New to trail running myself, I wanted a pair of trail shoes that would feel sort of similar to my cushioned road running shoes. I chose a pair of Brooks Cascadia 15 for a few reasons. I put them to the test this past week with 4 days of trail running. Nothing like jumping right into trail running Here are my quick thoughts.
Brooks Cascadia 15 Trail Shoes
As a Brooks Running Ambassador, I knew I was going to choose a pair of their trail shoes. I picked the Cascadia as I wanted a shoe that felt similar to my regular running shoes. Cascadias are neutral shoes designed for medium to high arches. Admittedly, I also loved the look of them with the splash of pink.
Features I liked
These trail shoes were very comfortable the moment I slipped them on. I did not feel like they needed to be broken in. However, I did run in them twice before taking them along on my 4 day trail running adventure. They have what Brooks calls a “rock plate” to protect your feet when running over rocky terrain. They felt stable and my feet felt protected from the elements.
“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling”
I appreciated the extra cushioning around my ankle area. This also helped me to feel more secure out on the trails. There is a “lace guard” on the top of the tongue so that you can tuck in the extra laces. A nice feature for a trail running shoe to offer. Cascadia’s offer a “pivot post system” to allow your foot to adapt to differing terrains.
The grip on the bottom of the shoes helped me to feel secure without the feeling of a bulky shoe. The Cascadia 15’s weigh in at 10 ounces and did not feel heavy. They are cushioned with an 8 mm heel drop. The breathable mesh kept my feet from overheating I found the toe box area to be ample.
So far, I have not found any drawbacks to the Cascadia 15 Trail running shoe. I would love to see more color options in the future.
Brooks Cascadia 15 are a great intro to trail running shoe. I was happy with how my feet felt in them for the 4 days straight that I wore them. No blisters or chafing. I am looking forward to putting in some more trail miles together. Available currently in 2 colors on The Brooks site and also at Road Runner Sports.