The Brooks Launch 3 is a lightweight trainer. It’s a great option for anyone is looking for a fast and responsive trainer that can be used for anything from racing a 5k to a marathon. I know a lot of runners who prefer the Launch 3 as their daily trainer as well. It’s a shoe that can pretty much do anything.
Originally I bought the Launch 3 based on the Olympic color pattern. Even though I was injured at the time, I loved the limited edition color and didn’t want to miss out. I wasn’t alone, and the shoes sold out in store pretty quickly. I didn’t know if I would end up running in them but I knew they could be an option too.
I like the fit of the Launch 3. It has a wide toebox and a narrow heel. In general, I find the shape of most Brooks Shoes to be true to size. I wear a size 10, and a size 10 Launch 3 fits like a glove.
To add: I didn’t run in the Launch or the Launch 2 but I tried them on at work a few times. The Launch 3 was redesigned to be seamless which is great for anyone with a super wide food (like me).
At first glance, the Launch wouldn’t be a shoe I would pick out for myself to run in. It’s light weight, and I typically like more cushion.
That being said, the Brooks Launch has a nice lightweight, but firm feel to it. The front, as well as the mid foot, have been designed with more cushion. I run rather far on my toes, so the front loaded cushion is much appreciated!
After a few runs, I ultimately decided I liked them and will keep them in my rotation. I’m debating buying a second pair to keep the “Olympic pair” for special occasions…(Like what if an Olympian wants to go to a diner or something?)
For my personal use, I plan to run in them as a workout shoe or a “faster feeling shoe”. I don’t plan to do long runs or high mileage in them.
- Light weight but cushioned
- Price point of $100 ($110 for the limited edition color I chose)
- Great shoe to use for racing or training
- Less cushion than a traditional trainer
- Less durable than a traditional trainer. If you’re using these for a marathon shoe, you might want to invest in a couple of pairs.
Questions for you:
Do you wear Brooks? Have you tried the Launch 3?
What is your favorite running shoe?