Brooks Cascadia 14 Trail Shoe Review Review Facts
The Brooks Cascadia 14 has shown to be an incredible improvement in the brand’s long line of trail running shoes. Reviews show that both its level of traction and overall weight and feel have changed for the better, making it a valuable piece of footwear for runners of all levels
Much of the excess bulk has been shaved off for an easier and more form-fitting wear. Its old outsole has been swapped out for a TrailTrack rubber compound and simpler tread pattern. And Cordura Mud Guards are now in place for both proper drainage and greater protection against debris.
Buyers should be happy to know that it still includes the same levels of cushioning and stability. And its overall appearance can still fit in seamlessly with any environment.
The Cascadia 14’s outsole has undergone some major changes to make it better suited for rugged and challenging terrains. It’s now comprised of the brand’s new TrailTrack rubber compound
, which strengthens the runner’s overall grip on uneven surfaces both wet and dry.
Its tread pattern has also received several updates to its overall design. Instead of a tire-like pattern that includes specialized lugs along the sides and heel, it’s now covered in rhombus-shaped gripping lugs from heel to toe for a more precise grasp on whatever surface is below.
Just like its predecessors, the Cascadia 14 still features a full-length BioMoGo DNA
midsole unit. Not only does it provide long-lasting cushioning that’s also biodegradable, but it also features DNA technology that completely molds to the runner’s individual foot shape. This then results in a more protective wear that provides greater stability and responsiveness.
It also still includes the Pivot Post System, which is clearly marked by two rubber pillars on either side of the midsole. Listings and reviews state that this feature acts as a foundation for the rest of the sole. Not only do they ensure better posture, but they also work to prevent both in-shoe wobbling and early degradation.
In addition, a removable insert is also provided for an extra layer of cushioning that can be swapped out for a custom insole.
The Cascadia 14’s upper seems to be made from the same type of knit fabric that constructed several of the previous models
. It’s completely exposed across the top of the forefoot and along most of the sides, and it works with the soft inner lining to ensure a substantial amount of ventilation. A full internal saddle system has also returned to ensure a close and snug fit, which greatly enhances the new lightweight design.
This model has also received an update to its overlays, thanks entirely to the new Cordura Mud Guards
. Completely lining the bottom of the upper, it’s able to block out mud and debris while still allowing water to drain out properly. 3D printed overlays are also present to reinforce these mud guards and the lacing system for increased durability and stability.
On the surface, the Cascadia 14 seems to be about average when it comes to its weight. Men's sizes average out at 10.7 oz., while women's sizes come it at around 9.5 oz. Both are considered to be on the lighter end of the spectrum when it comes to trail running shoes.
Yet compared to all the previous models in the Cascadia line, this shoe is actually its lightest one yet
. According to multiple listings, it weighs over a full ounce less than its most immediate predecessor. This is thanks entirely to a change in certain materials and a more form-fitting design.
Although it now provides a more snug fit, the Cascadia 14 still manages to be just as breathable as it was before. This is thanks to the knit fabric upper that’s exposed entirely along the forefoot and mostly along the sides. As a result, air can reach and eliminate hotspots where they occur most often and provide runners with a more comfortable wear.
It’s also reassuring to know that this shoe’s new Cordura Mud Guards don’t get in the way of its ventilation. While mud and debris are kept out of the shoe, water and air can still pass through easily. This, of course, results in less blisters, irritation, and foot odor for a more satisfying wear.
All Cascadia models are known to provide a highly comfortable wear, and this version proves to be no exception. The Cascadia 14’s BioMoGo DNA midsole provides plenty of customized support while allowing the buyer the option of using their own insert. And an updated Pivot Post System still prevents in-shoe wobbling and overall instability without the excess bulk.
Its upper manages to be equal parts breathable and protective, allowing air and water to flow through while keeping debris out. It also features a soft inner lining as well as a full internal saddle to cradle the foot and prevent over-flexing.
All-in-all, this shoe is both lightweight and stable enough that it won’t leave buyers hurting by the end of the day. The only downside would be that it might fit smaller than average for some foot shapes and, as a result, would be uncomfortable for those with wider feet
There’s not much to say about the Cascadia 14’s overall style, other than that it follows many of the same design elements as its predecessors. This time around, however, its design is more form-fitting and lightweight for easier wear both on and off the trails. Its overlays also don’t appear to be as heavy as they were previously.
In addition, both men’s and women’s sizes are only available in three different colorways each. Men can choose between grey/navy, navy/bluegrass/grey, or black/red/neon, while women can pick between grey/pale peach/pearl, grey/red, and black/hollyhock/pink.
As a trail running shoe, the Cascadia 14 has to provide runners with an incredible amount of durability. Many would say that it’s now enhanced thanks to the shoe’s new TrailTrack rubber outsole, which covers the entire underfoot region for more long-lasting traction. And its already sturdy BioMoGo DNA midsole is enhanced greatly by the Pivot Post System, which prevents early degradation.
Even the upper manages to resist wear and tear thanks to its printed-on overlays and the updates made to its mud guards.
Given its intended function, it’s no real surprise that the Cascadia 14 is able to provide buyers with a great deal of protection. Its new full-length TrailTrack rubber outsole provides incredibly secure traction on rugged terrains in all types of weather. Additionally, not only is its midsole thick enough to safeguard against potential hazards, but it also ensures a responsive and stabilizing wear that actively prevents running injuries.
Its upper also has to be equipped with protective features. The Cordura Mud Guards are a welcome update, as they keep mud and debris from entering the foot chamber while still enabling ventilation and proper drainage. Furthermore, an internal saddle system hugs the foot securely to prevent over-flexing and accidental removal.
Buyers are sure to be very happy with how responsive the Cascadia 14’s wear is, and it’s thanks entirely to its BioMoGo DNA midsole. Its ability to mold entirely to the runner’s individual shape further strengthens the material and allows it to fully absorb the impact of each landing. This, in turn results in far less pain and discomfort by the end of the day and even a reduced risk of running injuries.
There is, however, no clear indication of how much energy transfer this particular unit can provide.
Multiple features are put in place to ensure that the Cascadia 14 is able to provide runners with a highly supportive wear. It all starts with a substantial BioMoGo DNA midsole, which conforms to the shape of the runner’s foot for customized cushioning that prevents in-shoe wobbling. This, of course, in enhanced greatly up the updated Pivot Post System, which also ensures a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
While the upper’s already snug fit and lacing system would already do a lot to support the top of the foot, both are aided a great deal by the internal saddle system. This feature wraps tightly around the midfoot to prevent over-flexing and keep the runner feeling secure and comfortable.
Just like all other versions within its line, the Cascadia 14 is incredibly versatile when it comes to its overall wear. It can obviously keep the runner safe as they run across challenging terrains such as rocky trails, thick forests, gravel and dirt. And, unlike a number of other trailing models, its not-so-aggressive tread pattern allows it to transition easily onto paved road surfaces
One noticeable improvement from before is its enhanced grip on wet surfaces, which is due entirely to the use of TrailTrack rubber for its outsole. Now runners can confidently run and trail even during heavy rain or snowfall.
The Cascadia 14 is definitely on the higher side of average when it comes to its price tag. Across all online retailers such as Amazon, REI, Road Runner Sports, and the Brooks Running website, it's set at $130. When compared to the brand's other models, this one is considered to be mid-range in terms of its cost.
When looking over all of the updates that Brooks Running has included in this particular model, it absolutely seems to be well worth its price. Those who are looking for a lightweight yet protective trail shoe that will provide them with a fit that's snug yet comfortable and breathable can easily justify every dollar that they spend on this shoe.
The Cascadia 14’s level of traction has been greatly enhanced thanks to the multiple changes made to its outsole. While the HPR Green compound did a fantastic job at ensuring a secure grip, as this version’s TrailTrack compound has noticeably enhanced the overall grasp on rough and challenging terrains. And its new, and much simpler, tread pattern allows it to transition even more easily onto paved road surfaces.
Furthermore, since its predecessor
was known to be less stable on wet ground, buyers are thrilled to know that they can now run safely during harsh weather. This, in turn, makes the shoe even more versatile than it was before.
While it’s unclear just how flexible the Cascadia 14 truly is, its chosen materials indicate that it focuses more on protection and stability
. Previous versions within the line have also followed in design trend and lacked pliability as a result. Furthermore, this shoe’s even more form-fitting design could require an even longer break-in period then buyers were anticipating.
All trail running shoes are stability shoes by default, and the Cascadia 14 is able to provide runners with a great deal of it. The new design of its outsole enables a more precise and secure grip on both wet and dry surfaces, and the impact absorption provided by the BioMoGo DNA midsole keeps the runner moving along smoothly. Its updated Pivot Post System also prevents in-shoe wobbling and corrects posture, further preventing injuries and accidents.
Even its upper proves to be stabilizing thanks to its form-fitting design and additional features. Aside from safeguarding against mud and debris, its mudguards serve as overlays that help the shoe maintain its overall shape. And the internal saddle system hugs the foot tightly to keep it secure and work with the lacing system
and padded collar to prevent accidental removal.
It's quite common for a trail running shoe to have a lower-than-average drop height, as opposed to the average measurement of 10mm, and the Cascadia 14 follows this design trend as well. Just like its predecessors, its heel-to-toe height difference comes in at 8mm.
Most trail runners look for a low drop platform, at it gives them a greater sense of balance and posture while they move across difficult terrains. Furthermore, this particular shoe still offers a substantial amount of underfoot cushioning and protection.
-TrailTrack rubber outsole
-BioMoGo DNA midsole
-Stabilizing Pivot Post System
-Internal Saddle System
-Protective Cordura Mudguard
-8mm heel-to-toe drop height
The Brooks Cascadia 14 shows a great deal of improvement when compared to its most immediate predecessor. Not only is it lighter and more form-fitting, but it also appears to be slightly more comfortable and offer better traction on a wider range of surfaces. And, as an added bonus, its appearance can still fit in easily among everyday environments.
Not everything can be perfect, of course, as there may be some drawbacks for certain buyers. This new close fit could make it far too tight and uncomfortable for those who have wider feet, and its lighter weight may lessen its overall stability as well. Yet so far, this particular model would definitely prove to be a useful piece of footwear while out on the trails.