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
$160
Weight
Men: 12.2oz
Women: 10.8oz
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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 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

3 reasons to buy

  • The color schemes available for the Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX were lauded by a lot of runners.
  • The Gore-Tex® membrane didn’t disappoint consumers because it responsibly kept water infiltration at bay.
  • The surface grip of the outsole gained positive feedback as it didn’t allow the foot to slip or slide on the ground.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some overpronators complained that the midsole unit of this running shoe didn’t offer support for their needs.
  • A tester noted a squeaking sound from the sole unit while also noticing some pain in the Achilles.
  • A person who used the Cascadia 12 GTX for work reported that there were spots near the top area of the upper which folded and dug into the skin.
  • The construction of the sole unit was narrower than the standard, non-waterproof Cascadia 12, according to a reviewer.
  • There were those who wished for a wide-width option to accommodate wider foot dimensions. They had to go a size up just to allow more space for toe-splay.

Bottom line

The feedback for the Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX was mixed. Many runners thought that this neutral trail shoe featured efficient and agreeable technologies. They appreciated the color schemes, the waterproof upper, and the helpfulness of its outsole. But there were those who didn’t like the fit, stating that it was too narrow, while others experienced discomfort.


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Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 18 ratings

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Updates to Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX

  • The Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX is a trail running shoe that’s designed for the neutral pronator. Its overall design is similar to a previous model, the Cascadia 11 GTX, but some changes were made to the color schemes and the way the components were constructed.
  • This running shoe sees the return of the stitched overlay in the form of a forefoot guard. Printed overlays are still present, but they don’t saturate most of the upper. A conformable saddle helps the mesh material in hugging the foot and giving a secure coverage.
  • A generous helping of features is placed in the sole unit of the Cascadia 12 GTX. Their purpose is to keep the foot comfortable and steady throughout the running session. The entire platform was also designed to be durable and long-lasting.

Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX size and fit

The Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX is larger than the standard measurements. It is recommended to get half-a-size small to acquire a more agreeable coverage. The available width for the men’s version is D – Medium, while the women’s version is B – Medium.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX makes use of the HPR Green, which is a sturdy material that’s meant to deliver skid-resistant grip on both dry and wet surfaces. It’s made of compounds that are friendly to the environment.

Traction is further heightened by the presence of gripping lugs that face multiple directions. They allow the wearer to be more confident when traversing various conditions such as uphill climbs and downhill treks.

A sheath that’s made out of thermoplastic EVA is placed between the outsole and the midsole. Coined as the Ballistic Rock Shield, it guards the underside of the foot against stones and other potentially harmful elements that may poke the sole unit.

Midsole

The Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX has the BioMoGo DNA as its primary midsole unit. It’s made out of environment-friendly compounds. Its purpose is to provide cushioning that adapts to the shape and curves of the wearer’s foot.

Placed on top of the dominant foam is the S-257 Cushsole. It adds a bit more cushioning, but it doesn’t sacrifice flexibility.

The Pivot Point System is made up of foundation pillars that are placed in four points in the sole unit’s perimeter. The purpose of these steadying structures is to balance the foot as it steps on the uneven terrains. Two pillars are located in the heel, while the other two are in the forefoot area.

A BioMoGo Profile Sock Liner gives more contoured support to the underside of the foot. It can be removed or replaced with custom orthotics.

Upper

The upper unit of the Brooks Cascadia 12 GTX uses a tight-knit mesh. This construction allows the material to be durable. It also prevents small trail debris from invading the foot-chamber.

Gore-Tex® is a waterproof layer that shields the fabrics and the interior of the shoe from water intrusion. It’s also designed to accommodate airflow, thus ensuring ventilation for the foot.

A saddle has been added to the midfoot section. Connected to the laces, it adjusts itself to match the preferences of the wearer, giving a secure yet customizable fit.

The microfiber and synthetic overlays provide structure to the façade and to help in keeping the foot in place.

A stitched-on forefoot guard brings durability to the front section of the upper. It protects the toes from rocks and abrasive surfaces.

The in-shoe sleeve is lined with the Element Linings. They help in staving off moisture, therefore maintaining a dry interior environment.