A keeper

Reviewed by MTtrailrunner from MT on Friday, August 03, 2012
My first venture into the Cascadia line, which has long been a fav among many trail runners for years. I have usually run on trails in my road running shoes, and for shorter runs, usually not a problem. i don't do epic long runs or anything, but after a run of a couple hours on rocky mixed terrain, I had to realize my Brooks Launch were just beating me up. They aren't particularly stable shoes anyway, pretty much exclusively built for road and track, so frankly it was asking too much of them. I had some Brooks Ghost that did better..a little more substantial, more supportive, but the Cascadia is definitely more at home on the trail. Not as raw cushy as I expected from such a beefy sole for some reason, but that's not all a bad thing. A nice mix of trail feel with definite cushion and rock protection. Be warned, these are heavy, especially if you prefer minimalistic shoes, or even lighter trainers in your shoes. These...are not those. The bright side is that they feel lighter than they are when running in them, which was a nice surprise. Still, they are beefy trailsters, so expect that. Also expect a trusted friend though..it is a great sole design, that really helps prevent much ankle roll over. As a supinator, I REALLY appreciated this. While I'd be bobbling around in my Brooks Launch, I was much more solid in the Cascadia, and the grip design is very good also, which gave me extra confidence in the downhills especially. Also thumbs up to the fit..definitely a neutral shoe. I didn't feel it forcing me one way or the other..excellent! As a supinator, it is relatively easy for me to roll out too much on my forefoot, which is an ankle rollover waiting to happen, and these never made me feel nervous, unlike the Montrail Masochist that I had high hopes for. So...thumbs up for the Cascadia..sure I wish they could be an ounce or so lighter, but the tradeoff seems worthy..this is a shoe you can rely on for trail runs. I'd say the toe box is just slightly too narrow, but not constraining, and the sizing maybe just a quarter size smaller than, say, my Brooks Launch. I still got the same size, and am confident it's the right size, but definitely right at the border..I could feel my toes were right near the front of the shoe while descending, but no blood or beaten toes as a result, so I'm happy.
  • Arch Type: Average Arch
  • Best Uses: All Weather Conditions, Mixed Terrain, Trail Running, Walking
  • Cons: Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Athlete
  • Pros: Comfortable, Cushions Impact, Good Arch Support, Rugged
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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