Brooks Caldera 2

Women’s 225 g (7.9 oz.) Men’s 255 g (9 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 4 mm $160

Canadian Running - - GEAR -

The Caldera is Brooks’ lighter, more flex­i­ble take on a trail run­ning shoe, al­beit with max cush­ion­ing and a toothy out­sole for muddy foot­ing. Ver­sion two leaves the out­sole and mid­sole pretty much as it was in its ini­tial in­car­na­tion. The BioMoGo DNA mid­sole is still there (and su­per soft for long, easy runs in the woods), as is the hexag­o­nal out­sole pat­tern, which our testers felt worked well.

Where you see the big changes in ver­sion two is in the to­tally re­designed up­per. The Caldera 2 now fea­tures a much lighter mesh con­struc­tion with lam­i­nate strips to create the proper fit around the metatarsals of the foot. This new up­per vastly im­proves the over­all fit and re­spon­sive­ness of the Caldera, mak­ing it a near per­fect, full-cush­ion­ing trail ride.

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