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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 9.9oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Dec 2016
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Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Caldera is comfortable and lightweight, according to some reviews.
  • More than a few runners noted the good arch support of the shoe.
  • Many were satisfied with the shoe’s traction on varied surfaces.
  • Some runners liked the cushioning and supportive feature of the shoe.
  • The double mesh upper remains breathable while preventing small debris from entering the shoe.
  • The heel counter provides a secure and comfortable heel lock-down, as noted in some reviews.
  • True to size.
  • The well-ventilated upper is also quick-drying, as reported by a handful of expert reviewers.
  • More than a good number of runners considered the Caldera as the best trail shoe from Brooks.
  • It has ample trail-specific protection for ultra runs without compromising weight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Caldera is slightly expensive.
  • Few runners noticed that the outsole is not durable.
  • A handful of female runners mentioned that it looks clunky.

Bottom line

The Brooks Caldera is a neutral shoe designed for trail running. It delivers a great combination of flexibility, durability, and stability. With high-energy returning design, the shoe will not disappoint when use in long runs or daily training.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    If you guys get a chance to get this shoe on your foot, I would highly recommend it.

  • 85 / 100 | Mayayo Oxigeno

    It's a very interesting shoe, made for all kind[s] of weather.

  • 94 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    Though the Caldera is quite versatile, I feel that it shines most on more moderate terrain and less rocky surfaces. The Caldera makes a great choice for anyone looking for a well cushioned, stable, high mileage trainer/racer, especially for the Brooks fan who has found the Cascadia to be a bit too narrow and unforgiving.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World

    Testers loved the comfort straight out of the box and the shoe’s ability to deflect even the gnarliest rocks we regularly roll over in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Updates to Brooks Caldera

  • The upper of the Brooks Caldera features a double mesh upper that is designed to provide foot protection without sacrificing breathability and comfort. The double-layer mesh offers a stretchy and seamless feel.
  • A sticky rubber material made up the outsole unit of the Caldera. The rugged lugs are designed to provide excellent traction even on wet and uneven surfaces.
  • The midsole of the shoe features the brand’s notable cushioning system – the BioMoGo DNA cushioning. It delivers adaptive cushioning all throughout the midsole for a more responsive ride.

Brooks Caldera size and fit

The Brooks Caldera is true to size. It provides a secure and snug fit in the heel and midfoot area. The forefoot has a medium fit and the toe box is spacious enough for the toes to wiggle. Available sizes are from 7 to 15 for men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s version.


Outsole

The outsole of the shoe utilizes a sticky rubber compound that provides durability, especially in high wear areas. The low-profile lugs provides decent traction on varied surfaces. The wide outsole is designed to give stability without sacrificing agility.


Midsole

The Caldera features the notable Brooks BioMoGo DNA cushioning that is specifically designed for a more responsive ride. The cushioning is just right, providing ample protection and comfort for daily training or trail running.


Upper

The Brooks Caldera features a double-layer mesh coverage that provides foot protection while maintaining the breathable coverage and flexibility. The overlays help in providing a secure yet comfortable lockdown.

The padded tongue gives added comfort while preventing debris from entering the shoe. The heel counter is also very efficient in securing the foot comfortably.

Lastly, the Brooks Caldera has a lace garage that is specifically designed to keep the laces out of the way while running.