Cordura Mud Guard shields trail debris from getting into your shoe: The Cascadia 14 is lighter and more flexible than its predecessor, with reliable multi-surface traction.
- The TrailTack outsole had us run confidently over mud, gravel, grass, and rock
- Four-point Pivot Post system provides SUV-like stability
- Cordura Mud Guard shields trail debris from getting into your shoe
Price: $130 / $160 GTX
Weight: 11.2 oz (M), 8.9 oz (W)
The Cascadia 14 is as comfortable as the previous model, and even more flexible and lightweight. Brooks’s BioMoGo DNA midsole provides a supportive, firm platform over all surfaces. Our testers ran through gnarly technical trails and even ventured onto the road, citing the new TrailTack rubber outsole as a major improvement to the Cascadia line. The 14’s treads are tackier on wet rock, grippier in mud, and still forgiving on the pads of your feet running over pavement.
Brooks likens the shoe’s Pivot Post system—four points of stability on the sides of the trainer—to an SUV. If the Cascadia had a slogan, it’d adapt the scout’s motto “always be prepared.” The shoe is outfitted with all the features you need on the trail: The upper has an internal saddle system for a secure fit; externally, a new Cordura Mud Guard prevents any trail dreck from getting inside your shoe, and allows drainage after running through puddles.
Testers went so far as to describe the Cascadia as “water-repellent,” stating the upper kept their feet completely dry through the rain. For even more insurance against wet socks, the trainer is also available with a breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex upper for a slightly steeper price.
Firm, Supportive Platform
Brooks’s BioMoGo DNA—the same midsole in the brand’s Launch and Revel—provides the perfect balance of a firmly cushioned ride with some ground-feel. The springy, responsive platform allowed one tester to “bomb downhill but still feel the trail.” Though the cushioning is lightweight and firm, the shoe offers enough support so your joints can handle the pounding; a tester said his knees, which are prone to soreness, didn’t experience any pain even though the Cascadia is “harder” compared to other shoes he’s tested, such as the Hoka One One Challenger ATR.
An Outsole and Upper Fit for the Trailhead
The new TrailTack rubber outsole was found to have multi-surface grip; it was equally comfy and had a reliable tread on both the road and trail. “I ran on a gravel and mulch trail and at a pace of 9:45—the same pace I do on the street—and was able to maintain my pace due to the traction of the sole,” said a tester.
The upper—I called the Cascadia my Gryffindor/Lannister shoes due to the women’s red and gold color scheme—has a thin Ariaprene tongue for a second-skin fit and a lace keeper. Testers liked the flat laces and said they didn’t come untied single-knotted. Lastly, the trainers have Velcro gaiter traps on the heels, just in case you want to add more coverage or expect mud splatter on your runs.
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“This shoe does not have a lot of cushioning in the toe area but has a bit more in the heel, which is very adequate for a trail shoe; I prefer a lot of cushion for street running, but I found I do not need a lot of cushioning for running trail. My feet and legs felt good on longer runs and the light weight of the shoe also made it easier to dodge the tree branches, rocks, and other debris you may find on a trail.”
Jeff H., tester since 2012
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“It’s been quite awhile since I wore Cascadias. The grip on wet rocks and other surfaces wasn’t a problem, unlike what I had experienced in the past. Plenty of room in the toe box for comfort and a good secure fit midfoot. I didn’t miss the cushioning that I’m accustomed to with my Hokas and had a much better feel for the trails.”