Brooks Ghost 8 vs. Brooks Launch 2 review

Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable, smooth, and overall soft ride. Brooks Launch 2 is a lightweight and comfortable neutral running shoe with enough cushioning for faster runs.

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Launch 2 are neutral cushioning running shoes from Brooks for runners who do not need any kind of stability or support but who are rather looking for a soft ride.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Launch 2 are very much alike in that both consist of no-sew overlays with the Brooks Ghost 8 having some stitches at the front and back of the shoe.

The Brooks Launch 2 however is entirely no-sew and most of its overlays have been pulled back to really open up the forefoot, so if you are someone who likes freedom in the toe area, the Brooks Launch 2 is worth a second look.

Both running shoes can be seen as providing a similar kind of support around the midfoot with both being a light kind of support and with the Brooks Ghost 8 providing just a bit more support than the Brooks Launch 2.

The Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Ghost 8 both have a BioMoGo DNA midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

The Brooks Launch 2 has a Cushsole that is springy throughout, while the Brooks Ghost 8 has a more traditional midsole with a crash pad running along the entire outer length of the midsole.

This can be seen as a stability feature, since the function of a crash pad is to slow down movement after heel-strike and help you transition into toe-off.

And because the Brooks Ghost 8 has a full-length crash pad, it should also help you achieve a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The Brooks Launch 2 also has a small crash pad under the heel, so your touchdowns should be soft.

As far as the amount of heel cushioning goes, both running shoes come close to the amount they provide for men with that amount being way above average and the Brooks Launch 2 providing just a tad more than the Brooks Ghost 8. So the Brooks Launch 2 would be a good running shoe for male heel-strikers.

For women, the Brooks Ghost 8 offers way more heel cushioning than the Brooks Launch 2. So if you are a female heel-striker, the Brooks Ghost 8 would probably suit you better.

As far as forefoot cushioning goes, both the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Ghost 8 offer about the same amount for both men and women with cushioning that is not too soft or too firm, but just above average. This should help you feel faster, since the cushioning tends to be more responsive this way.

Both the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Ghost 8 provide a good amount of ground contact with their outsoles, so should provide you with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The composition of their outsoles is quite different, though, with the Brooks Launch 2 having flex grooves running mostly from side to side in its forefoot, and the Brooks Ghost 8 having more small squarish rubber pods.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has overall more separation in its outsole than the Brooks Launch 2, which should add to the smoothness and comfort of your runs.

The greater degree of separation in the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 8 does not automatically make it a very flexible running shoe, though, because running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Launch 2 is a very flexible running shoe compared to the Brooks Ghost 8, which tends to be on the stiff side.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Brooks Launch 2 for women weighs approximately 8.0 oz (227 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Brooks Launch 2 for men weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams).

Making a choice between the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Launch 2 is not that difficult. If you are looking for a lightweight neutral cushioning running shoe that is very flexible, provides a good amount of cushioning, and that can help you feel fast, then the Brooks Launch 2 might fit the bill.

If on the other hand, you are looking for a running shoe that can handle long runs, provides some degree of stability without being a stability running shoe, and that provides an overall soft and smooth ride, then the Brooks Ghost 8 would be the one to consider.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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