6 Best Brooks Trail Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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6 Best Brooks Trail Running Shoes in 2022

Brooks has made a name in the running world. It’s given us some of the best road running shoes, and it sure didn’t let us down with its trail shoes

Among all the running shoes we’ve tested, nothing comes close to Brooks trail shoes in the durability department. Even better, they’re supportive and grippy, it’s hard to lose your steps in them.

How we test the best Brooks trail running shoes

Every shoe on this list, we’ve examined down to the nitty-gritties. We also have our own RunRepeat shoe testing lab where we conduct these tests. And before we do the following, we always make sure to buy each shoe with our own money: 

  • Run in them for a minimum of 30-50 miles
  • Slice them into bits
  • Measure each part via 30 different parameters like lightness, breathability, flexibility, etc.
  • Compute their Corescore through thousands of expert and user feedback 

Best Brooks trail running shoes overall

Brooks updates their venerable trail crusher in this 16 version of the Cascadia. If you demand stout grip, a stable platform, and bright colors take a look at the Cascadia 16. It’s true to size, durable as hell, and packed with features like a ballistic rock plate, lace loop, and enough upper lacing eyelets to ensure a custom fit. These aggressive kicks are ready for adventure!
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Among all the trail shoes we've tested, the Cascadia 15 from Brooks stunned us with its out-of-the-box comfort! More importantly, it's a trail tank that kept our feet well-protected through the jagged rocks and roots. We ran into some issues on grip, especially on mud and wet rocks, but nonetheless, this beast kept our strides surefooted and stable with its supportive midsole.
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Best Brooks trail running shoes for race

The Brooks Catamount is a trail beater that we're confident choose for anything off-road, in training, racing, and even ultramarathons! It's got loads of protection and it's got a multi-terrain grip too! But where this shoe really astounded us in the midsole. It's a bag of treats filled with comfort and responsiveness - something you don't always get from most trail shoes!
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Best max-cushioned Brooks trail running shoes

I'm not totally sure if this is a commuter shoe. The design is like a max-cushioned trail bruiser, but with an oddly minimal lug pattern. I may not have experienced any grip problem, but the trails were dry when I tested the shoe. For anyone looking for a bouncy trail shoe with a little care for ground feel, the Brooks Caldera 5 is perfect for long, slower outings.
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Best waterproof Brooks trail running shoes

Made for trail and mountain running, the Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX can take you anywhere from short to long-distance efforts. It's weatherproofed, making it fit for your runs in the snow and rain. And if you plan to take it out on the road, it can handle some quick sessions too. A fair warning: Don't take this shoe if you desire maximum protection and durability. For that matter, avid trail runners recommend Hoka trail shoes.

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What are the cheapest Brooks trail running shoes in 2022?

  1. Brooks Divide 2 - from $100
  2. Brooks Cascadia 16 - from $119
  3. Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX - from $120
  4. Brooks Caldera 5 - from $140
  5. Brooks Catamount - from $160

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.