The Trail Rocket is a new racing trail shoe from Scott running. For those of you who don’t know about Scott, they are an outdoor sports company (skiing, mountain biking, motorsports) company that has been in the running business since 2006. Their shoes have evolved considerably (in a good way!) over the past few years, and the Trail Rocket looked like a solid entry into the lightweight trail shoe market.
The Trail Rocket is based on their T2 Kinabalu Trail running shoe. It has the same technologies of the Race Rocker and sports a lightweight sole, but it’s a 5 mm drop shoe (19mm heel, 14mm forefoot) versus the 11 mm drop of the Kinabalu. The Trail Rocket also weighs in about 1.3 oz lighter than the Kinabalu (9.8 oz for the Kinabalu and 8.5 oz for the Trail Rocket in men’s size 9).
The Trail Rocket features lightweight AeroFoam midsole cushioning. The sole has a rockered design typical of Scott shoes (somewhat like a Hoka sole). Scott claims that this promotes a more efficient running style by “converting impact energy into forward motion.”
While I could really feel this rocker effect with the Kinabalu, I felt it less so with the Trail Rocket.
The outsole uses a wet traction rubber which is a lightweight, high abrasion outsole compound that provides very good traction on double and single track trails but I don’t yet know how it will function on wet dirt (no rain lately in California). The Trail Rocket does not have a rock plate.
The upper of the Trail Rocket is a closed mesh throughout that keeps debris out and maintains breathability (though I don’t know how well it drains – again the no rain in California issue). The upper has TPU overlays that provide a light seamless upper which one could run in barefoot (though I did not as I am not a big no-sock runner). The sandwich mesh tongue protects the foot well from pressure points.
The Trail Rocket runs true to size. I took an 11.5 in Kinabalu and 11.5 in the Rocket (I take 11.5 in most shoes). The fit is good throughout with ample room in the toebox area. This area is not huge, but enough to know that your toes are not being smashed together. No heel slippage as the fit in the heel is very secure.
With a low drop and light weight the Trail Rocket was a joy to run in. It’s great how it goes from the road to trail with ease. The traction is great on the trails and works well on road workouts. It has adequate cushioning for both the trail and the road.
I really like the Trail Rocket and I have not found the lack of a rock plate to be an issue running on the trails. However, without any rain I can’t yet tell how this shoe will handle in the mud.
Elite Ultrarunner Sage Canaday posted a video review of the Scott Trail Rocket. He was formerly sponsored by Scott (now with Hoka).