Men's Shoes Brooks

Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX

Features

Go ahead and jump in the puddles with the Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX.

Brooks took their flagship Cascadia 16 trail shoe and added a lightweight GORE-TEX upper that gives you full waterproof coverage. The lightweight GORE-TEX Invisible Fit membrane is bonded directly to the upper for a light, flexible fit that keeps your feet warm and dry.

Mud and debris will stay out of your shoes thanks to a gusseted tongue construction and gaiter tab on the heel that secures trail gaiters for extra protection. This shoe also contains drainage ports so water can escape quickly if you step into a creek that goes up to your knees.

These trail shoes are ready for technical terrain. Brooks enhanced the adaptability of the shoe by changing the midsole and outsole construction to allow it to mold easily to the ground, improving the stable ride. They added more release grooves in the midsole to help running on rough ground and the TrailTack rubber outsole provides wet-dry traction so you can run through puddles or snow. One reviewer said “I wouldn’t be afraid to take these on an extremely rocky trail. The tread is grippy and reminds me of aggressive tires you’d want on an off-road vehicle, but it’s just in a great shoe.”

They also updated the Ballistic Rock Shield, including vertical grooves to protect against pebbles and rocks while adapting to uneven terrain.

Brooks made the Cascadia even softer by adding their new DNA Loft v2 to the midsole and 2mm of extra foam to the midsole for added comfort. This makes it 5% softer and 20% lighter than previous versions. Perfect for those long trail runs or hikes.

The softness and cushion of the Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX combined with the outsole and GORE-TEX waterproof upper make it the perfect trail shoe for beginners and experienced trail runners alike.

Want to learn more about the Brooks Cascadia 16, check out our video review on the non GORE-TEX version and learn how the shoe glides over any type of terrain.

Tech Specs

Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX

Weight

10.2oz (W), 11.5oz (M)

Drop

8 mm

Category

Trail

Use

Trail Running

Surface

Technical and Non-Technical Trails

What’s New + -

The Cascadia 16 GTX has the same updates as the Cascadia 16. ​​It has been updated to be more cushioned and adaptable than ever before. DNA Loft v2 foam is lighter and softer than previous models, and designers added an extra 2 mm of foam to the midsole for even more shock absorption and cushion. Release grooves in the midsole and outsole help the shoe deal with technical terrain while still providing you the stability you need. Plus, an updated rock plate gives you extra protection from rocks and debris.

Who It’s Best For + -

This is a very adaptable trail shoe for people who want to make sure their feet stay dry and warm. Perfect for the snow or mud, this is a great beginner trail shoe, but can also go the distance for experienced trail runners. It is perfect for those day hikes to see the fall leaves or running up mountains in ultramarathons.

Why You’ll Love It + -

You will be aiming for the puddles instead of avoiding them with the Cascadia 16 GTX. The added cushion and redesigned midsole, rockplate and outsole will have you traversing uneven terrain with ease.