I started running in the Brooks Launch a few months ago. Since then I have ran hills, intervals, tempo runs, treadmill runs, and long runs over concrete, asphalt, and dirt. These shoes can do it all.
They have a lot of cushion in the heel and it is easy to heel strike if you get lazy in your stride. I've been working on a mid-foot strike to forefoot strike and the cushion in the shoe goes all the way up to the toe box.
I do a lot of running in the morning before the sun comes up, and the reflective stips along the back and sides come in handy.
One more thing to mention is the off-set lacing at the bottom of the laces. This seems to pull the top of the shoe up off of your foot while giving good support across the top of the foot. I like this because I have high arches and need to have my foot snug in the shoe. I also like to have my toes free to do what they want while running the longer miles. This shoe can make it happen.