Brooks Launch 4 vs. 5 review

Brooks Launch 4 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Launch 5 sports a newly updated upper that should provide more comfort.

The Brooks Launch 5 is the updated version of the Brooks Launch 4, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much stability and support and who want to feel light and fast.

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The Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com sports a newly updated upper that does not have many overlays.

The Brooks Launch 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays that run along the saddle and from the saddle towards the back of the running shoe.

A good part of the upper of the Brooks Launch 4 is covered and only the front part of the running shoe exposes mesh.

The Brooks Launch 5, on the other hand, has no-sew overlays running along the saddle and around the collar with some stitches at the bottom of the saddle, but almost all of the mesh in the upper of the Brooks Launch 5 is exposed.

In addition, the Brooks Launch 5 does not come with a stitched-on overlay at the front like the Brooks Launch 4 does, so the durability of the upper of the Brooks Launch 5 is a bit less than that of the Brooks Launch 4.

What is similar in the Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Launch 5 is that the forefoot is quite open and free from overlays, and this provides lots of room and comfort to your toes and big bunions if you have any.

All in all, one could say that the upper of the Brooks Launch 4 is a bit more supportive and durable than that of the Brooks Launch 5, but both running shoes should feel comfortable on your feet.

The Brooks Launch is a running shoe that is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning but not a super soft ride.

The Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Launch 5 make use of the same type of midsole material, and the layout and construction of the midsole of the Brooks Launch 5 has not changed compared to that of the Brooks Launch 4.

Running shoe lab tests have found that the Brooks Launch 4 delivers an amount of forefoot cushioning that lies just above average for both men and women, and that the heel of the Brooks Launch 4 could feel firm to both men and women.

The running experience should be largely the same in the Brooks Launch 5 due to the minimal amount of changes made to the midsole of the Brooks Launch 5.

The Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Launch 5 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are not meant to deliver stability and support, so they do not come with any devices to control pronation.

They can generally be expected to deliver an amount of stability and support that lies below average.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes are largely the same down to the flex grooves and rubber pattern.

The only minor difference can be found in a flex groove under the heel that separates the crash zone from the rest of the outsole.

Both the Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Launch 4 comes with an X rubber pattern under the midfoot to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions.

Because the Brooks Launch has a good amount of flex grooves in the forefoot and does not have tons of cushioning in the forefoot, it is generally a quite flexible running shoe for both men women.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams), while the Brooks Launch 5 for women weighs approximately 7.5 oz (212 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Launch 4 weighs about 9.2 oz (261 grams), and the Brooks Launch 5 for men weighs about 9 oz (255 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a responsive ride from a running shoe that delivers enough cushioning, you could look into either the Brooks Launch 4 or the Brooks Launch 5.

The Brooks Launch 5 has not undergone many changes compared to the Brooks Launch 4 other than in its upper that looks a bit more modern and in line with other newly updated running shoes from Brooks.

Therefore, the running experience should be largely the same in the Brooks Launch 4 and the Brooks Launch 5, with the one difference that the Brooks Launch 4 might provide a slightly more secure fit than the Brooks Launch 5.

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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