ASICS Men's GEL-Scout Trail Running Shoe,Black/Horizon Blue/Orange (8.5, Black/Horizon Blue/Orange)
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- Claimed Weight: [single] 12.1 oz
- Midsole: Solyte
- Closure: laces
- Support Type: stability
- Upper Material: synthetic
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Even though it's the new guy, the Asics Men's GEL Scout Running Shoe utilizes the same trusted GEL cushioning technology and ultralight midsole material that made Asics' road shoes so popular. Trail-specific features like an aggressively lugged sole, gusseted tongue, and rock protection plate make this the perfect shoe for your daily run through the park or long treks deep into the woods. This is the ideal shoe for trail runners with normal to medium-high arches and provides enough support for a wide range of pronation needs.
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- ASIN: B00BFAWROQ
- Item model number: T2C2N-9043-8.5
- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 13, 2013
- Average Customer Review:
Top Customer Reviews
Asics 2140/trail => Brooks Cascadia 5 => Saucony Progrid Peregrine 2 => Asics Gel-Scout
I am a marathon/ultra marathon runner who went the minimalist route (after Born To Run) for a bit with Vibrams and NB minimus but realized my body is not built that way! After a hair line fracture last year I'm back with Asics wondering why I ever left!
Plenty of cushion, protection and support on rocky trails.
The shoe has a nice thick sole.
The bottom lugs ensure no slip grip on most surfaces (haven't tried wet boulders/rocks yet).
The rock plate is a dream! Why can't this be standard in all trail shoes?
Incredible comfort. From the plush tongue and ankle cushions to the breathable mesh. For me, they are true to size but I have small bony feet...
Stony trails feel like running on carpet. As long as the trail is not technical you don't have to think where to plant your feet.
They are a little heavy and "clunky" at times. They ride high so sometimes you don't "feel the road". I'd rather this than another fracture so it's a plus for me!
The colors. It's indeed bright and flashy but honestly you buy shoes for the ride right? These will deliver with flying colors.
So far I've logged 50+ miles and they show no signs of wear. I don't see why I won't get the full 500 out of them :)
Enjoy the run!
I'm at 150+ miles and these are by far my favorite pair of shoes. Comfy ride with tons of traction. The lugs are thick and grip the ground nicely but are spaced in such a way that you don't bring stones in with you after. If only I bought more pairs... now the price has gone up!
My foot is apparently just wider than most D shoes, but good luck finding 2EE in most brand/styles and 4EE was just too wide. I had a hard time also with the heel cup being too small in most shoes I tried on. New Balance and Sacouny's tended to have wider heel cups (compared to Salomon/Adidas), but the toe box width wasn't quite there. I ended up with a half size larger to get the width right, but the Asics Gel-Scouts were just right.
The heel-to-toe drop is in the ~8mm range, but felt closer to 12mm. The tongue has a nifty flap to tuck your laces up into to keep them from dangling around and coming loose. The light blue color is more prominent in person than on the picture available on amazon, but I learned looks have to come second when trying to find a shoe you're going to put a lot of time on.
The insole is pretty thin and has a lot of mesh covered holes. I assume to allow better drainage / breathing, but you can replace them as you can with any.
The only negative I have is that the sole out of the box is pretty slippery on wet and smooth surfaces. I noticed it some even on concrete side walks, but it appears to have subsided after getting worn in some.
I just completed my first Goruck Challenge in these bad boys. 12.5 hours and 19.5 miles with at least 40lbs on my back at all times. This exceeded my previous farthest ruck by 9.5 miles and not a HINT of plantar fasciitis the next day. My first pair of Asics and I'm very impressed.
Shoes that didn't make the cut:
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra2 - I wanted these to work, but the heel cup was way too small and the toe box very narrow. Even the wider width didn't resolve those issues and the cost almost double these. Was also worried about drainage issues (GRC guarantees full submersion)
Saucony Peregrine 3.0 - My next choice, very nice shoes, but were slightly tighter across the toe box. Enough to notice side by side with the Gel Scouts
Saucony Xodus 4.0 - Very nice shoes, toe box was slightly smaller than the Peregrines. Look awesome though
New Balance 1210 - Toe box issues as well
New Balance MO790s - Hiking/trail runner that I liked, but again, toe box width and possible drainage issues kept me away
Hope this helps.
EDIT: product page clarifies these have a ~8mm drop, it just felt much more when compared to 4mm drop Saucony's I had with me.
Aside from this, these are very comfortable shoes. I've been running mostly off road in some pretty bad trail conditions (rocky and deep wet mud) and have been pleased with the comfort but the durability is not what I expect in a shoe this expensive. These are breathable and light enough from my perspective, but I am a bigger guy. (225lbs)