Brooks Cascadia 10 Review
Brooks Cascadia 10 Review
On thinking about this review the other evening I was mulling over how shoes evolve and change.
I'd have said the Cascadia 10 from Brooks is maybe 75% the same as the Cascadia 9, obviously leaving a quarter of the shoe being totally new. If this was the case for every incarnation of a shoe, like the Cascadia which is now in it's 10th iteration a shoe could start like this....
and end up like this...
but it didn't, it actually started like this...
The progression from the Cascadia 1 to the Cascadia 10 is a little more obvious than from the mark 1 Orange.
Anyway enough of me talking rubbish, let's get down to business.
What's not changed?
The Cascadia 10 is still a well-cushioned, neutral but stable trail running shoe. It has the same heel-toe off set (10mm). The upper is still robust and structured, offering a good hold and ensuring the foot doesn't move on the footbed. The heel counter is still semi rigid and plushly padded. However, Brooks have made some fairly key changes, 2 of which affect the fit of the shoe.
There are 4 main changes to the Cascadia 10.
- The tread has been altered. The lugs are still ~4mm deep, however their configuration has been updated. The lugs around the circumference of the shoe are more pronounced and have increased spacing between. This is great news for the UK trail runner, you'll find the shoe releases mud very well.
- Welded overlays have been applied to the toe box. They've been constructed to give added protection around the toes but also keep the toe box open and roomy, allowing the toes to splay naturally. Perhaps not the designer's aim but the smooth nature of the overlays make it a very easy to clean the shoe. I was a little worried this might reduce drainage but the very open mesh the overlays are laid on does a great job at letting out unwanted moisture.
- The fit! The Cascadia 10 is a more narrow fit than the 9. The width change appears to be across the 1st to 5th metatarsals (about 3/4 the length of the shoe from the heel). I personally found the 9 a bit too broad and with this felt inaccurate in my foot placements. So in my (selfish) opinion this is a good update, the 10 feels much 'sportier', I feel more at ease running in the shoe in technical trails, knowing exactly where my foot will land.
- The heel depth of the Cascadia 10 is lower than the 9. With out too many words - The heel sits lower in the 9 and the sides of the shoe ride higher up on the ankle. We've found this to be a 'marmite' feature. Some like the lack of contact around the area and others like the previous deep-seated heel as it feels more secure and comforting.
Like any shoe, whether it's good or bad is very subjective. I personally love the new Cascadia 10, it is by no means a narrow fitting shoe but in comparison to it's predecessor, is more narrow. The ride is responsive and there is a good amount of feel through the shoe despite it's high level of cushioning. The tread is great for tracks, trails, tarmac and a bit of mud.
As a hybrid shoe, it is a winner. If you're the person who runs from their house on the pavement to the nearest woods, blast around the wood for 30 minutes and hit the tarmac on the way home then the Cascadia 10 would fit nicely on your shoe rack.
The Cascadia 10 is available here > on the Front Runner e-shop
Photo: Welded overlays on the toe-box & structured upper
Photo: The updated tread. More spaced lugs around the edge and directional lugs in the centre