Verdict from 6.1 hours of research from the internet

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. Though it is sold at an expensive price, it delivers a great combination of flexibility, durability, and stability. With high-energy returning design, the shoe will not disappoint when used in long runs or daily trainings.

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User reviews:

  • 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.

Size and fit

True to size based on 59 user votes
Small (5%)
True to size (80%)
Large (15%)
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Same sizing as Brooks Caldera 4.

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Size comments

The shoe fits true to size. - Switchback Travel
Sizing seems to be a true size for Brooks. - Apex Sports

How Caldera compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 86
58 99
This shoe: $140
All shoes average: $130
$60 $250
This shoe: 9.9oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
5oz 24oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.