Verdict from 6 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Most of those who have tested the Scott Palani Trainer stated that it was true to size.
  • It felt suitably lightweight for long-term use, some people claimed.
  • The cushioning system gained positive feedback for being comfortable and responsive.
  • A purchaser expressed appreciation for the design of this model, stating that it looked neat.
  • This running shoe offered great value for its price, a few runners reported.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A tester noted that the tongue unit bunched up when the laces are tied, potentially causing some discomfort.
  • The toe box was too roomy for some runners; they felt their feet sliding forward awkwardly.

Bottom line

All in all, the Scott Palani Trainer satisfied a majority of those who have tried it. They lauded this neutral road shoe’s proficient components and comfortable design. For them, it worked well for long running sessions. There were a few complaints, but they weren’t enough to devalue the overall quality of this product.

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Good to know

  • The Scott Palani Trainer is a neutral running shoe that’s designed for the roads. It features a consistent design that only uses stitched overlays in select portions of the upper, doing away with the use of other weight-bearing or movement-limiting add-ons.
  • The midsole unit makes use of a full-length foam that cushions the foot and absorbs impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle. A rocker-shape geometry ensures the smoothening of the heel-to-toe transitions.

The Scott Palani Trainer features a standard running shoe length. It follows the preferences of wearers regarding the sizing scheme. The available widths are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. The semi-curved shape of this product mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Rubber makes up most of the Scott Palani Trainer’s outsole unit. It covers the foam platform and shields it from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It has patterns that help in bringing traction over the surfaces. The performance of the outsole is comparable to the Salomon Sense Ride 2.

The AeroFoam+ is a full-length material that serves as the primary cushioning system of the Scott Palani Trainer. It provides a springy underfoot feel while ensuring shock absorption. It doesn’t wear off or sag easily because it’s designed to last long.

A cushioned insole is placed right above the full-length foam. Its purpose is to provide additional cushioning for the underfoot. It can be removed or replaced with a custom orthotic insert.

A breathable mesh makes up most of the Scott Palani Trainer’s upper unit. It allows air to seamlessly enter the foot-chamber, thereby ensuring a cool and dry environment for the wearer’s foot.

Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the façade of this running shoe. They’re not very intrusive in amount as they only cover the critical sections like the front, the heel, and the instep. The goal of these add-ons is to reinforce the upper unit and to provide a secure coverage.

A traditional lacing system brings an easy-to-customize adjustment of the fit. Heel security can be heightened because there are two extra eyelets on the front part of the collar. Looping the shoelaces through them would cause the back part of the collar to follow the tightening or loosening of the fit.

The tongue and collar are padded; they hold the foot in place and prevent it from wobbling during the running sessions or exiting the shoe accidentally.

The interior lining is made up of breathable fabrics. They make sure to maintain a dry and airy in-shoe experience.

How Palani Trainer compares

This shoe: 68
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £130
All shoes average: £110
£40 £280
This shoe: 280g
All shoes average: 269g
79g 437g
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.