Scott have developed one hell of a name for producing high quality gear and the bar has been risen once more. I love this shoe; its comfortable, light, hard wearing and very precise. From 360 degree traction technology, to a form fitting support tongue this Scott Supertrac RC running shoe review will dissect it all.
- Comfort – a roomy toe box helps with blister prevention and avoids pressure around your toes even on tough downhill descents. At first glance the laces and tongue seem a little aggressive, I half expected to have problems with the bridge of my foot. This is not the case, the tongue is extremely tough but seems to mould to your foot. The sole also features engineered Eva to offer plenty of cushioning. I used these during the Hardmoors Wainstones marathon and after 4 hours and 50 minutes on a tough course my feet were fine.
- Grip – Probably Scott’s best feature and certainly my favourite, radial traction. This unique bottom centres around the ball of your big toe (where you should push off from.) This leads to supreme grip on any surface, especially technical and rocky courses. During the Wainstones marathon I felt comfortable throwing myself down the three sisters and took corners at speed with ease.
- Hard wearing – After a real battering on rock, shale and mud my Scott Supertrac RC’s seem untouched. I did worry the fabric adjoining the toe cap might split but again, after well over 100 miles there is no sign of wear or tear. I also worried the grip might wear down but again, bar a few scratches that has held up too.
- Price – I honestly cannot find any real negative, at least not technically. The only downside may be the retail price of £125. My response to that is stop been tight, The Scott Supertrac RC running shoe is worth the investment.
The Supertrac RC’s do work with insoles and custom orthotics. I pronate and suffer with knee issues, my insoles (pictured right) are standard and fairly soft but raised across the arch to reduce rolling. I feel just as comfortable wearing my RC’s with insoles as I do without.
As with most trail and fell running shoes, width and depth can be an issue when adding the addition of custom orthotics, making the shoe too tight. I have not experienced any issues though and that includes while racing for almost five hours on tough terrain.
Terrain And Grip
Whether it be rock or dirt, wet or dry the Supertrac RC’s cope in most conditions. I have enjoyed taking sharp corners with confidence, training around local forest trails and descending more technical ground like loose rock and slippery stone. The image below shows that radial, 360 degree grip which centres around your big toe joint.
Some trail shoes can slip as you push off, this is another area the RC’s excel. Also worth noting mud kicks off the bottoms with relative ease, unlike some others (ie Saucony Peregrine) which are a pain to deflect mud in wet conditions.
As stated, I did have worries about durability especially where fabric and rubber meet across the toe tops. This area can take a real battering as the toe joint flexes and stretches, but my fears were in vein. The fabric held up after more than 100 miles and a real hammering. The soles look fantastic too, not sure what material is used but its extremely durable and the grip hasn’t worn at all.
Sizing And Comfort
I generally wear a size 8 day to day, but increase half a size for all my running shoes. The Scott Supertrac RC fits true to form and like most other trail shoes. I’d always recommend going half a size bigger in your running shoes and these are no different.
The toe box is roomy with plenty of wiggle space and this helps avoid blistering and bruising. As shown below, the shoe widens nicely in the front third while hugging to form around the arch and heel.
The back upper is well padded and hugs your Achilles tendon nicely without irritation. The tongue seems to mould to your bridge and offers additional padding, so regardless of lace tightness, they can’t be felt.
At a glance you may think the tongue a little harsh, don’t worry its not and does fit to form. The laces tie well and don’t require a double knot. Not to mention they are quite long, allowing ample room to slacken the shoes grip around your foot.
A sharp tug on each row of laces will tighten the shoe to your foot throughout, this still leaves ample wiggle room at the front. The best word to describe the upper is secure, the lacing system really does hug your foot without applying pressure, something others seem to struggle with.
Not the cheapest at £125 but sometimes you get what you pay for. I run five times a week and going forward I want to race hard, this is only possible when you trust your feet and what they rest on. For me, the Scott Supertrac RC running shoe is worth the price tag.
Prepare for a bold statement. Scotts Supertrac RC running shoe is THE best trail and fell shoe I have bought. From comfort, to precision and durability it ticks every box. I struggle to find off road shoes which work well with my custom orthotics and the RC’s accept them as a second skin. Plus, they look so cool!
The price can be my only negative but when a shoe is this good, cost shouldn’t really come into it!