Verdict from 15 experts and +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Runners applauded the rugged outsole of the Brooks Cascadia 11 that delivers great traction for rough and wet surfaces.
  • The Full-Length Segmented Crash Pad provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition, according to a couple of reviews.
  • It features a Ballistic Rock Shield that keeps foot well-protection while running on hard and rough terrains.
  • The mesh upper of the Cascadia 11 keeps foot cool and dry.
  • Cushioning is resilient, noted a handful of runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is slightly expensive for some runners.
  • Some runners felt that this shoe is a bit heavy for them.
  • Based on some reviews, the tongue feels off because it rubs the top of the foot.

Bottom line

The Brooks Cascadia 11 is a versatile trail running shoe that offers a balance of cushioning, support and protection. With the impressive traction, this shoe will not disappoint trail runners who love to run in rough terrains. Overall, the Cascadia 11 is an average trail running companion.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The Brooks running shoe has likened the Cascadia 11 to an SUV for the foot. It delivers responsible cushioning, a balanced platform, and a set of trail-specific features that’s sure to protect the foot at all times. It’s a versatile running shoe that can function well as part of the runner’s go-to gear when tackling those off-road adventures.
  • Trail-specific technologies give the runner more protection and balance when taking on those unpredictable terrains. A suspension system helps in balancing the foot when standing on uneven ground; a ballistic rock shield protects the foot from debris; and the aggressive outsole gives traction over many types of surfaces.
  • The mid-sole unit makes use of cushioning technologies that conform to the shape of the underfoot. It’s attuned to the individual needs of the runner. It delivers responsible cushioning, as well as flexibility.
  • The outsole uses environment-friendly materials in order to make a robust and reliable layer of protection against wear and abrasion. The aggressive outsole design was specifically made to function well on the trails, yet it also gives traction over wet surfaces.

The Brooks Cascadia 11 fits large. It is recommended to choose ½ size smaller than the standard length. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections. It accommodates the runner who has a medium-sized foot. This shoe’s semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot.

The Cascadia 12 features an HPR Green outsole which is also the same outsole used in the Cascadia 13. It is an outsole unit that uses environment-friendly compounds. This layer is durable and it protects the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the trails. It also delivers traction that is resistant to skidding. Now, the shoe can hold firmly on dry and wet surfaces.

The Cush Pod Configuration is an outsole/mid-sole design that essentially primes the foot to perform more efficiently through the gait cycle. The rear section receives impact well and disperses shock; the forefoot is flexible enough to make each toe-off efficient.

The Cascadia 11 uses the BioMoGo DNA for its midsole. It is a cushioning technology that is soft and comfortable. It carries the foot well and even molds itself to the shape of the underfoot, allowing the platform to fully support the curvature of the underfoot.

The S-257 mid-sole compound adds more cushioning and flexibility to the platform. It allows the foot to move naturally, so each step isn’t restricted or limited.

The Heel and Forefoot Pivot System makes use of posts that assist in balancing the foot when stepping on unpredictable surfaces. They keep the foot in place and reduces the risk of slippage. It’s like a car’s suspension system that adapts to the varied surfaces.The Ballistic Rock Shield makes use of a thermoplastic EVA sheath, which is placed right between the outsole and the mid-sole unit. It protects the foot from jagged surfaces and potentially harmful trail debris.

A smooth transition from the heel to the forefoot is afforded by the Caterpillar Crash Pad. This segmented section of the mid-sole flexes with the foot and gives cushioning and stability for a smoother and more responsive ride.

The Element Mesh is a breathable material that makes up the main upper unit. It is capable of managing moisture, so the material and the foot stay dry throughout the activity.

A secure mid-foot fit is afforded by a Conformable Saddle Construction. It shapes itself to the contours of the foot, making the fit more customizable and agreeable to the runner. Synthetic
Overlays provide security and snugness to the fit. They help the upper unit in wrapping the foot comfortably and surely, thus preventing slips and discomfort when running.

The Element Lining is an inner sleeve that’s soft and smooth. The foot can acclimate well to it when wearing the shoe. It has a moisture-managing capability, so the foot stays dry at all times.

The Profile Sock liner is an added layer of cushioning that’s made from the BioMoGo material. It molds itself to the shape of the foot, thus giving a personalized underfoot experience, as well as consistent and reliable support.


How Brooks Cascadia 11 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 45% trail running shoes
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Bottom 24% Brooks running shoes
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Bottom 47% neutral running shoes
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