Brooks Cascadia 2
Materials: meshy stuff
Use: trail running 3-4 miles/day
Break-in Period: none needed
Weight: Am I still wearing them?
Price Paid: 39.99 - Eastbay
Excellent shoe. I typically run off path through woods with thick roots and forest floor and I reach for these every time. I've tried them all -- Merrell, Adidas, Nike, Vasque, Izumi, TNF, Montrail, New Balance, and Salomon, but Brooks has found the perfect balance of plush but secure cushioning in the Cascadias.
They're a tad narrow but the mesh gives and breathes. Ran in a downpour today and while they were wet, they weren't soaked, and my socks and feet stayed warm in 35 degrees. They'll be dry by morning too.
As for trail debris stability, on wet roots, these roll predictably more easily than the triple density midsole bearing Vasque and Izumis. Otherwise they'd be 5 stars. Laces routinely untie every run at least 1-2x.
If only they'd add a Gore-tex layer, I'd stock pile. Still, I can't wait to see how they perform in snow.
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CLOSEOUTS . The Brooks Cascadia II trail-running shoe has a unique design that effectively neutralizes the destabilizing effects caused by uneven terrain... plus they come in bright expressive colors. HydroFlow(R) cushioning absorbs sock, stabilizes feet and promotes fast energy return. Diagonal Rollbar(R) technology minimize over-pronation Designed to neutralize the effects of sketchy terrain Removable cushioned sole with arch support and ventilation Synthetic and mesh uppers Cushioned S-257 midsole High Performance Rubber sole increases life of the shoe Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
Conquer off-road terrain with the adventurous Cascadia 2. It's designed to neutralize the destabilizing effect of irregularities while stopping rocks in their tracks, winning out over wet weather, and banishing blisters. Heel and Forefoot HydroFlow: Silicon-based cushioning system in the heel and forefoot dramatically dampens shock, stabilizes the foot and rebounds on every stride. Full-length S-257 midsole: exclusive midsole compound decreases breakdown by 15% while providing excellent energy return and cushioning on every stride. High density carbon rubber HPR Green outsole for increased traction and durability. Dual independent high density pivot posts are shaped to adapt to and reduce the destabilizing effect of trail irregularities. Ballistic Rock Shield is located between the outsole and midsole to disperse point-load pressure from rocks while maintaining a flexible forefoot for a terrain-compliant ride. Breathable air mesh upper. Enhanced structural support creates an upper that can tackle tough terrain and descents. Seamless upper prevents rubbing and irritation for a blister free adventure.
- EMS refers to the men's version
The Cascadia 2 Trail Running shoe is made by Brooks, one of the top producers of running shoes in the country. Brooks designed the Cascadia 2 with an aggressive sole and even more aggressive color, as part of the "Grit" series. Brooks is providing a trail shoe that is incredibly supportive, and comfortable while you run on demanding and irregular terrain. The Cascadia 2 is constructed with Brooks' Pivot Posts, which are independent, medial-lateral Pivot posts that are shaped to reduce their contact with the ground so you get a more stable landing platform. Also included in the trail shoe is Brooks' HydroFlow cushioning, which is an innovative, long lasting fluid filled center chamber that dampens the shock at impact around the heel, giving you stability and comfort in every stride.The Cascadia 2 is made with the Ballistic Rock Shield, which is a super durable textile between the outsole and midsole, which disperses point load pressure from rocks and keeps flexibility in your step. On top, a ventilated, quick-draining, quick-drying upper eliminates wet weather worries while providing sturdy support, and with no intrusive stitching to rub the foot, runs are blister-free.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version
Free Shipping on Your Whole Order when you buy select shoes and boots. Ends 11/15. 'Green' outsoles are environmentally friendly because of their low-waste production process. Cushioned for running on rough trails, these Cascadia 2 shoes feature adaptable posts to adjust to terrain irregularities and provide stability. Durable synthetic leather/nylon mesh uppers are lightweight and airy for quick drying and draining performance. Forefoot Ballistic Rock Shields are a reinforced ballistic textile material designed to protect feet from sharp point-load pressures from rocks. HPR Green outsoles are made of high-density carbon rubber for outstanding durability and feature aggressive lugs for maximum trail bite. Medial and lateral Pivot post system helps outsoles adapt, offering stability on uneven surfaces. Midsoles feature S-257 , a special EVA compound formulated to resist compression and rebound more quickly than standard EVA. Nylon linings absorb and disperse moisture for enhanced comfort; removable insoles add cushioning. Silicone-based HydroFlow system at heel and forefeet feature a fluid-filled center chamber that dampens shock.
- REI refers to the men's version