John Shepard over at Take it on the Run sent some shoes for us to review. The size was perfect for Team Faster Bastard runner Adam Palmer.
Adam: I was excited to have the opportunity to try out the Scott e-ride AF Trainer. While I have seen Scott shoes advertised, this was my first time running in them. I generally wear mid-weight neutral shoes, nothing too lightweight or minimal and nothing too heavy.
My first impressions of the shoe were that it is a fairly light running shoe. The size 9 is about 8 ½ ounces which is a solid ounce lighter than most of my running shoes. The shoe is designed with a curved heel to toe profile and this is supposed to roll the foot forward, which is important when you’re trying to keep moving. The shoe looks snazzy; the red, yellow, and black color combination reminds me of a trail shoe for some reason. For good or bad, it’s easy to identify the Scott brand because the name is printed on both sides of the shoe rather than using a marketing symbol like the swoosh. With that said, I think it is a nice looking shoe and very noticeable. The upper is made from a lightweight mesh material and the tongue is a one piece attached design that hugs the foot like a sock. The tongue is very thin and there is no need to worry about it bunching up or staying in place. I didn’t have any problems with the laces staying tied. There was plenty of room in the toe box and that’s always important because my feet are just a little wide. I think the curved heel to toe rocker design potentially helped my stride and allowed my foot to roll forward.
Adam: The fit was a little on the large size for me, even though others have said that it fits true to size. It took some effort for me to get a snug feeling, and unfortunately the tongue doesn’t offer any cushioning for tying tight laces. I usually felt the laces for the first few minutes of a run and then my feet would settle in and it wasn’t much of a problem. I like shoes with a lot of cushioning and these did not feel like they provided the same plush feel as other trainers that I run in. Maybe I needed another ounce of cushion?
Adam: After logging a little over 30 miles, I haven’t fallen in love with the shoe. However, I haven’t given up on them either and I will keep them in my rotation for shorter runs. Some runners like to feel the road, but I’m more of a “pillows under my feet” kind of runner. I’m sure this would be a great shoe for some, I imagine it would appeal to those looking for lightweight, typical heel to toe drop, and moderate cushioning.