Canadian Running

Brooks Caldera 2

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


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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