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The ASICS Gel Scout provides serious traction and rugged trail performance, featuring moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.


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Runners World Editor's Choice Oct 12Bring along the ASICS Gel Scout for your next trail running adventure. The shoe's outsole gives you full contact with the ground for more stability and a better connection to the trail. A soft upper creates comfort and a supportive cage wraps your foot for extra durability. Aggressively lugged with a forefoot rock plate, this shoe performs well on rocky and loosely packed trails.

Model Number:

Weight: 11.9 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (30mm), Forefoot (22mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to high volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Gel Scout is a moderate feature, moderate neutral trail shoe designed for high mileage and daily training.


  • Rearfoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.
  • Forefoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.


  • Solyte is an ultra light, top-of-the-line midsole that delivers durable and responsive cushioning.


  • Closed Mesh on the upper keeps out debris while remaining breathable.
  • Heel Clutching System uses an exoskeletal structure that wraps the heel for a secure fit.
  • Anti Gravel Tongue keeps debris out of the shoe.
  • Lace Pocket at the top of the tongue enables laces to be tucked out of the way.
  • Perforated Sockliner provides breathability and adds underfoot comfort.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to Solyte 55 Foam, for enhanced cushioning and a moderately soft underfoot feel.


  • ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) outsole is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.
  • Rock Plate between the midsole and outsole protects feet against stone bruising.
  • Trail Specific Outsole on the heel and forefoot uses opposite facing lugs to provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of surfaces.
  • WET GRIP Outsole is made from a blend of organic and non-organic components for increased traction on wet surfaces.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Terribly flimsy shoes. After less than 300km the shoes are ripped apart. The grip on the soles are torn of, the uppers are full of holes and the toe boxes are destroyed. If Asics want to compete in the trail running market they will have to produce a more robust shoe. This shoe is only good for basic Jeep track running.
From: Andre. June 7th 2014

Comments: Great trail shoes... Wore these through a tough winter. Great grip and flexibility. Only complaint is that after 4 months both toe boxes are blow open on both sides. If they could make the upper a little tougher I'd buy a dozen of these. Now I'm not sure if I want another pair... they're amazing, but won't last but a few months...
From: Anonymous, Akron, OH, USA. April 19th 2014

Comments: Great shoe. I've run an ultra in them, no problems. I've run many rocky trails, mud, pretty much everything and they're always comfortable. They're not super light, but they don't feel like blocks of lead on my feet either. When these one's wear out, which might take a long time, I will definitely buy another pair. Hopefully Asics will keep making them.
From: Josh, Modiin, Israel. 3/6/14

Comments: Purchased a pair of these shoes specifically for a 60k race that had both trail and road sections. They were the perfect choice - over rocks, through the mud and down the road. Zero problems.
From: Jeff, Dublin, OH, USA

Comments: I bought these shoes to train up for my first 50k and 50 miler. The trails near home have some very rocky sections, so I wanted something with good protection. Also, training in the winter, I wanted shoes that would drain and shed mud well. Also, being able to run on asphalt to the trails would be a bonus. These shoes turned out to be a winner on all these counts. I have been very happy with the traction in all conditions. I barely feel the sharp rocks I step on, but there's enough feel for the trail to give me good control. While I have been extremely pleased, there are a few things that could be improved. First is the color scheme. First run I took them straight into the mud to try to improve the look. After a few runs they eventually got dirty enough that they are almost bearable. (Of course this is personal preference). Secondly, the durability of the uppers is not great. There is a soft inner mesh and a coarse outer mesh. The outer mesh is not very flexible. Early on I noticed a gash in on the side of the shoe near my big toe. I thought I had clipped a branch or something that tore it. But the same exact tear developed on the other shoe. It is at the flex point in the shoe. The material is firm and brittle so it broke rather than flexing well. Also, because they have the outer mesh for protection, the inner mesh was made to be much thinner than in a typical shoe. This may not be a problem for most people, but I am a mild "big toe lifter". I was wondering why some of the brand new socks I bought wore out at the big toe in one 20-mile run.
From: Homer, Norther California

Comments: It's love at first run. I picked these up last weeked on a trip to the US, had them shipped to my hotel. As usual my experience with RW was flawless, it's 6X in 2012 I've purchased from RW and everytime I've been very happy. Where to start. They run roomy for a 10. I was previously running in a Size 10 Cascadia which I found a bit tight on the toes, a 10 here fit perfect, lots of room for toe splay, and no bumping on steep downs. The fit was excellent, these are my first Asics, I normally run in Saucony or Brooks, and found the fit as good or better than my Triumphs. I'm a neutral runner, and I find any arch support hard to adjust to, these came in perfect. My first run was a 29m hilly trail run it also was snowing (better than the rain they predicted). The traction was better than I expected with no noticeable slippage I can comment on. I did take it easy on slick rocks, but not many shoes would accomodate for slick rocks with snow anyway. I left this long cold run with my feet/ankles feeling great. I've been suffering through some PF lately and was fearful at this distance it would be ugly, it feels better today than any other run in a long while. Styling is good, my running partner liked it more than I do, but frankly I don't care for any styling, I'm more a functional/comfortable person. It could be hot pink for all I care. Overall this is a winner in my eyes. I'm now praying Asics keeps true to form with this shoe for years to come because I've finally found the trail shoe I need. I liked it so much I've signed up for my 2nd Ultra in the spring of 2013.
From: Ron, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Comments: At 12 ounces, I was a little skeptical, but the shoe got great reviews, so I gave it a try. It's unique for a trail shoe because there are few that can effectively run on the road and then tackle really muddy, hilly, rocky, technical terrain equally well. The thin mesh wrapping outside of the shoe does a great job keep leaves and sticks from grabbing. The flexibility in the forefoot is good considering the rock plate. Traction was fine in deep mud and the grooves were able to shed it later in the run, too. The lace tab feature at the top of the tongue is cool but it isn't very durable - have a couple of holes already with only 50 miles on them. So far very happy with the shoe. It has a Nimbus sort of fit, which is pretty generous width and depth-wise. For those of us with wider feet we have few options in the trail world and this is very good one.
From: Anonymous

Comments: When I got them in the mail, I really liked the bright orange on blue. Your computer screen won't capture how nice and bright it is.
The important part is how they run.  I took them on a muddy, technical, 11 mile run.  I forded deep creeks several times.  They were stable, sticky, and the water left as fast as it entered (which is instantly). 
Because of the lower heel to toe drop, they accommodate a midfoot strike well.  They also climb and descend as well as any shoe I've owned.  The firm cushioning makes the shoe responsive and comfortable, an important balance to consider in a trail shoe.  The full contact bottom resembles the Cascadia and I would say that this shoe is a slightly beefier version of that iconic shoe (however, the upper is crazy breathable for such tough out a pair of cj-7s for your feet).   
Lastly, they look even better with some mud on them and I can't wait to take them out again :)
From: Josh, Blacksburg, VA, USA