The Launch 6 was released December 2018. It combines the speed of a racing flat with the cushion and durability of a trainer. Brooks always rolls out a bunch of color combinations, and the Launch 6 is no exception. Plenty of color ways to choose from.
Details According to Brooks:
Midsole Drop: 10mm
Weight: 8oz (women)
Arch: Medium, High (I would consider these far more medium and not high, even though Brooks lists them med./high)
Experience Type: Energize
Use: Road Running
Which one is better, Brooks Launch or Brooks Ghost? This is totally a subjective questions, BUT here are my thoughts. I have had Ghosts in the past, but this is the first time I have ran in Launch. I can say I definitely prefer these Launch 6 to Brooks Ghost. Ghost is more shoe than Launch, so if that is your thing then you probably want to stick with Ghost. Ghost has more cushion and is a little heavier. Launch is super light weight. I tend to prefer a thinner shoe, but still have cushion and Launch 6 checks all those boxes.
This is my first pair of Brooks in a couple years. I am loving them. I have about 50 miles on this pair of Brooks Launch 6 so far. I will update when I am in higher mileage and let you know how they are holding up.
The toe box on the Launch 6 is perfect. It is ample space, not too tight and not too large. It’s like the Goldilocks of toe boxes.
Let’s talk SIZING! I am a street shoe women’s 8. In running shoes though I fluctuate depending on brand between an 8 to 8.5. I got these in 8.5 and I am very happy about that decision. I would recommend going half size up from your street size.
The cushion is responsive, but not super soft. I don’t like feeling like I’m running on a marshmallow, which I sometimes felt like with Ghost.
The colorways they are offering are fun. I love the knit multicolored Launch 6 I got. Mine are “Color: 423”.
My only complaint would be that the laces could be an inch longer. I don’t want a super long lace, but I always double knot and these seem a little shorter than other running shoe laces.
The price is reasonable for running shoes. The normal price on Brooks website is $100, which to me is a pretty good price compared to some trainers creeping close to $150 these days.
This trainer is springy and quick. It is a great shoe if you are looking for something with more cushioning than a racing flat, but not as much cushion as Ghost.
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