Women's Cascadia 7

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Brooks Cascadia 7 - Women's trail-running shoe

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$110.00 $71.00
Style #120109

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Designed from the ground up, the Cascadia 7 defines what a trail shoe should be: rugged without sacrificing runnability. Infused with Brooks technology and a bit of insight from ultrarunner Scott Jurek, this amazing piece of equipment features an asymmetric upper that anatomically wraps the foot with conforming materials, a ballistic rock shield and toe protector for dicey terrain, and four-point pivot posts that act like a suspension system for your feet. Top it off with an intuitive lug pattern and this trailblazer is ready to tackle even the toughest terrain.

Please note: The Cascadia is intended as a trail running shoe. It is not pack-rated and may not hold up to the extra weight and demands of long pack hikes. We’re your go-to option for trail runs, but a sturdy hiking boot would be better suited for the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, or other long pack trips.


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  • Pronation: None/Normal
  • Surface: Offroad/Trail
  • Arch: Flat, Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium, Large
  • Competition: Trail racing

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4.1

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (42)
  • Good traction (38)
  • Cushions impact (33)
  • Durable (33)
  • Lightweight (33)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable (6)
  • Poor cushioning (5)
  • Wears quickly (4)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Narrow / tight (3)

Best Uses

  • Trail running (41)
  • Dry conditions (20)
  • Walking (19)
  • Wet weather (18)
  • Distance / endurance (17)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      81% 

      (44 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      91% 

      (49 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (44), High arch (5), Low arch (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (39), Casual/ recreational (14), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Running on a Cloud

I have found that if I buy my running shoes about a size larger than my everyday work shoes they fit better. I have been wearing Brooks road and trail shoes exclusively for about four...Read complete review

I have found that if I buy my running shoes about a size larger than my everyday work shoes they fit better. I have been wearing Brooks road and trail shoes exclusively for about four years and I buy them a size larger. That being said, I'm an ultra runner and put a lot of miles on my shoes and feet and am proud to say that I haven't lost a toenail because of my shoes. I love the Cascadias because I can put a new pair on straight out of the box, run 15 plus miles and not even worry about getting blisters or having to break them in. I love a new pair because they feel like fresh pillows for my feet as I run the trails. My Cascadias have also gotten me through some tough technical trails, I am so grateful as I'm running down hill through rocks that my shoes are gripping the ground so I can just fly. These are great shoes and I would recommend them for anyone running on trails!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For whom Cascadia 7 are?

I was deeply surprised feeling the pain of the forefoot instep after 5 km trail run.
I gave these shoes my daughter, they are perfect for her (*****)! The only diffe...Read complete review

I was deeply surprised feeling the pain of the forefoot instep after 5 km trail run.
I gave these shoes my daughter, they are perfect for her (*****)! The only difference between us is the age and... the pace of running. My daugter's pace is 5:15 min/km, my pace is about 8 min/km. She runs bouncing off the heel, I bounce more the whole foot, because of the slower pace. Staying loyal to Brooks I have bought Adrenaline ASR and my problems with bruised forefoot disappeared. The Pure Cadence are also perfect for me, as I reviewed earlier. So, Cascadia 7 are perfect for runners who are speedy enough and able to use all these shoes' cushion impact

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5.0

A great start to my fitness routine!

By Colleen the newbie

from Tacoma, WA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trail Running

    The shoes work really well on the trail portion of my jog/walk but a little slippery on the pavement part if it's wet. However, they are cool and comfortable shoes for a newbie like me!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Most Durable Trail Shoe!

    By Lisa the Trail Runner

    from Madras, Oregon

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Trail Running

      I have put this shoe to the test! I run in this shoe all the time up and down steep slopes dodging rocks and holes. The tread is wearing slowly and the shoe is holding up great! The shoe is not ripping in the creases of where my foot bends and the rubber has not detached at all. I am just about to buy another pair while they are on sale. I have found the perfect shoe. Hopefully the others hold up like this pair.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Low Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Perfect Trail Shoes

      By Allison in the Woods

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Good Traction
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Trail Running
      • Walking
      • Wet Weather

      I've been researching various trail running shoes for awhile, trying to decide if I really needed them or if I could get away with just wearing my normal running shoes. I finally took the plunge and I'm so glad I did. These are perfect for trail running. The traction and support is much better than typical running shoes. The only negative is these aren't great for gym use. I wore them on the treadmill and found them to be way too heavy and the traction to be a distraction, but for outdoor running they are the best!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      My 4th edition of the Cascadias!

      By Lacy Rain

      from Leavenworth, WA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Good Traction
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Trail Running
        • Wet Weather

        I've bought these shoes since the 4th edition and I can't get myself to wear any other trail running shoe. In the trail running community these shoes seem to be known as the 'gateway' shoe to trail running and for many, the competition shoe as well, even for those winning these crazy races. It can do it all and to me, that's a huge benefit. It feels like it's an extra safe guard for my ankles on crazy trail runs and I haven't had another shoe that does that for me. It also is stiff enough for rocks and roots but not so stiff you don't feel like your foot is getting a good feel for the ground beneath your feet. I love them and they're getting cuter every year!

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Tough shoe

        By in a trail program

        from chico, ca

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight
        • Pronation Control
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Laces A Bit Short

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather
        • Trail Running

        love this shoe, but even if you untie the laces like you should to put them on it is tough to get them on and off. I like the brown they look good even with trail dirt on them. The rock shield is superb. I wouldn't use them for a lot of pavement activities as they are a real trail shoe.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Feels a bit like a road shoe

        By What Hill?

        from Central PA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Good Traction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Endurance Training
          • Trail Running

          I have been using Cascadia 6's as my default trail shoes for the last two years, and just made the switch to the Cascadia 7's. After a 9-mile run on mostly technical, rocky, rooty trails with some swampy stretches in the Central PA mountains, I can see some improvements, and some differences between the two models.

          First, the 7's are softer and more flexible than the 6's. They almost feel "cushy" like a road shoe (very similar to the Ghost 4's), not very much like a tough trail shoe (which, by all standards, it actually is). This soft cushioning takes away a bit from the responsiveness of the shoe, and makes managing rocky, highly technical sections a bit wobbly and difficult, at least compared to the old Cascadia 6's. It might be more comfortable for runners who don't do much trail running and therefore appreciate the cushioning and softness, or on very long distances over rocky terrain (I guess I would have loved them on my last 50-miler!). But if you love your technical trails and are looking for a highly responsive shoe which instantly gives you feedback about your footing, this shoe might be too "blurry" or "cushy" for you.
          I loved the flexibility of the sole, though!

          The protection on the sides is about the same as on the previous model, which I'd read as: it does not exist. If the side of your foot hits a rock, or gets squeezed in between two rocks, you will definitely feel it.

          To me, the Cascadia 7's feel a bit wider than the 6's, although shoefitter says they are tighter. Maybe a tad lower in the toebox? I had to tighten the laces in the front a few times during my run to lock my foot into the shoe like I prefer. I was wearing thick winter socks (which I usually wear all winter in all my running shoes), and the combination of the soft upper of the Cascadia 7's with these thick socks did not work too well. I did not really get a good grip between my foot and the shoe, whereas this was not a problem in the previous Cascadia 6's. I think regular trail socks, or socks which are a bit thinner than thick winter socks, or maybe less cushiony socks would work better with the upper of the shoe.

          However, the shoe drains very well and does not retain much water, mud or sand. Very comfortable for creek crossings or swamp runs.

          Contrary to my experience with many other Brooks running shoes, the laces stayed tied over the whole distance (I used double knots, though, and re-tied them several times to make adjustments). I am not sure if Brooks have improved their laces, or if they will still come untied over longer distances. However, I don't consider this a major issue, as laces can be replaced easily, and it doesn't cost much.

          I was very pleased with how well the shoe performed on large rocks and boulders. It has a very good traction on both wet and dry rock, no concerns here. It also rode well over dry and wet leaves, wood, frozed mud puddles, grass, and soft soil and sand. Not great on snow and ice, but it will be fine to cover an occasional soft snow patch (not icy snow) on your run in them, or use crampons on icy trails.

          I liked the tight fit around the ankle, and no dirt, pebbles, twigs or sand got into my shoes to bother me on the run. No chafing or pinching, either. Lots of room in the toe box. If you have average or narrow, long feet, they might be a bit loose around your forefoot, but the fit in the heel is great even for narrow heels like mine. Perhaps in the summer, when feet tend to swell up, the extra room in the toebox will be appreciated.

          The Cascadia 7 is by no means a minimalist shoe, but it is not chunky or overstuffed, either. If you are new to the trails and need something with better traction than your road shoes, yet still love the soft feel of your roadies, you will love this shoe. If you are looking for a tough shoe to wear on any kind of trail, and which still provides nice cushioning and softness, this model is just right for you. If you are running an ultramarathon on rocky terrain and don't want your feet to feel like raw hamburger meat after the race, this shoe will take you to the finish feeling comfortable and pampered.

          However, if you are looking for a highly responsive shoe with minimal cushioning and maximum feedback, this shoe might have too much "road shoe feel" to it and not be what you are looking for.

          My overall impression is that this is an excellent trail shoe for any kind of trail, if you don't mind the softness and diminished responsiveness. The Cascadia 7's will still be my "default" trail shoes, hopefully for many, many more miles to come.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          I love these shoes!

          By Lighter Hiker

          from Chapel Hill, NC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dry Weather
            • Trail Running
            • Wet Weather

            These shoes are great. I wear them when I hike and on longer backpacking trips. My only complaint is that Brooks keeps coming out with a new version.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Shoes

            By six

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Trail Running

            These shoes are fantastic. Once I bought my first pair I was hooked. I have a stress fracture in my left tibia that won't heal, but these shoes allow me to run without pain. They are slightly heavy, but that is to be expected with a trail shoe.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome shoes

            By run's for sanity

            from Washington

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Trail Running

                I'm very happy with these shoes! I had tried on a Cascadia 7 in my normal shoe size, and felt that my big toe was rubbing on the end. I got a half size bigger (as I usually do with Brooks) and am very happy with them. I usually wear an insole in my running shoes and these work well with them also. I needed new trail shoes since I'm training for a trail race, these have been awesome on trails but comfortable running on pavement as well.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Most comfy trail runner I've ever had

                By JQ

                from Scottsdale, AZ

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Durable
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction
                • Great Grip Even On Wet Su
                • Lightweight
                • Looks Fabulous
                • Really Comfortable
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Color A Bit Bright

                Best Uses

                • Dry Weather
                • Gym
                • Short Hikes
                • Trail Running
                • Walking
                • With Orthotics/Inserts
                • Work

                I have tried multiple trail runners and these are the best ones I've found. Been an avid hiker for years and have developed issues in the feet, knees, hips and these shoes do not aggravate any of those issues like some others I have tried. Like them so much I bought a second pair!

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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