Facts

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

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

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 99 ratings

5 star
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4 star
17%
3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Mayayo Oxigeno • Mayayo Oxigeno • Level 2 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • 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.

  • 94 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 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 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • 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.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    The Caldera is brand new to the Brooks trail shoe lineup and offers a more flexible and lighter option than the Cascadia 12’s (another trail shoe from Brooks).

  • 84 / 100 by Crazy Running Girl • Lora • Level 3 expert

    The one thing that’s a little different in these compared to Brooks other trail running shoes —> there’s no rock plate. This could be a little rough if you are doing highly technical and fast trail running because stepping wrong on a rock or branch? It could be a little killer.

  • 90 / 100 by Trail Run Mag • Chris Ord • Level 2 expert

    The Caldera is what I’d call a versatile, everyday maximalist shoe ideal for long running, on terrain that tends more to the predictable (read not too tight and technical). Ultra runs where the pace is down and the course is less liable to bite at you – perfect.

  • 87 / 100 by Sage to Summit • Jeff Kozak • Level 2 expert

    ...the only caveat to the fit of the Caldera is this: if you have a narrow foot, or otherwise do not "fill" the shoe adequately with you foot shape and volume, it may have a tendency to feel medially/laterally unstable on uneven terrain.

  • 90 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Ben Zuehlsdorf • Level 1 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 by Apex Sports • Apex Sports • Level 1 expert

    Ran 28 miles along the canal in these recently and (for me) were perfect - no blisters, ample cushioning for the unforgiving unevenness and stoney path.

  • 89 / 100 by Ultrazona • Ultrazona • Level 1 expert

    With Brooks solid reputation and comfort guarantee, it is hard to go wrong with these. -

  • 85 / 100 by Garry Marsden • Garry Marsden • Level 1 expert

    We've got this great cushioning down here, which is excellent for those hard land rover tracks…

  • 85 / 100 by Relentless Forward Motion • Heather • Level 1 expert

    Personally, the wide forefoot combined with the soft yet flexible cushioning and overall lightweight feel of this shoe make the Caldera one of my favorite go-to sneakers for the longer monotony and physical abuse of ultra training and racing.

  • 85 / 100 by TrailRunningSpain.com • Mayayo Oxigeno • Level 1 expert

    Great news for fans of the brand, one more solid option to choose from. However, they ought to be aware of the progressive change in the Brooks saga…

  • 85 / 100 by Run 4 It • Hamish Battle • Level 1 expert

    The sticky rubber outsole holds fasts on hard ground and wet rock – yet struggles on softer surfaces.

  • 82 / 100 by Switch Back Travel • Jenny Abegg • Level 1 expert

    The Caldera is certainly not the most technical trail runner available. The lightweight, simple design (without rock plate or midsole stabilizers) does sacrifice a bit of stability and protection.

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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.