Brooks is yet to make a lightweight, low-profile and super-fast trail shoe, preferring instead to focus on supportive and cushioned off-roaders.
Usually, these have been based on existing road models, but the Cascadia is a trail-only model. The intriguing feature of the shoe are its ‘pivots”: two small, V-shaped medial posts that sit on either side of the midsole. Rather than simply adding stability to the inside of the shoe – as is traditional – these aim to support your feet on the uneven ground you get off-road.
Grip is good thanks to deep lugs at both the front and back of the shoe, cushioning is excellent and there’s also a “Rockshield” – a plate between the outsole and midsole to prevent stone bruising.
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