Good Friday Morning!
I remember picking out my first pair of running shoes – I went to the discount outlet store, found an affordable pair in a nice colour and that was it. I had zero clue about running shoes and the different features shoes could have. As a track coach, I’m constantly reminding my athletes that you do not pick out shoes because of the style and that they also do not last 1-2 years. Now, I tend to switch out my shoes every 6 months and pay more attention to things like weight, stability and how the shoe is made (I like cushioned heel collars). If I put on a pair of shoes that doesn’t agree with me, it could mean missing a few weeks of running if the shoe aggravates my post-tib issues. Back in the Fall, I tried the Glycerin 13s and now on my second pair of those shoes. The newest Brooks shoe in my shoe rotation are the Launch 3s, which may potentially beat the Glycerins as my current favourite shoe!
To select the Launch 3s, I used Brooks shoe finder. I wanted a shoe that was a bit more lightweight but still have a bit of support. The Launch 3s are part of the Energize line of shoes and are a neutral shoe. The shoes weigh in at 7.9 oz (Glycerins are at 9.2) and have a 10mm drop. Currently, I am slowly stepping away from wearing supportive shoes all the time and moving to the neutral world. Wearing the Glycerins and Launch shoes is definitely helping. I have been running the the Launch 3s since the beginning of June and have had very little problems with them. They feel lighter than the Glycerins and bring a bit more spring to my step. When I run on the treadmill, I tend to want to wear a lighter shoe (I actually wear my racing flats most of the time). The Launch 3s are perfect for the treadmill and are now my #1 shoe for the gym. I wore my Launch 3s during City Chase, where I ran/walked for over 12K and my feet felt great (minus being completely soaked).
The Launch 3s come in a variety of colours. I have the black and white ones, which I love except for the white part of the shoe becoming dirty really, really fast. Pro blogger tip: when you are reviewing a pair of shoes, take photos of the shoe prior to running in them 😉 The upper part of the shoe in black does stay clean.
The shoes feature lots of ventilation through air mesh fabric, which is crucial for these hot, humid days. But, when it is torrential rain time, your feet will get wet very quickly. Another thing I noticed about the shoes is that the shoe doesn’t grip the ground as well in wet weather.
Right now I am wearing my Launch 3s for all treadmill runs and most of my regularly schedule steady/hill runs. I tend to go back to the Glycerins for any longer runs where I want a bit more cushioning. When I start racing again in the Fall, I plan on wearing the Launch 3s for my races. They seem to be a great cross between my racing flats and my more supportive shoe. This shoe might be for you if you want a lightweight shoe but still want a bit of support. But if you love your cushion – the Glycerins are a better shoe for you. There is tons of choice for colours, from neutral colours to bright colours. I saw this style of Launch’s on Hungry Runner Girl and a few other bloggers that went to the US Trials – love it!
Disclosure: I received the Launch 3s in order to review. All opinions are my own.