Shoe Review: Brooks Launch 5

A true do-everything daily training shoe that does everything pretty well

Brooks Launch 5

Price: $100

Specs: 10mm heel-toe offset; 28mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)

Weight: 9.0 oz. (men’s size 9); 7.5 oz. (women’s size 7)

The Scoop: A well-cushioned, performance-oriented daily trainer, the Launch continues to evolve since it was brought back from extinction by Brooks in 2014. With an energetic vibe from the BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning and responsive outsole rubber, it has enough cushion to log high-mileage training but plenty of zip to tackle speedier workouts too. A new single-piece engineered mesh upper gives this edition a breezier feel, better fit, greater breathability and enhanced flexibility.

Who It’s Best For: A wide range of runners who appreciate the ability to run faster workouts such as tempo runs, fartleks and various long run derivations. The Launch 5 is a true do-everything shoe that does everything pretty well.

Plus: An internal bootie at the front of the tongue helps cinch down the foot and provide a secure, wrap-like fit with the new upper material.

Minus: A few of our wear-testers thought the ride was a bit too bouncy at slower speeds and didn’t result in a very smooth ride.

Brian Metzler
Brian Metzler is the Content Director of MotivRunning.com. He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He's wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.