Scott Boulder review£64.99

Scott's Boulder boot family is a long running one, but this evolved version is probably the best trail shoe they've made yet. While the All Mountain is broader than most shoes and the Urban is narrower, the Boulder sits somewhere in the middle.

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Scott's Boulder boot family is a long running one, but this evolved version is probably the best trail shoe they've made yet. While the All Mountain is broader than most shoes and the Urban is narrower, the Boulder sits somewhere in the middle.

It's slightly long and thin but not tight on broader feet due to the extensive fabric over the toe. Hard plastic strapping and lace anchoring points stabilise the shoe nicely though, as well as adding some bump protection. There's a big rubber rand around the front to stop stubbed toes and a well padded heel cuff, too. The fabric toe can be waterproofed with a spray which helps weatherproofing, but it's still cool in windchilled conditions. Cooler toes come summer is the obvious upside, though. The combination of 'hidden' laces and wrapover strap works really well to stabilise fit without pressure points and the big tall heel tab never caused us any undue grief either. As you'd expect, there's a female foot shaped 'lady' option, too. The underside of the Vibram sole is good and chunky with plenty of grip and surefooted feel, and there's enough flex in the nose to make it a bearable walker without losing pedal push and cleat comfort. Weight and price are reasonable, too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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