Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review:

The Brooks Launch 4 has quickly become a staple in my running rotation.  A month ago, my second pair of Brooks Launch 3 was getting beat up, so I needed a new pair of shoes.  I enjoyed the Brooks Launch a lot, so I decided to introduce the Brooks Launch 4 into my rotation.  Whether you are a completely neutral runner or need a stability shoe, the Brooks Launch can fit somehow into your training.

Brooks is not paying me to review their shoes and I purchased the shoe myself.  All thoughts are my own!

Brooks Launch 4 Fit:
The fit of the Brooks Launch 4 has a few significant updates including fewer seams and the toe box is wider!  I barely wore a women’s size 10 in the Brooks Launch 3, and now a size 10 in the Brooks Launch 4 feels great. The upper of Launch 4  now uses 3d fit print which removes weight.

Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

Brooks Launch 4 Feel:
The Brooks Launch 4 includes an entire extra strip of rubber at the bottom.  There are now 5 rows of blown rubber versus 4. The blown rubber and carbon rubber make for a smooth transition from heel to toe. The flex grooves allow for a responsive ride.  Plus as far as running shoes go, the Brooks Launch 4 can better be used as a daily trainer. The previous versions lacked cushioned but with the addition of the Biomogo DNA Midsole cushioning, it responds better to daily training versus racing. This means it’s more responsive to different forms of running.Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

The extra strip of rubber helps forefront cushioning as well as a smoother roll from the toe off.  What does this mean?

Brooks Launch 4 feels like a smoother, less clunky shoe from the 3 (not that it ever felt clunky).

Brooks Launch 4 Quick Facts:

Weight: 9 ounces
Drop: 10 mm

Brooks Launch 4 Pros:

  • Cheaper: The Brooks Launch 3 was 110, and the Launch 4 is 100
  • More forefront cushion and deeper treads in the Brooks Launch 4
  • A much more cushioned shoe than previous versions of the Launch

Brooks Launch 4 Cons:

  • No widths available in the Brooks Launch

Current Shoe Rotation:
Saucony Freedom ISO (Long Runs, daily runs)
Brooks Ghost 9 (Long runs, daily runs)
Brooks Launch 4 (daily runs, tempos)
Saucony Type A (workouts)

Question for you:
What shoe are you currently running in? Have you run in the Brooks Launch 4? 
What is your all time favorite shoe?