Brooks Launch 4 vs. 3 review

Brooks Launch 3 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Launch 4 adds comfort and other improvements for runners to go faster.

The Brooks Launch 4 is the updated version of the Brooks Launch 3, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who want to feel fast.

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The upper of the Brooks Launch 4 changed a bit compared to the Brooks Launch 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

While the Brooks Launch 3 has thin no-sew overlays around the top of the forefoot, the Brooks Launch 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a forefoot that is open and free from overlays.

This increases the amount of comfort in the forefoot of the Brooks Launch 4 and removes any constrictions.

The Brooks Launch 4 also tends to have fewer broad no-sew overlays, while the Brooks Launch 4 has a lot of thin no-sew overlays.

All in all, they should offer a similar amount of support, but the Brooks Launch 4 may have a better back to front and front to back pull of the saddle towards the midsole.

The Brooks Launch 4 also has a stitched-on toecap, while the Brooks Launch 3 only has stitches at the sides of its toecap, which is largely no-sew.

The stitched-on toecap allows for more durability at the front of the Brooks Launch 4 compared to the Brooks Launch 3.

The mesh of the Brooks Launch 3 is a bit different than that of the Brooks Launch 4, but both should let enough air through to keep your feet cool and dry.

All in all, the upper of the Brooks Launch 4 increases comfort and durability compared to the upper of the Brooks Launch 3.

The Brooks Launch 3 and the Brooks Launch 4 make use of a similar type of midsole material and cushioning.

Historically, the Brooks Launch has not been a super cushy running shoe, because it is meant to provide lightness and responsiveness to runners.

Therefore, it tends to provide an average amount of cushioning to neutral runners.

This does not change with the Brooks Launch 4, which according to running shoe lab tests, provides a just above average amount of forefoot cushioning to both men and women.

However, the amount of heel cushioning lies below average for both men and women, so the heel could feel a bit firm to heel-strikers.

Because the Brooks Launch is for neutral runners, it is not expected to be a very stable running shoe, and according to running shoe lab tests, this is largely true with the stability of the Brooks Launch 4 lying below average.

The outsole of the Brooks Launch 4 is a bit different from that of the Brooks Launch 3.

The outsole of the Brooks Launch 4 has one flex groove more in the forefoot than the Brooks Launch 3. This has made way for a slight increase of the amount of blown rubber in the forefoot of the Brooks Launch 4 for an extra-springy toe-off.

The X under the midfoot of the Brooks Launch 3 and the Brooks Launch 4 for faster heel-to-toe transitions is more or less the same under the two running shoes, but the groove at the back of the heel has changed a bit between the two running shoes.

The increase of flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Launch 4 is beneficial for its flexibility, according to running shoe lab tests, because the Brooks Launch 4 turns out to be a very flexible running shoe for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs approximately 0.4 oz (11 grams) less than the Brooks Launch 3 for women.

The men's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs about 0.8 oz (23 grams) less than the Brooks Launch 3 for men.

The Brooks Launch 4 is a nice update of the Brooks Launch 3. Neutral runners will get a slightly more comfortable and lighter running shoe that with the increased amount of springiness in the forefoot should help runners go faster.

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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