Review: RockyS2V Trail Runner

The RockyS2v Trail Runner is a new edition to the RockyS2V line of footwear.  They shoe turned out to have some flaws but overall a solid choice.  I’ve used the shoe extensively this summer for many outdoor activities as well as normal runs on pavement.

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Review: RockyS2V Trail Runner

The new trail runner may be perceived as too skimpy of an option to be used on technical, off trail terrain.  Personally with me, I prefer a more robust trail runner like the La Sportiva Ultra Raptors.  The S2V trail runner is ideal for well kept trails, kayaking and everyday walking.

A good comparison for the new S2V trail runner is basically any other lightweight, water resistant trail runners that would be used on well maintained trails.

Specs and Features

  • Dual-density Vibram®; outsole
  • Compression fit technology
  • Quick lacing system
  • Nylon pull loops on heel and tongue
  • Breathable mesh and neoprene upper
  • All-terrain tread design
  • External TPU arch support for rough terrain protection
  • Sleek concealed seam design
  • Ortholite footbed for superior comfort

The RockyS2V trail runner is a bit larger than normal size.  I normally wear size 13 and it is a bit loose but not completely uncomfortable.  I’d prefer a size 12.5.  In my La Sportiva Ultra Raptors I wear size 13.5.  The design of the S2V trail runner is designed for someone with average feet sizes.  My feet are on the smaller side so the S2V trail runners are not as snug as they would for someone with larger feet.

Pricing: $89.99

A Few Flaws..

The RockyS2V trail runner seem to be a solid choice but there are a few flaws.

  • The neoprene
  • Ortholite footbed that absorbs moisture
  • Compression fit

A few solutions:

  • Take the neoprene out
  • Take the Ortholite footbed out and replace it with a more standard footbed
  • Compression fit seems nice at first but it gets hot.  Take it out and put another system in.

The reasons I have these three dings for the S2V trail runner is because they all add up to one thing: heat.  They make your foot get extremely hot which can lead to blisters after even going on short runs.

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Outsole

The outsole of the S2V trail runner is a dual density Vibram outsole that can decently grip on different types of terrains.  The toe bumper for this shoe is a standard, very thin bumper that’ll eventually wear out over time.

Forefoot Stiffness

The forefoot stiffness of the S2V trail runner is very minimal.  There is no rock plate (like the Ultra Raptor) which can be critical when hiking on technical terrain and off trail.

Midsole

The EVA midsole is quite comfortable while hiking on trail and easy terrain.  The  S2V trail runner is very low to the ground.

The Upper

The upper is made of neoprene and mesh.  The issue with this is that it adds to the heat your foot gets while hiking.  Taking the neoprene upper out of this shoe will help a lot.  Waterproof is not needed for 3 season hiking conditions.

Overall

The RockyS2v Trail Runner is a solid choice for anyone wanting a trail shoe that is suitable for short on trail hiking, kayaking trips and everyday life.  The trail runner will be used for my upcoming kayaking trips and for my everyday life.

Disclosure: RockyS2V provided me with the trail runners to review.  There are affiliate links on this page that help support my efforts.