Brooks Cascadia 16 Trail-Running Shoes

A classic rugged trail shoe with long-time proven performance

Brooks Cascadia 16 Trail-Running Shoes

Weight: 9.5 ounces (Men’s 9)
Trail Use: Excellent
Off Trail Use: Good to Very Good
Stack Height Heel/Toe: 26mm / 18mm
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 8mm
Width: Medium
Fit: True to size
Waterproof: No

MSRP: $130

The Brooks Cascadia 16 continues to improve on its last iteration. This latest model has improved durability and stability features, which makes it an even stronger pick as a versatile shoe for hiking, backpacking, or trail running. However, these upgrades add a bit of extra weight onto these shoes. The Cascadias are known for their extreme comfort over long distances, so if you have big days planned this year, these might be your pick.

The 8mm drop is on the higher side of the shoes listed, but will work for any foot that is used to a drop. Some users have noted a disappointing level of durability on these shoes. The upper and outsole on the outside of the shoe does wear faster than other similar shoes, and this is because of their flexibility. Though they can handle off trail and tricky terrain, taking these shoes through extreme conditions will cause them to wear out quicker. We recommend these shoes for hikers, backpackers, and trail runners who want a tried and true classic with an average width, drop, and versatility.

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  • Extremely comfortable for long days on the trail, or long multi-day backpacking trips
  • Brooks shoes have a reliable and durable reputation
  • Medium width and cushion are well-suited to fit a variety of feet
  • Versatile shoe that will get the job done


  • Upper shoe does not last as long as others on the market
  • Narrow fit in the forefront may be uncomfortable for wide feet, make sure to order the wider model (2E)


  • Athletes who prefer a mid to high-drop shoe
  • A versatile pick that is light enough for a quick trail run, and durable enough for off-trail backpacking
  • A shoe with comfort as a priority
  • A classic pick that does it all, without specialized features like zero drop or extreme traction

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