DiscontinuedUpdate: Brooks Caldera 3
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WeightMen: 9.9ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateDec 2016
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87 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews
If you guys get a chance to get this shoe on your foot, I would highly recommend it.
It's a very interesting shoe, made for all kind[s] of weather.
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.
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.
- 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.