Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Cascadia 14 is a lightweight trail shoe, according to some runners.
  • Many users find the Cascadia 14 to have good traction, especially on wet surfaces.
  • Some wearers praised the Brooks Cascadia 14’s fast-drying upper material.
  • One runner appreciated the gaiter trap feature of the shoe.
  • A few users agree that the Cascadia 14 does not require a break-in period.
  • A number of buyers are happy with the various width options available for the shoe.
  • The Cascadia 14 has a firm yet comfortable cushioning, said a reviewer.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several wearers find that the Brooks Cascadia 14 has inaccurate sizing.
  • A number of runners commented that the shoe does not have a secure fit; some thought the toe box was too large, while others complained of too much room in the heel area.
  • The sewn-in tongue design of the Cascadia 14 was disliked by some buyers.

Bottom line

Many buyers of the Brooks Cascadia 14 expressed their satisfaction with the trail shoe by praising its performance and features. In particular, users were pleased with the Cascadia 14’s traction, cushioning, and convenience of use. Despite some issues with the shoe’s construction and fitting, the majority of its wearers consider the Brooks Cascadia 14 to be an average trail running shoe.

Facts

Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.7oz | Women: 9.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Fit: Medium heel, Medium toe box, Medium forefoot
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear | Jogging
Material: Vegan, Mesh upper, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Orthotic friendly | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: BioMoGo
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Release date: Jun 2019
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Black
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 7/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 9/10
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91 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Avery Smith

    Brooks Cascadia 14: A great trail running shoe

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    The Brooks Cascadia 10 was my first ever trail running shoe, and boy was that sweet ride, albeit very slow and bulky.

    Now, through four iterations of improvements, the Cascadia has all of the same protection as earlier iterations, but it has cut away the bulk into a new, sleek design.

     

     

    Brooks describes the Cascadia as an SUV for your feet, which speaks to the comfort, protection and stability of the shoe, but this iteration has transformed the Cascadia into more of a Tesla SUV.

    Comfort

    Upper

    The Cascadia is a comfortable shoe. The upper has plenty of cushion around the heel collar and tongue and feels soft against the foot all around.

    It consists of two layers: the soft inner layer and the rugged outer layer. This maximizes comfort and durability. It is also is made of a synthetic moisture-wicking material to keep the feet dry and happy on hotter runs.

     

     

    On the same note, the perforated material is very breathable to keep your feet cool, yet the perforations are small enough to keep debris out.

    I have loved my shoes to pieces, and now I have some slightly larger perforations, by which I mean the big holes. They really enhance breathability.

    Midsole

    The midsole is also a comforting compound. It is softer than previous generations so it provides additional cushioning, which I love.

     

     

    Over the course of my 600ish miles of testing, the midsole has progressively softened up further. I can run all day in the Cascadias and still be comfortable by the end.

    My longest effort in these shoes was around 16 hours, and bar a few inevitable blisters, my feet were in great shape.

    Fit

    The Cascadia has a standard fit in all dimensions. I size down a half size from other Brooks shoes to ensure this, or else I don't have the secure fit I need for rougher trails.

    The toe box is a little bit narrow for my liking; I would rather have a little more room for toe splay, but the toe box is by no means cramped.

     

     

    The lacing is very adaptable, so the Cascadia is accommodating to those with both higher and lower volume midfoot areas. But, the upper material in the toe box is not stretchy or particularly adaptable, which is something to be aware of.

    Ride

    Brooks uses as a layer of their BioMoGo DNA in the midsole and insole of the Cascadia. BioMoGo DNA is an adaptive cushioning system that adapts to your specific foot strike every time you land.

     

     

    DNA is made of a non-newtonian compound, which means that it changes its state of matter when different amounts of pressure applied to it. When you are running faster, you apply more pressure to the midsole.

    The extra pressure causes the shoe to become more firm and responsive. When you are lightly jogging, you apply less pressure to the midsole.

    This causes the midsole to be softer and less responsive. These adaptations happen every time your foot touches the ground.

    The BioMoGo DNA midsole is paired with a durable carbon rubber outsole for a stiffer, more responsive ride.

    Cascadia is a daily trail running shoe that certainly has the capability of pushing the pace. The adaptive ride accommodates jogging up mountains and flying down them alike.

    Protection

    Protection is where the Cascadia shines. There are four main protective features in the Cascadia that protect your feet from the elements: the outsole, the rock shield, the toe bumper, and the reinforced upper.

    The Cascadia has excellent traction. The carbon rubber outsole with its aggressively lugged pattern holds onto wet rocks, mud and snow exceptionally well.

    Traction is one of the most important parts of a trail shoe because it keeps you from falling to your death.

    I was so happy with the traction of the Cascadia that I soloed an 1100 ft 5.8 rock climbing pitch with them, of course after a long-run approach. (Please be safe; good shoes won't always save you from falling to your death.)

     

     

    The toe bumper isn’t the most high profile toe bumper featured on the trail running market. But, it is all you need to protect your feet from kicking rocks on the trail. I have a nasty ingrown toenail and the toe bumper did wonders protecting this.

    I feel that the midsole and outsole are adequate protection from sharp rocks underfoot. Nevertheless, Brooks includes an additional reinforced plastic plate sandwiched in between these two components to further shield the feet from underfoot trail hazards.

    Finally, the reinforced upper will protect your feet from anything you happen to rub against. It will not prevent bruising when you bash your feet against rocks, but it does prevent grazes and cuts nicely.

     

     

    I run on very rocky terrain so the reinforced upper has served my feet very well.

    Durability

    The Cascadia is a heavy-duty shoe. It is made of high-quality materials that are meant to last. I absolutely abused my shoes by hiking and running on class 3 and 4 terrain, yet they have lasted 600 miles and are still going.

    My uppers have started to tear because of my abuse, but if you are less extreme with your pair, they should last up to 1000 miles. Brooks guarantees 300-500 miles, and will replace them for free if they don’t last that long. But, I'm sure anyone can easily exceed that figure.

    Sustainability

    The BioMoGo part of BioMoGo DNA means that in an anaerobic landfill, the midsole will decompose within 20 years, compared to the thousands of years that it takes other midsole materials to decompose.

    You don’t need to worry about the midsole breaking down prematurely because you don’t live in an anaerobic landfill (hopefully)!

    The BioMoGo technology is not patented because Brooks wants other companies to be more environmentally friendly.

    Best uses

    The Brooks Cascadia 14 will handle pretty much anything you throw at it. It will handle any kind of trail in any conditions at any speed. It excels at longer distances on rougher terrain.

    Although Brooks tells you that it will wear out the shoes faster, the Cascadia can double as a very comfortable hiking shoe.

    I caution you, the Cascadia is not the choice for someone who primarily road runs, since the ride is far harsher on the road. Heavier runners and lighter runners will enjoy the Cascadia alike.

    Conclusion

    The Cascadia was another great update from Brooks. I suggest Brooks to continue to cut down on the weight of the Cascadia and to make the area for the big toe a little more spacious.

    But, overall, this is a great trail running shoe. So what are you waiting for? Go and try on a pair!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 96 / 100 | Christian Mills

    The Cascadia 14 hits the mark

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    The Brooks Cascadia 14 is a neutral cushioned trail runner, and my review will be based on this use. Trail running shoes tend to be heavier in general.

     

     

    Marketed as a cushioned trail runner, the Cascadia 14 is even a tad heavier than the normal trail runner at 10.7 ounces. The tradeoff for the extra weight (cushion) is a smoother ride and the ability to go farther.

    It also has a hefty heel to toe drop of 8mm, which is noticeable if you are not used to it, and has a medium to high arch.

    When I opened the box and saw these shoes, I was pleased with the look and appearance even though they are a little bulky.

    The color scheme is brilliant, the laces were just the right length, and the tongue was short enough that it did not pose any issue while running. Now, let’s dive deeper into how the shoe performed.

    Uses

    The Cascadia 14 is designed for trail running, and with the extra cushion, they are made to go the distance. Living in Florida, I threw everything I could at these shoes to test them out.

    I was able to take them on gravel paths, sand, roots, rocks, mud, grass, and a little pavement. They performed well on all the terrains available to me and were not burdened by the road either.

    The design of the sole is excellent with its lug placement. The lugs are long enough to give good grip but not too long as to take away from stability on firmer surfaces.

     

     

    I was able to take them on a couple 10+ mile runs and found the cushion to be plush throughout the run. One of the long runs was in the middle of the day, in Florida, where it is extremely hot.

    I was concerned about the ventilation, but they kept my feet cooler than other trail and road running shoes I use. It was a pleasant surprise!

    Even though they are bulky, I still had decent ground feel and stepping on rocks and roots did not hurt at all.

    Fit and feel

    Brooks tends to run narrow from my past experiences, so I went a half size up and was glad I did. The Cascadia 14’s are tight in the midfoot and forefoot, but they do stretch out a bit as they wear in.

    My foot locked into the heel well and never had an issue wit hit sliding around in the shoe while turning, ascending, descending, starting, or stopping.

    They do not provide as much support on the ankles as some other shoes out there, but that was not an issue for me. The tongue is sewn into the shoes with a generous amount of material so that it is still easy to put on.

     

     

    The purpose of this is to catch any debris that may try to enter around the tongue, and I found it very helpful. The laces performed wonderfully as I never had to stop and deal with them coming untied on their own.

    The piece on the back of the shoe is velcro, which will allow you to use a gaiter if needed.

    Even though the Cascadia 14’s have extra cushioning, they were not too stiff. I was able to get decent flex out of the shoe, and it did not hinder my toe positioning either.

    During my first run, I felt like I may get a blister on the outside of my pinky toe on my right foot. But, the shoes broke in quickly, and I did not have that feeling on my later runs.

    Technology

    Brooks incorporated some serious technology into this shoe. So, let’s take a look at some of its most notable features.

    The TrailTrack traction provides extra grip when the weather turns up or if you are on some technical terrain. I experienced this in an area covered in algae.

    As I took a turn, the shoe gripped even as I pivoted to turn on the slimy surface.

     

     

    The Brooks patented BioMoGo DNA midsole is one of its best technologies and is present in the Cascadia 14. As I stated earlier, I found the ride to be both plush and responsive, a rare combination in trail running shoes.

    I also wanted to mention the Cordura Mud Guard because it is specific to trail running. It helps to protect against mud and other debris from entering the shoe.

    I did not get a chance to run in heavy rain or deep puddles, but it is supposed to allow water to drain adequately so to not hinder performance.

    Conclusion and rating

    After putting the Cascadia 14 to the test, I can say that if you are looking for a cushioned trail runner and don’t mind it to be a little narrow, then this is a shoe you will want to try.

    It offers long-distance comfort and is relatively light for its use. The shoe provides exceptional ventilation for the hot days and doesn’t shy away from wet, slippery, or technical terrain.

    They can go the distance if you are running a half, full, or ultra-marathon.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 93 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    I am extremely impressed with how well Brooks was able to retain so many attributes that have made the Cascadia a top seller for so many years...

  • 90 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 4 expert

    The Cascadia 14 is a fantastic update to Brooks’ trail workhorse. Lighter, more responsive, and pretty sweet-looking, too.

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  • The latest version in the Brooks Cascadia series offers a smoother and more stable suspension for off-road running. In this 14th iteration, the Cascadia brings several updates that keep the foot level and lighter than ever, as well as an improved, more streamlined design for added flexibility.
  • A full internal saddle system makes its way in the upper of the Cascadia 14. This new design provides a close-to-foot feel. The overlays and pieces on the upper coverage were also eliminated in this version to make the shoe lighter. In addition, new material is also utilized for the mudguard.
  • The sole unit of the Cascadia 14 also presents notable changes. First is an updated Pivot Post system, which has the same functionality but on a greater scale. Then, an all-new outsole material is also introduced, which is intended to be more conducive for running on wet surfaces.

The Brooks Cascadia 14 follows the standard running shoe length, which makes it true-to-size. However, buyers are still encouraged to try the shoe before purchasing to ensure getting an accurate size. The shoe offers an adequate room in the forefoot to allow a comfortable toe splay. In addition, the shoe comes in both Medium and Wide options for men, while the women’s version is available in Medium.

Brooks introduces to the Cascadia series the TrailTack outsole component. This all-new rubber compound is specially designed to provide extra traction when running on wet surfaces. In the Cascadia 14, the TrailTack outsole is reinforced on the high-wear areas—the heel and toe—as a protective measure and to help the runner focus on the trail instead of their foot. The Brooks Caldera 3, also a neutral trail shoe, uses the TrailTack outsole as well.

TrailTack also includes a set of high surface-area lugs that deliver the necessary grip on uphill and downhill tracks.

The BioMoGo DNA midsole is the combination of two of Brooks’ proprietary materials: the BioMoGo and the DNA. As the Cascadia 14’s primary cushioning unit, the BioMoGo DNA adapts to the runner’s stride, weight, and speed, thereby reducing the impact on the joints. The BioMoGo DNA also provides contoured underfoot support; the benefits of this material makes it a popular feature in many Brooks running shoes.

Individually, the two materials have their own functions they bring to the Cascadia 14. First, the gel-based DNA foam supplies the shock-absorbent quality of the midsole and promotes a greater energy return with each step. Then, the BioMoGo compound gives the shoe the plush underfoot cushioning; the material is made from eco-friendly resources, which appeals to environmentally conscious users.

An updated, scaled-down Pivot Post System is also employed in the Cascadia 14. The Pivot Post comes in a set of four, which are placed on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe, all working together to provide a stable and steady ride. In addition, the Pivot Post system promotes structural integrity and helps with the durability of the platform.

The upper of the Brooks Cascadia 14 is a basic synthetic mesh that offers sufficient breathability and comfortable coverage. The material also effectively manages moisture absorption to keep the foot dry from sweat and slight water splashes.

Aiding the mesh upper is a full internal saddle system that assists with holding the foot in place. Its updated version in the Cascadia 14 allows an even more contoured fit, which is closer to the foot than it is before. Despite the reduction of overlays, the Cascadia 14 gets the supportive feature from the saddle; fewer overlays also mean an improved fit and more agile movement for the foot.

Another new element in the Brooks Cascadia 14 is the mudguard. In the previous version, the 3D Rubber Print mudguard was present to shield the shoe from excessive exposure to mud and water. The current Cordura® mudguard promises protection not only from mud and water but from debris as well. The Cordura® fabric is known for its durability and high-resistance to abrasions, tears, and scuffs.

The Brooks Cascadia 14 employs a classic lace-up closure system. A small portion in the upper is designed to serve as the lace guard of the shoe. This detail maintains the security of the shoelaces and keeps them out of the way to prevent distractions while running.

The shoe utilizes Strobel lasting technique, which is known for its supportive quality, as well as its capability to provide additional cushioning that also contributes to the overall responsiveness.

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