Shoe Review: Brooks Launch 6
Every year Brooks delivers on an improved version of the Launch platform and in this world where Brooks has a large number of models across their ecosystem, the introduction of the Launch platform from day one struck a really good tone with us. One might think a new neutral road shoe from Brooks wasn’t warranted, but the focus on maintaining a really simple fit while delivering on performance has been the mantra behind this model since day one. The Launch 6 doesn’t deviate too far from those roots featuring mostly minor styling changes to the upper while maintaining the rest of the platform.
The upper on the Launch 6 is a one-piece engineered mesh system paired with an interior bootie that hugs your foot nicely. It breathes remarkably well, has a decently wide toebox which works for a multitude of feet styles. The 6 does feel a bit wider than the 5, but that could be due more to material stretch.
The midsole uses Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA which is supposed to be softer and more responsive and we can confirm this is the case. It has enough springiness for your speed days while having enough cushion for longer runs. The wrap on BioMoGo is that it is more environmentally friendly as well having a 50% lower degradation time once they hit the landfill, so all the feels.
The outsole features a high-abrasion rubber for control and durability and we noticed some minor changes here from the 5. The layout has changed and in particular they added a bend to the grooves presumably to help with flexibility of the foot.
Style & Aesthetics
The Brooks Launch 6 looks really solid, but more importantly comes in 10 colors for men and women and more will continually be added with race-specific styling.
Out of the box, the Launch 6 has a nice snug fit due to that interior bootie, but these things are good to go from day one. It laces down well and remains snug throughout and the toe box does have a nice width where you get a little toe movement without feeling sloppy. In the run, the Launch 6 delivers on its promise and runs like a much more expensive shoe. You can dial it up and down and over the distance it won’t destroy your legs. It is really interesting to me after testing many different models of Brooks shoes why you wouldn’t just land on the 6 and I guess I could think of a few things that got me. First, the weight is probably more than it should be as a performance shoe, but given it’s designed for double duty this makes sense. Next, the drop is pretty aggressive, but given it’s targeting that recreational consumer which tend to heel strike more it makes a little more sense. I guess after putting a lot of miles on these, it is tough for me to poke a lot of holes. I have had more comfortable shoes sure, but what you are getting for the price… the Launch 6 is tough to beat.
Overall, the Brooks Launch 6 is an easy upgrade to the 5. They have done a good job every year of improving that platform overall and this no different. The midsole is firm enough for performance yet is soft enough for cushioning. For a shoe that comes in at $100, there is a reason this shoe has been so successful for Brooks.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 9oz (size 9)
- Drop: 10mm heel/toe
- Cushion: 27mm
- Type: Neutral Road
- MSRP: $100.00
- Available: Now