Brooks Launch 5 vs. Brooks Glycerin 15 review

Brooks Launch 5 is a light neutral running shoe for fast-paced runners. Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a plush and soft running experience...

The Brooks Launch 5 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Launch 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 15 differ quite a bit in construction.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with 3D-printed overlays that run throughout the entire upper and that provide a good amount of support around the midfoot.

The Brooks Launch 5, on the other hand, only comes with a couple of no-sew overlays that run along the saddle and around the collar of the running shoe, thereby keeping most of the upper free from overlays.

Therefore, you can expect to get more support from the upper of the Brooks Glycerin 15 than you would get from the upper of the Brooks Launch 5.

In addition, the Brooks Glycerin 15 has stitched-on overlays at the front and back of the running shoe, while the Brooks Launch 5 only has mesh in those areas.

Therefore, one can expect the Brooks Glycerin 15 to also deliver a bit more durability than the Brooks Launch 5.

Unlike the Brooks Launch 5, the Brooks Glycerin 15 is supposed to deliver a super soft ride due to the difference in midsole material used.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 uses a midsole material that is supposed to deliver about 20% more cushioning than the midsole material used by the Brooks Launch 5.

It is evident from running shoe lab tests that the Brooks Glycerin 15 delivers a super soft ride to both men and women.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 has more heel cushioning than forefoot cushioning and both are almost to the max, so it is a good running shoe for heel-strikers.

The Brooks Launch 5, on the other hand, tends to be moderately cushioned in the forefoot and firmish in the heel, because the Brooks Launch 5 is more geared towards delivering a responsive ride to help you go fast.

Both running shoes have an all-in-one midsole, but the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is a bit more segmented than that of the Brooks Launch 5.

In general, you can expect to get more stability from the Brooks Glycerin 15 than from the Brooks Launch 5.

However, neither the Brooks Launch 5 nor the Brooks Glycerin 15 is supposed to deliver lots of stability and support, because they are for runners who do not need that.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

However, the Brooks Launch 5 has an outsole with rubber that forms an X right under the midfoot to also help you get faster heel-to-toe transitions.

Both outsoles display a good amount of separation and have a good amount of flex grooves, but running shoe lab tests have found that the Brooks Glycerin 15 is moderately flexible for women and somewhat stiffer for men.

In general, the Brooks Launch 5 tends to be on the flexible side for both men and women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Brooks Launch 5 for women weighs 7.5 oz (212 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 9 oz (255 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Launch 5 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a super soft ride from a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support without being a stability running shoe, you can look into the Brooks Glycerin 15. The Brooks Glycerin 15 is also good for heel-strikers and longer runs.

And if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a race-ready running shoe that helps you feel light and fast, you may want to consider the Brooks Launch 5.

The Brooks Glycerin 15 is a more premium running shoe compared to the Brooks Launch 5, and that is noticeable in the price difference.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: Brooks

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