I loved the Brooks Cascadia 9 and when they were ready for replacing after almost 800 miles I was excited to try the 10th edition of this iconic trail running shoe. Did the Brooks Cascadia 10 live up to expectations?
The Brooks Cascadia 10 is a confidence inspiring trail shoe that offers a supportive yet flexible ride across a wide range of surfaces and conditions.
From the moment you put this shoe on it feels comfortable and well built. It’s certainly a shoe that you feel confident in out out the trails thanks to its bomb proof feeling.
The Cascadia 10 has always been a workhorse shoe that can be used for general training runs to long trail races and ultras, I have worn mine for all of these.
The tread pattern works well on most surfaces and is only beaten by very muddy trails where a proper fell shoes such as the Salomon Fellraiser would be a much better choice.
What I like
- The shoe is very comfortable from the outset
- It’s very well cushioned and can be used for long runs
- The tread is perfect for dry conditions or general trail use
- It’s a bombproof shoe that offers unrivalled foot protection
What I don’t like
- I do have concerns about durability where the foot bends due to the way the shoe is constructed
Are these the shoes you are looking for?
The Cascadia 10 can be picked up for less than £100 making it a great value shoe for what you get and is less than the retail price for the equivalent shoe from other manufacturers.
Arch support and pronation control
The Brooks Cascadia 10 is a neutral running shoe much like most trail running shoes.
Cascadias will handle the majority of terrain you can through at them and will only become unstuck in very muddy conditions.
They handle rocks and rough ground very well thanks to the ballistic shield in the forefoot that protects your foot from sharp rocks.
This shoe is suited best to drier conditions or terrain that isn’t too muddy as the tread isn’t aggressive enough to bite through the mud.
As a long run shoe for people wanting good protection for their feet and decent amounts of cushioning then it takes some beating.
For a race shoe it is slightly heavier than others on the market but the other benefits of the shoe can make the weight penalty acceptable for most people.
There are some durability issues in the Cascadia 10 where the shoe splits in the toe box where it bends whilst running.
This is a common problem in many trail running shoes though and if they are looked after shouldn’t present a problem
The tread is hard wearing and is likely to last many miles before they need to be replaced.
Fit and sizing
As with most Brooks shoes its advisable to go half a size up from normal to allow room for your feet to spread out comfortably in the shoe.
The Cascadia 10 is a medium fit so is a good fit for people with normal sized feet. For people with wide feet it might be advisable to look at other options as the shoe might be slightly tight for them.
Cascadia 10s aren’t a light shoe but neither are they the heaviest shoes on the market. Weighing in at 349g for a UK size 8.5 means they are towards the higher end but the additional features such as foot protection and cushioning more than make up for this.
The additional weight is hardly noticeable when out on the trail.
Heel to toe drop
- BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to every step and stride
- Four-Point Pivot Posts create a stabilizing suspension system
- Full-Length Segmented Crash Pad accommodates any foot landing and delivers smooth heel-to-toe transitions
- Forefoot ballistic rock shield adds extra protection
- Rugged outsole provides great traction on wet surfaces and tricky terrain
- Moisture-management mesh upper lets your feet breathe
SHOE CATEGORY: Trail
ARCH: Medium, High
PLATFORM: Linear Platform
DNA LAYOUT: Biomogo DNA Layout
WEIGHT: 334.5 g
MIDSOLE DROP: 10 mm
SUPPORT LEVEL: Neutral
Brooks fitting guide
Brooks recommend ordering running shoes 1/2 size to one size larger than normal dress shoes
For women’s footwear, B is the standard width. 2A is narrow, D is wide, and 2E is extra wide. For men’s footwear, D is standard, B is narrow, 2E is wide, and 4E is extra wide.
Ladies, when orderding “unisex” shoes, order 1.5 sizes smaller than your usual women’s size.
Whenever possible, visit your local running and walking footwear store for a proper fitting.