Brooks Launch 5 vs. Brooks Ghost 10 review

Brooks Launch 5 is a light and comfortable neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners.

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The Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Ghost 10 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Brooks Ghost 10 is more suitable for longer runs, while the Brooks Launch 5 is more of a race-ready running shoe.


The uppers of the Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to and the Brooks Ghost 10 are similar in that they have a minimum amount of overlays.

The Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to has more overlays than the Brooks Launch 5, especially around the midfoot and the heel.

In fact, the only overlays the Brooks Launch 5 has run along the saddle and around the collar. Other than that, the upper of the Brooks Launch 5 exposes lots of mesh.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 10 is expected to provide a bit more support than the Brooks Launch 5.

In addition, the Brooks Ghost 10 comes with a durable stitched-on toecap, while the front of the Brooks Launch 5 is pretty open and free from overlays.

All in all, because neither running shoe has overlays on its toe box and the forefoot has been kept pretty open, they both should be able to deliver a good amount of comfort.

However, as far as support and durability goes, the Brooks Ghost 10 might outperform the Brooks Launch 5.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 10 nor the Brooks Launch 5 is meant to deliver a super soft ride, and they both make use of the same type of midsole material, although the contruction of their midsoles differ.

In general, you can expect to get a cushier ride from the Brooks Ghost 10 than from the Brooks Launch 5.

The Brooks Ghost 10 delivers an above average amount of heel and forefoot cushioning to both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests, so it is a good running shoe for longer runs.

The Brooks Launch 5, on the other hand, delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning but has been kept pretty responsive so that you can go fast. It is a running shoe for fast-paced runners or for those who want to use it for a race.


The Brooks Launch 5 has an all-in-one midsole that has a crash zone at the back, while the Brooks Ghost 10 has a midsole that comes with separate crash pads under the heel on the lateral and medial sides.

The Brooks Ghost 10 is also expected to deliver more stability than the Brooks Launch 5, and has been rated highly by running shoe lab tests.

However, both running shoes are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need much stability and support, so this should not be a decision-making point unless you are a neutral runner who also prefers to get a bit of stability along with a soft ride.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ in layout and construction.

The Brooks Launch 5 comes with an X under the midfoot to deliver faster heel-to-toe transitions.

While the Brooks Ghost 10 does not have an X, the fact that it provides a good amount of ground contact should help you get smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The rubber pods are small under both running shoes, but the Brooks Ghost 10 displays a good amount of separation, which should help dissipate shock and also smoothen your ride even more.

The Brooks Launch 5 is typically a flexible running shoe, while the Brooks Ghost 10 is moderately flexible for women but a bit stiffer for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Launch 5 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (212 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9 oz (255 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Launch 5 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride on long runs, you may want to look into the Brooks Ghost 10.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a running shoe that provides enough cushioning, comfort, and helps you feel light and fast, you may want to consider 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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