Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

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The Brooks Cascadia 8 Trail Running Shoe was born with a warrior's mentality. Thriving in slippery, muddy, and treacherous terrain, this trail shoe valiantly fights through uneven ground and shows no signs of slowing down. Brooks BioMoGo DNA and Caterpillar Crash Pad technology has upped the ante on the midsole and the sides of the shoes, smoothing out transitions on steps and adapting to the various terrain on trail runs. The Cascadia 8 is poetry in motion on the trail, warranting its selection as Runner's World's 'Editor's Choice' for trail shoes.


  • Plush tongue and collar for added comfort and performance.

Support and Cushioning:

  • DNA cushioning uses high viscosity liquid to react instantly to each step, customizing the cushion for different runners and running styles
  • Microfiber overlays provide comfortable, targeted support.


  • Medial and lateral Pivot Posting system helps outsoles adapt to your stride, offering added stability on uneven surfaces and trail irregularities


  • Durable synthetic leather and nylon/polyester mesh uppers are lightweight and airy for quick-drying, comfortable performance
  • Removable foam insole for added underfoot comfort.


  • new midsole for BioMoGo DNA to create a super cohesive transition and deluxe-ified the Caterpillar Crash Pad on the lateral side to smooth that heel-to-toe even more
  • Midsoles feature BioMoGo polymer alloy foam, which provides cushioning, energy return and reduced foot fatigue; nontoxic additive helps midsoles break down in landfills
  • Full-length BioMoGo midsole provides long-lasting plush in an environmentally-friendly package. A non-toxic, natural additive encourages anaerobic microbes to break it down as soon as it reaches the landfill.
  • Forefoot Cush Pod Configuration - Midsole and outsole components work together to set the foot into an efficient, balanced position throughout the gait cycle while maintaining cushioning and flexibility.
  • Full-length S-257 Cushsole midsole compound utilizes an insole board for increased cushioning and flexibility.


  • Asymmetrically cut upper conforms to the foot for a better fit.
  • suede geometric pattern on the upper serves the function of wrapping the foot for a close fit.
  • Geometric microfiber overlays wrap feet for an enhanced fit
  • Universal Sprung Platform enhances fit and function.

Lining and Layers:

  • Element air-mesh in uppers and linings provides excellent ventilation and moisture management to keep feet dry on the run; removable insoles add cushioning


  • Microfiber & synthetic overlay materials
  • HPR Green is a long-lasting outsole material made of dispersed silica, a more environmentally friendly compound. It offers reliable traction in wet and dry conditions.
  • Anatomical Brooks DNA is an innovative cushioning material that delivers a personalized ride to runners of all different sizes, foot shapes and speeds. Designed to work with BioMoGo, it responds to every stride dispersing impact and providing the necessary protection through pace changes.
  • Conformable saddle construction


  • Outsoles also feature a special decoupled crash pad design that smooths out the landing zone throughout the heel strike


  • Lightweight, breathable Element upper offers protection from the various elements, and is designed to withstand even the toughest run.
  • Element linings are breathable and help wick moisture away, keeping feet cool and dry.

Traction and Grip:

  • Brooks Cascadia 8 trail-running shoes feature a blend of high-density carbon rubber and recycled rubber for outstanding durability; aggressive lugs maximize grip on the trail


  • A versatile shoe for an ultramarathon and more
  • Profile sockliner
  • Update to the Cascadia 7, SKU#7864670.
  • Ballistic Rock Shield hardened EVA plates in forefeet help protect feet from sharp rocks
  • Hydrophobic foam package
  • A trail runner designed for the environmentally mindful runner.
  • Four-Point Pivot Posting System - Independent medial-lateral pivot posts are shaped to reduce ground contact surface area, diminishing the destabilizing effect of trail irregularities.
Brooks Cascadia 8 - Men's The Brooks Cascadia 8 running shoe is engineered to adapt to the surface and your foot. Moisture-managing, breathable Elementâ„¢ mesh upper with microfiber and synthetic overlay materials. Suede geometric pattern wraps the foot for a close fit. Forefoot DNA is designed for flexibility to ensure a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. Caterpillar Crash Pad on the lateral side smoothes that heel-to-toe transition even more. BioMoGo offers resilient cushioning and extends the full length of the midsole. Heel Pivot System comprises of independent medial/laterial posts that are shaped to reduce the destabilizing effect of trail irregularities. Forefoot Pivot System is located under the lateral side of the metatarsals and is shaped to adapt to varied terrain surfaces to help keep the shoe from toppling over. HPR Green outsole offers increased traction and skid-resistance. Wt. 11.9 oz.
Built from the wet, gritty and uneven ground up, the Brooks Cascadia 8 shoe is engineered to adapt to the surface and to your foot. This men's trail-running shoe features a breathable, moisture-wicking Element Meshâ„¢ upper with synthetic overlays; the geometric pattern wraps the foot for a close fit. The HPR Green outsole of the Brooks Cascadia 8 running shoe is made with dispersed silica, resulting in premium wet-dry traction for excellent skid-resistance with an environmentally friendly twist.

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The men's Brook's Cascadia 8 was designed from the gritty, wet, and uneven ground up. Engineered to adapt to the surface and your foot, this versatile piece of equipment runs an ultramarathon and then asks for more. Brook's designers swapped out the midsole for BioMoGo DNA to create a super cohesive transition and deluxe-ified the Caterpillar Crash Pad on the lateral side to smooth that heel-to-toe even more. The suede geometric pattern on the upper is a shout-out to past Cascadia designs but also serves the function of wrapping the foot for a close fit.


The men's Brooks Cascadia 8 trail-running shoes offer aggressive trail traction and a responsive, supportive ride that can tackle ultras or quick outings through your local park's trails.

That rumble on the singletrack . . . Yeah, that's you tearing it up in the Cascadia 8 from Brooks!
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Also available for: Women
Arch Type:High Arch, Medium Arch
Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 7.8 oz.
Cushioning:BioMoGo, Brooks DNA
Foot Mechanics:Neutral
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Ankle
Midsole:Foam polymer alloy
Miles Run per Week:0-5 mi, 11-15 mi, 16-20 mi, 21-30 mi, 6-10 mi, Over 30 mi
Outsole:Carbon rubber/recycled rubber
Performance Running Shoe Type:Cushioned
Platform:Universal Sprung
Running shoe type:Trail
Support:Foam polymer alloy/hard EVA plate
Upper:Polyester/nylon mesh/synthetic leather/microfiber overlays
Weight:11.9 oz

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Brooks Cascadia 8 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.
johncdugan at REI on 01/01/2013

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.
cascade_mtns at REI on 06/06/2013

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.

Highly recommended!
Go Green! at REI on 07/07/2013

Updated Review

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.
goldCDS at REI on 04/04/2013

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!
PhilBro at REI on 05/05/2013

Excellent shoes

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!
kid2thecore at REI on 05/05/2013

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!
dave-o at REI on 04/04/2013

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.
goldCDS at REI on 02/02/2013

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.
MickC at REI on 01/01/2013

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.
Landaway at REI on 09/09/2013

Negative Reviews:

Worksmanship issues with Cascadia 8

I've run in Brooks Cascadia for a few years now and absolutely love they way they fit and feel. I run trails several times a week during the warm weather. I typically wear them out by about 300 miles, but the trails I run are fairly rugged.

I purchased a pair of the new Brooks Cascadia 8, and laced them up before a race for the first time (I know, a no-no), and one of the lace holders ripped out. Brought them back to REI after the race, and exchanged them for an exact same pair (thanks REI!). After my 6th run in the new pair, the exact same lace holder ripped out again! Unbelievable. I run about 1800 miles a year, many of that on trails, and I've never had this happen with ANY shoe ... and it has happened twice with the Cascadia 8. I cannot recommend these shoes to another user, and will unfortunately begin my search for a new comfy trail running shoe.
RobSLC at REI on 07/07/2013

Not a Trail Shoe

This shoe will not protect you on the trail from stone bruises. It is just a running shoe with a more aggressive tread. I have run in the Brookes Beast not for pronation but because they are beefy for years and they were more stable and provided better protection than these trail shoes. I would not recommend for trail running. Granted I am 6' 4" and 230 but regardless I would not put my kid in these for tough trail. I love the Brooke Beast but have not had much luck from other Brooke shoes for the trail. This shoe needs more padding and a shank.
Fattire at REI on 07/07/2013

2 pairs, both broke in the same place

I bought these for an upcoming through-hike and the small eyelet in the center of the shoe broke while at the gym. REI replaced them no problem, but 2 weeks later and the second pair has broken in the same place, opposite foot. I think this is a design flaw, and would not recommend these shoes.
1 Liter at REI on 06/06/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Lace loops are worthless

also my second pair with broken laceloops (glued in, Brooks??? Poor design reviews, and not expected from a quality brand). However, I modified mine because the fit is so good. I just took a leather hole punch, and punched the locations where the silly bits of glued in string were, making all holes through as the factory did the others at top and bottom. perfect. Abstain from these things that take this brand down the tubes and you'll have faithful followers...
aamdesignbuild at REI on 06/06/2013

grips poorly, sturdy

Poor traction in snow. The earlier cascadias were much better for traction.
saunterer at REI on 12/12/2013