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Comfortable fit, lightweight almost bouncy ride is just great for running fast in, whether that be faster sessions or for racing in.

  • Positive
  • Comfort and price
  • Lightweight ride
  • Fast feeling transitions
  • Negative
  • Nothing at the price
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

The Brooks Launch 8 is a versatile, lightweight training shoe. It looks better than it's predessessor, pleasantly stylish in fact. It's also better on foot, the new mesh upper certainly helps here, and the midsole feels bouncy and light. It's a shoe that is particularly suited for faster running, tempo or road sessions, or indeed for most of us, longer distance road racing.

The shoe feels fast and offers very good value for money.

 

Midsole

Brooks use their lightest BioMoGo DNA foam in the midsole. It is really responsive delivering an almost springy ride. For a light shoe, it offers very good levels of comfort and cushioning which is perhaps the key characteristic of the BioMoGo foam. The ride encourages you to want to pick the pace up and given the fact that this shoe is also very flexible, there will be nothing to stop you.

Upper

A new engineered multiple weave mesh upper enhances the fit and the ventillation. It delivers strength in the right places with only minimal overlays used in areas such as the lace eyelets to ensure function. This shoe is all about performance, and the new air mesh used on the top of the upper will certainly aid ventillation. It's also better looking in our opinion over the v7 model.

Sole

More blown rubber has been added to this model over the v7 version and it feels like it. The zig zag nature of the outsole offers decent traction while the multiple flex groves ensures flexibility throughout and that transitions are quick - both important in a model you want to run fast in.

Conclusion

Light with a snug and comfortable upper, the Launch 8 offers a lively ride. If you're light, you could get away with this being your everyday shoe. For most of us perhaps, it works brilliantly as a faster tempo / session shoe or as a racing shoe for most. Fast and fun to wear, it makes it a 'go to' shoe for those days when you just fancy wearing a lighter shoe to move the pace along a little. As such, the Launch 8 offers exceptional versatility and a great bang for your buck!

The Launch 8 will not make you jump up and down with joy, but it is incredibly solid for a lightweight shoe and great value. 

For alternatives, look at the Launch alongside the Nike Pegasus or the Mizuno Wave Rider.

Technical info

  • BioMoGo DNA fuses BioMoGo midsole and DNA cushioning technology for a fully custom responsive ride that adapts to the needs of each and every runner.
  • Blown Rubber in the forefoot offers durability and flexibility.
  • Air Mesh upper creates a more snug fit, and added breathability

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