Scott T2 Palani

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Scott T2 Palani Review Facts

The Scott T2 Palani is a performance shoe that has been designed to help you run more efficiently and comfortably in road races and triathlons. It also performs great when worn for training sessions thanks to the great balance and support it brings. The shoes are specialized shoes for triathlon running, specifically for the portion of it where you move from biking to running. The eRide technology of the shoe provides a rocking chair movement that promotes a mid-foot strike for enhanced efficiency and extra comfort. Without being a minimalist shoe, it manages to provide that natural mid-foot strike that generates fewer impacts in the joints and promotes smoother and longer runs. With good breathability and durability, these shoes should be considered as the next addition to your training shoe arsenal.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Good breathability
  • Good cushioning
  • Natural mid-foot strike
  • Great traction
  • Extended durability
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Low profile heel
Cons
  • Shoelaces tend to come untied
  • Tricky sizing
  • Can feel narrow
  • Discontinued
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

From the design to the way it feels underfoot, the outsole of these shoes makes them very comfortable for almost any kind of runner. The eRide geometry technology the shoe features makes them more efficient and more protective. The design creates a rocking chair movement that prevents heel landings and promotes increased bounce and more energetic toe offs. The heel shape will make you make your foot to roll forward more easily by converting the impact of landing into powerful take off energy. The outsole incorporates a different lug pattern in almost every anatomical section of your foot. The areas on the inside of the arch and on the outer side of your forefoot provide good traction when running on wet surfaces.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is an AeroFoam+ that is able to provide lightweight cushioning and a comfortable bouncy feeling. The AeroFoam+ is also more durable than regular EVA midsoles used in other similar shoes because of its extra elasticity. The midsole is connected to the outsole to provide good water drainage using the Drainage Ports located on the front, sides, and heel of the shoe. This feature will help the shoes dry faster when running triathlons or when running in rainy conditions. The shoes feel really soft and comfortable thanks to the great shock absorption and energy distribution the AeroFoam+ helps to provide with the eRide.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of this shoe is highly breathable with overlays that provide structural integrity to this section of the shoe. The mesh used on the exterior of the upper, combined with a second softer layer, provide optimal breathability to the shoes so you can experience cool and dry runs. The upper is very flexible and provides a good fit to your foot. These shoes come with traditional laces, so if you are going to run a triathlon with them, we suggest to look for triathlon laces. The tongue is made of a thin foam that repels water and prevents water from entering your shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

These shoes manage to stay lightweight and provide a good level of comfort. As neutral performance shoes, the Palani make a great job when it comes to reducing weight. Below 300 grams, these shoes bring great responsiveness, protection, and comfort for triathlon and other technical runs. The average weight for the men’s shoes is 250 grams (8.8 oz.). For the women's shoes, the average weight is only 230 grams (8.1 oz.). They are light and they feel even lighter thanks to the eRide technology.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Scott T2 Palani neutral performance shoes provide a good level of breathability. The mesh upper makes possible for the moisture from within the shoe to evaporate faster for a dryer environment. At the same time, the flow of air to the inside of the shoe is good. That makes it possible to have good temperature control for more comfortable rides. Your feet will not feel overheated when wearing these shoes. As they are meant to be triathlon running shoes, they come with Drainage Ports in the front, sides and heel areas to allow the water in the shoe to drain faster. You can swim with these shoes and have an efficient run or cycling ride afterward.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

These shoes are known to be very comfortable overall. The AeroFoam+ midsole supports and holds your underfoot in a comfortable position for longer. The cushioning and bouncy feeling you get from the midsole helps to generate softer landings and smoother transitions. The eRide geometry of the outsole mimics the movement of a rocking chair, promoting more natural mid-foot strikes. That adds protection to your joints and provides extra comfort during long runs. The upper of the shoe is very flexible so it adapts to your foot and follows your movements with ease. The shoes make a great job in keeping themselves cool and dry for longer for optimal temperatures within them.
Style
Style

Style

The style of these shoes is unique due to the eRide geometry of the midsole. The shape of the shoe looks different because of the convex-shaped outsole. The combination of colors is limited, and as they have been discontinued it will be even harder to get the color you want. But you can try, there is still plenty of stock in online stores. The shoes look bulky, but they do not feel that way. The synthetic stitched overlays in the upper come with a cool design that brings a lot of style to the shoes. Big and bright SCOTT logos have been placed on both sides of the shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

One of the reviewers’ favorite features of this shoe is its durability. The Palani neutral performance shoes integrate high-quality materials in each one of its sections. From the highly durable outsole to the flexible but very wear-resistant upper mesh, these shoes will provide extended durability. The RideFlow technology in the outsole reinforces the high abrasion areas. The AeroFoam+ has been made more elastic than its previous version in order to make it more resilient to harsh use. The upper features a very resistant mesh that is placed over a thin breathable layer for enhanced breathability. The tongue is made of a high-quality foam as well.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The protection these shoes bring starts in the outsole. The traction the outsole provides will not let you slip, even when running under wet conditions. The outsole is also thick but flexible enough that will protect you from debris found on the road such as sharp rocks. Combined with the midsole, they manage to promote a more natural mid-foot strike. The eRide geometry prevents injuries to the knees and hips by promoting a strike that naturally creates less shock during the landings. Their breathability will prevent the formation of blisters and hot spots. A toe cap is featured on the front of each shoe to prevent harm from debris you may bump into while running.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The eRide geometry and the AeroFoam+ midsole promote a more natural mid-foot strike for enhanced efficiency. The shoes are responsive in a unique way as they will teach you how to move. The outsole is not very flexible but the midsole is, so you will find a combination that will allow you to move faster and smoothly by following the rules of the eRide geometry of the shoe. The traction of the outsole is really good, so the shoes are able to provide a multi-directional responsiveness. The fit of the shoe is good and if you change its traditional laces for triathlon laces, you will feel you’re wearing socks with an outsole.
Support
Support

Support

Excellent support is what most of the reviewers have said these shoes provide. The AeroFoam+ provides solid support for your underfoot. With great cushioning on the heel area and in the arch, these shoes are known to provide good support for people with high arches but also for people with flat feet. That shows the versatility of these shoes in terms of accommodating different foot shapes. The fit provided by the overlays on the mesh upper provides a snug fit. The heel counter makes sure to locked down your foot in the right place all the time. The Scott Insole System offers insoles made especially for men and women for a custom fit.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Made as neutral performance shoes for running triathlons, these shoes can take you virtually anywhere you want to go. The traction of the outsole is remarkable and the support is good enough for almost any kind of activity. Take them to the gym for training or for a walk in the mountains and they will feel just as comfortable. Great traction and responsiveness is provided even when running under wet circumstances. They perform best, however, when running on asphalt, roads, tracks and gravel. Taking them for hill running may not be a very good idea due to the small lugs and the convex shape of the outsole.
Price
Price

Price

These shoes are not the cheapest ones, but you can say they are still affordable, especially after you know more about the great comfort they provide. The MSRP of the Scott T2 Palani is $130 USD for both men and women. As they have been discontinued for a while, you can get really good deals through online retailers. The shoes are definitely good value for your money. Keep in mind that the price varies depending on the size of the shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Excellent traction is what you can expect from these shoes. The very intricate pattern in the outsole makes possible to provide traction for almost any ground condition. It has sections that enhance traction on wet surfaces, and there are sections that provide better traction on asphalt and others that make you run on gravel and even sand very efficiently. The outsole is not super flexible, but it comes with different technologies that make possible to have great runs regardless of the terrain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

These shoes are not the most flexible shoes you can buy. The stiffness of the shoe is just below 50%, experienced runners have said. However, the rocking chair movement these shoes promote makes the outsole to curve and be less flexible, but also promote a mid-foot strike for more natural and smoother gait cycles. The upper is very flexible as well as the AeroFoam+ midsole. The midsole provides enough flexibility inside the shoe so the shoe accommodates to the shape of your foot for better comfort and support.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The eRide geometry of the shoe pretty much dictates the stability and flexibility of these shoes. The convex shape of the outsole may mislead your concept about their stability. In any case, the Palani are very stable shoes. Made for running triathlons, they have been designed to provide very stable and supported rides. The synthetic overlays provide durable and integral stability to the upper of the shoes. The heel counter locks your foot in the correct position for you to have the most efficient ride. The shoes promote a more natural mid-foot strike for smoother and more stable transitions.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The Scott T2 Palani neutral performance running shoes have an 11 mm drop. The forefoot height is 15 mm and the heel height is 26 mm for both men and women. The drop of the shoe, combined with the eRide technology, promotes a mid-foot strike for more efficient and protective runs.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- AeroFoam+ midsole
- eRide Geometry
- RideFlow technology
- Scott Insole System
- Removable insoles
- Drainage Ports
- Excellent durability
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

If you have signed up for a triathlon and are looking for the perfect pair of shoes to train for your race, you should consider the Scott T2 Palani. Providing excellent traction, lightweight and remarkable support, these shoes will help you to conquer any run, bike, or swim with ease and comfort. A mid-foot strike may take you further than you thought, long runs were never this comfortable. The Drainage Ports are a unique feature of these shoes. They will help to drain the water from inside the shoes when running a triathlon. The engineering of this shoe encourages smoother heel to toe transitions, and the interior is very comfortable. And, at such a deeply discounted price, you will want to grab a pair before it's too late.