Lets take a look at the Brooks Launch 6. Coming in with 16 different colorways means there’s something for everyone.
But ample colors doesn’t automatically mean flawless.
I know so many shoes that looks the part but doesn’t actually perform as good as it should.
I would like to know whether or not the Launch 6 falls under this category.
Are we looking at something that’s really that good?
Or is this another flop among the thousands of other low quality sneakers out there?
Lets break it down one step at a time.
At a Glance
Product Name: Brooks Launch 6
Designed for: Daily running
True to size: Yes
Expected lifespan: 1 – 2 years
Price: $80 – $130
My rating: 4.7/5
Brooks delivers once again with the lightweight, speedy, pain-eliminating running shoe known as the Brooks Launch 6. They’re a little pricier than the average running shoe but makes up for it with the durability, performance and ability to keep you comfortable on your daily running adventures.
The Brooks Launch 6 is a nice looking shoe made for men and women.
They’re an upgrade of previous Launch versions and have earned their place within the running community.
They’re specifically designed for neutral runners that don’t want a soft shoe.
It has a balance of responsiveness and lightweight, without sacrificing performance.
The spring back provides energy return to give you an extra stride in your step.
Brooks wanted to create a shoe that’s springy and fast to help you win on race day, so they came up with the Launch 6.
They also feature Brooks special BioMoGo DNA midsole for immense cushioning underfoot.
Brooks claim they are so lightweight that it doesn’t feel like anything’s there. We’ll find out whether or not this is true in a minute.
The ideal uses are speed running, track, road running and the treadmill.
A Quick Word About Brooks
When foot doctors recommend a specific shoe for a client, their first choice is Brooks.
Brooks have been creating successful running shoes for many years.
They know exactly what they’re doing, they’ve won awards, and they’ve helped people find the right shoe for them.
People with foot problems, deformities, joint pain, muscle cramps, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, all turn to Brooks and it’s eased the pain and sometimes eliminated it.
Brooks have shoes for everyone and they continue to evolve so that runners can perform at their best…every single time.
Brooks have held a solid reputation for years because they’ve, well, earned it.
And that’s why I wanted to give you a quick word about Brooks, so you know what you’re getting yourself into if you decide to shop with this brand.
Now lets look even deeper.
The upper consists of a special technology called Flyknit.
Flyknit is knitted as one whole piece rather than many different pieces stitched together, which is what you’ll find on traditional shoes.
This typical upper offers many benefits.
It stretches so you don’t feel constricted, it breathes better, it’s far more comfortable, and eliminates friction and rubbing.
Plus it offers a sleek and clean design.
The only part with stitching exposed is the lacing system.
Also the upper includes a support system in the toe box for even more support.
A final word about the upper:
The upper is very well made. It stretches with your feet, it’s functional, it breathes and it’s a nice fit.
The midsole offers incredible cushioning with the BioMoGo DNA technology.
It’s pretty much memory foam.
You get a unique fit by contouring to the anatomy of your foot.
The good thing about BioMoGo is that the longer you wear it the more comfortable it gets.
The midsole is also lightweight but not as lightweight as they should be for a shoe that emphasizes speed.
They are 9 ounces, which is lightweight for a daily running shoe, but certainly not light enough for racing.
If you’re after a pure racing shoe to help you win on race day, the Reebok Floatride Run Fast PRO are only 3.5 ounces!
The Brooks Launch 6 may not be the perfect racing shoes but they sure as hell can help you train for your race.
The midsole also has shock-absorption, making it good for heavy runners that tend to get joint pain.
The outsole is the bottom of the shoe.
It provides traction so you don’t end up slipping and falling over.
The outsole is indeed a unique one.
It features an arrow in the forefoot, a cross in the middle and circle in the heel.
This sole is designed to propel you forward, providing you with increased speed, making it easier to run, returning energy, and much more.
Runners continue to praise this specific feature because it really does make you feel like you’re ready for anything.
What Do I Think About Using them for Running?
Personally I think the outsole and midsole are the winners.
Many shoes adopt the Flyknit material so this doesn’t add any uniqueness to the upper (even though it’s really good and suits the shoe).
But the midsole and outsole are another story.
They’re the stars of the show.
The midsole is one of its finest features with the DNA technology.
I just love how it provides a perfect fit and gets more comfortable the longer you wear it.
Plus they have plenty of shock absorption. Heavy runners will not have a problem with these sneakers.
So how do they perform for running?
The midsole is a little stiff which sounds like a bad thing, but it’s actually done on purpose.
Running requires less range of motion than other activities, so extra flexibility in running shoes are mute, nada, redundant, worth nothing.
Unless the manufacturers want you to use it for other things like walking on the treadmill or casual, then they’ll give it extra flexibility.
But it appears that Brooks wants this shoe to be purely used for running.
And I don’t blame them.
They are amazing running shoes and the 11,000 reviews on Amazon back that up.
I absolutely love them and they have beat my expectations by a long shot.
But what do you expect. They’re Brooks at the end of the day 🙂
Do They Have Alternative Uses?
Even though it’s possible, I don’t recommend it for the simple reason that Brooks wants them to stay as a running shoe.
They’re too stiff for walking and there’s not enough stability for sports or athletics.
However, if your gym session involves a bit of light weightlifting, running, or cardio, I give it the green light.
I just don’t think they’re good enough for walking or casual use.
Frequently Asked Questions
How’s the arch support?
Very good. Customers say they have ample arch support for high arch and others claim they’re good for flat feet too.
This means the Brooks Launch 6 are good for all arches.
Do they reduce pain?
Yes. That’s one of the reasons doctors recommend Brooks as the go-to fixer upper.
They reduce all sorts of pain and often times eliminate it altogether.
Are they good for wide feet?
That’s another yes. They’ve got wide size options available for those with wide feet.
Are they true to size?
Absolutely. The wide sizes are to thank for that.
Simply order your normal size if you have neutral feet, and if you have wide feet, order the wide option.
How long do they last?
Considering they’re Brooks shoes and the fact that they create high quality sneakers, I can happily say they’ll last about 1 – 2 years if used for daily running.
The Pros and Cons
- Very comfortable
- Reduces pain in joints and bones
- Helps with foot problems
- Exceptional daily running performance
- 16 colorways
- Not recommended for race day
- Too heavy for a racing shoe
Do I Recommend Them?
Racing shoes are supposed to be extremely lightweight and low quality, because, well, they’re made with light materials.
However, the Brooks Launch 6 is more durable because of the added weight.
Yes they provide speed, performance, function, and more, and for daily running they have exceeded my expectations.
These shoes are absolutely amazing for everyday running, and should be kept at that.
They should not be used for walking, casual wear, or anything else.
They perform best as a running shoe and I highly recommend them.
On the other hand, if you’re after a full-fledged racing shoe, you should check out the Reebok Floatride Run Fast PRO.
But if you just want something for your daily running adventures that’s comfortable, durable, functional, and visually appealing, you will fall in love with the Launch 6.
The Verdict: Brooks Deliver Again
Brooks delivers yet another successful running sneaker.
They may not be race day shoes but they’re hands down perfect for everyday running, and they’ll help eliminate pain if you have any.
Honestly Brooks are becoming my favorite brand for running shoes lately.
They are well worth the price and bound to keep you running longer with the energy return and pain-prevention.
Well thanks for reading my Brooks Launch 6 review.
All questions and concerns are welcome in the comments below.