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Cascadia: 10 Years on the Trail

Ten years ago we launched a trail shoe called the Cascadia. Today, this trail-running shoe is the go-to for many a trail runner. The Cascadia tackles tricky terrain – say that five times fast – and has been the recipient of Runner’s World Editor’s Choice Award more than once (even more than twice).  In the Seattle area, we have quite a few trails that begged to be run on which inspired our footwear team to build this fantastic shoe. We, of course, love this shoe and have many runners express their love for the Cascadia to us. Here is one story from our run happy friend, Benji Zimmerman.

I’m just your average Joe: I am lucky to run 20 miles a week, I rarely race and I have only been a trail runner for the last 2 years. In June of 2014 I picked up a pair of Cascadia‬ shoes. I had heard good things that they could handle the terrain of the Southwest.

I wanted to write you a note today to say thank you for making such a great shoe. I have logged over 800 miles on lava rock, gravel, and sandstone. I have trudged through dried up creek beds and on big mountain ridges. I even crossed a few creeks and the occasional mud puddle. These shoes have taken a beating and they still keep giving.

In the next few weeks I will probably have to retire them but before I do I wanted to be sure to thank you for such a top notch product. These are by far and away the best pair of shoes I have owned in 10+ years of running. Thank you for helping me enjoy the journey.

Brooks Running, Cascadia, Trail Running

Collage created by Benj

In its 10th version, the Cascadia continues to help running get down and dirty on the trail. Now, allow us to geek out on the technology around this shoe. The 4-point pivot posts – now try that one five times fast – deliver a balance that is similar to an SUV’s independent suspension system. That means you don’t have to drive to the top of the mountain; you can run to the top! The decoupled outsole around pivots maximizes function and adaptability. And our amazing, fantastic, tried and true BioMoGo DNA…it offers customized cushioning as your conquer the unknowns of the trail.

There’s even more we could share but, really we want to hear from you. Whether you are new to the Cascadia or have logged many hours on the trails with a Cascadia, we want to hear your stories. Share with us at the comments below or tweet us a pic of you on the trail. We love to hear from you!


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  1. Ron Andersen Sr.

    These are definitely the best trail shoe I’ve ever owned! This year, finally, I’ll also be wearing mine (the Cascadia 9’s) to run the Mt. Hood Scramble (June 21st). Look that one up on YouTube! It’s a wicked trail course without the trail! The Organizers pick some of the nastiest terrain they can find and that’s the course! I’ll let you know how it goes.

  2. augustine

    i’m not sure why you guys changed the forefoot design of the 10s. i’ve worn cascadias for years and their fit has always been perfect right out of the box. when i tried on the 10s, they were definitely narrower and within a few minutes, i could tell a hotspot would develop. very sad. now i’m going to have to scour the web and stock up on the 9s in hopes that 11 returns to form.

    • brooksblog

      Hi Augustine,
      We are sorry that the Cascadia 10s did not work for you. We appreciate your feedback and will pass it along to our footwear development team.

  3. Duff

    I have a question about the design of the Cascadia 11s. I bought the 10s, first in May and then a second time in August and in both instances I had a large hole form in both shoes in the mesh connecting the toe box to the rest of the shoe. I bought mine from REI so I hope they will accept a second return because I will be running a 50K in a month and half, so if they do accept a return I was wondering if I should go for the 11s? I know many people have commented about this same issue online and I was wondering if it has been corrected in the 11s. The shoe is beyond comfortable and I would love to make this my go-to trail shoe, but not if I have to replace them every two months.

    • brooksblog

      We’re sorry to hear about those problems with your Cascadia
      10’s. Give our customer service team a shout and we can definitely help you
      out, too ( For the Cascadia 11, we updated a few features in the upper for a sturdy, breathable and conformable fit that we think you’ll love! That shoe comes out in January 2016. Run Happy!

  4. Stephanie M Mackins

    I have purchased 3 pairs of Cascadia’s a year for the past 5 years. I obviously love the shoe.
    TUntil the 10’s that is. The shoes shape was shot within 45 days the front of the shoes lost its cushion in 90 and by day 129 there were tears in the mesh of the toe box.
    I’ve kept old pairs around for mud runs etc thank goodness I did. My feet are thrashed whenever I run in 10’s. So they’ve been tossed
    Looking forward to January 2016

  5. SH

    I loved my first pair 4 years ago. Then the next year…ok, the next…ugh. These shoes get more narrow and less comfy every year. Sore feet full of sand. I’m not buying last years, or these. I’ve already seen one too many negative reviews.

    • AVY

      I’m with SH. I mean the sixes were great and then they just have gotten progressively worse and now they are super narrow. They just have not been very comfortable since the nines or so.

        • AVY

          Thanks for the reply and will reach out. I have been meaning to. I just wish you brought back some of the “classics” or rather favorites. I mean everyone still talks about earlier models of the Cascadia, esp. the 5-8s. Okay, again, will contact you folks.

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