Not too bad
Received these for Christmas and I've worn them twice so far. Once on a short 7 mile run on my local trails with some mud and water and again on a 50k this past weekend. The 50k had a few creek crossings and a good amount of mud. Bought the same size as my Cascadia 6's (didn't get 7's). These feel about a half size too big. The toe box is pretty large and I think I could go a half size smaller to ensure a better fit. Noticed that my traction wasn't great in the mud. The soles caked up, thus resulting in slippery footing. My 6's previously didn't seem to have this problem, but I didn't try them out on this particular trail. I will also say that these felt a bit heavy compared to my 6's, but again, it could have been the mud. Once I get a smaller size I think these could be real nice shoes for my typical trail runs on technical but dry terrain. Wet/muddy conditions could be iffy. Overall, not a bad shoe, but I might like my 6's a bit better.
my preferred trail running shoe
I use this on trails in WA state, mostly the cascades, while either trail running or training for alpine (ie, carrying heavy weights up mountains). I got these after running in a number of minimal trail shoes, and 1 other non-minimal trail shoe. I realized that I cannot run the way I want to in a minimal shoe.
1) it's not super heavy compared to some others
2) running over small rocks is not painful like it is with minimal trail shoes
3) it maintains traction in mud *and* on stone slabs covered in kitty litter. It's better than any of the "zero-rise" trail shoes I've tried. I might have a different shoe if I was running in UT or CO all the time, but for what I do I'm really enjoying this shoe.
1) it's still heavier than I'd like.
2) I'd rather it have a zero rise (from toe to heel), because that's what I want.
3) assembly is inconsistent between pairs of shoes, but this is a complaint I have with nearly all shoes.
Excelled on an ultra with no break-in
I put these shoes to the ultimate test and they performed extremely well. I am not much of a trail runner myself but after agreeing to go on Hut to Hut Traverse (a 52 mile route through the White Mountains with 17,000ft of elevation gain) I knew I needed a good shoe.
I got these based on a few really good reviews from friends. The run was a killer, but my feet couldn't have been better! I didn't break in the shoes at all before doing this and I finished up with no blisters (even after a few hours of rainy conditions) and no real foot pain. Very pleasantly surprised to say the least. They held up really well and have been good on all subsequent uses as well.
I found that these shoes are excellent but not durable enough for mixed (rocky) trails. After 2 months of use (2 times a week/15 miles a week average, approximately 120 miles) the sole cracked and one of the cleats was peeling off and many of the cleats were worn down to the point that the shoes needed replacement. This was my first pair of these and REI replaced them for free, REI has the best customer service. The people in the shoe department were shocked that they wore out so fast and thought they might be defective. I am trying another pair and see if I have the same results. I wrote Brooks and they alluded to the fact that they are for trail running and not for mixed (rocky) trails.
Brooks does it again.
I bought these shoes for two purposes. 1) I was in the market for a second pair of shoes. 2) I trust Brooks. I have only ran a handful of times with these shoes (on trails) as I do much of my running on the road and wear a different Brooks shoe for that (Ghost 5), however, the few runs I've done the shoes were great. I have also worn them on small hikes and they have done me justice. The only con i can think of is that they are a little heavy, but that doesn't bother me at all. If you don't consider these shoes if you are in the market, you might be missing out on a great item!
I have been looking for this fit for 50 years! Like the Cascadia 7, the 8 is wonderful shoe. As one who has never before purchased a shoe that didn't require breaking in (with the associated blisters) these shoes fit perfect from the start. I have hiked & run 105 miles through Zion and the Grand Canyon and never had a foot concern or problem. My only complaint, and perhaps this is due to the rocky terrain, is that the stitching above the toe starts to wear long before the soles do, this was the reason I replaced my 7's and I have already noticed wear on my 8's!
Tried and true!
I am a big fan of the Cascadia shoe, having run in both the 5's and 6's, but took a season off to try a different, more minimalist shoe. I came right back to the Cascadia 8's!
Most notable is the change in the upper, which seems lighter and more breathable. The tread gives ample grip on both packed and loose trail but I have yet to try them on wet. I suspect they'll do just fine!
The only negative is the wide toe box…found blisters on the tips of my toes after my first run in them. Re-lacing them in a snugger configuration did the trick!
Very good trail shoe
I used to hike a lot but stopped about 4 years ago when I moved to San Diego and started again but never had good trail shoes. When I started again I injured my hand because of slipping and a bad infection in my hand because I did not have trail shoes. I went to REI and the salesperson recommended these Brooks Cascadia 8s and they are excellent. I cut my best time of 3 hours to 2 hours and 20 minutes. I also never slip anymore. I highly recommend these shoes.
Good so far, worried about longevity
I was born with club feet, so my problem is supination rather than pronation. Still, these shoes fit well, and I enjoy running in them, even though it's only 2-4 miles per day.
I am a bit concerned about the tread on the bottom of the shoes. They look to be well made, but intended to be used for the purpose of digging into soft ground. So, these shoes seem good for use on trails in most conditions, but not so good on hard surfaces, like roadways.
My favorite trail shoe ever!
Most Brooks shoes fit my feet perfectly and the Cascadia 8 is no exception. The only time I get blisters in these shoes is after doing multiple creek crossings. I have used them for everything from a multi-day backpacking trip with a 30+ lb pack to a 100 mile runs and in all types of conditions. They drain very quickly when wet. The big lugs grab tight to everything.