. 2021

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