The Brooks Cascadia is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. The multi-directional lugs on the ball of the foot provide deceptively good traction – although, it did really struggle with our East Anglian sludge. Unlike other shoes with hard, widely spaced lugs, the Cascadia doesn’t skate across damp pavement – great if the trails aren’t bang on your doorstep. The tread extends into a toe bumper, providing welcome stub-protection and it feels burly and tough enough for an every-day shoe; Brooks claim the uppers are more durable than the previous model. Despite its weight, it’s a nice shoe to run in, with a good rocker and plenty of cushioning.
One of the comfiest on test but built more for hard tracks than soft trails.