BrooksCascadia 12 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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Rocky outcrops, springy forest trails, and chossy hardpack don't stand a chance when it comes to the Brooks Men's Cascadia 12 Trail Running Shoe. Designed with input from famed ultra runner Scott Jurek, the Cascadia tackles long distances and varied terrain without thinking twice about whether or not it can handle the objective at hand. And while the 12 features a similar look and last as the 11, this season's edition touts a slightly revamped upper and improved Pivot Post system.

More specifically, the upper is equipped with a breathable mesh that manages moisture to keep you dry and comfortable when the conditions are quite the contrary, while the strategically placed overlays, splints, and heel cup provide torsional support and structure for your foot. Additionally, the upper is now fashioned with a more substantial toe guard to protect your digits from errant trail-side obstacles and the inevitable, too-tired-to-run toe stub. The pivot system doubles as a suspension system that features a fifth pivot point at your first metatarsal and offers a more energetic flex and toe-off—in turn allowing you to optimize on your transitions and make the most out of an uphill situation. Meanwhile, the BioMoGo DNA midsole attenuates shock, disperses impact, and adapts to every step, and the full-length, segmented crash pad allows your foot to make a smooth landing and transition. A ballistic rock shield defends you from potentially painful obstacles, and the rugged outsole has restructured lugs to provide more traction underfoot.

  • Conquer trails of all kinds with this running shoe
  • Mesh upper assures breathability and torsional support
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole attenuates shock and adapts to terrain
  • Pivot Post system doubles as a suspension system
  • Full-length crash pad delivers smooth transitions
  • Ballistic rock shield safeguards foot from obstacles
  • Rugged outsole rips and grips wet and technical surfaces
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Color me impressed

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

I bought these to replace the Salomon GTX trail runners I had and was using for backpacking and trail running. THOSE shoes were to narrow, left me healing blisters on days i put more than 10 miles down and had some of the worst break in periods i've ever endured.

The Brooks cascadia 12's just cured alllll of these issues for me. Wider shoe, nice comfy roomy toe box, great tread, and reasonably breathable.

My only complaint was some stiffness in the sole but for me it was such a tiny nitpick, very nuanced. Im in love with these things for trail running AND backpacking. Looking forward to those long days on the trail now.

no reason to ever get another shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.5

I had a pair of these shoes, they wore out (after a brutal season of cross country that could have killed two pairs of shoes), switched to another company for the next season that lasted me half as long as the brooks. Then I got this version for my most recent season, to see they reinforced it exactly where my old ones ripped out. These lasted an entire season (i can't emphasize how rare that is for a pair of shoes with me maybe I just run like trash but who knows). I've also met people on the AT who use this shoe to thru hike and love it. Worth the price considering they lasted me where I've needed two pairs of shoes in the past.

The Toughest Running Shoe I've Ever Had

  • Size Bought: 11

For years, I have only run in Brooks shoes. I have flat arches and I'm prone to plantar fasciitis. The arch support in these shoes is adequate for my feet. The tread on these shoes is really great. They stick to any surface. If you are looking for a trail running shoe, this is for you. They are also just fine for a road runner shoe. They are very stiff however. I think this is a good thing because I weigh 220 pounds and I need a tough shoe to prevent me from hurting my knees. I will buy this shoe again. I have already bought two pairs!

Strong as can be

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoe is very protective! That makes it pretty stiff but you won't feel a single rock under your foot. The shoe is still comfortable, just not very flexible. The traction is awesome, lugs are adequate for most surfaces and conditions.

Great for hiking

    I have hiked 700 miles on the same pair of cascadia's. They are the best for hiking. They hold up well and are comfy enough for long days. Would recommend.

    Comfort and grip

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I use these all the time for running and hiking. these are my go to if we are hiking on any day trips. they have good grip and my foot will last all day. these have never given me a blister. I feel like I have a good amount of support and grip for average trails with rocks and roots. I am a solid 11.5 with all my shoes and these are just that. True to size.

    They look fast...

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    This is my second pair of these and I liked the first more... I have a wide foot; the toe box in these seems more narrow and the length just a smidge smaller. I am still running in them and enjoying where they take me. A breathable shoe that has held up to regular trail running. I'll go a size up in the next pair. There will be a next.

    Comfort for 12

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    Good shoe for working on concrete 12 hours .Broke in nicely, durability good so far for Brooks .hiked the trails in them for ten miles of travel ,good traction, brearhablity and fit to foot .

    My Go To Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I've had the 4 previous versions of the Cascadia and they have been my go to trail shoes for years and years. They are on the heavier side but I love the durability of the shoe how they don't give me any knee pain on long runs. I feel like the toe box is on the wider side because my wide foot feels pretty good but the shoe fits true to size and has been consistent for me throughout all versions of the Cascadia. I can't wait for more trails to dry out and log some more miles in these work horses.