Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

ASICS GEL-Scout, $120

11.9 oz. (m), 9.8 oz. (w)

Fit: With a comfortable heel pocket, snug-lacing midfoot and roomy toebox, the GEL-Scout has a familiar feel. “This fit is why I’ve worn ASICS for 15-years,” one tester said.

Feel: Cushy comes to mind when lacing up the GEL-Scouts–from a cushioned tongue to a generous in-step and plenty of under-foot GEL protection, with a durable, exoskeleton overlay to enhance support without bogging down your run.

Ride: ASICS describes the GEL-Scout as a full-ground shoe—heel-strikers rejoice! Testers found the 10mm drop of this neutral cruiser to transition well from road to trail. The Scout offers good traction on gnarly roots and rocks and damp conditions. For such a plush ride, the forefoot has a surprising amount of flexibility, resulting in a performance-focused mix of increased responsiveness and enhanced foot-to-ground insulation.

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