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Massive traction in a lightweight, fully-featured package.
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.
- Mesh upper is well ventilated, highly durable, and features a reinforced toe bumper
- Tongue uses a gusseted construction that prevents rocks and debris from filling your shoe
- Lace pocket keeps the ends of your laces where you can't trip over them while running
- Midsole is made of dual-density foam that provides support and stabilizes your footstrike on uneven terrain
- Solyte midsole material is ultralight and extra durable
- GEL cushioning system in the rearfoot and forefoot absorbs shock when your foot hits the ground so you get the smoothest transition from heel to toe
- Heel Clutching System is an external heel counter that provides additional heel support through rough, uneven terrain
- Rigid, internal plate protects your feet from sharp rocks and hazards on the trail
- Wet Grip Outsole is made of a blend of organic and synthetic materials that offer increased traction on wet, slippery, and loose surfaces
- Outsole is reinforced with high abrasion rubber in critical areas
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Comfortable but not durable
I wear a few pairs of Asics for running and normal use and these fit as expected. They are a lot more comfortable than a barebones trail runner, but not as cushy as something like a GT Trail. The advantage to these is feeling contact with what you are running on with just enough cushion. They are definitely not appropriate for road use or everyday wear. The tread is too aggressive for off-trail, but on-trail I never experienced a situation where they slipped unexpectedly.
I backpacked around the Siskiyou mountains in these shoes and unfortunately in the first couple of days' torture, the mesh near the toes started to rip. This is a common complaint among reviews I have read. Also, after a scree scramble, some of the tread started to separate from the shoe.
They aren't waterproof at all. I sprayed them with some waterproofing spray and it helps them repel light rain and morning dew, and they also stayed dry during a sleet/snow/rain mix. But in a heavy downpour these get soaked.
In all these are extremely comfortable trail shoes with good support and that fit well with plenty of room in the toes, but they are not durable enough for me to buy them again. Asics needs to make some revisions for the next model.
Good shoe for running and they look good
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I really like running on trails with these but they aren't good for running on flat areas. If you run on flat area's then the tread moves around a little because they are made for off road trail running. I have ran with these on a road and on a treadmill before just to see what they are like, you can do it but you can feel the tread moving a little under your feet.
My feet don't move around in these shoes and they are very lite. I like these a lot.
I have the orange, blue, black shoes and they look really cool.
I'm trying to get a sense as to whether...
I'm trying to get a sense as to whether or not this would be a decent shoe to run in during the winter months. Specifically, will the upper shed water and light snow, or is my foot going to get soaked? Will the winter wind whistle right through the upper? Trying to avoid frozen feet...
Hey Joe, thanks for the question. This probably wouldn't be your best bet for a winter shoe, it has no water resistance or water proofing. You want to check out shoes with GTX (Gore-Tex Membrane) in the title, there are also many other types of shoes that offer water resistance or a fabric similar to Gore-Tex. I suggest checking out these to start. Feel free to chat or call in for more suggestions.