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Runner's World Editor's Choice (Cascadia 8)

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$78.00 - $120.00
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The Cascadia 8 was designed from the gritty, wet, and uneven ground up. Engineered to adapt to the surface and your foot, this versatile piece of equipment runs an ultramarathon and then asks for more. We swapped out the midsole for BioMoGo DNA to create a super cohesive transition and deluxe-ified the Segmented Crash Pad on the lateral side to smooth that heel-to-toe even more. The suede geometric pattern on the upper is a shout-out to past Cascadia designs but also serves the function of wrapping the foot for a close fit.

Don’t just take our word for it: Runner’s World® named the Cascadia 8 its "Editor's Choice" in the Trail Shoe Guide in the April 2013 issue and wrote, "The Cascadia has that rare combination of road-shoe comfort and trail-shoe ruggedness." In short, the Cascadia 8 offers "A well-cushioned and smooth ride on any surface."

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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  • Shoe Category: Trail
  • Pronation: None/Normal
  • Construction Type: Strobel
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • Surface: Offroad/Trail
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium, Large
  • DNA Layout: Biomogo DNA Layout
  • Water-Resistent: Yes
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Trail racing
  • Launch Date: February 1, 2013
  • Weight: 11.9 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 10 mm

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3.9

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (44)
  • Good traction (39)
  • Cushions impact (36)
  • Durable (32)
  • Responsive (23)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (10)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Narrow / tight (4)
  • Poor traction (3)

Best Uses

  • Trail running (45)
  • Distance / endurance (21)
  • Dry conditions (17)
  • Walking (15)
  • Wet weather (14)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      87% 

      (47 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      87% 

      (46 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (43), High arch (5), Low arch (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (42), Casual/ recreational (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Overall product

I went on a 75 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mono Divide through Muir Trail Ranch. I wore these shoes and they performed exceptionally well. Good hindfoot stability, good arch,...Read complete review

I went on a 75 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mono Divide through Muir Trail Ranch. I wore these shoes and they performed exceptionally well. Good hindfoot stability, good arch, great heel counter, the traction was the best! However - I like my PureGrit2s just a little better and did a quick 40 mile hike in the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe. These were solo trecks and I had to rely on my shoegear for getting back safely!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Where did the real Cascadias go?

I've been using the Cascadia as my go-to shoe for 50K to 100 Mile trail events since about 2008. The shoe has changed a lot over time and the Cascadia 8 is the most...Read complete review

I've been using the Cascadia as my go-to shoe for 50K to 100 Mile trail events since about 2008. The shoe has changed a lot over time and the Cascadia 8 is the most dramatic change. I am supremely disappointed by the lack of durability of the Cascadia 8. I bought one pair this year and experienced chunks of sole ripping off of the shoe. The sole use to be a complete rock shield, now the midsole shows through in various places. I feel like the shoe is becoming more minimalist or that Brooks lost some key designers. The upper also changed a lot this year, it is less breathable.

Without the durability that the shoe use to exhibit and what feels like a more minimal design, it just is not what I need. This shoe use to be probably the most popular on the trail in Utah, but is quickly being replaced and now I feel like I am being forced to look for a replacement as well.

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5.0

TRAIL CHASERS

By isis firce

from valley, ca

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

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

Cons

  • Too Stiff

Best Uses

  • Gym
  • Trail Running
  • Walking
  • Wet Weather

I love them and want more :D

  • 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

Bought them before, will buy 'em again

By Art - HaveFunRunning

from Pierre, SD

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Traction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor Arch Support

Best Uses

  • Trail Running
  • With Orthotics/Inserts

Have worn Cascadias for several years, use them on a variety of trail conditions. New they do not feel like my crusty, dusty, sweaty 7's, but they break in fairly quickly. Just ran a 50 mile race and switched into the new Cascadia 8's at mile 37. Felt the cushioning and better traction with the new shoes on. Only had 15 miles on them before the race but felt confident the shoes wouldn't let me down.

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

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4.0

Repeat customer

By JLo

from Hillsboro, OR

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

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

Cons

  • Narrow / Tight

Best Uses

  • Endurance Training
  • Trail Running

I'm an ultra marathoner and trail runner, and this is my second pair of Cascadia 8's. These shoes can take repeated high-mileage trail beatings and still look good enough to wear to work on casual Fridays (okay, after a wipe down). I regularly run 40-70 miles per week on gravel roads and forest trails, and can't say enough about the durability and excellent traction the Cascadia provides on even the roughest and muddiest terrain.
My only complaint is the forefoot is unnecessarily too narrow. If this shoe had a slightly lower drop, say 6-7mm, and a wider forefoot, I'd be in trail shoe heaven.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels half size too big
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Arch Type:
  • Average Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Most comfortable shoe ever.....

By Sidekick

from Rumford, RI

About Me Gym Rat

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Around Casual Wear
    • Trail Running
    • Walking

    This is my second pair! I bought another before the style changed (like it always does!) I have traveled the world in these shoes and just love the comfort, durability and style. My favorite shoes of all-time!

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

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Soles deteriorated quickly

    By MEK

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Dries quickly
    • Fairly Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Works W Super Feet
    • Works W Superfeet Insole

    Cons

    • Poor Traction
    • Soles Have No Durability
    • Wears Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Endurance Training
    • Gym
    • Trail Running
    • Walking
    • Wet Weather
    • With Orthotics/Inserts

    First, overall this is a GREAT shoe. Everything on this shoe is pretty awesome in that it is fairly lightweight, fits superfeet insoles (unlike solomons), laces stay tied, provide great support, have a good rock plate, dry quickly, look pretty good, etc. etc.

    There is one MAJOR problem, however. THE SOLES HAVE ZERO DURABILITY. I always use a GPS app so I know I only have about 120 miles on these shoes. The front parts of the soles have completely worn off, even though I have tried super gluing them multiple times. I think the major problem is that these soles actually come stock with holes in them that go to the mid layer. I think that was designed to give more traction. The problem with this design is that it provides major weak spots and this is where the soles start coming apart first. After that, it just snowballs and the whole sole wears off. Where there are no holes, like in the back, the sole is fine and still totally in good condition. I ton' think the Cascadia 7s had this type of design and brooks ought to go back to that. I hope this is fixed in the next edition or I'll have to look elsewhere. That would be unfortunate too because otherwise these are pretty perfect shoes.

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

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Cascadia

    By Dusty Rhoades

    from LA, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Endurance Training
      • Trail Running
      • Walking

      This is the best shoe I have ever owned. They are extremely comfortable and very durable. I am very hard on shoes and can hardly wear these out. The color selection is the only downside with these shoes, however Brooks finally came out with a color that I really like with the Cascadia 8.

      • 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

      Wonderful

      By talon-ted

      from Monticello, UT

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Traction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Trail Running
        • Walking

        Good team color match. Great training shoe.

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

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        3.0

        Fit was just wrong

        By Glycerine Jim

        from DC Suburbs

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              I started running about 8 months ago and have been doing so primarily on paved roadside trails. I wanted to get away from the traffic and off the pavement a bit. So far, my size 10 Brooks Glycerine 10's have been very comfortable to run in. I figured a 10 in the Cascadia would also work. These are very narrow, and almost feel a half size too small. They are definitely shorter than my Glycerines. Despite feeling a little small, I can't seem to keep my heel from slipping either. These may be great shoes, but sadly, I won't find out. Too bad - they are a really great deal right now too.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels half size too small
              • Width:
              • Feels too narrow
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Chunks of sole falling off

              By DB Trail Run

              from Colorado

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact

              Cons

              • Tread Wear
              • Wears Quickly

              Best Uses

              • Trail Running

              I'm a Colorado trail runner that has run in many shoes in many types of trail terrain. I'v hopped in and out of Cascadias over the years due to comfort over long conditions and injury-free running. This is my 2nd pair of 8s and only because the first pair the tread literally broke off in chunks within 45 days so the store replaced them for free. I figured it might just be a defect so I took another pair. Again same thing is happening.

              In going online to read other reviews, I've seen picture after picture of the same thing happening to other Cascadia 8s. It's almost always under the forefoot of the shoe and it starts with the traction crumbling and then the entire tread begins to come off.

              Brooks, you gotta get this together or people are going to lose faith in what's been one of the most classic models.

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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              love these shoes

              By Joe Cool

              from Southern California

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Pros

              • Awesome
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Endurance Training
                • Trail Running
                • Wet Weather

                These shoes are oustanding. I bought the cascadia 7s and ran close to a thousand miles in them over the past year including 5 trail half marathons and a 50 mile endurance challenge through the muir woods. Not to mention the numerous hikes I've taken them on. They are incredibly durable and I've gotten only one blister in the past 12 months. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a decently lightweight, great tractioned, durable trail running shoe.

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

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