Our verdict


The ASICS Trail Scout is significantly cheaper compared to other trail running shoes, but it offers decent performance on light to moderate trail surfaces. If you are looking for a shoe that can survive the rugged terrain with better foot protection, consider the ASICS Gel FujiTrabuco or trail shoes from Salomon.


  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent outsole traction
  • Supportive upper
  • Stable platform
  • No break-in
  • Simple color schemes


  • Stiff and lacks cushioning
  • Not durable
  • Tight toebox

Who should buy the ASICS Trail Scout

The Trail Scout is one of the few affordable trail shoes that offer decent performance. It is not the most aggressive model on the market but does the job for moderate trails and slow-paced runs.

ASICS Trail Scout Mouth opening

Who should NOT buy the shoe

Due to its lack of cushioning, this ASICS shoe is recommended for people who need extra underfoot comfort and support. This could be either due to conditions like plantar fasciitis or simply because they prefer nicer cushioning. If that's your case, consider getting Brooks Divide 3 or New Balance Nitrel v4.

Firm and steady ride

The shoe's dense midsole paired with supportive midfoot panels gives the foot a steady platform to lean on. Runners appreciated that the shoe feels low to the ground and keeps them surefooted.

On the downside, more than a few people found the ride not very cushioned and stiff. It's not the shoe for really long miles.

ASICS Trail Scout Midsole

Very lightweight on the foot

With its modest weight of 9.6 oz (272 g) per shoe, the Trail Scout is 9% lighter than trail running shoes on average (10.5 oz / 298 g).

Best for narrow-to-average feet

The toebox on the ASICS Trail Scout turned out to be tighter than expected for more than a few people. Even someone who got the shoe in Extra Wide complained that it was "the tightest extra wide [he has] ever experienced."

On the bright side, for people with average-sized and narrower feet, the shoe fits just fine. It required no breaking in and was comfortable straight from the box.

ASICS Trail Scout Insole

Reliable grip of the Trail Scout

Based on the runners' feedback, the shoe has a durable rubber outsole with a decent tread pattern that offers reliable traction on both dry and wet surfaces.

What's more, one reviewer pointed out that the tread cleans itself out on mucky terrain.

ASICS Trail Scout Outsole

ASICS Trail Scout is a very affordable trail shoe

Given that the average price of trail running shoes is $130, the Trail Scout is a steal for $60. Of course, its durability and performance cannot be compared to the more expensive models but based on the runners' feedback, it delivers solid value for its price.

Not the best quality out there

More than a few people have complained about the shoe's upper being too flimsy. It developed holes and ripped within the first months of use. The laces appear to be another weak part of the shoe, getting shredded too easily.

On a brighter note, the shoe's outsole turns out to be more durable than the rest of the shoe.

ASICS Trail Scout Upper