As Bret Michaels once said, “every rose has its thorn.” 2020 has been one of those years where it seems like they are in great supply.
While there are certainly challenges to the world that we struggle with daily, it is important to remember that we may be limited in our interactions, though communally, we can still commune with nature. We have the time now for some much-needed self-reflection and care.
Coming off of my first marathon victory in 6 years earlier on in our journey through the covid wilderness, before the darker times we’ve seen come and go, it has been a challenge to return to a normal fitness routine in a world that is anything but normal.
While the timing was not on my side with the arrival of the RC2’s for the very truncated racing season I was able to experience this year, a great deal of interesting insights into the shoes’ versatility presented themselves over the course of some invigorating fall runs, hikes and various cross-training activities.
While I found the shoe to be a striking and advanced trail-blazing hot rod, this model could still use a bit of a tuneup.
Upper & fit
The first thing one notices about the SuperTrac RC2 (much like most performance trail shoes) is the amount of tech poured into the design of the upper half of the shoe.
Much as Lieutenant Dan exhorted PFC Gump to care for his feet, the folks at Scott focused on making sure that this shoe’s fabrics and overlays accomplish two difficult to reconcile tasks well in tandem: keep the foot insulated while not saturated.
In some competitor models (such as the GTX series Ghost from Brooks, Lone Peak from Altra, and the Terrex series from Adidas, to name a few), you get to pick either one or the other. The SuperTrac RC2 boasts Cold Black insulatory and treated fabric throughout the full length of the shoe.
This technology, which uses the black color of the shoe to maintain/dissipate heat as well as reduce exposure of more sensitive skin to friction at the midfoot and in the toe box.
It was a highlight of a shoe made for the fall weather we’ve seen recently in the Midwest. In addition, while the shoe is not waterproof, the upper is treated to be water-resistant.
Combined with well apportioned and positioned TPU overlays, it does take a pretty damp day or traipsing through the morning dew on a mid-distance trail run to give your feet a moderate soaking in this shoe.
When I did (as invariably happens with my morning workouts), the shoe dries very quickly, sometimes within just an hour or two, much quicker than competitor models such as the RunVenture from Topo or the SpeedGoat from Hoka One One.
Despite this level of tech and attention to detail, the upper does have some limitations. Being a shoe designed for racing, the SuperTrac RC2 is built on a narrow racing last.
While reports on the initial model indicate that they’ve opened up the toe box slightly, it could stand a little more of an anatomical shaping to allow for full toe splay through the gait cycle.
The heel counter is extremely well-built. Though it boasts a modicum of foam padding and a velour-like feel on the inside of the shoe, it nonetheless provided a modicum of support and still holds up after miles on the track, trail, and across terrain during my morning hikes and disc golf rounds.
The best small tweak to this shoe that I loved best in the upper, though, is located on the tongue of the shoe.
While not quite a burrito tongue like you’ll find in some Brooks or Nike offerings, the SuperTrac RC2 does boast interlacing loops into the tongue of the shoe that the laces feed through to improve the fit of the midfoot to the upper as well as providing a secure fit to avoid friction over the tongue to the top of the foot.
This can be troublesome on the trail, especially for the longer runs and those who are Ultra enthusiasts.
In sum, if you like a locked down fit in the forefoot of your racing shoe, or you prefer a snug fit to secure the foot when on the technical trails, you will enjoy the upper in this shoe.
Insole & cushioning system
One unique feature that I noticed immediately with the SuperTrac RC2 is the tackiness of the insole. When I first slid the shoes on, the insole grips the foot in a way uncommon to most of my trail training and racing shoes.
This was very welcome when the shoe did get damp in the later miles of my longer recovery runs of up to 4-5 miles through the state park near my home.
For those looking for versatility out of the shoe, it also benefited my disc golf game by keeping my forefoot more securely planted in the shoe when driving or following through in my putting stroke.
In terms of the cushioning system, the shoe feels adequately cushioned with standard EVA with a responsive strobel under the insole. The toe spring is very stiff and responsive.
Combined with a one-piece outsole, the trade-off is a very inflexible shoe for those seeking not only to feel the terrain underfoot but also allow the foot to flow with it. This shoe definitely falls more into the support category versus the ground feel realm.
The heel to toe offset on the SuperTrac RC2 is a mere 5mm, which is well below the industry standard, If you tend to have issues with your Achilles, or have trouble switching between shoe models, you may notice a tightness in the calf if you transition to this shoe from a standard offset.
Conversely, if you are a minimal runner, this level of offset provides encouragement for the heel strike that most in the practice try to avoid.
If you are looking for a shoe that will grip the foot and give structured support, the SuperTrac RC2 delivers. However, in doing so aggressively, it appeals to a smaller group of runners in the current spectrum.
Outsole & durability
Much like other trail shoes that the SuperTrac RC2 compares itself to, the shoe wears like iron. Unlike most of the shoes I’ve recently tested, a vast majority of the miles have been shorter, slower runs, and aggressive through hiking and disc golf in very rough weather conditions including snow, mud, shale, and ice.
Underneath a solid layer of dirt, the shoe has remained relatively unscathed after 55 miles of running, over 50 miles of hiking, and another whopping 60 miles walking the course disc golfing.
No imperfections or snags in the upper. No punctures or cuts to the rubber in the outsole. The only thing that has happened over time is some minor fraying in the laces from constantly picking up burrs in the woods.
One drawback that I did notice, however, was in the pattern of the outsole. While the aggressive lugs hook up well over rocks, grass, and cinder track, I noticed very acutely that the design does not shed mud or snow, as well as I, had hoped, as you can see in the photo below.
This juxtaposes in frustrating fashion to a shoe that, despite its level of structure and cushioning, only weighs in at 270g median weight (or just more than 9.5 oz. per shoe).
Other than this flaw, the outsole and overall durability of the shoe well earns the $180 MSRP price for the return in quality and quantity of miles you’ll enjoy over the lifespan of this shoe.
For better, or for worse, this shoe stands out in a crowd (this was an exact quote from a colleague in the office as I wore this shoe to help break it in at work).
The bright yellow and black scheme of the SuperTrac RC2 makes one visible in low light settings (important if you are starting a 50k in the early morning or getting ready to run the Area 51 marathon in the dead of night in Nevada high desert).
It also is difficult to coordinate a pair of pants and a polo to dress it up as a daily work shoe or casual sneaker.
As mentioned earlier, with a steep sticker price of $180 MSRP, some will love the tech and the feel, but others may be left looking at more neutral schemes such as the Brooks Cascadia or even toned down versions of the Peregrine from Saucony to make their footwear investment more multi-functional.
- Abundance of useful technical features in the upper to improve comfort in harsh conditions
- Durability when used for a variety of outdoor sports activities
- Great grip to the insole and outsole over most surfaces and terrains
- Outsole design does not shed mud and snow as well as competitors in-class
- At MSRP $180 the price is a little steep in-class
- Narrower toe box and tweener heel to toe offset winnows down the foot types who will enjoy the shoe
If you want a shoe to hug your foot and grip the trail for your next race, or you want a shoe that will support you when blasting a drive off the tee or cresting the next ascent, the SuperTrac RC2 gives you all you need.
However, if you want to do so with a lighter package, with greater space in the forefoot, and at a competitive price, Scott has room to improve in this model to compete for the top spot amongst its competitors.
Since most of my prior trail shoes have been from Altra or Topo Athletic, I was very excited to try the new Scott Supertrac RC 2. Scott is not a brand I'm familiar with, but it seems to be a company that uses very high-quality materials in its shoes.
Scott uses a Schoeller Coldblack upper, which is breathable, even on warm summer days. The tongue is fairly thin, which sometimes caused it to get folded under, but overall, it was well-constructed and durable.
Scott uses Aerofoam in its midsole, which I've found to be responsive and offered “just enough” cushioning for short or medium distance runs. The Supertrac RC 2 does not offer a plush ride, but I did not feel like it was too firm. It gives you a very good “ground feel” but offers excellent protection against sharper rocks.
The outsole lugs on the Supertrac RC 2 are very large and are designed for the roughest conditions. My first impression of the Supertrac RC 2 was that it felt like soccer cleats. On the road or hard-packed dirt, the lugs can be a bit much, but on softer surfaces, this shoe found its bearings.
This shoe was fun when running on dirt trails with some mud or when running near the streams inside Olympic National Park, one of the gems of the National Park System.
The Supertrac RC 2’s most prominent feature is its outsole, which is clearly designed for the mountains or other difficult terrain. It offered very solid traction when running uphill. My best moments in the Supertrac RC 2 so far have been on the downhills, where it offers great stability and protection.
In short, the worse the conditions, the better this shoe performed and felt.
Shoe quality and design
One of the biggest pluses of Scott Supertrac RC 2 is its appearance. I think it's the best-looking shoe that I have owned. It looks amazing and is impossible to miss. The neon is bright and eye-catching and contrasts well with the black.
Fit and comfort
The Supertrac RC 2 is a shoe where your first impression may not be a good guide, due to its unique fit. I was unable to wiggle my toes at all.
I experimented with using thinner socks and loosening up the laces, which helped a great deal. The heel and ankle collar on the Supertrac RC were well padded but had a fairly low profile.
One of the consequences of loosening up the laces for my toes was that it produced a large gap in the ankle area. I eventually used ankle-lock lacing, which helped resolve the issue.
Since the Supertrac RC 2 is designed to offer protection against rocks. It is relatively firm but flexible in the forefoot. When running on uneven surfaces, it is pretty stable.
My initial impression of the Supertrac RC 2 is that it had relatively little cushioning, but I found that when I adjusted my stride, my feet did fine.
Every single component of the Supertrac RC 2 is durable and made to last. Since I do not intend to use it as a daily trainer, I envision this shoe lasting years, and not merely a few months.
I am really looking forward to using the Supertrac RC 2 in the late fall and winter when the trails here in the Pacific Northwest will turn to mud. Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of the materials used by Scott.
The Scott Supertrac RC 2 is a trail shoe designed to give you great traction. This is not a hybrid shoe to run on roads and trails, this is strictly for trails. Know what you want in the shoe before purchasing.
Right out of the box, these shoes looked very well-built with a lot of traction. The shoes are actually pretty light; lighter than what you might expect from the looks of the shoe.
I tried them on and ordered from Scott. Despite not trying on the fit, they came in true-to-size. However, I now see how some say the shoe is a little narrow.
Scott is not a brand I think of for running shoes, I actually think of ski poles. However, they know how to make shoes.
I chose them because they just looked like awesome trail shoes. They may not be available at your local store, but everything is online now. Give them a try if this is what you are looking for.
The design of the upper part looks very sturdy and has proven to be so far. They are very tough and should not be damaged by any twig or rocks found on trails.
There is extra protection in front to protect your toes. I also see no wear on the shoes after over 50 miles of running.
They look like they could even be waterproof, but they are not. However, they will protect your feet from splashes of water as you may find on a rainy day.
This protection does come at a cost though. On hot days, your feet can get warm, and they can get wet from the sweat. I experienced this running in 90-degree weather, which may not be ideal for running anyway. The shoes do breathe, but not very well.
How comfortable is this material? Your feet do not have much room to move around, so the upper part feels rigid. This can help you with stability running through technical terrain.
Overall, the upper part is not as comfortable as most running shoes with a knit material.
The upper material does keep your foot in place. Your heel should never slide if you have the correct sized shoe. This upper material can protect from UV rays, in case you are worried about getting your feet sunburnt.
On the one hand, the shoelaces tie up well, and they do not slide. However, it can take some time to tighten them as desired for your first run.
The midsole looks hard and sturdy. When you first put them on, it may not seem that comfortable. The shoes are pretty flat with no real arch support and there does not seem to be much cushion.
The Scott Supertrac RC 2s keep your foot in place. The bottom is a little sticky, keeping your socks in place. As long as your foot does not move around inside your socks, your foot should stay in place while running.
The shoes do flex towards the front, but not too easy. You can really push off to run fast.
There is not much flex side to side or at the heel. This can really help your stability on technical terrain.
Overall the midsole does not provide much cushion, but it does supply a lot of stability for running through technical terrain.
From the first look at the bottom of the shoe, it looked like the shoe would have good traction. Even after over 50 miles of trail running, all the tread for traction is still there.
I ran in these in mud, beach sand, and steep trails. The shoes really grip the surface. Even in beach sand where other trail shoes have no advantage, these shoes tend to give you some traction to run through.
Basically, on any tough terrain, wet or dry, these trail shoes outperform most other trail models with excellent traction.
However, when you take these shoes on the road or hard-packed trails, they do not have any advantage over other trail shoes. In fact, they can actually be hard on your legs, which can be due to the lack of cushion.
- Great traction for trails
- Lack of cushion
- Noticeable difference on roads and hard surfaces
The Scott Supertrac RC 2 has some of the best traction for trail shoes. They provide a good grip on technical terrain.
They are also light enough for long runs and speed. I think I could run a technical trail 50K with these shoes with no complaints.
Just be sure you know what you are getting into when you purchase these shoes. If you tend to run a lot of roads or hard-packed trails, these are not the shoes for that. They do not have much cushion and can cause some discomfort on hard surfaces.
Overall, I would recommend these shoes for hilly trails with a variety of surfaces. I expect the shoes to last a long time and provide great traction on trails. However, I will not use these running shoes for any run on the road.
The Scott Supertrac RC 2 claims to be a very lightweight shoe, designed for shorter distances, technical terrain, and fast speeds.
Does it deliver? Let’s find out.
The Supertrac RC2 is a performance-focused shoe. As with any shoe designed for a specific discipline, there are areas that really excel and areas that fall a little short.
The highs on this shoe are the weight, breathability, and grip. This shoe is very lightweight (about 10.5 oz), putting it on par with road running shoes.
The result of this lightweight is faster turn over, and less leg fatigue. Despite the black upper, these shoes are remarkably breathable.
Some shoes on the market feel claustrophobic: not these. The breathable uppers are a “just right” amount of support and make for a carefree ride.
Underfoot is, what I describe as, a very aggressive, almost cleat-like tread. No slippage on rocky, gravely, or loose, trails.
Areas that fall a bit short? Comfort. Since this was meant for a specific purpose, and that purpose is technical speed, you give up a bit in the area of cushion.
Not that these are uncomfortable, by any means, they just are just best suited to runs 10 miles or less. The second area that these shoes struggle with, is performance on universal terrain.
The super aggressive tread, which makes for solid rocky trail performance, does not translate well to smoother terrain. When running on more groomed and hard-packed trails, the shoe felt less stable, and the outsole “rolled” with my gait less easily.
When I get a more premium pair of running shoes, there is a level of expectation that the materials will hold up to reasonable wear and tear.
The Supertrac RC2 does not disappoint. Scott’s infusion of the latest technology materials makes for a shoe that really holds up.
The uppers have no snags or flex stress areas. The toe cap has no cuts, despite some rock and root impacts. The outsole is holding up very well, with minimal wear on the lugs.
Comfort & fit
The Supertrac RC2 fits a narrow to medium foot. If you prefer a wider toe box then keep on shopping. However, if you like a snug fit upfront, then you’ll find this to be a good candidate.
While this shoe isn’t a zero drop, it is on the lower side, at 5mm. I mixed running in these shoes with a different pair of higher drop shoes, and the cross-training effect was great.
The midsole provides adequate cushion, but keep your runs under 10 miles, or you’ll feel the leg fatigue.
Size and weight: Normally I wear an 11 US, 10 UK, and 45 EU. These shoes fit true to size.
The overall shoe is narrow to average width, with the toe box about “standard” sized. I weighed these at about 10.5 oz per shoe, for my size.
Visual: This shoe comes in one color choice - black and yellow. The yellow is pretty sweet in low light conditions.
It almost has a “glow in the dark” appearance and makes for a nice reflection if you’re trying to be seen. The black color on the shoe is primarily Scott’s rip-stop nylon material, infused with Schoeller technology.
This keeps the black cool, even in direct sunlight. Another thing that I like about the Schoeller black, is that it still looks black, even after dusty trail runs.
Stack and Drop: The heal stack on the Supertrac RC2 is 22.5mm and the toe is 17.5mm, resulting in a 5mm drop.
Uppers: The main portion of the uppers is a mesh nylon material, with a breathable backing. I am not sure how Scott does it, but these uppers breathe well, while still maintaining water impermeability.
The Schoeller black reflects UV and stays comfortably cool. Over the top of this base material, are toe and heel caps, for support and protection. These are made from a textured reinforced rubber.
The toe cap protects well and is just the right amount of coverage. Around the mid-portion of the uppers are the same rubber material that ties the lace portion to the midsole, providing lateral stability.
Insole: The insole is a Scott proprietary construction, consisting of solid foam, without a fabric top. It has a texture on the top and bottom of the insole.
Midsole: The midsole is constructed from Scott’s Areo Foam+, which is an EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam. Added to this is their eRide rocker shaped construction, which allows for a natural stride.
This combination is comfortable and provides for efficient strides and rebound. The exposed portions of this shoe are durable and have held up well.
Outsole: The outsole has deep and aggressive lugs. These work very well on loose and technical terrain. Scott claims that this offers 360-degree radial traction, and I agree.
The outsole has micro-texture on the flat portions, which provides some wet condition grip, but the major portion of traction comes from the prodigious lugs. The rubber compound is tough, while at the same time pliable.
Tongue and Lacing: When you get a premium shoe, you get premium features.
The tongue has a double lace pass through, which keeps it centered between the laces eyelets. No slippage here. One detail that I like, is the Scott logo and “RC” letters on the ends of the laces.
Liner: The liner is basic but functional. The collar around the opening is cushioning and has held up well, with no pilling.
What I like
The best part of this shoe is the quality. The materials are all top-shelf, and the cumulative effect of this results in a shoe that is really good on a lot of levels.
The uppers constructed with Schoeller technology is my favorite part of this shoe. It is cool, water-resistant, very comfortable, durable, and good looking.
The color scheme and design details are solid. I am a big fan of logos, branding, and details on different areas of shoes.
The Supertrac RC2 does just that with logos on the laces, toe cap, heel cup, and outsole. The reflective yellow is striking and functional.
The outsole is very durable, and well-engineered, for a specific purpose. If you’re after a shoe that grips like glue on loose surfaces, then this outsole is the one.
It seems like more and more shoes have lots of lugs, with smaller designs. I’ve found that this causes them to wear sooner. Not the case with this Supertrac RC2. The deep and thick lugs have held up very well.
What I don’t like
My single biggest complaint with this shoe is the insole. The insole is constructed of textured foam.
This foam is fine for cushion but does not breathe at all. The bottom of my foot felt clammy with these insoles, which is a disappointment because the uppers breathed so well.
Additionally, this foam does not allow any natural “slide” between your sock and the insole. It’s difficult to get your foot in the shoe because the insole grabs your sock.
Once inside, the insole holds your foot in place and does not allow any natural movement. My advice here is to replace the insoles (which is what I did after the first few runs).
The Scott Supertrac RC2 is an excellent shoe for shorter and faster runs and races. It excels on technical terrain with loose footing.
Leave at home for longer runs, but make them your go-to for high adrenaline alpine runs.
The Scott Supertrac RC 2 was my introduction to Scott footwear. I have no idea what to expect from this shoe. However, Scott advertises this model as a go-to for alpine runners looking for traction and durability.
After putting 50+ miles on them, I agree with the statement. As you’ll see in more detail below, the traction is—well, super (maybe that’s where they got the name) and the shoe seems very durable.
The Supertrac is sleek and aggressive-looking. When I first pulled it from the box, it reminded me a lot of the Salomon Speedcross. It has a lightweight upper that hugs the foot with a sole that reminds me of a football cleat. I could tell right away that this shoe was built with a specific purpose in mind.
To be honest though, the aesthetics of the shoe don’t really do it for me. I feel Scott went a little heavy on the neon and I am not a fan of the blocky lines of the upper. Ultimately, style and design come down to personal preference.
The Supertrac RC 2 is comfortable for shorter-distance runs. Scott used their Aerofoam+ on this shoe, providing a cushioned but stable ride.
I am used to shoes designed for runs that last several hours. Wearing the Supertrac, I've found that any run over an hour and a half had my feet fatigued more than usual.
The shoe allows the runner to really feel the trail, including rocks and roots. Again, this running shoe is designed for a specific purpose and I feel the cushioning meets that purpose. If you’re looking for a shoe that will go for 3+ hours, perhaps the Supertrac Ultra RC would be a better choice.
During a lot of my runs in the Supertrac, I compared them to the Salomon Speedcross. The toe box of the Supertrac is far superior to the Speedcross. It’s narrow enough to provide great lateral stability over rocky, uneven terrain but not so narrow that my toes felt cramped.
I think Scott hit the bullseye on the size of the toe box.
Using fabrics from Schoeller textiles, Scott has produced a very durable shoe. Although I only have about 50 miles in them, I don’t see the Supertrac breaking down any time soon. It is designed for rugged, exposed terrain and inclement weather. I see this shoe being a great option for those running in areas where you have snow one day and sun the next.
This is where the shoe really stands out. While I was able to run on some wet, rocky trails, I didn’t get a chance to test it in the conditions it was designed for.
I can say, it handled wet rocks and compacted dirt very well.
The only flaw I found was that mud really likes the aggressive tread of the Supertrac. As you can see in the picture, the mud collected heavily on the sole and the shoe became noticeably heavier. There were a couple of times when they turned to skates when I hit fresh mud.
At just under 10 oz., the Supertrac is very light compared to a lot of trail shoes. This shoe is fast and agile and built for performance.
With less cushioning than the average shoe, this will be a great option for shorter runs and races. You won’t find many shoes lighter than the Supertrac.
With the Supertrac, you get Schoeller’s 3XDRY technology. They claim that the outer is water-repellent and the inside absorbs and distributes moisture.
I completely agree with the claim. Running in warm, humid conditions, not once did I notice sweat collecting in the shoe. And while going through every puddle I could find, the only time I noticed water in the shoe was when the puddle went above the ankle and entered from the top.
I did notice that after going through the deeper puddles, the water did sit in the shoe for a bit. It may not drain well if you’re doing river crossings. While light moisture is distributed well throughout the shoe, excess water will get trapped and sit in the shoe.
The Supertrac is a sleek shoe that isn’t as wide as some trail shoes. And with the toe box being narrower, it isn’t the most stable shoe.
If you’re someone who has experience on rocky, uneven trails, then you will have no problem. But if you’re a beginner at trail running, this shoe probably won’t provide the stability you need.
I really enjoyed the fit of the Supertrac. The upper is constructed with a lightweight, thin material that fits very well around the foot.
The tongue and lacing system complement each other well and allow for a dialed-in feel. Scott has done a very nice job with this shoe.
The heel of the Supertrac is designed nicely. It cups the foot perfectly and gives a secure fit for uneven terrain. At no point did I feel my heel slip from the shoe, which is an important design component that Scott has done well.
If I had to summarize my overall thoughts on the Scott Supertrac RC 2, I’d compare it to a high-performance sports car. It was designed for a specific purpose and for those who know and appreciate what it is capable of.
For those looking for an aggressive, fast shoe to get them over alpine ridgelines, look no further.
In a world where we can all feel like things are out of control and we are hurtling towards the unknown, the Scott Supertrac RC 2 may be just the thing to make you feel like you are the one in charge.
Winding trails and slippery slopes are where this shoe excels. Charging down a cascading rocky trail, knowing that at the bottom you have loose gravel or slippery mud on a tight turn at the bottom will cause those little doubts to appear in your mind.
Do you slow down? Do you keep going and hope that you don’t slip? Or do you have confidence in your shoes to keep charging around the bend and head back up that trail as fast as you can?
You need to have faith in your shoes on trails like this. With the Scott Supertrac RC 2, those little doubts can be brushed aside. Throw caution to one side and watch your confidence grow knowing that you can trust that link between your foot and the trail.
As you lift the Supertrac RC 2 from the box, you can tell the intention of Scott straight away. On their website, they describe the Supertrac as a skyrunning shoe.
The lightweight shoe looks are basic, but in the days of over technical shoes and gimmicks, it is good to see a shoe designed to serve its primary purpose. For this shoe, it is to get you over technical terrain and give you the confidence to do that as fast as you possibly can.
The black upper is designed to prevent the build-up of heat in the shoe, from both the heat generated by your feet and also from your external surroundings and the sun.
From my experience with the Scott RC 2, this works by having a thin upper. It lets internal heat pass out by reflecting the external heat.
Because of the weather we have been experiencing, I cannot comment on its ability to keep water out. The upper seems to be quite breathable and has prevented overly sweaty feet on longer runs.
The black upper is accented by the bright yellow toe bumper, giving good protection against all but the hardest knocks on the trail. I think it is nice to see a shoe that is so capable, you can tell it means business from the outset.
The fit of the Supertrac RC 2 is comfortably hugging. As you tighten the laces, you feel the trail shoe becomes part of you.
The thin gusseted tongue sits comfortably on your upper foot and is long enough to protect your foot, even if you chose to use the extra lace loop provided.
I went for a size 10.5 (UK) for the Supertrac RC 2, this is my normal size for most trainer brands. So, it was good to find that the fit was true to size, but it still left plenty of room in the toe area to prevent that hated bashing of toes on the downhill sections.
Normally, I would be using that extra lace hole to lock my foot in, but with the insole of the Supertrac RC 2 feeling quite sticky, I tried my first few runs without doing this. I was surprised to find that I didn’t experience any bashed toes and never found that I needed to lock my heel in to feel comfortable.
Although the upper of the shoes impressed me, it is the sole and midsole that takes the prizes in my opinion. In a running world of stacked shoes and maximum cushioning, these runners look like they were at the back of the foam queue.
Using a single type of foam right through the midsole, which Scott calls Aerofoam+, these shoes provide enough cushioning for those looking to do longer runs without adding the weight and height from other manufacturers.
This balanced approach means that the Supertrac RC 2 gives a comfortable cushioned run on both the trails, tracks, and even on the roads if you encounter any of the black stuff.
They always say that you should leave the best until last, so in this case, this means the sole of the Supertrac RC 2. In my opinion, Scott has produced an outsole that absolutely does what it was designed to do.
Technical trails, rocky paths, and steep ascents and descents are this shoe's playground and like a mountain goat is at home in the mountains, this is where you would find it if it had the choice.
Scott calls the technology on this running shoe radial technology. Again, Scott is using language, which leaves no doubt about its intentions.
The radial pattern on the sole means that no matter what direction you are moving, you will find the shoe is able to grip and give you the confidence to keep pushing, knowing that your foot will stay exactly where you placed it.
During my testing of the shoe, I found myself experimenting by placing my foot in places I would normally avoid, such as tree roots. At no time did the shoe let me down, even with a slippery root underfoot and all my weight on the midfoot, my grip stayed firm and I was able to push off without slipping.
Overall, the radial technology gives you the confidence to push your limits
The grip doesn’t stop on the sole of the shoe, upfront grip is provided to help you on those steep or slippery climbs.
When it gets tough and you are clambering, the Supertrac RC 2 gives you a helping hand and confidence to take on the harder and more technical routes.
What goes up, must come down (with confidence)
Bringing up the rear, but not forgotten. The Supertrac RC 2 provides a good grip so that you can plant your foot knowing that it isn’t going to let you down.
As you can probably tell from this review, I really like this shoe. I have struggled to find a fault with my first experience with Scott running shoes.
If I had to pick a fault with the shoe, I would say that I have concerns about the sticky insole and whether it is going to slip forward on a steep descent and get a fold in it that means you need to stop and refit it.
I did experience a fair bit of sand getting in the shoes while descending the slope below. But I think most shoes would have suffered in the same way.
If I had to summarize the Supertrac RC 2, I would say although the shoe is aimed at skyrunning or racing. For those that love a technical train, winding track, and steep ascents and descents, this could be the shoe for you.
The no-nonsense understated design does exactly what it is intended to do. Many shoes are sold to the mass market and we lap them up because they have technology that the majority of us will never use to its full potential.
If you want a shoe that isn’t going to let you down, while giving you the confidence to push harder, then look no further.
The first thing noted out of the box was the outstanding build quality of the Scott Supertrac RC 2. These shoes look as though they can take a fair amount of abuse. After wearing them in some less desirable conditions, they do seem indestructible.
The shoe has a very clean, simple construction; it looks futuristic with a minimalistic design and a sleek/fast appearance. I was concerned about the minimalistic tongue due to some top of foot issues I have had with other makes and models.
After putting them to the test, there is enough padding on this tongue to not cause discomfort. The tongue design is perfect, and other makers should take note. The shoe feels comfortable on foot and achieves proper lockdown.
I always look at the laces on any shoe for running. So far, after about 100 miles, the laces do not want to come untied, but I had noticed them seeming a bit looser than when they were new, and that is what I anticipated from these “slick-ish”, flat laces.
They are also a bit long, which could be a problem getting caught on debris along the trail. I usually double knot and due to the length, that seems necessary on these shoes. I would highly recommend changing the laces, especially if you are planning on racing in them.
The crisscrossing of the laces stabilizes the flat tongue. It is flat and padded just enough to be super comfortable! There is a trend among running shoe manufacturers to minimize the tongue.
Scott did it correctly—perfect!
The Scott Supertrac RC 2 shoes are built tough! They are built like a tank; they use a tightly woven mesh upper, which provides great structure without being heavy.
At 9.5 ounces, they are light, especially for a trail shoe, and feel much lighter than that while running in them. The build quality of the shoe is superb!
Color schemes are attractive and just flashy enough, while not distracting from their true intent: attacking the terrain.
Fit & comfort
The shoes fit true to size. I am a size (US) 11 in all shoes, and these are perfect for that size.
I would highly suggest trying on a pair before purchase because I noticed that the material flex at the toes that could be uncomfortable and put pressure on the toes if the shoes are too big.
This does not seem to be an issue if the shoes are the proper size for the user. The interior heel cup is made from smooth, plush material. I do not feel any slippage, but I do have to use both eyelets at the top of the shoe to prevent my heel from slipping.
This is really the only part of the design that I was not a fan of. It is not uncomfortable but is lackluster when compared to the rest of the shoe.
I found the shoes to be extremely comfortable on every surface and condition that I subjected them to, even a stint on a paved surface — remarkably comfortable actually!
When flexing the shoe by hand, the material folds in on the toe. I did not feel this during the run.
I do think that if the shoe is not fitted correctly to the user (if too big), it could create a comfort issue. The shoes ran true to size for me and felt great while wearing.
The heel, while structured nicely, could use some improvements. I was not a fan of the material (already showing some wear at 100 miles). In my case, both sets of top eyelets must be used to prevent heel slippage.
I have subjected the shoes to water, wet grass, mud, sand, loose gravel, and rough finished concrete and the shoe is an absolute performer. I took them up a gravel trail (approximately 20% grade); while my legs and lungs were hurting, the shoe did not fatigue.
I felt confident in the shoe, and no slippage occurred on the path up that hill. I even took a Strava Crown on another trail while wearing these shoes, cutting my time by 48 seconds!
I had previously run this trail in road shoes, and these shoes absolutely made the difference.
Superb! They ascended loose gravel (20%) grade admirably, with absolutely no slipping.
The traction should give any trail runner the confidence to tackle and scale any condition. The shoe outsole is made up of rigid molded rubber cleats. It's simply amazing that the shoe is so light considering that.
The aggressive outsole provides great traction on the most unforgiving surfaces. The shoe offers a firm ride and is quite comfortable. I achieved a Strava Crown while wearing them!
This is where the shoes fail, at least in warm weather.
The shoes claim to repel the elements, but I found after wearing them in wet conditions, my sock became soaked with water. While wearing them in warm, dry conditions, my foot was also soaked with sweat.
The shoe simply does not breathe. The good news is that the lockdown is so good that it does not cause blistering. It is just miserable to run in wet socks.
It has been in the upper 80’s to mid-90 degrees Fahrenheit in my part of the world. In all fairness, it would be nice to run them in colder weather because I’m assuming that the experience would be much better.
However, in the heat, my socks were completely soaked with sweat, and my feet were sweltering.
This is not a very flexible shoe, nor do I think it should be for its designed purpose.
The rigidity of the shoe lends itself very well to arcane conditions one might experience while on the trail. It gives the runner some advantage while scaling moderate to severe climbs.
As mentioned earlier, there is a hard material flex point at the toe of the shoe when bending. This is a concern, I believe, if the sizing is improper (too big). However, I had no issue with the flex point, since the shoe really does not flex much during the run; it was not an issue for me.
Firm! For me, that is a good thing as I tend to favor firmer shoes. I do understand that is not necessarily a popular opinion. The footbed is a bit flat; I did notice that my arches were “slapping” a bit during a run on grass, due to a lack of arch support in the shoe.
I think that while the cushioning is good, these may not be a good option for those with high arches. I am highly impressed with the way these shoes felt on gravel.
Running on gravel in road (training) shoes tends to be an adventure because you feel every sharp point of every piece of gravel on the trail. The Supertrac RC provides an unbelievable level of protection against protrusions on the ground, and I never felt the gravel through the shoe.
The shoe responds gorgeously to dirt, mud, and mixed terrain (very nimble). I did not find them nearly as enjoyable on grass, however.
The shoe felt sluggish, flat, and much too hard on the grass. But I took a crown on Strava on a dirt/gravel trail, so I’m satisfied.
It is built to last. The build quality in this shoe is outstanding. My pair, with just over 100 miles on them, while muddy and put to the test, are just that — dirty! Otherwise, they do not show any signs of material wear (other than heel) or outsole degradation.
I ran them on about 25 miles of rough finished concrete, and the outsoles show absolutely no wear. I believe this shoe could go 500 miles if the first 100 are any indication.
Yes, they are dirty after use, but they wear it like a badge of courage! If you are looking for a lighter trail shoe that really performs on the trail, these may be the answer.
- Quality of build
- Firm, comfortable ride
- Great tongue design
- Poor breathability in both warm and wet conditions
- Long and loose laces
- No arch support
- Sluggish on the grass track
- Inside heel cup material less than desirable
The Supertrac RC 2 from Scott is very well-made. Its semi-breathable upper is exactly as it is described and is seamless. The tongue is also made similarly, with no seams, and has a rubber-like exterior to it.
The laces of this runner are interesting. The first ¾ of the laces are thin and flat, allowing shoe tightening to a precise amount. But where you would tie the laces at the top of the tongue are plump and wider (as you see commonly on other running shoes).
They’re okay. Black is always good to hide dirt. I don’t like neon colors though I suppose it is good for visibility, but what visibility do you need when on a trail?
On the road, yes, but in the woods? People will hear you before they see you.
The low profile is nice on these. They do have reflective material on some of the lace loops by the tongue but note this is only on the front of the shoe, so no reflective material would be seen if someone was behind you.
One bonus on the tongue is that it has two offset loops for the laces to go through instead of one in the middle. I find this keeps the tongue straighter whereas in other shoes the tongue will usually start to slip to the outside after a while.
The midsole provides substantial cushion, however, it is not very flexible as you would expect other trail running shoes. This provides greater stability over mountain terrains, especially since there is no ankle support.
The sole is where the traction comes in. This is where your “rubber meets the road” so to speak. As you can see from the photo, the lugs are big and deep. They run wider laterally and narrow vertically to reduce slippage.
The traction is awesome in these trail shoes. With over 75 miles on them so far, I’ve taken them mostly on mountain summit trails in the White Mountains.
We have seen mud, gravel, rain, moss and lichen-covered rocks, big boulders, lots of roots and puddles, and many 80 to 90-degrees Fahrenheit days. Many of my steps included granite of which these shoes do not lose traction, even on degrees of slope approaching 45 or more. It is fantastic!
They hold on just about anything. This makes cruising downhill so much fun. The only surfaces that they did slip on were slimy rocks and bridges.
As expected, I don’t think anything could hold on to that except crampons. The traction held whether you were using 100% to 25% of the surface of the sole.
One of the major drawbacks of these is that they do get gummed up in wet and dirty conditions. Trails full of dirt, needles, and other debris when wet will get stuck on the sole and will not come out until the shoes dry and you can bang them out. This reduces traction when it happens.
The other thing I noticed (which is more of an annoyance), is that the deep lugs when in other environments will kick up that debris (e.g. dirt, pebbles, etc.) right back at your calves and in your socks and ankles.
I had to stop multiple times to dig out dirt that had gone into the shoes around my ankle.
This is where I lose faith in this shoe. When I first got it, I was so excited to try. I decided to do a fairly easy 4-5 miler to see how they felt on some hillside trails.
By mile 2.5, I had hot spots near my arches, which was a very weird place to have because I never had it before. I kept going for another mile, maybe, and unfortunately, I had to walk the rest of the way back to the parking lot because I was positive I had blisters.
These blisters started right behind my big toe knuckle and down to the middle of my arch. I have never had this happen before.
This happened on both feet. Usually, my right foot’s inner arch needs more support than the left, so I would have expected it to happen on one or the other, not both.
Needless to say, I had to stop my training runs for a few days. The next 3 times I attempted a similar run, using different socks, lacing up tighter/looser, the same thing. So after trying to run in them for 15 miles or so, I gave up.
I have two theories as to why this was happening: the shoes were a half size bigger than I normally get (but they are also narrower and I have super wide feet) so perhaps they were sliding slightly in the shoes.
The other part of this is that the insoles (which are removable) are very sticky. It is hard to get your foot in without bunching your socks.
My other theory is that even if my shoes were slightly shifting back and forth, perhaps the stickiness of the insole was making the friction worse creating the blisters. I am thinking the latter because with a half size bigger than my usual, I felt that my normal size would have been pretty tight.
But why did you give it a 6 on comfort and not a 2? Read on.
Since I stopped running in them, I have been using them for mountain summit hiking and I must say they perform great. For someone who loves a low-top to hike in, these have been great because they are fast, light, not too much flex, and of course the traction.
I find them perfect for my type of hiking which is between running and walking — speed hiking. I do not have any comfort issues with them for this purpose, even with 15+ miles in one day.
Some people might not like these for that because of no ankle support but for me personally, I don’t need it. I have strong, flexible ankles and love a low-top.
I have noticed that with increased training and these shoes, my speed hiking average speed has increased and that my step confidence is higher because I know the shoes will hold.
These shoes have held up pretty well so far. After being drenched in rain multiple times, sitting out in the hot sun, and sitting in a hot car, everything is still intact.
You will notice in the picture below how the tread depth has changed over 75+ miles. A little.
They are designed for mountain racing, but due to comfort issues, I find them better for speed hiking. The semi-breathable upper is the only thing I have issues with here.
I don’t get it. With semi-breathable, I don’t get any benefit. My feet sweat a lot and they get wet from the rain. They are not waterproof in which case they’d only be wet from sweat and they are not fully breathable in which case they’d only be wet from rain or puddles.
So having this fabric here in between both functions just means my feet sweat and stay sweaty because they aren’t breathable enough to dry out and my feet easily get wet in drizzles and a baby splash in a puddle.
I would prefer these to be fully breathable. Let’s face it, I’m not going to run in the snow or speed hike in the snow with these.
Yes, this running shoe is probably best known for its traction. The grip this shoe provides in various terrains and weather is paramount. However, comfort issues and other design choices leave me not a fan.
Scott Supertrac RC 2: Built for the toughest terrain
Packed with premium materials and technologies, the Scott Supertrac RC 2 is a highly durable shoe designed for the trail adventures. It is an update to Scott’s iconic skyrunning shoe renowned for its tried-and-tested performance on various terrain.
What and who is it for?
Built with trail-specific features, the Scott Supertrac RC 2 is an all-rounder shoe that performs well on highly technical terrain including loose surfaces, mud, and rocks. It is a great companion for mountain runs and high alpine technical races.
It is a neutral trail shoe that suits runners with neutral pronation (normal gait type) who do not overpronate. Runners who supinate (when the bodyweight rolls onto the outer edges of the foot) may also enjoy this Scott running shoe.
Scott Supertrac RC 2 vs 1
The Supertrac RC 2 brings significant upgrades to address the minor concerns from the original Supertrac RC. Here are major improvements featured in the Supertrac RC 2.
- Compared to its predecessor, a rounder toe box is incorporated in the Supertrac RC 2, to accommodate runners with wider foot volume.
- The 3XDRY finishing technology in the upper helps absorb perspiration from the inside and repels moisture from the outside, keeping the foot dry for an extended period.
- The Coldblack finishing technology in the upper reduces heat absorption to keep the foot cool during hot weather.
- The enhanced outsole lugs prevent mud clogging and offer better traction.