Brooks Cascadia 14 (MSRP: USD$ 130)
A big overhaul that caught our attention is the Cascadia—a trail titan that typically doesn’t see major changes.
But the new version has been reworked top to bottom. Under the foot, a new trail rubber has a wet-grip formulation for more secure footing.
Brooks says it took the rebound out of the rubber, so when you hit rocks on the trail, the rubber sticks better, rather than deflecting off it.
The company has also retooled the lugs underfoot for more secure footing and changed up the pivots—those triangle wedges of firm foam at the four corners
that deliver extra stability on uneven ground. Perhaps the biggest change, however, is the new knit upper.
It’s a sleek execution for a shoe that’s typically had a burly construction. The knit material is lightweight but secure thanks to its no-stretch design.
To give extra protection, Brooks is using a Cordura mesh just above the midsole,
where you’re likely to snag rocks and sticks on technical trail. The changes are reported to bring the shoe down an astonishing 1.2 ounces.
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