Brooks Launch 2 vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 review

Brooks Launch 2 is a lightweight and comfortable neutral running shoe with enough cushioning. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 provides lots of support, stability, and a smooth ride.

The Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the Brooks Launch 2 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 a stability running shoe.

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The uppers of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Launch 2 are similar in that they both consist of no-sew overlays.

However, whereas the Brooks Launch 2 has an entirely no-sew upper with just a few stitches along the saddle, the upper of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 consists of a combination of no-sew overlays and stitched-on pieces.

The stitched-on pieces are located mainly at the front and back of the shoe. The no-sew overlays wrap the midfoot and the frontal part of the shoe to provide you with enough support while still keeping things free from irritation.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a fairly broad overlay on the medial side of the upper. It is on this side of the shoe where overpronators need the most support.

The no-sew overlays on the Brooks Launch 2 pull the bottom of the saddle toward the midsole and the back of the shoe. The support provided by the Brooks Launch 2 is minimal but enough for what neutral runners need.

The Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 implement the same type of BioMoGo DNA midsole, which is not the midsole material that provides the softest cushioning that Brooks has.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is known to provide cushioning that is not too soft or too firm so on the average side. This type of cushioning is supportive yet soft enough for overpronators.

The average cushioning profile of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is noticeable in running shoe lab tests, which also show that the amount of cushioning in the Brooks Launch 2 is not far off from that in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

For women, both the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and the Brooks Launch 2 display an almost equal amount of heel cushioning, while the Brooks Launch 2 has much more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

For men, the two running shoes have an almost equal amount of forefoot cushioning, but the Brooks Launch 2 displays way more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

So if you are a male heel-striker, the Brooks Launch 2 may suit you better than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15.

One big difference in the midsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 compared to that of the Brooks Launch 2 is the fact that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a long piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

The Brooks Launch 2 does not have such a medial post, since it is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such kind of support.

However, the Brooks Launch 2 still provides a good amount of ground contact under the arch and midfoot, which adds to the stability of the running shoe as well as its potential of providing you with a smooth ride.

Another difference in the midsole is that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has a well-segmented crash pad that runs along the entire outer length of the shoe.

This should not only provide you with soft landings but also smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The Brooks Launch 2 does not have a full-length crash pad. Its crash pad is located only under the heel. However, its cushsole should add a bouncy feel to your runs.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 being well segmented with small rubber pods and the Brooks Launch 2 being more linear in its outsole construction.

Running shoe lab tests show that the Brooks Launch 2 is a very flexible running shoe for both men and women, and almost twice as flexible as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, which is not stiff but definitely not as flexible as the Brooks Launch 2.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 2 weighs approximately 8.0 oz (227 grams), while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for women weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Launch 2 weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams), and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

Making a decision between the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is an easy one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a ride that is not super soft but you would rather like to get a fast run from a running shoe that is light and flexible, then the Brooks Launch 2 would be the one to turn to.

And if you are an overpronator who is looking for tons of stability and support from a running that provides comfort and a smooth ride, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be the one to look further into.

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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