Brooks Cascadia 12 Running Shoe Review

For professional runners in search of a trail that is both wondrous and affordable, Brooks Cascadia 12 is the name you take. Let’s take a detailed look at the inside of Cascadia 12.

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5 Good Reasons to buy the Brooks Cascadia 12

1. New version has better features and used improved materials to ensure quality performance.

2. Shoe offers space for natural movement with its improved toe box.

3. Gripping lugs are a great addition to keep the shoe stable and protect your foot from injuries caused by uneven surfaces.

4. Pivot point system is yet another addition that maintains the balance even in the toughest situations.

5. Shoe comes in various colors and designs, so you can match your wardrobe and make a collection.

2 Reasons not to buy the Brooks Cascadia 12

1. You might feel this a bit less springy than other brands.

2. Some vivid and off colors combinations that don’t appeal all runners.

Bottom line

Brooks Cascadia 12 scores one of the top positions in the market. Athletes and runners have very open-heartedly admired the changes in the new edition and appreciated the way it is becoming more stable, durable and secure every time. The overall construction of the shoe and its consistent performance has given confidence to the runners, which other running shoes lack. As a long-term investment, Brooks Cascadia isn’t very expensive. You can buy one pair and its lasts much for you to save for the next one.

Size and Fit

In comparison with other running shoes, Cascadia 12 is a ½ size smaller in length. This means, to ensure your shoe is comfortable and fit, go for half-a-size up. The shoe best fits medium sized feet, with a semi-curved shape, ideal for typical arch foot shape.


Cascadia 12 uses a high-quality HPR Green outsole, known for durability and stability. The outsole is made of an environment-friendly material, providing slip-proof traction on any and every, wet or dry surface. For upward and downward trailing, the outsole uses multi-directional gripping lugs. To increase the traction and secure the runner, 3D Hex Lug pattern is used.

In between the midsole and outsole is a Ballistic Rock Shield. The shield is made up of thermoplastic EVA shield and used to protect your foot from injuries and twists caused during your trail due to aggressive surfaces.

Brooks Cascadia 12 Outsole


The midsole of Brooks Cascadia 12 is made of BioMoGo DNA cushioning system. BioMoGo DNA is known for its responsiveness and adaptability. Its cushioning is soft and tends to mould itself according to the movement and shape of your foot. The cushioning is further strengthened with a flexible, highly adaptable S-257 Cushsole.

To ensure that your foot remains stable and maintains controls when in touch with unpredictable terrains, you will find a set of Pivot Post System points. Thee points are placed in the medial and lateral sections of the platform. These points act as balancing points, guarding your foot and keeping your every step stable. The design of the sole is made up of Caterpillar Crash Pad with sections across the platform to thoroughly maintain the natural movement of your foot.

Brooks Cascadia 12 Cushioning


The upper of Cascadia 12 is made up of breathable mesh that keeps foot dry and moist free for hours. The upper also consists of Conformable Saddle Construction. The primary job of this sheet is to wrap the midfoot in a way that it gives a snug fit and provides protection.

There are outlays made of thin microfiber and synthetic to enhance the structure of the shoe. These outlays connect with the lacing system and allow the runner to adjust the fitting of the shoe. So to get your desired fit, you can always tight or lose the laces and accommodate the fabric as per your needs.

There is also a moisture-managing fabric known as the Element Lining present in the upper fabric. As the name says, this fabric keeps the moisture away. Alongside, the hydrophobic foam inserted in the upper works like foam and ensures that water and moisture stay away from your foot.

Brooks Cascadia 12 Upper


Cascadia 12 uses a breathable mesh on the upper part as a wrapping sheet. This mesh ensures to provide you protection and comfort. The mesh keeps the shoe dry, cool and sweat-free. It also helps in maintaining the moisture that is caused by wearing the shoe for long hours.


Brooks Cascadia 12 promises to protect all of its versions. The version 12 consists of a waterproof layer in the upper that’s acts a prevention shield and stops water, mud and other particles to penetrate in the shoe.

Toe Box

Brooks Cascadia 12 is an improved version when we evaluate the toe box. Unlike the older version, Cascadia 12 has more room for the toe to move. The toe box is comfortable and provides greater stability while you run and trail.


The shoe tends to be ideal for its stability. The heat molded fabric on the overlays remains part of Brooks Cascadia 12. However, they have added a tow bumper in this edition.

Together these two make a great combination in ensuring sturdiness and solidity of the shoe.  So no matter how hard is your ground surface and how unpredictable the weather conditions may become, you can be confident and let it do its job.


Brooks has already made a steady and admiral place in trail show market but its 12 version is by far one of the best it has designed and runners have experienced. From size to fit, the durability of material to the benefits it offers, the shoe is delivered every promise that it claims. Its known for its precision, performance and protection. The shoe has been tested by many users on various unpredictable terrains and surfaces, and it has proved to pass all tests. 

Technical Specs

  • Brand: Brooks
  • Model: Cascadia 12
  • Upper: Synthetic Element Mesh
  • Midsole: EVA BioMoGo DNA
  • Outsole: HPR Green Carbon Rubber
  • Terrain: Trail Running
  • Width: Normal
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 10mm
  • Weight: M 343g | W 298g
  • Release Date: January 2017
  • Price: Click to See

User Rating's

  • 9.1/10
    Stability - 9.1/10
  • 8.9/10
    Comfort - 8.9/10
  • 9.0/10
    Design - 9.0/10
  • 9.3/10
    Cushioning - 9.3/10
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