Scott Trail Rocket Review

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This is the first Scott shoe I’ve ever tried and I must say, I am pleasantly surprised!

The Scott Trail Rocket has a 19mm heel and a 15mm forefoot – a 4mm drop.

The size 10 registered at 9.6 oz on my scale. This was surprising to me – the shoe felt like a regular trainer – something you could run a substantial number of miles in. It felt like an 11 or 12 oz shoe – but the scale doesn’t lie! Scott markets these as a racer but I think they could be used for training too!

These shoes have a great feel to them. As I stated above, they feel like a traditional trainer. They have a nice soft upper and they hug your foot just the right amount. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have a wide foot, but the Trail Rocket was able to accommodate it.

You could run any distance in these – they felt fast enough to do a 5k but also well-suited for an ultra. I haven’t raced in them but I’d say the ideal distance would be anything from a half marathon to a fifty miler. I think you’d definitely want to keep these on the trails – the reason I say that is the sole – particularly the lugs – felt like they could get a little chewed up on pavement. I actually love the design and the feel of them, I just think they would do best on trails. Finally, these shoes are a little pricey – they go for $130 on Running Warehouse and I think that’s the best price you’ll find right now (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/Scott_Trail_Rocket_Mens_Shoes_Green_Red/descpageMRS-SCTRM1.html).

Pros:
– the weight is great for racing shorter distances or longer distances
– the sole will provide excellent traction on the trails
– the upper is soft and the shoe feels very comfortable
– this feels like a traditional shoe and will provide a nice transition for someone not used to racing shoes

Cons:
– the price – $130 is a little pricey for me
– the appearance – quite frankly, I’m not a fan of the design

Ian Corless, of Talk Ultra, just posted a review of his own that I’ve included below:

http://iancorless.org/2014/02/18/scott-trail-rocket-shoe/

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7 Responses to Scott Trail Rocket Review

  1. This reminded me that I have yet to find a perfect pair for my race!

    xoxo
    Olena

  2. Nick Bradley says:

    Hey, nice review. I found these a little tight in the toe box in my normal size 11.5. So I sized up to a 12 (same as my Peregrine 4 size). How’s the sizing been for you after a few runs? Decent for ultra distances?

    • Jason says:

      Yes, definitely (although I haven’t actually run an ultra in them… yet). Overall, I think this is a great shoe – aside from the appearance, which I don’t love, I don’t really have any complaints!

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