Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX
Running Shoe Reviews
Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX

Category

Trail Running Shoes

Summary

Average Weight: Men's 329g / Women's 292g
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 8mm

Waterproof trail shoe with a rock plate and great grip, giving your off-road running or hiking the necessary confidence and security, while keeping your feet dry and comfortable in any weather conditions.

Men's Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX
Grey/Blue £130.00

Women's Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX
Grey/Blue £130.00

Pros

  • Fully waterproof shoe that will keep your feet dry in the heaviest rain
  • Great grip that will give you confidence on all sorts of off-road terrains
  • Rock plate to protect your feet from stones
  • Comfortable fit
  • TrailTack rubber outsole gives extra traction on a wet surface
  • 8mm heel-to-toe differential
  • Suitable for both running and hiking

Cons

  • Runners who prefer springy cushioning might feel they are not getting enough bounce from these trainers.
Brooks Cascadia GTX 14
Brooks Cascadia GTX 14

Fit & Feel

Due to my distance running, my feet are slightly wider in the forefoot, so sometimes shoes can rub on my little toe. I was happy to see that this isn't the case with the new Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX, which offers enough space in the forefoot so that my toes don't get squashed.  At the same time, thanks to the full internal saddle system, the shoe doesn't feel baggy, as it gives you a nice close-to-foot fit. Also, it's worth mentioning that the shoes are true to size.

As soon as you put the Cascadia 14 on, you know this is a reliable shoe you can trust. It feels really lovely and supportive and comfortable. And when dashing up and down the trails, the shoe gives you the confidence you need, as it makes your stride secure and stable.

I'm the kind of runner who loves springy cushioning. For my road running I use Hoka One One Bondi at the moment. So although in the beginning the Cascadia's cushioning felt a bit too firm for me, I'm glad I decided to give these shoes a go. I noticed that after several shorter runs the cushioning softened a bit. So when I took these guys for my 10k run, they were already comfortable enough for me to enjoy my run in them. And I have to say I didn't miss the bouncy cushioning at all.


Features

I have always wanted to try out waterproof shoes, as I was curious to see if they can really keep your feet completely dry. After testing the Brooks Cascadia 14 on my runs during the storms and rains, I was completely enchanted by them. Even after a 1.5 hour run in a heavy downpour and puddles, my feet were completely dry. This is all thanks to the Goretex waterproof upper. You may call it modern technology; to me it's a pure miracle! :-)

Four pivot points in the midsole stabilise the foot and make you feel more connected to the ground, which can be appreciated most when running on uneven terrain.

The TrailTack Rubber outsole enhances traction of the shoe, thus making it more secure when running on wet and dry surfaces.

Another fabulous feature is the rock plate which is built into the midsole, to protect the feet even when running over sharp stones and rocks.


Performance

I am a mild over-pronator. On short runs I can get on with neutral shoes, but for longer distances I need a bit of support. Knowing that there is no anti-pronation control in the Cascadia 14, I was curious to see how it would work for me. And I have to say that I was very pleased the shoes were stable enough for my feet, so my Achilles stayed happy after my longish run.

My original impression was that the shoe was designed mainly for slower runs on trails. And sure enough, they feel wonderful on my slow off-road runs – lovely and secure, and supportive. However, I didn't think I would enjoy doing speed work in them. After being challenged by my friend to some intervals on road, I thought let's give it a go... nd I was truly amazed how light and fast those shoes felt. Even though we were running on pavement in the rain, there was no sliding, no slipping, but only a fast, secure, smooth ride. Pure joy!


Verdict

Thanks to many fabulous technical features the Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX gives you enough confidence to run (or hike) at the pace you like, no matter what the weather and terrain. It feels light and comfortable on your feet so it won't slow you down, while keeping you stable, both on your on-road and off-road adventures.

Women's Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX
Grey/Blue £130.00

Men's Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX
Grey/Blue £130.00

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