Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

I was contacted around a month ago by Sportlink to ask if I would give an honest review of the Brooks Cascadia 16 trail shoe, obviously being a complete shoe geek I jumped at the chance. I will start off by saying that I’ve come to the Cascadia that has an 8mm drop from wearing a much lighter zero drop shoe.

Which leads me to my first impression, straight away the Cascadia felt heavy and clunky on first wear, but I imagine this would be less of a problem for the majority of runners that don’t wear zero drop shoes, and in fact after having now done nearly 100 miles in them I hardly notice it.

Colour – I will be honest and admit that I have been guilty of buying shoes in past because of their colour, (if you’ve been to one of our events you will have noticed my love for anything green). No green options here, but they didn’t make me want to barf which is always a good start.

Protection – The Cascadia comes with Brooks version of a rock plate, industriously named ‘Ballistic Rock Shield’. Which is designed to protect the bottom of the foot from sharp objects, and as someone that runs on a lot of rocky terrain I am always pleased to see included in a shoe. There is also a good amount of protection around the toes and ankles, without making the shoe feel stiff.

Grip – Lets be honest, this is the bit we all care about the most. The Cascadia has a decent amount of tread, and I have found them to be capable on my local trails. Interestingly Brooks market them as ideal for mountain trails on their website, personally I would go for something with more substantial grip for a day in the mountains, but again they cope ok with our wild Norfolk trails.

Specs –

  • Drop – 8mm
  • Weight – 297.7g
  • DNA Loft v2 Midsole 
  • Width – D
  • Terrain – Light Trail

Conclusion – The Cascadia is definitely not a light racing trail shoe, and feels more like a tank, but this means that it feels durable and built to last. The grip is not aggressive and the shoe does feel like it would struggle on really muddy terrain, but is more than capable of coping with our Norfolk trails, especially during the summer. The shoe is a great all rounder with plenty of support and cushioning, making it a perfect shoe for those looking for their first trail shoe, less experienced trail runners or anyone looking for a comfortable shoe to get the long miles in.

You can find the Brooks Cascadia 16 on the Sportlink website, or even better pop into the store and try a pair on.

Thank you to Sportlink with gifting me these shoes to trial.

reviews

Anna Collins
Anna Collins
12/01/2024
Awesome morning out with Escape trails running 16k through gorgeous Thetford Forest. Well planned route, lots of fun facts given by Neil along the way. Well paced, everyone stuck together. Very friendly group of participants. Lots of chat and laughter made the 16k going by in a blink of an eye. I had been drawn to the event because it was not a race but a social run promising not to leave anyone behind. It delivered on this promise.
Lisa Mason
Lisa Mason
01/12/2023
I did the Intro to Trail Running workshop with Escape trails. It was a really enjoyable day, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It was informative and fun and finished with a wonderful run through the forest putting what we'd learnt into practice.
Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith
01/11/2023
This was a great experience. My first 10Km in a very very long time. Everyone made me extremely welcome and calmed my nerves. I will be back on a regular basis to run in great surroundings with this guided group who didn’t leave me behind, thank you.
Vivienne Taylor
Vivienne Taylor
01/11/2023
29th October 10k run with Neil and Lin in Thetford Forest was brilliant. Well organised, relaxed with no time pressure a group of us ran in the autumn sunshine enjoying a varied trail of paths through the forest. A very friendly group with some first time 10k runners along with more experienced trail runners. I’ll be back for another run and will challenge myself to do the 16k next time. A great way to spend a Sunday morning. Thanks Escape Trails.
James Nightingale
James Nightingale
04/09/2023
Saffron H
Saffron H
16/07/2023
Myself and a friend ran the wroxham/Hoveton route. It was our first ever trail run and Neil and the other runners were so supportive and accommodating. We've already decided to book another in the near future.
Chelsea Forwood
Chelsea Forwood
03/04/2023
Really enjoyed taking part in a guided run, was taken on a lovely route with some interesting information given on stops along the route. Run was relaxed and inclusive of pace. Friendly run leaders. Definitely will go again.
Rob Blowers
Rob Blowers
08/01/2023
If you are thinking of booking and not sure it’s simple - just go for it! Neil and his team run excellent events and I’ve never left a single one without a big smile on my face. A great way to clear your mind from the real world, enjoy great company and learn from experienced coaches.
James Wright
James Wright
01/01/2023
Have done a few runs with ESCAPE trails now, the most recent being a fantastic headtorch run through the Norfolk countryside. Events are always fun, inclusive and great value.
Ros Blackmore
Ros Blackmore
29/12/2022
We did a 10k guided run in Thetford Forest on Christmas Eve, lovely friendly and well organised run, nice easy pace, no one got left behind. Loved it, and highly recommend 👌