My Review of Brooks Cascadia 3 Trail-Running Shoes – Men’s

Originally submitted at REI

Cushioned for running on tough trails, these Cascadia 3 shoes feature adaptable posts to adjust to terrain irregularities and provide stability.

Needs more work on the heel design

By Todd Scott from Detroit, MI on 7/31/2008
1 star out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to width

Pros: Rugged, Lightweight, Good Traction, Comfortable

Cons: Unstable heel, Poor heel cushioning

I really tried to make these shoes work as a medium- to long-distance trail runner. After three trail runs (55 miles), it’s apparent that they aren’t going to work. I had hoped to use these at this years Leadville 100 race.

The biggest problem is the apparent lack of heel cushioning for the heel strike. After my run, both my heels are sore for a day.

The shoes are stable on non-technical, flat surfaces. However, on rocky terrain, the heel is quick to twist even after tightening the laces a little past the comfort point.

I’ve been running trail ultras for many years and haven’t experienced these issues with my mainstay, Montrails, which I had purchased at REI.


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