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Facts

Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.3oz | Women: 10.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm
Release date: Aug 2019
Brand: Scott
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $145
Colorways: Black, Blue, Orange, Purple
Size
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85 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | Niall Jordan

    Scott Supertrac 2.0: An almost flawless shoe

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    Although Scott may be better known for their off-road bikes and ski equipment, they do produce a small but carefully curated range of running shoes.  The focus, unsurprisingly given their off-road roots, is on trail shoes.

     

     

    In my book, they consistently produce some of the best outsoles around, even giving Inov-8 a run for their money.

    The trail range is broadly divided into two: the Supertrac and the Kinabalu. The Supertrac 2.0 is a heavier protective shoe whilst the Supertrac is lighter and more race orientated.

    Both share a fairly similar chevron lug pattern, with the Supertrac being the more aggressive. Just to complicate matters, there was also once a Kinabalu Supertrac, and as far as I can tell, it is this that has evolved into the Supertrac 2.0.

    I was a fan of the original Supertrac. Still, Scott has managed to make it even better, thankfully not by adding lots of superfluous pseudo-technology or trying to replicate a road shoe for the trails.

    Instead, the Supertrac 2.0 has been stripped back to the essentials whilst retaining all the best elements. Meanwhile, the bottom unit’s geometry has been improved to tune up the ride.

     

     

    In short, this is the gold standard of how to do an update and has resulted in nothing short of world-class off-road shoe.

    Upper

    At 332g, the weight is decent for such a well-protected robust and durable shoe, but there are comparable lighter options available; if the Supertrac 2.0 could shed 20-30g, it would be very hard to beat.

     

     

    The upper is no-sew mesh with well-placed laminated overlays. There’s a rand made from a rubberised type material running around the shoe, so although it isn’t waterproof, it’s sufficiently impermeable for most conditions.

    For an additional price, there is a Gore-Tex version. But frankly, if you’re sloshing through streams, I never really see the point when the water will seep into the top anyway.

     

     

    The styling becomes more subtle and understated, moving away from the ‘radical’ 90’s mountain bike appearance to 80’s space lego. However, despite the update, the Supertrac 2.0 isn’t a shoe that is going to cross over into casual wear. It’s purely a mountain shoe and all the better for it.

    The upper is a little stiff out of the box, so it’s sensible to go for a couple of short runs before heading out on longer distances. Once broken, the upper is superb.

    Fit

    Once again the new update has an emphasis on performance, the Kinabalu Supertrac was certainly a comfier shoe better suited to slower paces and easier runs. But, now this is a shoe that wants you to push the pace.

     

     

    The Supertrac 2.0 has been streamlined and stripped back removing the extraneous padding. And, as a result, it feels much less roomy and bulky.

    This won’t be to everyone’s taste. Those new to trail running may prefer a more forgiving fit and a softer upper. Meanwhile, for more regular and experienced trail runners, the fit will be welcomed and is much improved.

    Not for the last time, it draws a comparison to some of the best Inov-8 shoes, particularly the X-Talon Ultra 260. However, the heel fit is even better with no slippage on even the most testing descents.

    The padding around the ankle cuff will seem modest compared to some, but it is adequate. The cuff sits low under the ankle, and the Achilles support is notched and well-placed

    The midfoot a little tricky to lockdown due to the lacing set up. I think this could be addressed by bringing the eyelet stays closer together over the top of the foot.

     

     

    Also, the positioning of the lace lop in the tongue is too high, which pulls one lacing row further up towards the ankle. Nevertheless, a bit of adjustment helps to mitigate this, and thankfully, the laces are ideal.

    The toe box is pretty much perfect for this type of shoe. It’s wide enough for longer outings but without losing that performance fit.

    Mid & outsole

    The Supertrac 2.0 upper may be superb, but the mid and outsole unit is really something special.

    Scott has sensibly made few changes to the outsole, keeping the excellent widely spaced aggressive chevron-like arrangement of the lugs. This is similar to that seen on a tractor tyre, surely a good sign if you are looking for plenty of traction.

     

     

    The deep lugs are reasonably slim, making them best suited to soft or looser surfaces. If you want to mix up road and trail during the same run, you might prefer a shoe with broader-based lugs.

    That said, if the outsole rubber is anything like the Kinabalu Supertrac, it will stand up pretty well to stretches of tarmac.

     

     

    There’s no rock plate for you southern softies, but if that terrifies you, the shoe is plenty firm, and the lugs are deep enough to withstand all but the most determined rocks.

    Don’t be misled by the apparent depth of the midsole; A fair proportion of this is sidewall. The stated stack heights are 28mm heel and 21mm.

    The lasting is broad enough to avoid the side walls rubbing in on the edges of the foot. The insole is thick and made to last, and the strobel board/ lasting is a taut, fibrous mesh resulting in a “firm” step in.

    Despite being a stiffer built, there is still good flexibility where it counts particularly around the MTP joints with adequate torsional flexibility. This makes the Supertrac 2.0 stiff enough for rockier surfaces without sacrificing too much agility.

    Ride

    The grip is excellent on any loose surface, soft grass, or mud. And, given the narrow lugs surprisingly capable on an exposed wet rock. You might feel the lugs flex a little on harder surfaces but not enough to be unstable.

    My previous experience with the Supertrac outsole is that it is perfect in snow and especially good along the camber of a hill.

     

     

    The outsole sheds mud well. But, although it’s more of an annoyance than a problem, the vertical ridges along the midsole seem to serve little purpose other than to collect mud, which they do, a lot.

    The standout update is the eRide. In a lot of shoes, a rocker arrangement or aggressive toe spring is scarcely noticeable.

     

     

    Scott has really nailed it in the Supertrac 2.0. The rocker is superb on firm surfaces and especially good uphill when it aids a rapid transition to toe-off. If anything, the eRide had me running faster than I intended, not a bad complaint to make.

    The lasting is wide and straight, and the reasonably firm heel counter make this a stable shoe without the need for any extra stability gimmicks.

    The EVA Aerofoam+ midsole is great and compliments the eRide perfectly. Although it couldn’t be described as soft, it provides firm, protective cushioning enough cushioning for longer runs of 2-3 hours or more without any issues.

    The Supertrac 2.0 feels efficient and reactive, especially at moderate paces and above.

    Conclusion

     

     

    Based on previous experience and the mileage already put on the Supertrac 2.0, this is expected to be a very durable shoe providing the road mileage is minimal.

    The Scott Supertrac 2.0 should prove a very versatile shoe for all but the fastest runners who may prefer to opt for a lighter shoe for racing.

    Some runners may be tempted to pass over the Supertrac 2.0 as it lacks some of the cushy underfoot appeal of other shoes. Please don’t. This is a truly superb shoe. At £110 it isn’t cheap but represents excellent value for money.

     

     

    As the score reflects the Supertrac 2.0 is almost faultless, the newly stripped back upper, eRide rocker and top-class grip combine to create the perfect bad weather trail shoe.

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  • 78 / 100 | Elliot Kortenray

    Scott Supertrac 2.0: Pure traction on trail but avoid pavement at all costs

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    The Scott Supertrac 2.0 is a mountain focused trail shoe that offers incredible traction on both mud and rock. The deep lugs keep you moving even on the toughest terrain.

     

     

    It gives you the confidence to corner at pace or hit a hill with everything you have. But, if you’re starting from the road rather than the car park of a trail, don’t expect a plush ride. 

    The Supertracs are light on cushioning and support but do provide protection from rugged terrain and the elements—just make sure to wear them in before hitting a long trail.

    Upper

    The Scott Supertrac 2.0 has an attractive and protective upper. They provide sections that are waterproof and others that are resistant to water, which makes running through puddles or rain more enjoyable than most shoes.

    There is a tightness to the upper. It takes some time to break this down and bend the shoes in until then. Your foot will feel restricted at first, but once you get past this, they start to feel a lot more comfortable.

    Ankle support is one area that these shoes lack. It can be quite easy to misjudge a branch or rock at speed and end up with a twist or a bit of pain in your ankle.

    Midsole

    The Supertrac 2.0s don’t provide much in the way of support. But, once worn in, they do give just enough cushioning to last on mid-distance run.

    I wouldn’t wear these over a half marathon distance as I don’t feel they provide enough for those longer distances.

     

     

    During my first and second wear, I did experience a hot spot on my arch, which ended up causing quite a large blister. After wearing these more and wearing thicker socks, this is no longer an issue but is something to watch out for during the embedding phase.

    Fit

    Initially, these felt a bit tight. I always get 9.5 UK in running shoes, and I was concerned that these would cause some issues after covering a few runs.

    Thankfully, with thicker socks, they started to loosen up. They now feel fitted but not tight, given a snug feel.

    Outsole

    The intensity of the lugs on the bottom and front of these trail shoes are great. They are deep and rugged, giving a true feeling of grip across any trail. In my runs, I’ve been able to trust the grip fully, whether it be at a fast parkrun with lots of twists and turns or up and down rocky hills. 

     

     

    The sole is thick enough and provides enough protection to ensure that anything you may come across won’t affect your feet. Sharp rocks or branches are no match for the bottom of these.

    And, if you happen to hit a root, the front lug and protection ensure you don’t end up stubbing your toes.

    One challenge is, depending on the mud, these can pick up and hold onto a large amount, making them heavy. And those faster times, this isn’t a showstopper but can cause some annoyance depending on the terrain you cover.

     

    Pros

    • Easy to clean
    • Deep lugs for excellent traction
    • Water-resistant and waterproof parts of upper
    • Tongue kept in place by dual lace holes
    • Extremely protective bottom and front 

    Cons

    • Takes time to wear in
    • Harsh on concrete
    • Can collect mud making them heavy
    • Hot spots on arches due to tightness
    • Not much support for pronation
    • Minimal cushioning for those longer runs

    Conclusion

    If you’re looking to tackle trails, either through a forest or up a mountain, these shoes will deliver the grip you need to trust every push off and drive forwards without feeling like you’re stuck in one spot or on a slip and slide as you turn each corner.

     

     

    If you are more likely to have a mix of trail and road in your run, then these wouldn’t be my first choice. Many crossover shoes would work better for this.

    These shoes are perfect for a winter parkrun (you can see the state of them after one below), giving unparalleled grip over shorter distances.

    I wouldn’t travel much further than a half marathon, but if it’s all trail for you, without too much road in between, these are a solid option. However, these are not the best on the market at this price point.

    Overall, it is a solid shorter distance trail shoe for rock or forests, but they wouldn’t be my first choice when selecting a pair.

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  • 73 / 100 | Simon's Running Reviews | | Level 1 expert

    ...All and all, it performed really well...

  • 95 / 100 | Northern Runner | | Level 2 expert

    In summary I think that the Scott Supertrac 2.0 is hard to beat in terms of versatility and this version is the best yet due to the increased flexibility in the forefoot of the shoe.

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  • The Scott Supertrac 2.0 features premium racing technologies that provide runners with a supportive platform for their trail running adventures. This running shoe features a new insole for smoother landings and transitions. 
  • The second edition of the Scott Supertrac utilizes a lighter and more breathable upper mesh that is designed to provide a comfortable fit. The no-sew construction also helps prevent rubbing and irritations. 
  • In the outsole of the shoe is the All Terrain Traction rubber. This highly durable material has a configuration that helps the runner stay in control of every step. 
  • The Supertrac 2.0 now offers an 8 mm drop, which is higher compared to its predecessor.  

Featuring a form-fitting tongue and traditional lacing system, the Scott Supertrac 2.0 guarantees a comfortable running experience. This running gear was designed using the standard shoe measurement to accommodate the usual choices of runners when it comes to size. However, it is advisable to fit the shoe first to ensure the right fit. 

The All Terrain Traction outsole is incorporated in this trail running shoe. The extremely durable rubber outsole is designed to retain all of its properties for a long period of time. 

Completing the outsole is the strategic lug configuration that provides superior traction not only in dry technical terrain but also in deep mud. The lugs are designed to dig into the ground and offer additional support by providing a firm base to take off from. 

The strategically oriented chevrons positioned all around the forefoot are designed to provide support and stability during long-distance running. 

The eRide rocker shape midsole helps increase the running efficiency by converting heavy impacts into rebounds, helping the runner save energy to go further. This component encourages a more dynamic running position while providing a good amount of cushioning and protection. 

Engineered EVA is also an important component of the midsole. This material is responsible for providing a soft and responsive ride. It is designed to absorb shocks and bumps from uneven terrain. EVA foam is also present in the Altra Torin 3.0 and New Balance FuelCell Rebel.

Scott Supertrac 2.0 also features a higher drop at 8mm which is designed to constantly push the runner in a more forward-leaning position. 

A breathable and lightweight mesh is used in the upper of the Supertrac 2.0. It keeps the foot cool and moisture-free by allowing the air to constantly flow in and out of the shoe. The upper is constructed with a no-sew design to prevent irritation caused by rubbing and chafing. The sides of the upper are also protected by a firmer material that instantly absorbs heavy forces and bumps. 

For a more comfortable and secured fit, the traditional lacing system is used. It allows the runner to adjust the fit around the heel collar and midfoot section. 

The Scott running shoe also features a form-fitting tongue that provides additional comfort and protection to the foot. 

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