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Overview

The Brooks Cascadia 13 is the latest addition to the popular trail series. Made with a rugged design and a durable construction, the shoes can be your partner when your running sessions take you off the beaten path. With an outsole which seems that is able to handle anything you throw at it, the shoes come with great traction and they offer plenty of support as well. Apart from the great performance, the shoes also look apart in a segment where designs were not the strongest point up to a few years ago.

10 reasons to buy

  • Made with an EVA midsole for added comfort, especially as it is needed on uneven surfaces

  • 10mm drop to offer a familiar fit for the average trail runners

  • Made with added pivot posts to better support shocks and the entire weight of your body

  • BioMoGo adaptive technology which works with your style of running

  • Distinctive durable upper which is made to even hold the laces in place to avoid tripping

  • Rugged outsole with different style studs which are made to tackle dirt, sand and even wet surfaces

  • Improved heel stability with rugged heel support both with a counter and with lateral support

  • Added rock shields prove to be a great addition to certain types of trails

  • Durable laces to support the most important lockdown control

  • Added heel pull tab to make the use of the shoes easier

2 reasons why not to buy

  • A bit heavy for some users

  • Upper design can be improved for easier cleaning

Features & Specs

Weight: Very Heavy
11.9 oz 337 g
4.44% of shoes are lighter
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Weight: Very Heavy
10.6 oz 300 g
5% of shoes are lighter
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Heel to toe drop: 0
10 mm
7.32% of shoes have less drop
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Heel to toe drop: High
10 mm
2.78% of shoes have less drop
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Heel height: Very Low
27 mm
8.33% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Heel height: Very Low
27 mm
9.38% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Forefoot height: Very Low
17 mm
5.56% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Forefoot height: Very Low
17 mm
6.25% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Outsole

The outsole is rugged as it needs to be. It comes with some improvements over the previous version. Its studs’ configuration is similar to what is seen in football boots. Combining different types of studs, the main purpose of the outsole is to offer the right type of traction and the good news is that it gets the job done. But at the same time, if you are hoping to use the shoes for a quick run at the gym, you need to know that you won’t be able to do so, as they are specifically designed for off-road running.

Midsole

The midsole of the shoes comes with the popular BioMoGo technology we’ve been used to from Brooks. It works great to adapt to the weight of your foot, providing the cushioning which is needed on the changing trail surfaces.

The shoes also use an interesting pivot system which comes with a suspended stabilization across the entire surface of the midsole. The system stretches from the heel to the first metatarsal to provide proper support. It also plays an important role for good flex which is crucial, especially when you consider the uneven surfaces of trails.

Upper

The upper is dominated by the rugged design which even includes protection against small rocks. But the practicality of the upper is not bad either. The laces can be hidden away so that they don’t stand in your way. The heel features a pull-tab which is great when it comes to added practicality. But most importantly, the ankle collar is extra padded which is required with the lateral pressure specific to trail running. With perforations in key areas, the upper is also better when it comes to breathability.

Updates

As far as trail shoes go, the Brooks Cascadia 13 represents one of the most rugged solutions. Made with some interesting technologies such as the BioMoGo support or the suspended pivot cushioning, the shoes are recommended for any style of running.

 

With an improved upper and a better outsole, the shoes are made for the ultimate running experience. For many Cascadia fans, the shoes are enough to offer a tempting upgrade. With a better collar and a better overall upper, the shoes are worth a comfortable upgrade. They are also among the leading options if you are starting to run on trails.

Size And Fit

The shoes offer a good fit for most runners. In the conditions in which the collar is lower than the alternatives, the shoes offer the right type of fit for all types of feet. Furthermore, they are also on the tight side as Brooks tried to limit any possible wobble.

Expert Reviews

80 / 2 ratings

August, 10.2018 79 / 100 by: Adrian Dunn

Made with a considerable mudguard on the entire surface of the shoe, the Cascadia 13 is a good choice for trail running. The shoes look aggressive and they feel aggressive as well. The protective materials are used in combination with a neoprene upper. It is why the shoes are among my recommended solutions when it comes to breathability and flexibility. The adaptive cushioning is not bad either. Every stride feels comfortable and stable, which is great when venturing off the beaten path. You can also rest assured that there is plenty of grip when running on rain as well. The added weight might be one of the downsides of the shoes you need to consider.

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August, 06.2018 81 / 100 by: Henry Brown

I like the shoes for their comfort. Since you can take the insole out, I already replaced it with my custom design which means that they are even more comfortable. The adaptive cushioning is great when stepping on uneven surfaces and this is why they shoes can be considered among the most interesting options when it comes to the ultimate comfort. With the extra weight, you might also get a bit more stability when looking to avoid certain obstacles and when stepping on objects such as branches or small rocks.

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