First impressions: Scott Supertrac RC trail shoe

Last year I took the New Balance Summit 2 for a test run through the Norwegian mountains and used it in competition. This year I decided that I would try a shoe from the bike manufacturer Scott, the Supertrac RC. So I took the shoe back home to Norway for two weeks of summer vacation and rigorous testing.

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The fit

My usual opinion of how a shoe should fit is different depending on what the shoe should be used for. Trail shoes should, in my opinion, have a tighter fit compared to normal long-distance trainers. The Supertrac RC has a thin and flexible upper that ensures a very good fit around my foot but had, in the beginning, an uncomfortable fit around my little toe. This was only noticeable the first kilometers and had disappeared by the fourth run.
The heel isn't over-padded like Saucony shoes, but rather more similar in style to a New Balance padded heel and results in a comfortable fit that isn't too soft.
Compared to the thinner and pointier New Balance Summit 2, the Supertrac RC is more foot shaped and rounder in its shape. It's still a tight fitting shoe, and I must admit that I might like the fit of the Scott shoe a little bit better than the tighter New Balance.

Most of the trail shoes I have tried I've had to go up half a size in order for the shoe to fit me, with the Scott this was not the case. This makes it easier to buy online in the right size, but I would still suggest that you try them out before buying them.

The tongue is thin with some tiny padded spots, where the laces should intertwine, and wide to prevent it from sliding to the side. This does happen at times though but could be prevented with just a few stitches on the inside. It's not a huge problem, and not as big of a problem as the Diadora Mythos Fly but something that should be fixed.

The laces are flat, just like I like them, but have a little bit less stretch than I'm used to. I consider this a positive aspect for trail shoes, because they should be a bit more sturdy around the midfoot.

Overall I love the fit of the shoe and, as I have mentioned, I might even like the fit better than the New Balance Summit 2 that has been my go to trail shoe for a year now. The upper seems rugged, breathable and thin, but loses a little bit of its flexibility from its sturdiness. I wouldn't have a problem recommending this shoe purely based on the fit.
I would always recommend you to try the shoe in the store before buying it, and especially if you plan to buy a more tight fitting shoe like a trail shoe.

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The stability

A trail shoe should be more stable and tight fitting around the midfoot than normal running shoes. There are a two aspects of this shoe that enhances its stability.
Firstly the tight fit. Although not as tight as the New Balance, the tight fit around the midfoot still gives the foot a chance to correct uneven terrain. Contributing factors to the tight fit is the laces and the rugged upper. I had no problems running in the Norwegian mountains and had no issues with ankles rolling or feet moving inside the shoe if I hit a bump in the road.
Secondly the shape of the sole. The Summit 2 shape is based on the 1400 series from New Balance and offers a flatter sole, while the Scott Supertrac RC is rounded and supports the arch better.
The sole is though a cause for instability as well. The softer foam makes the shoe prone to more movement on uneven surfaces.

I would therefore categorize the shoe as a normal trail shoe stability wise, and would consider it a tiny bit less stable than the New Balance Summit 2. 

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The feel

Feelings are always very subjective measurements, but so are reviews and first impressions. My own experiences with this shoe is that it really feels like a shoe I could go for a long run in. The cushioning is great and makes the ride softer than other trail shoes I have tried. 
On the other hand, the cushioning makes the shoe a little bit slower compared to the New Balance Summit 2, which isn't a surprise. Thus even though I might like the Scott a bit better for comfort, I would still have the Summit as a faster shoe for races, and the Supertrac RC as a comfortable sky-trail and longer run shoe.

I also tried using the shoe as a Via Ferrata shoe, and I must say it became too soft for my liking. It became harder to climb because I didn't have the stiffness that I would expect from a hiking shoe. But I'm now talking about something that is way different from what the shoe actually is made for.

The major selling point for this shoe is the grip, made to ensure grip from all directions and so far as I can tell it works great. My brother ran with the Salomon Sense Ride and it seemed like I had a bit better traction than him during our runs. I had close to no slipping problems at all, but it was also a historically dry summer without any wet runs so I can't say that got to test it out properly.
The Salomon Speedcross has very soft duds beneath underneath the sole, and they tend to disappear a bit too quickly for my liking. I have no idea how this will perform, but compared to the Speedcross I find the duds to be a tiny bit harder. 

Overall the Supertrac RC feels very comfortable and good and it has surprised me with how well it handled everything I threw at it this summer.

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Overall

The fit of this shoe really amazed me. It still feels like a trail shoe with its tight midfoot, but still feels more comfortable because of its width. Don't get me wrong, the shoe isn't wide like a Topo or an Altra, but for a conventional shoe, it just feels more natural on my foot.

I will use this shoe as a long distance and comfortable hiking and sky running shoe. The extra cushioning makes it perfect for those runs where you run on different terrain and at longer distances. 

It is a neutral running shoe with a tiny bit of arch support and it blends perfectly into the same category of all other trail shoes. Running trail with shoes intended towards overpronators can be a recipe towards injuring your ankles because of the harder compound. I would suggest focusing on a great fit so that your feet can adjust to the terrain.

I would easily recommend this shoe if you want a softer and comfortable trail shoe for the longer runs. I will definitely be using this in the months to come, especially on rainy days when the trail along the river gets wet.

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