This past spring I logged my daily miles in two different pair of Scott running shoes. My initial reaction when asked to test these babies out was, “Scott makes running shoes? I thought they made skis.” Apparently, the company does more than manufacture ski poles, covering such sports as wintersports, cycling, motorsports, and yes, running.
Both shoes I tested possess eRide technology, meaning there is the slightest bit of rocking motion from heel to toe which allows for a smoother transition through each stride. The eRide Support2 is a lightweight shoe suited for the moderate pronator. Weighing in at 8.11 ounces (size 8.5, women’s) the Support2 offered comfort and durability on my runs.
What stands out first and foremost on these shoes is the asymmetrical lacing which you do not even notice on the run. I’m not sure if any other women out there are sick of the pink or blue shoes that most shoe companies continue to tell us “it’s what women want”, I am totally digging the fact that this shoe has just the right amount of black, purple and white with a little femininity thrown in there with nicely designed, technical-looking flowers on the outside front of the shoes.
I find this shoe better suited for longer training runs and even races from half marathon distance and above. This shoe runs a little small so order a half size up. The only negative feedback for this shoe is that the shoe laces are a bit long.
NOTE: Size up one half size as this model runs a little small.
The second Scott shoe which I tested out is the T2C [pictured above]. This shoe falls in the performance category and could easily become your next favorite racing shoe for 5k to 10k distances. More often than not, I found myself reaching for this shoe over the course of the past two months.
There are so many features that I love about this shoe, beginning with the neon blue and citron contrasting colors. Thank you, Scott, for recognizing that women are growing tired of pink! (At least this woman is.) Very lightweight, a mere 7.05 ounces (size 8, women’s), and built for the neutral runner in mind, this is the shoe you want to run in if you are currently a minimalist runner or looking to move in that direction. It has a 11mm heel lift and that eRide rocker technology I talked about, but you are far more apt to land on your midfoot in this shoe than in the Support2. In fact, as I make my transition to more minimalist running I found these shoes were a perfect transition to more natural running.
Something we don’t typically discuss in shoe review are the tongue. This one stands at attention; made of an extremely soft, brushed suede-like fabric with extra padding exactly where you want it above the cuneiform bone which can be a problematic area of the foot for some. This sueded fabric clings to both your sock and your skin so there is no tongue movement while you are running.
This shoe is even extremely comfortable to run in sans sock which I have actually done. One more feature I am LOVING on the T2C is the drain holes, there are six of them. Ingenious! Three drain holes in the back, two in front, and one on the front sole. I’m told this is one feature which will be incorporated into most of their shoes and trail shoes.
The T2C runs true to size, the laces are of perfect length, and the upper is constructed of a highly breathable fabric similar to what you will find on the Saucony Kinvara but with a honeycomb design woven into it to offer more structure and less foot movement.
You can learn more about these shoes and others on the Scott website.