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Scott MTB Team Boa Review

A quality shoe that offers high-end performance at a reasonable price
Scott MTB Team Boa
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Price:  $150 List | $149.95 at Competitive Cyclist
Pros:  Good power transfer, comfortable, secure, many features
Cons:  Minimal protection, not the most durable
Manufacturer:   Scott
By Dillon Osleger ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 22, 2019
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  • Power Transfer - 20% 8
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Traction Walkability - 25% 8
  • Weight - 15% 9
  • Durability - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Rarely is it the case that any product including the moniker "Pro" or "Team" comes in at an affordable price, but the Scott MTB Team Boa provides a wealth of features and high performance while leaving enough change in your wallet to buy quite a few post-ride meals. While the Scott MTB Team Boa wasn't the cheapest shoe in our test, the quality of this shoe shines brightly above others in its price class. Those looking for a more enduro-styled shoe at a similar price would do well to check out the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch.

Scott has updated the MTB Team Boa slightly since testing. The primary difference is in the Boa closure that now has a flap that wraps over the mid-foot. We've got an updated model for testing and will update this review soon. April 2021

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Pros Good power transfer, comfortable, secure, many featuresLightweight, comfortable, stiff, great power transfer, vibram soles, customizable insolesLightweight, reasonable price, casual style, great blend of pedaling stiffness and walkabilitycomfortable, versatile, great traction while hiking, boa closures, good styleLugged //Vibram// sole, versatile fit, stiff but walkable
Cons Minimal protection, not the most durableNo on-the-fly adjustments, limited foot protection, expensiveRoomy fit in the forefoot, not the best lateral stabilitySometimes too grippy for a clipless focused shoe, heavyLimited on-the-go adjustments
Bottom Line An XC/trail riding shoe that combines high performance with affordabilityLightweight, stiff, and comfortable, this shoe is one of our favoritesLightweight with good power transfer and walkability, these are a reasonably priced trail riding shoe with casual stylingStiff, comfortable, and protective, this shoe is a great choice for the demands of enduro-style ridingA lightweight and sturdy shoe to take on the backcountry
Rating Categories Scott MTB Team Boa Giro Empire VR90 Specialized 2FO Roost Clip Five Ten Kestrel Pro Boa Specialized Rime 2.0
Power Transfer (20%)
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7
Comfort (25%)
9
9
8
9
8
Traction Walkability (25%)
8
6
9
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10
Weight (15%)
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8
Durability (15%)
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9
8
9
8
Specs Scott MTB Team Boa Giro Empire VR90 Specialized 2FO... Five Ten Kestrel... Specialized Rime 2.0
Closure Boa dials, plus velcro strap Laces Laces Boa dial plus velcro at toe box L6 Boa and Laces
Measured Weight (per shoe) 405 grams 388 grams 375 grams 511 grams 419 grams
Size Tested 45 45 43.5 10.5 44.5
Width Options Regular Regular and High Volume(HV) Regular Regular Regular
Upper Material Micro Fiber, mesh Microfiber Synthetic Leather and Textile Synthetic XPEL Hydrophobic Mesh
Footbed ErgoLogic molded EVA footbed Specialized Body Geometry OrthoLite Specialized Body Geometry
Sole Composite Easton EC90 Carbon Fiber Stiff Lollipop nylon composite plate Carbon-infused nylon shank Lollipop Nylon Composite
Outsole StickiRubber Vibram Mont Molded Rubber High Traction Lugged Outsole, Mid-Foot Scuff Guard, Accomodates Steel Toe Spikes SlipNot FG Steatlh C4 rubber Vibram

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Scott MTB Team Boa was designed to meet the demands of trail or all-mountain riding, but we found it to be best suited for everything from XC to more aggressive all-mountain riding. The Swiss company Scott has come up with a well thought out design that incorporates high-quality materials and features at an affordable price. For those looking to get the most out of their dollar in an XC style shoe, the Scott MTB Team Boa is our recommendation.

Performance Comparison


When tested against a field of similarly priced competitors, the...
When tested against a field of similarly priced competitors, the Scott MTB Team came out on top.
Photo: Dillon Osleger

Power Transfer


For the price, these offer excellent power transfer. These shoes are stiff enough for most riders, with minimal and hardly noticeable sole flex unless you compare them side by side with the stiffest shoes we tested like the Giro Empire VR90.


While XC racers would likely prefer the Giro Empire VR90 and Enduro focused athletes would be better off picking the similarly stiff Five Ten Kestral Pro Boa, the majority of riders should find the Team MTB Boa suitable for the demands of everyday XC style trail riding and even light-duty racing.

Testing the Giro Empire VR90 and Scott MTB Team Boa back to back on...
Testing the Giro Empire VR90 and Scott MTB Team Boa back to back on the xc/trail bike.
Photo: Dillon Osleger

Comfort


The comfort is a result of the quality footbed, supple Microfiber uppers, and the even tension of the Boa closures.


The fit of this shoe is slightly tighter and more performance-oriented than some other brands. The result is a precise fit that may feel somewhat snug the first time you try them on but breaks in quickly. The ErgoLogic footbed offers just enough cushioning for all-day rides without being too cushy. The Microfiber uppers are a leather-esque material with a number of ventilation holes that help make these shoes comfortable in even the hottest conditions. There is minimal protection on the shoe, except for cushioning around the ankle cuff, making it less adept at the bike park or enduro duty than our Top Pick for Enduro Racers, the Five Ten Kestral Pro Boa. The shoe is tightened around the foot by a single Boa dial adjusting the upper and middle of the shoe, while a well-placed velcro strap finishes the task at the bottom of the foot. The Boa closure pulls tension evenly around the middle and upper part of the foot, and it can quickly and easily be adjusted out on the trail. The shoe feels incredibly secure and comfortable when the dial and velcro are tightened down.

Despite its XC styling, the Scott MTB Team is a versatile shoe...
Despite its XC styling, the Scott MTB Team is a versatile shoe that's good for just about everything but gravity riding.

Traction and Walkability


The patented StickiRubber that comprises the MTB Team Boa outsole makes it at home walking on most surfaces and in the majority of weather conditions. They aren't as confidence inspiring as some of the trail/all-mountain shoes in this test, but they perform admirably.


The one caveat with these shoes is the smaller size of the sole lugs, resulting in a larger ordeal when hiking up uneven or steep surfaces such as rocks or through deadfall. The toe of the shoe has mounts for toe cleats, which are sold separately but would make traction significantly better if you find yourself in muddy or loose conditions often or intend to use these shoes for cyclocross racing.

They aren't the best, but they're far from the worst in terms of...
They aren't the best, but they're far from the worst in terms of traction and walkability.
Photo: Dillon Osleger

Weight


The Scott MTB Team Boa weighed in on the lighter end of the spectrum in our test, being as equally light as the Bontrager Foray and only 20g heavier than the Giro Empire VR90. They are far lighter than the more gravity focused models in this test, 150g less per shoe than the Five Ten HellCat Pro.


Costing only a few bucks more than the Bontrager Foray and half as much as the ritzy Giro Empire VR90, the Scott MTB Team Boa is similarly lightweight and provides a higher level of performance than the former and costs half of the latter. From a price to weight ratio standpoint, these shoes are a great deal.

They're pretty lightweight, but that doesn't keep you from laying...
They're pretty lightweight, but that doesn't keep you from laying down the power in these shoes.
Photo: Dillon Osleger

Durability


With solid rubber rands and a resistant upper material, the Scott MTB Team Boa has proven to be a reliably durable shoe when used within its intended purpose.


Our biggest concern with the longevity of this shoe is with regards to the thickness of the sole lugs, which are thinner than other shoes in this test and will wear down faster accordingly. When used in an XC/trail capacity, this shoe can hold its own against occasional rock strikes and strenuous hike-a-bikes; however, bike park use or enduro racing has a much higher likelihood of tearing the uppers or damaging the Boa unit. Fortunately, the Boa unit is replaceable in case of damage.

Value


The MTB Team Boa is a value buy given its features and performance.This shoe delivers quality construction, secure and comfortable fit, and performance in a sleek-looking package. There are less expensive options, but none that can touch the price to performance ratio of the MTB Team Boa. We would recommend this shoe to anyone looking to save a bit of money without compromising on performance.

A quality shoe at a reasonable price. There's a lot to like about...
A quality shoe at a reasonable price. There's a lot to like about the Scott MTB Team Boa.
Photo: Dillon Osleger

Conclusion


While they may not be the least expensive model in our test, the Scott MTB Team Boa packs features and performance into a mid-priced package. While the styling is more reminiscent of a cross country shoe, the MTB Team Boa can handle trail duties across the spectrum making it a great choice for budget conscious riders looking to get the most out of a single shoe.

Dillon Osleger