Brooks Cascadia 16 vs. Caldera 5 (2022)
Historically, these two trail running shoes have always occupied different positions in the Brooks collection.
The Brooks Cascadia is a more responsive, more agile, less cushioned shoe with a superior grip for technical trails.
The Caldera, on the other hand, has a higher stack for more cushioning. Thus, shock absorption and overall comfort are better for longer distances. However, naturally, this reduces the underfoot ground feel.
Cascadia vs. Caldera: which one should you choose?
It all depends on the level of comfort you are after, the distances you plan to cover and the types of trails you’ll be running.
For very technical trails, the Cascadia is the better choice.
For long runs in comfort with optimal cushioning, the Caldera seems more suitable.
If you’re not sure which one to choose and can’t decide, then opt for the Cascadia which is more versatile with their better grip.
Also, the latest model (16) is more cushioned than ever before in the series, resulting in a softer, smoother ride that is much closer to the Caldera than in the past.
Very good grip on all terrains
Softer, more flexible cushioning that continues to provide a good ground feel
Looser upper for wide feet, without compromising on fit for others
Brooks Cascadia 16
Brooks Caldera 5
|Drop||8 mm||4 mm|
|Lugs||3.5 mm||5 mm|
|Heel stack height||29 mm||27 mm|
|Forefoot stack height||21 mm||23 mm|
|Weight (men)||298 g/10.5 oz||272 g/9.6 oz|
|Weight (women)||269 g/9.5 oz||237 g/8.35 oz|
|Features||Gaiter attachment point, Available in GTX, Toe bumper, Wide feet, Rock plate, Vegan||Rock plate, Toe bumper, Available in GTX, Gaiter attachment point|
|Midsole||Ballistic Rock Shield, DNA Loft v2||PWRRUN|
|Upper||Engineered mesh||Engineered mesh|
|Softness (1-5)||4 – Soft||2 – Firm|
|Bounce (1-5)||3 – Moderate||4 – Bouncy|
|Distance||Mid, long, ultramarathon||Short, mid|
|Workout||Daily runs||Competition, daily runs|