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Brooks Catamount Trail Shoe | Review

With its nitrogen infused midsole and responsive feel, this is a shoe that we’ve found to be made for fast-paced trail running

Why we chose them: comfortable, speedy, responsive

The Catamount was originally designed to equip Brooks’s elite racers for the Western States 100 ultramarathon, the world’s oldest 100-mile race and one that’s mainly characterised by dry and dusty trails. It’s a trail running shoe built for speed, with a number of aspects that’ll prick the ears of competitive trail runners, most notably its midsole. 

Brooks’s DNA Flash foam is used here, the same tech that’s featured in the brand’s super fast and hugely popular road shoe, the Hyperion Tempo. What’s so special about this is that it has nitrogen infused within it with the purpose of creating a responsive feel.

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

What’s The Brooks Catamount Best Suited To?

While, like we said, it might be made with the dry and dusty trails of California in mind, the Brooks Catamount can also cross over onto other types of running conditions. The design of the sole unit will suit runs on moderate trails, especially those that are hard packed. It’ll also suit runs that might involve road to trail transitions.

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson
Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

Sole Unit Design

The sole unit will suit those who run either with a heel or midfoot strike due to its 6mm drop from heel to toe and fairly large stack height of 35mm at the heel and 29mm at the forefoot. As well as that DNA Flash foam, there’s also a hardened EVA that forms the rock plate. This not only blocks out sharp stuff on the trail but also contributes to the slight stiffness of the sole unit.

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

The outsole features Brooks’s sticky and slightly soft TrailTak rubber with 3.5mm lugs. It’s not the most aggressive of treads out there then but enough to grip on moderate trails.

As you can see, there’s a slight curve at the forefoot, giving a slight forward rock and contributing to the fast feel.

The Upper

The upper has a simple look and feel to it, mainly featuring just a breathable mesh with TPU overlays at the base and around the toes to protect the fabric. Also at the base, there are narrow slits to allow drainage.

OM tester Raji using the Brooks Catamount in Snowdonia. Photo: Chris Johnson

The tongue is lightly padded and is gusseted, with its sides attaching to the midsole to give a protective, wraparound fit. There’s a little elastic pocket at the top of the tongue where you can tuck away excess lacing and you also get a little Velcro-fastened tab on the heel so you can attach a gaiter.

Brooks Catamount Trail Shoe

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