Scott Supertrac Ultra RC

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341g (UK 8) £139.99
scott-sports.com

These are the closest you’ll find in this test to what feels like a fast road shoe built for the trails. The levels of bounce per ounce (8.5oz per shoe, for imperial measurement fans) are sky-high; each footfall is absorbed then translated into responsive, motive force to power you along parched tracks. Head into technical terrain and the incredibly flexible lugs on the outsole provide peerless grip. They might be the most expensive shoes on test, but if you can stretch to them they’re something else. It’s worth noting that, while they felt stable and secure, the midfoot is rather narrow. 8mm drop.

Verdict: Springy sole and exceedingly good grip
9/10