The Brooks Launch 4 has quickly become a staple in my running rotation. A month ago, my second pair of Launch 3 were getting beat up, so I needed a new pair of shoes. I enjoyed the Launch a lot, so I decided to introduce the Launch 4 into my rotation.
Brooks is not paying me to review their shoes and I purchased the shoe myself. All thoughts are my own!
The fit of the Launch 4 has a few significant updates including fewer seams and it’s wider! I barely wore a women’s size 10 in the Launch 3, and now a size 10 in the Launch 4 feels great.
The Launch 4 includes an entire extra strip of rubber at the bottom. There are now 5 rows of rubber versus 4. This means it’s more responsive to different forms of running.
The extra strip of rubber helps forefront cushioning as well as a smoother roll from the toe off. What does this mean?
It feels like a smoother, less clunky shoe from the 3 (not that it ever felt clunky).
Weight: 9 ounces Drop: 10 mm
Cheaper: The Launch 3 was 110, and the Launch 4 is 100
I haven’t had a shoe that impresses me during my first run like the Brooks Ghost 9 in a while. I am shocked of how much I like the shoe.
The Brooks Ghost is one of the staple running shoes in the industry. At our store, it’s one of the most popular neutral shoes. Brooks is also a great company to work with too. For no real reason, I haven’t run in a lot of their shoes. I’ve tried on almost every model, but the only model of Brooks I’ve put significant mileage in, is the Brooks Launch 3 (for speed workouts).
The Brooks Ghost 9 came out in June. Recently, I fell in love with the new Galaxy color and decided it was the perfect time to give Brooks another shot. I was due to rotate another high mileage trainer, so that worked out well.
The Brooks Ghost 9 has enough cushion for high mileage but is also light enough for speed workouts and races. It’s a little more cushion and softer than the Launch.
As mentioned, I haven’t run much in any previous model of Brooks Ghosts. I had a pair of Brooks Ghosts 7 as well as 8s that I worked in but I never took them to the road.
The update from the 8 to the 9 is significant. They have widened the toebox. I wore a size 10 in the Ghost 7s, 10 wide in the 8s and I’m back to a regular 10 in the 9s. Wider feet or those with bunions can appreciate the upper is now seamless, so there is no rubbing or bleeding (something that happened to me personally a lot with the Asics Nimbus).
The wider toebox is something I’m personally thankful for. Your feet need to spread out while running. If there isn’t enough room, you are much more susceptible to foot issues.
In summary, the fit of the Brooks Ghost is one of my favorite of any shoe I’ve run in recently. It has a wide, seamless upper which allows my foot comfort.
The Brooks Ghost 9 is one of the softer shoes on the market. As a company, Brooks uses a material called “BioMoGo DNA” which essentially molds to your foot like memory foam.
The cushioning from the 8 to the 9 hasn’t changed much. If you like a soft and well-cushioned shoe, this could be a great option. I was always a fan of working in the shoe and it feels just as great when running.
I’ve put just over 100 miles in the Ghost now including a few longer runs of 10+ miles. I haven’t run into any issues.
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.
Since working at a running store the shoes I have run in have drastically changed. I’ve taken time to experiment and slowly realized what shoes work better for me. I’ve even tried new brands! Before a few months ago I had always done training runs in Newtons. I thought I might always run in Newtons. I really thought I was (hashtag) a #newtonwearerforlife
Similar to your first boyfriend (or girlfriend) when you think they are perfect for you because you don’t know anything else. Now I am sitting here after trying several brands and I realize…I do like other things! Newtons will always remain in my shoe rotation but I have currently added a couple of new shoes.
First, I’ve often said but I am a maximum support, heavy shoe person. I don’t like to train in light shoes. I’ve tried to run in sketchers, in light kinvaras, in minimilist shoes and they don’t work for me. I find the bottoms of my feet sore and I find running less enjoyable. Unless it’s a race, I’m probably running in heavy, high cushion shoes.
Newtons Distance and Gravity
These have always been staples in my running shoe rotation. I probably won’t ever remove them. They are both great shoes and both have enough support in the forefront for my running style.
The distance are a lighter weight version of the gravities. I am often asked if I would recommend Newtons to others. The answer is YES but you cannot just begin running in them. You must slowly progress into them. (A post for another day)
The first new pair of shoes I’ve fallen in love with is the Brooks Glycerin. There is so much support and cushion in this shoe. I’ve already put roughly 400 miles on my first pair and have not looked back. Normally when trying new running shoes after 100 miles I’ve determined I don’t like them. That is not the case here. I love them. It’s like you are running, skipping and prancing on a pillow. I cannot sing Brooks Glyercins enough songs. They are currently my favorite shoe and that is saying a lot for me because I’ve worn the same shoe for a solid 4 years of running prior.
The second pair I’ve started to try is the Asics Nimbus. As far as support goes, they are another maximum support shoe. I know a lot of people don’t like the heavy weights but I do. I’ve run about 100 miles in these shoes. So I guess we will see what happens in the next 100!
So there you have it. I guess I’m onto college boyfriends in my shoe staples. I’m not breaking up with my first love of Newtons but I have found some very solid (and possibly better for me) shoe choices in the Brooks and maybe even the asics.
(And no, no one paid me for writing this post. These are my thoughts and personal discoveries. I wish someone would have paid me for some of the boyfriends I dated to get to this point).
Questions for you:
Favorite training shoe?
Tell me a story about your first boyfriend or girlfriend. (Bonus points if it brings the LOLZ)