Monday, December 19, 2011

Review of Scoott eRide Grip Trail Shoe

I've been searching for a light weight trail shoe with a decent sole that could withstand some pretty rocky trail here in Texas.

John, who runs Run Break, said he knew the perfect shoe and asked me to review the Scott eRide Grip IM.

Not knowing Scott even made trail shoes, I serached the world wide web to see what I could find out about this shoe. I was pretty shocked when I could not find much information about this shoe and no reviews.

John said that he's been impressed with them and has become a distributor because he can't find a lot of folks who carry them.

I was skeptical at first. This was not a shoe that looked light. I could not find the weight of this thing on the Scott website or any website for that matter. But it looked super cool.

I immediately took them out of the box and they fix perfectly. They are quite comfortable and more flexible than I thought they would be.

They have a great sole with some good grip on them.

According to Scott, this shoe has an "Ergologic Ride™"

Run more naturally:

1.) With its mild Rocker Shape and lower heel height, the unique midsole design promotes a healthier body position and running form.

2.) EMG Testing at the “Human Performance Lab”, University of Calgary*, indicates that the eRide-Technology is more energy efficient than standard designs.

3.) eRide enables a midfoot strike while providing a more cushioned and stable platform. The unique shape smoothly accommodates heel, midfoot or forefoot strikers.

4.) The rocker heel shape effectively creates a lower profile heel, minimizing heel-strike.

5.) The mild rocker geometry creates a smoother transition between phases of the gait cycle and more efficient propulsion.

6.) The minimalistic sole design is lighter weight and puts the foot closer to the ground, while still providing necessary cushioning, protection and traction.

Scott also boasts a new Ion-Mask technology. According to Scott, IM is ...
"Invisible to wearers, the protective layer of ion-mask™ is over one thousand times thinner than a human hair. The technology is molecularly bonded to the whole surface of the product making it extremely durable without affecting the look or feel of the product. Furthermore, ion-mask™ lasts as long as the material itself and is not compromised by everyday wear. Treated articles keep wearers comfortable and dry by repelling water from outside and maintaining optimum control of temperature and breathability. By resisting the absorption of water and dirt, ion-mask™ also helps guard against stains, making products look newer for longer."

I ran 12 miles on these on the trails of Northshore at Lake Grapevine. I would say this trail is a 3 in technical. The shoes did great. They were nimble and flexible, but I would hardly call them "minimal" as Scott says.

The next weekend, I ran a 10-mile race at Isle Du Bois. This trail is full of rocks. And I was glad to have this shoe. The shoe has enough of a sole to keep those rocks from killing the bottom of your feet, but are still flexible. The one thing I hate about the Brooks Cascadias are that they are just too stiff in the sole.

Bottom line:
- It's not a minimalist shoe.
- It's a good lighter weight shoe that has some great tread and good for rocky terrain.
- I don't buy into this whole business of it helping with a midfoot stride. They say that it has a "rocker" sole. Eh, could not really notice that at all.

If you want a decent, lightweight shoe that has some grip and is good on rocks, this is a good choice. If you are looking for a more minimalist shoe, this is not a good choice.

For more information on the shoe (which isn't much), see the Scott website

Also, go visit Run Break for his review of another Scott model. It's also a great resoruce for other shoes and gear.

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