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The best selling shoe model in the trail category should continue to flourish in this 5th iteration The Cascadia 5 retains the same midsole/outsole from last year's shoe, which delivers great traction, balance and cushioning. Compared to previous versions, the Cascadia 5 is more breathable and offers better drainage. A true trail performer for serious trail runners.

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How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Mid-foot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low height

Weight: 12.6 oz (size 9)

Midsole Height: Heel (22mm), Forefoot (10mm)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: February 2010
  • Model discontinued: January 2011
  • Model update: February 2011, Cascadia 6
  • Heritage: Cascadia 4



The Cascadia 5 is a moderate feature, moderate neutral trail shoe designed for racing, daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • Hydroflow ST is located in the heel and is a cushioning device which consists of a chamber filled with viscous fluid. Hydroflow ST is designed to attenuate shock, dampen impact forces and provide added heel stability.
  • Forefoot Hydroflow is located where the metatarsal head region of the foot rests in the shoe. Forefoot Hydroflow is designed to attenuate shock and dampen forces.
  • BioMoGo is Brook's premium midsole material. BioMoGo is designed to offer resilient cushioning and extends the full length of the midsole. BioMoGo is also environmentally friendly, as it will biodegrade 50 times faster in a landfill compared to traditional foam midsoles.
  • Heel Pivot System comprises of independent medial-laterial posts shaped to reduce the destabilizing effect of trail irregularities.
  • Forefoot Pivot System is located under the lateral side of the metatarsals and is shaped to adapt to varied terrain surfaces to help keep the shoe from toppling over.
  • Element Mesh is a moisture-managing, breathable mesh that covers large expanses of the upper.
  • Hydrophobic Foam Package is designed to keep the feet dry.
  • Microfiber and Synthetic Overlays are strategically located with the purpose of providing a secure fit.
  • Element Linings lie along the underside of the upper to aid in moisture transfer and comfort.
  • Internal Support Saddle is located in the midfoot with the purpose of providing a more secure midfoot fit.
  • Traditional Sockliner
  • Cushole S-257 Last utilizes a full length layer of advanced foam to provide cushioning and flexibility.
  • HPR Green is located throughout the outsole and is a durable compound made with dispersed silica resulting in increased traction and skid-resistance. The lug pattern is bi-directional with unique perimeter and interior designs for great traction on uphill/downhill running and a variety of surfaces.
  • Ballistic Rock Shield is sandwiched between the HPR Green outsole and BioMoGo midsole. The shield is composed of a thermoplastic EVA sheath and placed under the forefoot to protect against stone bruising.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I like the Cascadia 5 as a great all around trail running shoe that I can also run on roads in.  My only complaints are that the laces are a little thick and a little short and there's no tongue pocket to tuck the laces into like on some of my other shoes.  These are very comfortable, cushy but not mushy, and stable on short and long runs over a variety of terrain.
From: Weldon, San Diego, CA, USA

Comments: The Cascadia 5 has a good road shoe feel, but a bit high off the ground for good trail stability and very poor lateral support for serious trail running.  Very good cushioning with the Cascadia.  Mizuno ascend is the opposite of this shoe in that it is extremely stable with great support, but a bit clunky.  tradeoffs for sure.
From: Harry, San Diego, CA, USA