BROOKS CALDERA 3
This is the 3rd generation of what quickly became Brook's the best trail shoe. Not surprisingly, the new Caldera 3 performed well on the trails.
Wide toe box
No rock plate
Not built for rocky or slippery terrain
6.7oz / 190g
7.8oz / 221g
The tread is not as aggressive as the Cascadia (link to review) which becomes more evident in muddy conditions. Best on softer, but not too technical trail. If this shoe had a rock plate, it would be a real workhorse but that would also make it a little heavier and stiffer so it’s a compromise.
I average about 600km per pair which, for a lower drop (less stack height) shoe, is pretty good. While I haven’t had issues, I know some folks have complained about the upper splitting near the pinky toe.
Really outstanding – this shoe feels ready to go as soon as you lace it up!
Love the built-in gaiter tab at the heel. Not sure why they bothered with the lace garage as it's set in too close to the laces to make any use of.
I have worn this shoe since it’s original version and while I prefer the wider toe box of the original, it’s still my go-to trail shoe. The toe box is still wide enough for me and the way it hugs my mid-foot make it a stellar choice for the trails I train on.
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