Named for an ancient volcano in Oregon, the new Brooks Mazama is synonymous with trail adventures. Though it’s the lightest Brooks trail shoe to date, it’s no lightweight when it comes to handling its share of rugged trails. The upper is semi-open mesh with 3D-printed overlays for structure and a thermoplastic toe bumper for protection.
A stiffer, closed mesh forms a full rand for durability and an additional (slim) layer between you and the trail. The thin and flexible gussetted tongue seals the upper from trail debris. The midsole consists of two layers of foam; both are responsively firm. The top layer, in the forefoot and nearest the foot, allows good flexibility without feeling too stiff. The bottom layer sand- wiches a propulsion plate, which works with the outersole for a snappy feel, and doubles as a rock shield. The outersole features a lug pattern that’s never been seen in a Brooks trail shoe. The forefoot features a network of spines running longitudinally and interspersed with toothy lugs. Open cavities between the lugs keep it light and the rock shield allows the negative space to create additional traction without losing the protection of a uniformly thick sole. The heel is solid rubber, but the forefoot and rearfoot flex independently in response to uneven ground. The Mazama has a snug, almost racer-like fit, a firm responsive ride, and great traction which earned it our award for Best Trail Shoe.
“Nice fit; snug, but not too snug. Good flex and really digs in on the traction. They were my first choice for fast trail running.”
Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–12
Weight: 10.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 8.2 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Stobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics