Brooks Cascadia 15

9.2
Overall scoreRead review

The Brooks Cascadia 15 is a versatile and comfortable trail running shoe that excels on all types of terrain.

9.2Overall score
Very good trail shoe comfortable and versatile but that lacks a bit of responsiveness
The Brooks Cascadia 15 is a versatile trail shoe prized by ultra-trail star Scott Jurek. This new model capitalises on the previous version that brought a breath of fresh air to the Cascadia collection. We find a platform as comfortable and versatile as ever equipped with the TrailTack sole and its multidirectional studs. The grip is impeccable on all types of terrains. The main change resides in the upper: there is a new mesh more tightly woven than before, reminiscent of the Caldera 4. This provides better protection even if the ventilation is slightly affected. The upper provides excellent foot lockdown while still being loose enough to be comfortable, especially for the toes. Regarding the cushioning, we find a moderately thick sole with a 24 mm full stack-height under the heel and an 8 mm drop. The midsole offers a good ground feeling, slightly firm, while effectively absorbing shocks. However, testers note that it lacks a bit of bounce and responsiveness to be really fun for speed workouts. In other words, comfort is there, but a little more bounce would be much appreciated. Nevertheless, the shoe has the advantage of being stable. It incorporates a system of pivot points (Pivot Posts) that provides good support, especially downhill. In summary, the Brooks Cascadia 15 is a very good trail shoe that combines comfort, protection, grip and durability but that misses a snappier bounce.
Confort
9
Traction
9.5
Protection
9.5
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9.5
Design
8.5
PROS
  • Great comfort
  • Impeccable foot lockdown while offering sufficient space to the toes
  • Efficient cushioning while providing a good ground feeling
  • Excellent traction
  • Good foot protection
  • Robust trail shoe
CONS
  • Cushioning that lacks responsiveness
  • Still heavy (305 g for men, 283 g for women)

Specification: Brooks Cascadia 15

Terrain Trail
Heel to toe drop 8 mm
Heel stack height 24 mm
Forefoot stack height 16 mm
Pronation Neutral
Weight (men) 305 g
Weight (women) 283 g
Features Available in GTX, Gaiter attachment point, Gusseted tongue, Recycled materials, Toe cap, Vegan
Release year 2020

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Technologies

Outsole

  • First, the outsole of the Brooks Cascadia 15 uses the TrailTack technology. It’s a solid, naturally sticky rubber developed by Brooks specifically for tough terrains. This system provides effective grip on the most technical trails, even on difficult descents.
  • In addition, the outsole of this trail shoe also features multidirectional lugs. These aggressively designed rubber elements improve grip to tackle the toughest trail conditions with confidence.

Midsole

  • The midsole features BioMoGo DNA cushioning technology. This is a patented foam located on the entire insole that adapts to the foot at all times. It is made of recycled materials. Its flexible construction allows it to reproduce the morphology of the foot, thus guaranteeing a personalised comfort that meets the needs of each runner. It protects against rocks and uneven ground. In addition, this platform should contribute to a more bouncy run thanks to its effective energy return.
  • Moreover, we find the Pivot Posts technology: a system of pivot points. There are four of them, located on the lateral and medial parts of the shoe. While the Cascadia is not a stability shoe per say, their purpose is to ensure a more stable stride. In addition, this system reinforces the structure of the platform to improve durability.

Upper

  • The upper of the Brooks Cascadia 15 features a mono loop engineered mesh. It provides a snug fit for an effective foot lockdown while offering adequate ventilation within the shoe as the pace quickens.
  • In addition, overlays improve foot lockdown and upper structure for greater durability.
  • The gusseted tongue prevents debris such as dirt and stones from getting inside the shoe. Also, this design prevents the tongue from moving too much while running.
  • An elastic band holds the laces in place to prevent them from getting in the way.
  • There’s also an attachment point for gaiters that allows you to easily adjust gaiters for even more protection for your foot during the trail. Note that these are sold separately.
  • Finally, the grab loop at the back of the shoe allows you to put on and take off your shoes more easily. This is especially handy if you need to remove your shoes quickly during training or a race.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How does the Brooks Cascadia 15 fit?

This trail shoe follows a regular sizing chart and runs true to size according to the runners who tested it. Thus, you can order your usual size for trail running shoes. However, if this is your first Brooks Running shoe, a visit to the store may be helpful in choosing the most ideal size.

Is this trail shoe suitable for heavy runners (85 kg or more)?

To our knowledge, only one study to date has examined the relationship between stack height, weight and risk of injury. According to its results, minimalist footwear may increase the risk of injury for runners weighing more than 71 kilos. Other than that, there are no recommendations for other categories of running shoes. The Cascadia 15 has a moderately thick sole, so it should be adapted to your weight, whatever it is.

Can you run an ultra-trail with these shoes?

This Brooks trail shoe is ideal for different types of training and distances. So you can run with it during your daily training sessions, of all types. Its sturdy, grippy and protective configuration makes it ideal for ultra-trail. Let’s not forget, after all, that this is the shoe of choice for Scott Jurek, an absolute ultra-trail legend.

Is this shoe waterproof?

This model is available in two versions: Gore-Tex and classic. The regular version is designed to prevent small water infiltrations and dries quickly thanks to its water-repellent configuration. Your foot should, therefore, stay dry if you are running in light rain and passing through puddles. If the rain is heavier, your foot may get wet after a while. The Gore-Tex version offers more advanced protection to keep your feet dry even in heavy rain or when crossing shallow streams. However, you should know that the Gore-Tex version is heavier and more expensive. So it’s up to you, depending on what your goals are. This configuration has the advantage of allowing the foot to breathe during effort and to be more flexible and lighter compared to shoes with a GTX membrane.
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Comparisons – Brooks Cascadia 15 vs :

Brooks Caldera 4

The Caldera 4 offers a more flexible configuration with a less strict foot lockdown. This makes it more comfortable on moderately technical surfaces. Conversely, the Cascadia 15 excels on the toughest trails thanks to its more precise configuration. Besides, Caldera 4’s padding is more springy. The drop is also different with 4 mm for the Caldera and 8 mm for the Cascadia. We advise you to choose the Caldera 4 if you prefer comfort and do not plan to tackle extremely technical trails (very muddy or rocky, for example). If you want to be prepared for the most difficult situations, the Cascadia 15 is your ally.

Hoka Speedgoat 4

Both shoes offer the same level of protection and traction. They also weigh almost the same. However, the cushioning of the Speedgoat is much more generous with 32 mm under the heel compared to 24 mm for the Cascadia. The drop is also different with 4 mm for the Speedgoat and 8 mm for the Cascadia. It is therefore primarily a matter of preference. Note however that the Cascadia has the advantage of offering a little more space to the toes.

Saucony Xodus 10

The Xodus 10 is a heavier shoe but offers more generous cushioning (32 mm under the heel) with a low drop (4 mm). Otherwise, the two shoes are very similar in terms of protection and traction. However, the cushioning of the Xodus 10 is superior thanks to a very good natural springe.


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