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Brooks Cascadia 11 Review

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Brooks Cascadia 11The Brooks Cascadia 11 is a quality trail running shoe meant for a range of trail runners, from beginners to experienced ultra runners.  This trail running shoe can handle almost anything you throw at it including; rocks, roots, dirt, mud, hard rock, gravel trails, snow, and even pavement from time to time.

Midsole and Outsole Performance

Brooks Cascadia 11

The Brooks Cascadia 11 continues to provide the medium grade of support when it comes to the midsole.  It’s not a Hoka running shoe with gobs of support, nor is it a set of Vibram Five Fingers.  As someone who prefers a shoe with medium grade cushion, I find the consistency in the Brooks Cascadia trail running shoe comforting.

Brooks Cascadia 11 Midsole

Within the midsole of the Brooks Cascadia 11, there are four points of added cushion, two in the front and two in the back.  To prevent your feet from feeling sharp rocks and pointy roots, there is a rock plate that runs the length of the shoe.

Cascadia 11 Outsole

Cascadia 11 Outsole

The outsole of the Brooks Cascadia 11 hasn’t changed much from previous Cascadia outsoles.  The shoe still provides plenty of grip and is plenty durable for trail runners of an average weight.

Brooks Cascadia 11 Upper

Mesh layer keeping out rocks

Mesh layer keeping out rocks

The upper of the Brooks Cascadia 11 fits a little tighter around the foot compared to previous models.  This is because there is an elastic band on each side of the tongue that is attached to the inside of the sole.  To keep the tongue from sliding to one side of the other, there is an elastic band attached to each side.  When wearing them around town for the first time, this system feels a little too tight, but after a few runs in the shoes, they started to loosen up a tad and are more comfortable for both running and wearing around for casual use.

protective layer

protective layer

On the outside of the Cascadia 11 upper, there is a protective rubber like layer that sits just above the midsole and helps keep out mud and debris, and also provides added structure.  This is great for springtime conditions when it’s a little sloppier on the trails.

Upgrades for The Brooks Cascadia 10

Brooks Cascadia 11 Toe Box

Brooks Cascadia 11 Toe Box

In its 11th version, the Brooks Cascadia has a lot of good memories, and a couple not so good times.  As of recent, the Brooks Cascadia 10 had a design flaw that caught a lot of die hard Cascadia fans off guard.  The material on the upper would rip open after about 100 miles of running in the shoe.  While this didn’t actually affect most people’s run, it was a little bit of a shocker since this almost never happens with the Brooks Cascadia.  To date, with over 150 miles logged in the Brooks Cascadia 11, I am finding no sign of this design flaw transferring into the Cascadia 11.  Hurray!!!

Final Thoughts

The Brooks Cascadia continues to be one of my favorite trails running shoes in that it fits so many peoples foot shapes, it provides plenty of cushion and support while not sacrificing.  If you had a mini heart attack over the flaw in the 10, Brooks heard it loud and clear and the 11 is better than ever!  For more information, please visit BrooksRunning.com

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About Kevin Fonger

If there’s an activity or sport, I’ll generally try it at least once. My main activities include running, hiking, skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love writing product reviews as I like helping people find the right gear so they will enjoy their activity that much more.

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