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 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 Cascadia 16
Brooks Cascadia 16
£97
£121
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 663 users
88 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Grippy outsole
  • Wide toe box
  • Great lockdown
  • True to size
  • Durable
  • Gaiter attachments
  • Rock plate
  • Aggressive
  • Lacing options

Cons

  • On the heavier side
  • A bit stiff
  • Runs warm

Verdict

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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Brooks Cascadia 15
Brooks Cascadia 15
£97
£121
£121
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 18,279 users
86 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable from the start
  • Wide toe box
  • Soft upper
  • Breathable
  • Secure lockdown

Cons

  • Not much bounce or energy return
  • Lacks drainage holes
  • Poor grip in mud

Verdict

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

Brooks Catamount
Brooks Catamount
£121
£141
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 24,473 users
92 / 100 from 23 experts

Pros

  • Excellent midsole material
  • Good blend of speed and grip
  • Lightweight
  • Breathability
  • Surprisingly good support
  • Cushioning

Cons

  • Poor choice of color
  • Sizing issue
  • Not enough reflectivity

Verdict

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

Brooks Caldera 5
Brooks Caldera 5
£106
£121
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,241 users
85 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Cushioned
  • Welded overlays
  • Superb grip
  • Very durable
  • Gusseted tongue

Cons

  • Not so breathable
  • Stiff, heavily padded heel

Verdict

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

Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX
Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX
£109
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 701 users
92 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Great for dirt and mud
  • Rock plate
  • Grippy
  • Looks
  • Well-cushioned

Cons

  • Dull ride
  • Expensive

Verdict

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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Best value Brooks trail running shoes

Brooks Divide 2
Brooks Divide 2
£101
Top pick

Corescore

84
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 496 users
88 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Nice tongue design
  • Laces stay in place
  • Secure lockdown
  • Protective
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Light
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Dull ride
  • Lacks plushness
  • Some durability issues
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What are the cheapest Brooks trail running shoes in 2022?

  1. Brooks Caldera 4 - from £54
  2. Brooks Cascadia 16 - from £95
  3. Brooks Cascadia 15 - from £96
  4. Brooks Divide 2 - from £99
  5. Brooks Caldera 5 - from £104
  6. Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX - from £107
  7. Brooks Cascadia 14 - from £114
  8. Brooks Catamount - from £119

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Author
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.