Scott Race Rocker General Info
The Scott Race Rocker is a light, nimble, and comfortable minimalist shoe that provides a fantastic ride with cushioning and grip right where it’s needed. The shoe sports an attractive and functional design, providing plenty of toe room, an unobtrusive heel, and a breathable upper. Better known perhaps for its footprint in the cycling world, the Race Rocker provides an exceptional experience devoid of the gimmicky design commonly seen within the minimalist market. Though perhaps not the racing flat it claims to be, the Race Rocker provides a comfortable, dependable, and reliable run that allow your feet some freedom along with a touch of support.
Scott Race Rocker Impressions
I was unfamiliar with Scott, so I came into the testing period with no expectations of the shoe. Upon unboxing, I marveled at the attractive color scheme (a rarity in the world of running shoes), the sleek design of the upper, the thin midsole, and the minimalist outsole tread. Though I may not have heard of the Race Rocker before, I was impressed with what I saw.
Thankfully, wearing the shoes provided similar impressions—the Race Rocker provided a light and comfortable run with just enough cushioning. Featuring a slim 5 millimeter heel-to-toe drop, the shoe’s heel was at just the right height without getting in the way of my gait. The toe box was roomy without being too wide, another feature that is not always easy to come by in the minimalist market. Lastly, the upper was breathable and light, helping the shoe weigh a scant 6.5 ounces. All told, the shoes were great to run in by virtue of being conservatively designed—no hyperbolic list of features or gimmicky materials. Simply put, Scott made a great shoe by focusing on the basics—cushioning where it’s needed, reduced materials where it’s feasible, and a well-picked color scheme to seal the deal.
Scott Race Rocker Sole Unit
The Race Rocker’s sole unit features AeroFoam material, which Scott reports is 25% lighter than the traditional EVA foam found in most running shoes. The midsole was supportive without being overly-cushioned: though it felt like it could be overly cushioned for a racing flat, the midsole was still relatively stiff and allowed me to feel the road while running.
The outsole shines on the Race Rocker, providing a slim yet responsive grip on dirt, gravel, and road surfaces. Keeping true to its minimal, racing flat ethos, the outsole has treads at the forefoot and nuanced grooves everywhere else. By not creating an outsole with overly-technical treads, the Race Rocker provides grip where necessary, and little where it isn’t. This element was a welcome sight as few minimalist shoes need the amount of outsole tread they’re usually sporting.
Scott Race Rocker Upper Unit
The Race Rocker’s upper is fairly nondescript in the absolute best ways possible—light, comfortable, and roomy in all the right places. The upper consists of a mesh material that is nearly translucent in the toe box—allowing feet to breathe comfortably no matter the weather or duration of the run. The upper is moderately cushioned for a minimalist shoe, inasmuch as it’s comfortable without being overbearing. It took me no time to break in the shoes, and they were comfortable from the first wear onwards.
Scott Race Rocker Opinion
Breaking into the US market once again, Scott offers a great minimalist shoe in the Race Rocker. A lightweight shoe which still holds onto better components of conventional running shoe design, the Race Rocker is a comfortable and responsive model for short runs, speedwork, or middle-distance racing. It’s important to remember that Scott shoes fit to size, so runners are encouraged to get a half-size smaller than they may usually buy.
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