Update: Brooks Caldera 3
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 9.9oz | Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Release date: Dec 2016
Brand: Brooks
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Multi, Grey, Blue
Special editions: 1 special editions
Small True to size Large
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87 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | Mayayo Oxigeno | Level 2 expert

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

  • 94 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    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 | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 | Ultrarunner Podcast | | Level 4 expert

    The grip. It’s decent (i.e., it’s fine in most situations). The lugs are not super deep but are made of fairly sticky rubber so in most situations it grips well.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    The Caldera is a versatile, well cushioned, stable, high mileage trainer/racer. Brooks fans looking to free themselves from the clunky and unforgiving Cascadia will find salvation in this new flexible and light weight trail shoe.

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  • 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.

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.

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

The Caldera features the notable Brooks BioMoGo DNA cushioning that is specifically designed for a more responsive ride.  It is also the same cushioning found in the latest Brooks Caldera 3 and it offers just the right amount of cushioning, providing ample protection and comfort for daily training or trail running.

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.