Little Runner Gal

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Review: Brooks Cascadia 9 Trail Shoes

I’m one of those winter runners. One of those people that look forward to the dark nights, frosty mornings and, more importantly, the mud!

It might be because the first race I trained for was a trail marathon, and consequently I’ve spent hundreds of miles running through the local woodland with my cousin. Or that the Brutal off road races and the Thames Valley Cross Country league last winter were some of the best times I’ve had running so far. Whatever it is, I love an excuse to get out trail running. Sploshing in the puddles and coming back caked in mud is my kind of therapy.

Last winter I ran in Brooks Cascadia 8 trainers and found them to be perfect for my marathon, cross country and the road runs in between, so when I got the Cascadia 9 trainers for this winter I was hoping they’d be as good.

Firstly the newer version boasts a lower heel and flat laces. Apart from that, the design is pretty much the same to its predecessor.

The full spec of the shoe can be seen here http://www.brooksrunning.com/en_gb/brooks-cascadia-9-womens-trail-running-shoes/1201531B545.070.html

I’ve been out countless times in the shoes now, since receiving them a couple of months ago, so here’s what I think.

Look

I’ve got the ‘Festival Fuchsia / Fiery Coral Pink / Midnight Blue’ pair – bit of a mouthful but they look good. Nice colour and everything coordinates. There are 2 other female colour options and 3 for the guys too. If you’re anything like me (I go looking for the mud & puddles) then they probably won’t look spotless for long, but that’s the idea right?!

I like the look of the soles, not too chunky but enough that they’ll keep you fixed the terrain. I probably would have made them one of the colours of the shoe, rather than white, but it’s no biggie.

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Fit

As always, I get my trainers in a ½ size up, and these fit great. If anything, there’s a bit more room than I’m used to, in my road shoes, around the front of the foot. Not enough to rub though, it’s actually really comfortable. My feet are pretty average in width, so I’d think anyone with slightly wider feet would still feel comfortable in these. Otherwise it’s just more room for the dirt and water to slosh about in, in my case!

Features

To me, the most important feature of a trail shoe is the sole and this one doesn’t disappoint. Great grip and stability, and doesn’t get too clogged up with the mud that you inevitably end up wading through on the trails. It’s as comfortable in the puddles as on the shingle. I can’t say that the flatter laces have made much of a difference to me, but they certainly do the job! They are nicely water resistant but not fully waterproof (and don’t claim to be) so you will end up with wet feet if you’re submerging them in water, but I’ve not had an rubbing from this so far.

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Running

Much like their predecessors, they’re getting me through Brutal, Grim, Cross Country and trail training very well this season. They’re great to run in, comfy, stable and no issues so far. They dry off and clean up nicely and continue to be a fast and reliable trail option.

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Tried and tested at the Aldershot Grim 8 miler!

I’m really pleased I opted for these from Brooks, and I did CHOOSE these. They’ve lived up to the name and exceeded expectations. Looks like I’ll be investing in the same next season as well then!

Happy trail running!

LRG x

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