Brooks Launch 2 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

Brooks Launch 2 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe with enough cushioning. Brooks Glycerin 13 is for runners looking for a soft and smooth ride with less areas of stress.

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The Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 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 13 consist of no-sew overlays to prevent irritation and increase comfort.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com still has stitches in its upper in broad overlays that wrap the midfoot, so you can expect to get a bit more support in that area from the Brooks Glycerin 13 than from the Brooks Launch 2.

The overlays are generally also more plentiful on the Brooks Glycerin 13 than on the Brooks Launch 2.

The Brooks Launch 2 has a nice open forefoot area that should feel really comfortable for people who have large bunions.

All in all, one can expect to get a bit more support from the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 13, which should suit heavier runners well.

Both the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a midsole that is supposed to deliver 25% more cushioning than the cushioning in the Brooks Launch 2.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this, but while the Brooks Glycerin 13 is overall more cushy than the Brooks Launch 2 for women, the Brooks Launch 2 has a more cushy heel but less cushy forefoot than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men.

In addition, when looking at the overall picture, the cushioning of the Brooks Launch 2 is not too far off from that of the Brooks Glycerin 13, so the Brooks Launch 2 provides a decent amount of cushioning.

The heel-to-toe drop does not differ that much in the two running shoes with both sitting around the 9 mm for women, 11.1 mm for the men's Brooks Launch 2 and 10.3 mm for the men's Brooks Glycerin 13.

The biggest difference between the Brooks Launch 2 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 can be found in the outsole where the Brooks Glycerin 13 has separate areas for distributing pressure under the foot.

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is also more vertically lineair and the Brooks Glycerin 13 has a more rounded heel than the Brooks Launch 2 to take stress off joints and provide better alignment.

Both running shoes provide good ground contact, which should help them provide you with a smooth ride from heel-strike to toe-off.

As far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Glycerin 13 and the Brooks Launch 2 are almost as flexible for men, with the Brooks Glycerin 13 being just a tad more flexible. They are both very flexible compared to other running shoes.

For women, the story is a bit different with the Brooks Launch 2 remaining a very flexible running shoe, but the Brooks Glycerin 13 turning out to be somewhat stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 2 weighs approximately 8.0 oz (227 grams), while the Brooks Glycerin 13 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Launch 2 weighs about 10.0 oz (283 grams), and the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men weighs 11.0 oz (312 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a soft ride, you could get that from either the Brooks Launch 2 or the Brooks Glycerin 13 with male heel-strikers perhaps benefitting from the heel cushioning of the Brooks Launch 2.

To add a touch of stability, you may want to consider the Brooks Glycerin 13 more than the Brooks Launch 2.

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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This review falls under: Brooks

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