Ilove to run because it might be the most simple of all sports, especially with the gear-intensive pursuits of your typical Aspen local. But you might as well have a good pair of trail shoes to handle the varied terrain one encounters around here.
The Brooks Cascadia 6 were just my second pair of running shoes, and they were a big step up. Stability is the main word that comes to mind here. These things are practically indestructible. The sole of the shoe is firm, yet the dual independent pivot system allows for flex when the ground isn’t smooth. These shoes are most at home bounding from rock to rock going up the Hunter Creek gorge. You could play drums on the solid heel plate. The exterior is encased in a breathable mesh that is practically weightless, and overall, the shoe comes in at a lean 2 pounds. Inside, the Cascadia features Brooks’ DNA cushioning, which claims to adapt to any foot. Mine is wide and relatively flat, and I’ve found the comfort level to be high. We’re now into the tenth month of use, my Cascadia 6s and I, and besides a little dirt, the things still look like new.
The shoe is also designed with sustainability in mind, and Brooks says the material in the sole will decompose 50 percent faster in the landfill than other shoes. So I have that going for me, which is nice.
Bonus trivia: While I’m not sure this is what Brooks had in mind with the name, the word “Cascadia” refers to the proposed country and independence movement for the Pacific Northwest region encompassing parts of Oregon, Wash. and British Columbia. Fight the power!
Going from a $45 pair of Costco-bought joggers to these really helped me step up my running game. The Cascadia 6s may not be the best on pavement, but they crave dirt, and will accommodate any extra spring you can put in your step.
Get Your Own:
The Brooks Cascadia 6 is available at Aspen Sports on the Cooper Avenue mall for $110.