So it has been about a week since I purchased the Brooks Cascadia 8, so I figured I would give my review thus far. I want to go ahead right away and say I purchased these shoes because I had previously had a pair and really enjoyed them… The first time they were given to me free as part of Brooks’ wear tester program (which by the way is awesome.) I really loved the Cascadia 6’s which were the ones I tried so I figured I would probably like the 8’s at least as much.
The Brooks Cascadia 8’s are trail running shoes designed for those with a neutral stride (I slightly pronate, but not enough where I would need major correction). If you need more information on what type of runner you are, I highly recommend checking out a local running store to have your gait assessed before any big running shoe purchase. They have a good amount of support, which I tend to like for anything beyond 3 miles (up to 3, I really can run in almost anything.) I have gotten used to running in my CrossFit Nano’s but I decided that I really wanted to start running more trails this year to amp up my “wedding fitness regiment,” and new sneaks are always a great motivator for me.
I really love the styling of the Cascadia’s, they are a charcoal grey base, with black and pink accents. Especially compared to my last pair which were absolutely hideous, (I dubbed them “Ninja Turtle Green”) but I couldn’t get over how comfortable they are, and I refused to neglect a pair of “free” shoes, simply because they were ugly.
Briefly I am going to review the shoes in regards to how I felt as I have used them…
1) Coaching- I have worn the Cascadia’s 3 days in a row at the gym while I taught class. 3+ hours in the shoe, and my feet are very happy to be in something supportive on the 1″ rubber covered concrete floor. Much nicer than walking around in the more minimalist shoes I like to work out in.
2) Trail Running – Brewer and I went for a roughly 3 mile trail run in the shoes. They were springy and supportive. No rubbing, pinching or blisters. They kept my feet dry (It was raining the day I ran, but not hard) and were definitely wide enough in the toes that no jamming happened on my 2nd toe (which is longer than my big toe… ew!)
3) Road Run- I have gone on 2 road runs in the Cascadias. The first one was only about a mile.. I was in a time crunch but Brewer was desperate to get outside, so I couldn’t say no… I could tell on this run the shoes are still breaking in.. they weren’t uncomfortable, but I was much more aware of the arches on the roads as opposed to the trails. The second run was much better, so I was almost curious as to whether or not I just had bad socks on the first time. I ran about 4 miles this time, and by the end of the run, I felt fantastic.
Overall Impression after a week of ownership of the Brooks Cascadia 8 – Very happy with my purchase. They were reasonably priced, cute, and comfortable. I give them a very solid 8/10!!!