Verdict from 3 experts and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers agreed that the Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX is perfect for running and day hikes. 
  • Some runners commented that the shoe kept their feet in great shape even after running several miles. 
  • The incredible gripping ability of the outsole was appreciated by many consumers. 
  • Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX was flexible, lightweight, and comfortable according to many reviewers. 
  • The footwear is tough enough for stepping on rocks and roots, according to one tester. 
  • A few consumers noted that in terms of durability, the shoe is worth their money. 
  • Several users were happy that the price of the Cascadia 14 GTX was affordable compared to other road running shoes

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of purchasers expressed that the Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX feels to narrow for them. 
  • According to a user, who does mostly trail running, the previous versions are better in terms of stability. 
  • A consumer mentioned that the shoe makes a lot of noise while walking. 

Bottom line

The Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX is appreciated by many runners. They were impressed with the running shoe’s affordability, flexibility, and lightweight structure. Although some consumers were dissatisfied with the fit and stability, others still recommended the shoe for its durability and quality. Many testers also expressed their desire to buy Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX for a second time.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The updated Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX now uses the improved Cordura Mud Guard for added durability and the Pivot Post system that works like a stabilizing suspension system. 
  • Compared to its previous versions, this neutral shoe has a more stylish design and a better outsole that shaves weight, enabling the users to move and run faster.
  • Just like Brooks Caldera 3, the TrailTack rubber outsole of Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX also received several updates. It is now improved to offer extra traction for a more precise grasp on both wet and dry surfaces.
  • For protection in wet conditions, the shoe’s breathable Gore-Tex liner helps to keep the user’s feet dry and comfortable.

Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX is available in both men’s and women's versions following the standard sizing scheme. This waterproof running shoe is designed for runners who prefer to run in the most rugged weather. The shoe’s fit elements are those that are intended for neutral runners, such as a high arch height and a moderate midfoot width. 

The outsole section of Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX is made up of TrailTak rubber, which provides sticky traction in both dry and wet conditions. It also utilizes the improved Multidirectional Lug Pattern for increased ground traction on a variety of terrain, especially on hills. 

The Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX midsole unit features the usual BioMoGo DNA from Brooks. It contains an additive that allows it to breakdown and makes the midsole completely biodegradable. 

BioMoGo DNA combines the BioMoGo midsole and DNA cushioning technology to effectively produce a customized and fully-responsive ride. 

For better fit and support, this shoe’s new Pivot Post System utilizes four points of suspension. This amazing suspension system allows the users to keep their foot level from landing on irregular trail surfaces.

The Heel Pivot System helps balance the foot on uneven ground, while the Forefoot Pivot System is designed to adjust to varied terrain to help stabilize the foot. 

Ballistic Rock Shield, a thermoplastic EVA sheath, is placed between the midsole and outsole for an added protection against stone-bruising. 

The upper is made up of Gore-Tex liner, providing waterproof, breathable and moisture-managing protection from the severe weather conditions. 

Its updated Cordura Mud Guard adds durability and protection from debris while allowing water to easily drain from the footwear to keep the foot dry and comfortable. 

Gaiter Tab and Connection Point also provide easy and secure gaiter attachment.


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