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Mountain Kicks 2015: Brooks Cascadia 10

Brooks Cascadia 10 trail running shoe review

Town to Trail

First-time trail runner? Start with the Cascadia 10. A Brooks stalwart for 10 years, the Cascadia’s standout feature is a proprietary midsole that adapts to your stride and customizes the cushioning. Brooks calls it BioMoGo DNA; essentially, long-chain molecules grow more fluid as you apply force. Find your stride and it feels cushy and energetic, but not squishy. At rest, the midsole rebounds to its original state and, near as we can tell, breaks down slower than EVA. Brooks updated the Cascadia 10 with a seamless mesh upper to combat blisters. Four posts (firmer materials that reinforce the midsole) stabilize the foot in key zones. Testers praised the shoe’s traction in both slick conditions and on dry boulders. With a 10mm drop, it’s ready for a steady progression in terrain and mileage. “A solid all-arounder,” said a tester. Swami gripe: Some found the midsole too rigid for rock hopping. Swami like: Besides mud splatters, this reviewer’s pair looks new after six months of wear. 11.6 oz; $120; brooksrunning.com

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Back to the 2015 Trail Test. From the Early Summer 2015 issue. 

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