Despite little fanfare, Scott Sports, a Swiss-owned company with a U.S. headquarters in Ogden, Utah, has continued to refine its running shoe line over the past few years. The updated Palani balances the call of duty as a lightweight everyday trainer or a mildly cushioned speed shoe. It’s built on a rockered midsole that helps your foot roll from landing to toe-off with a fluid, efficient stride; a mechanical advantage that is all the more apparent late in a run, when you are tired and can use any help you can get. The Palani is a welcome mix of plush and lightweight and it holds up well for long runs, thanks to the injected midsole material that dampens impact with the road while providing a measure of rewarding rebound. The sizing is a true fit and the open mesh with seamless overlays holds the foot in a tidy and effective manner without compromising breathability. The textured rubber outsole is quite durable and offers superlative road traction. Popular with triathletes, the Palani serves as a go-to lightweight trainer or racer for half or full marathon distances, thanks to its cushioned and neutral performance. However, as a lighter, neutral trainer, the shoe may not have enough guidance and structure for heavier-footed runners.
This is the shoe for you if … you’re looking for a lightweight, versatile shoe for training and racing applications.
Weights: 9.5 oz. (men’s), 8.0 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 11mm; 25mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)