Asics Trail Scout 2 running shoe review: great for all-year-round running

The versatile and durable Asics Trail Scout 2 road and trail running shoe boasts all the right features to keep you powering on the whole year round

Asics Trail Scout 2
(Image: © Claire Maxted)

Advnture Verdict

The Asics Trail Scout 2 is stiff (at first), but it’s a great all-rounder for road and trail in all seasons with a traditional 10mm drop from heel to toe.


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    Suitable for roads and trails

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    Fairly wide toe box

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    Secure laces

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    Well cushioned

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    Heel loop


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    A little stiff at first

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    No eco materials mentioned

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Meet the reviewer

Claire Maxted
Claire Maxted

Claire is one of our leading trail running experts. The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine now runs her own YouTube channel and loves nothing more than hitting the trails. She's tested countless trail running shoes in her time and knows a good pair when she sees one.

Asics Trail Scout 2 running shoe: first impressions 

Representing fantastic value, the Asics Trail Scout 2s will tackle most surfaces with ease apart from extreme mud. They are padded enough for roads with the EVA foam midsole, and gave me a good amount of grip on most surfaces that I encountered on test, whether it was sidewalk or trails. They're a great all-rounder for those on a budget looking for a pair of the best cheap running shoes.

It builds on the success of the original Trail Scout with a redesigned heel structure, which gives greater stability and grip on technical surfaces.


• List price: $60 (US) / £55 (UK)
• Weight (pair UK 6.5): 562g / 19.8oz
• Colors: Men’s: Black / Black & Lumo Yellow / Navy & Yellow / Navy & Orange; Women’s: Blue & Orange / Black & Pink / Black, Turquoise & Pink
• Drop: 10mm
• Compatibility: All-distance runs on multi-surfaces

The fit is true to size, the toe box is roomy and I was able to get a nice, snug fit with the traditional-style laces. The tongue is soft and padded and the synthetic mesh uppers feel very durable and weather / puddle / stone resistant, but at the same time ventilated enough to be breathable on warmer or longer runs.

At the rear is a Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System to reduce impact, and the 10mm drop from heel to toe is good for runners used to traditional road running shoes which usually have 10-12mm drop (for more on that subject see: What is drop in running shoes?). The outsole rubber is abrasion resistant too, so these should last for many miles of running. The heel loop is a nice feature to get the shoe on and off easily too.

Asics Trail Scout 2 running shoe: on the road

Asics Trail Scout 2

Asics Trail Scout 2s are great all-year-round runners (Image credit: Asics)

Although stiff at first through the midsole, I found the Asics Trail Scout 2 perfectly good for plenty of miles on my Lincolnshire roads, and when moving to easy trails around the local quarry and fields too. This bargain shoe really held up over tarmac, gritty paths, grass and puddly, muddy ground. 

They’re a little heavier than average for running shoes, but they feel very durable and I was impressed at the level of weather resistance too; the high synthetic leather rand at the front of the shoe deflects splashes and stops water from long wet grass soaking through for a little while too. The mesh over the top of the shoe is breathable though, so I didn’t get too hot in these – I'd recommend them for year-round use. 

I enjoyed the regular fit and fairly wide toe box, plus the secure lacing, but on my left foot the synthetic leather pushed inwards with each foot strike about 3cm down from the little toe. Of course, this won’t be the case for everyone, but it shows the importance of trying shoes on and running round your house in them before you buy (with your intended trail running socks on remember) to make sure it fits your foot shape. 

Claire Maxted

The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films about trail- and ultra-running advice, inspiration, races and gear reviews. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, Claire's first book, The Ultimate Trail Running Handbook (5k to 50k), is out now. Her second, The Ultimate Ultra Running Handbook (50k to 100 miles), is out Autumn 2024. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.