Brooks Cascadia 17

Running Shoe Reviews
Brooks Cascadia 17


Trail Running Shoes


Average Weight: Men's 312g / Women's 278g
Offset: 8mm
Stack Height: 20/12mm

This legendary shoe has had a considerable overhaul for its 17th edition and we’re loving the updates. Whether you've been a fan of the Cascadia since the beginning or you're a trail running newbie, this version will transform your trail adventures! It’s more comfortable, adaptable and ultimately enjoyable to run in.

Men's Brooks Cascadia 17

Women's Brooks Cascadia 17



  • PriintDyed upper saves 75% of the water and 66% of the energy required for the traditional dye process
  • Improved seamless and breathable upper made with 98% recycled or bio materials
  • Good toe-guard coverage and protection
  • Gusset tongue keeps debris out
  • Loop to keep your laces secure and in place even on the most rugged terrain
  • Gaiter attachment


  • Extra 2mm of soft and lightweight DNA LOFT v2 foam
  • Upgraded Ballistic Rock Shield with increased flexibility
  • Drainage ports for quick water escape
  • New Trail Adapt System integrates midsole, rock plate, and outsole system to provide security over any trail terrain


  • TrailTack rubber outsole provides excellent traction
  • Flex grooves mimic a goat hoof, helping the shoe to adapt every time you land on uneven terrain
  • Multidirectional lugs provide grip for uphill and downhill running
Women's Brooks Cascadia 17
Women's Brooks Cascadia 17


  • Even though it’s a couple of grams heavier than v16 it actually feels lighter because the transition from landing to toe off is so smooth
  • Feels a little softer in the forefoot thanks to the extra 2mm of cushioning
  • Good space in the toe box – great for longer distance
  • Very grippy and stable on downhill muddy sections
  • Thanks to the nice cushioning and flexibility, it's a great shoe for walking/hiking too.
  • Recycled and responsibly dyed upper – I love that Brooks is taking the environment seriously!


  • For really muddy conditions you'd need a shoe with deeper grip

In Testing

I've had previous versions of the Cascadia and I'm finding this version the most comfortable so far. The Trail Adapt system really does work, the shoe responds to the terrain and there's no twisting of your ankles when you hit a rut in the ground, you feel in control and more confident when the trails get fun!

As soon as you put them on, they fit like a glove, supporting the ankle but giving enough space for your toes to be happy and relaxed.

The cushioning is lovely, soft without losing that feeling on responsiveness and ground contact that's so important when the terrain is constantly changing. Running downhill there's no jarring as you land.

I love the grip in Cascadia 17. It doesn't look very aggressive, but it actually provides fantastic stability on a muddy trail or pebbles. Equally, when I start on tarmac before getting to the trails it still feels soft and comfy. If you're looking for a mixed-terrain shoe, you won't be disappointed.


Great mixed-terrain shoe for all surfaces. Soft, cushioned and with fantastic grip. Now even lighter, you won't be disappointed with Cascadia 17. Partially recycled fabric makes it even more attractive. Must have!

Men's Brooks Cascadia 17

Women's Brooks Cascadia 17

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