Brooks Cascadia 16 vs. Hoka Speedgoat 4 (2022)

Brooks Cascadia 16 vs. Hoka Speedgoat 4

The two titans of trail running face to face! The choice between these two shoes is not an easy one as they both have their strong points and intended use.

Overall, the upper’s lockdown and volume of the Brooks Cascadia make it more comfortable, especially if you have wide feet. However, this comfort comes at a price: the lockdown is slightly less effective than with the Hoka Speedgoat and its stricter upper.

If you’re going to be speeding downhill on treacherous trails, the Hoka seems more secure.

In terms of cushioning and underfoot feel, both shoes feature a generous stack (29 mm heel height for the Cascadia, 32 mm for the Speedgoat). However, the Cascadia comes with rock plate, which significantly improves comfort, especially during long runs.

Finally, in terms of grip, while the Cascadia provides effective traction on the vast majority of terrains, testers note that the Speedgoat is still superior in this regard.

Cascadia vs. Speedgoat: which one should you choose?

Think of these shoes as complementary models: the Brooks Cascadia for comfort on moderately technical terrain and the Hoka Speedgoat for tougher routes with lots of challenging descents.

If in doubt, you can start with the Cascadia and add to your rotation later if you feel the need.

Also, if you have wide feet, the Speedgoat may not be compatible (to be tested).

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Pros
Cons
More cushioned without losing ground feel; the Brooks Cascadia 16 is a very good trail running shoe that offers comfort and protection for all conditions
Great comfort
Very good grip on all terrains
Softer, more flexible cushioning that continues to provide a good ground feel
Durable shoe
Looser upper for wide feet, without compromising on fit for others
Still a bit heavy, even if it’s finally under 10.6 oz/300 g
An excellent comfortable trail running shoe destined for the most technical terrains.
Great comfort
Excellent grip
Maximum cushioning and responsive at the same time
New upper with a broader toe area
Robust, durable design
Versatile: even though the SG4 excels above all on rugged terrain, it will also be suitable for small dirt roads with no particular technical skills.
Slightly heavier than the previous model

Brooks Cascadia 16

Hoka Speedgoat 4

Technical Specs

TerrainTrailTrail
Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop8 mm4 mm
Lugs3.5 mm5 mm
Heel stack height29 mm32 mm
Forefoot stack height21 mm28 mm
Weight (men)298 g/10.5 oz307 g/10.8 oz
Weight (women)269 g/9.5 oz261 g/9.2 oz
Release year20212019
FeaturesGaiter attachment point, Available in GTX, Toe bumper, Wide feet, Rock plate, VeganAvailable in GTX, Toe cap, Wide feet
AthletesKarl Metzer

Technologies

OutsoleTrailTackVibram Megagrip Hi-Traction, 5 mm lugs, flex grooves
MidsoleBallistic Rock Shield, DNA Loft v2Injection-molded EVA foam, Balanced Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperEngineered meshEngineered mesh, overlays, structural cage, reinforced toe cap

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)4 – Soft
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate

Use

SpeedAllAll
DistanceMid, long, ultramarathonMid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon
WorkoutDaily runsDaily runs, recovery, speed