Brooks Launch 2 vs. Brooks Glycerin 12 review

Brooks Launch 2 is a lightweight and comfortable neutral running shoe with enough cushioning. Brooks Glycerin 12 delivers a very plush ride and close fit to heavier runners...

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The Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 are both running shoes that provide cushioning and are good for runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 are similar in that they both consist of no-sew overlays.

The upper of the Brooks Launch 2 is entirely no-sew, while the Brooks Glycerin 12 has stitched-on overlays mostly at the back and front of the shoe.

Another difference is that the overlays on the Brooks Launch 2 tend to be located more from the midfoot towards the back of the shoe thereby opening up the forefoot to breathe and move freely.

The open mesh of the Brooks Launch 2 also makes it a very breathable running shoe.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 on the other hand, has overlays that have been printed on the upper to really give you a close-to-foot feel. In addition, it has some broad overlays wrapping the midfoot to really give you a good amount of support there.

All in all, you can expect to get a little bit more support from the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 12 than from that of the Brooks Launch 2, but more freedom in the forefoot area of the Brooks Launch 2 compared to the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The midsoles of the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 do not contain any kind of stability features, except for a crash pad, since both are geared towards neutral runners who do not need any kind of stability.

The difference between the midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 12 and the Brooks Launch 2 comes in the form of the type of cushioning used.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 has Super DNA cushioning, which offers 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA, which is what the Brooks Launch 2 has.

So not surprisingly, the Brooks Glycerin 12 is expected to be softer than the Brooks Launch 2. And indeed, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Glycerin 12 is extremely cushy when compared to the Brooks Launch 2, especially for women.

For men, the amount of heel cushioning is about the same in both running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 12 has way more forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Launch 2 for men.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably, but are similar in that they both offer full ground contact, including at the midfoot, which should allow them to offer you smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

While they are both well-segmented to deliver shock absorption and dissipation, the Brooks Glycerin 12 consists of three separate sections to distribute pressure under the foot.

The Brooks Launch 2 does not have that, but its rubber layout together with the fact that its cushioning is not too overbearing allows it to offer you more flexibility than the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 turns out to be pretty stiff in running shoe lab tests compared to the Brooks Launch 2, which is more than twice as flexible as the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 2 weighs approximately 8.0 oz (227 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 12 for women weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Launch 2 weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 12 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

Both the Brooks Glycerin 12 and the Brooks Launch 2 offer cushioning, but your choice will depend on the amount of cushioning you are after.

If you are looking for a very lightweight neutral running shoe that offers enough cushioning to get a comfortable ride, then the Brooks Launch 2 could be the one for you.

If on the other hand you are looking for a very plush ride, then the Brooks Glycerin 12 would undoubtedly be the way to go.

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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