Brooks Cascadia – First impressions.
I have been a New Balance 900 series trail shoe wearer for 8+ years. The past few years the quality of the upper construction has gone down hill. They were falling apart long before I could break wear out/break down the soles. So I decided it was time for a change.Picked up a couple pair of the Brooks Cascadia trail shoes from TriSports.com. I wore a size 9.5 in the NB’s but needed to go up a full size for the Brooks (10.5). Took them out for their first run today. I have a slightly narrow foot with a medium arch and found the shoe to fit great. snug in all the right places and roomy in the toe box. The sole is on the stiff side however the shape makes the transition from mid foot to fore foot smooth. Todays trial was on a trail that included a small amount of pavement (to get there), hard packed dirt, deep soft sand, rocky areas (baseball to softball size rocks) and some up and down hills. The shoe handled all of the surfaces very well. The wide sole platform is stable and the protection from the rocks is very good. First impression…I like these shoes a lot. We will see how they hold up over the long term…though I have heard a lot of good stuff.