Brooks Cascadia 15
The Brooks Cascadia 15 is a versatile and comfortable trail running shoe that excels on all types of terrain.
Analysis of reviews
- Great comfort
- Impeccable foot lockdown while offering sufficient space to the toes
- Efficient cushioning while providing a good ground feeling
- Excellent traction
- Good foot protection
- Robust trail shoe
- Cushioning that lacks responsiveness
- Still heavy (305 g for men, 283 g for women)
- First, the outsole of the Brooks Cascadia 15 uses the TrailTack technology. It’s a solid, naturally sticky rubber developed by Brooks specifically for tough terrains. This system provides effective grip on the most technical trails, even on difficult descents.
- In addition, the outsole of this trail shoe also features multidirectional lugs. These aggressively designed rubber elements improve grip to tackle the toughest trail conditions with confidence.
- The midsole features BioMoGo DNA cushioning technology. This is a patented foam located on the entire insole that adapts to the foot at all times. It is made of recycled materials. Its flexible construction allows it to reproduce the morphology of the foot, thus guaranteeing a personalised comfort that meets the needs of each runner. It protects against rocks and uneven ground. In addition, this platform should contribute to a more bouncy run thanks to its effective energy return.
- Moreover, we find the Pivot Posts technology: a system of pivot points. There are four of them, located on the lateral and medial parts of the shoe. While the Cascadia is not a stability shoe per say, their purpose is to ensure a more stable stride. In addition, this system reinforces the structure of the platform to improve durability.
- The upper of the Brooks Cascadia 15 features a mono loop engineered mesh. It provides a snug fit for an effective foot lockdown while offering adequate ventilation within the shoe as the pace quickens.
- In addition, overlays improve foot lockdown and upper structure for greater durability.
- The gusseted tongue prevents debris such as dirt and stones from getting inside the shoe. Also, this design prevents the tongue from moving too much while running.
- An elastic band holds the laces in place to prevent them from getting in the way.
- There’s also an attachment point for gaiters that allows you to easily adjust gaiters for even more protection for your foot during the trail. Note that these are sold separately.
- Finally, the grab loop at the back of the shoe allows you to put on and take off your shoes more easily. This is especially handy if you need to remove your shoes quickly during training or a race.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How does the Brooks Cascadia 15 fit?
Is this trail shoe suitable for heavy runners (85 kg or more)?
Can you run an ultra-trail with these shoes?
Is this shoe waterproof?
Comparisons – Brooks Cascadia 15 vs :
Brooks Caldera 4
The Caldera 4 offers a more flexible configuration with a less strict foot lockdown. This makes it more comfortable on moderately technical surfaces. Conversely, the Cascadia 15 excels on the toughest trails thanks to its more precise configuration. Besides, Caldera 4’s padding is more springy. The drop is also different with 4 mm for the Caldera and 8 mm for the Cascadia. We advise you to choose the Caldera 4 if you prefer comfort and do not plan to tackle extremely technical trails (very muddy or rocky, for example). If you want to be prepared for the most difficult situations, the Cascadia 15 is your ally.
Hoka Speedgoat 4
Both shoes offer the same level of protection and traction. They also weigh almost the same. However, the cushioning of the Speedgoat is much more generous with 32 mm under the heel compared to 24 mm for the Cascadia. The drop is also different with 4 mm for the Speedgoat and 8 mm for the Cascadia. It is therefore primarily a matter of preference. Note however that the Cascadia has the advantage of offering a little more space to the toes.
Saucony Xodus 10
The Xodus 10 is a heavier shoe but offers more generous cushioning (32 mm under the heel) with a low drop (4 mm). Otherwise, the two shoes are very similar in terms of protection and traction. However, the cushioning of the Xodus 10 is superior thanks to a very good natural spring.