Who should buy the Scarpa Golden Gate RT
Add the Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT to your shopping bag if you want a:
- skyrunning shoe that's supportive and light
- fast trail shoe that's agile and offers seamless transitions
- carbon-plated running shoe that's comfy and impact-absorbing for long miles
Who should NOT buy it
It might have some room up front, but it's still not the roomiest for wide-footed runners. This said, it would be wise to go for the Altra Olympus 4.0. And if you don't want to rub your pinky toes, the Salomon Sense Ride 4 is the perfect must-have.
Run fast in the mountains with the Scarpa Kima RT
In the mountains, the Golden Gate Kima RT is in its "natural habitat," expressed one trail athlete. Another experienced skyrunner also says that among all the mountain running shoes he has, the Kima RT is "arguably the best mountain shoes [he] has ever used," which he admits is a "bold statement!"
This is because the shoe offers a springy and smooth ride over rugged and steep terrains. The carbon-fiber plate springs the runner forward and the shoe's geometry allows it to roll smoothly; one of the reviewers claims that the rocker-like shape of the shoe is "letting [him] flow forward."
The Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT is a trail shoe that had one exert "leaping from rock to rock," because it's so stable. The reason behind this? The carbon-fiber plate.
It adds some rigidity to the shoe, but not in an "abusive way." It delivers a "reassured ride;" it's confidence-inspiring whether it's on technical trails or longer flatter runs.
It won't drag you down
It "doesn't feel as heavy as in your hands," and "lighter than its actual weight" are some of the remarks left by happy trail goers who were excited about the shoe's light weight.
Another says that he's that the Scarpa Kima RT is as light as it is. So much so that he has found himself "absolutely flying" on the trails.
For a quick check, trail running shoes, on average, weigh in at 298 grams or 10.5 ounces in US men's 9, which is the same as this shoe's weight.
Ready for just about anything
May it be mountains, technical rocky trails, snow, ice, slush, mud, smooth cruisy trails, and off-trail grass, the Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT latches.
"I love it!" and "I never found myself needing tocused on my footsteps." These were among the feedback from long-time mountain runners who were impressed by the shoe's sticky traction.
A mountain-running fit
When it comes to fit, here are some notes and comments given by off-road runners:
- "the fit is just amazing"
- "focused on technical trails yet with no sense of a suffocating fit"
It might not be the roomiest for wide-footed runners, but if you have medium to narrow-width feet, this shoe is for you.
It has a sock-like wrap that doesn't feel overly snug. It's so secure; "un-moveable" is a term a tester used to describe how his foot feels in the Golden Gate Kima RT.
Rubs the toes
The toe box is not insanely roomy. Sometimes, it even feels awkward, especially when going downhills fast. So much so, there are quite a few who have voiced out that th
Bump into those rocks with confidence
"Bulletproof" is how a trail running athlete describes the shoe's toe bumper. It has a protective rand; it offers THE best protection when bashing around harsh trail elements.
Another reviewer shares that he often "flinched" at the idea of the shoe having a rock plate (he had bad experiences with rock plates). But with the Kima RT, he says it's "the best shoe I have tried with a plate."
And the cushion? It does a wonderful job in dampening shock during impact without completely isolating the ground feel.
Wraps so !
The upper is "way more comfortable than it looks," stated one runner. It is light, is well-padded but breathable, and it hugs all parts of the foot comfortably. On top of this, it also has a gusseted tongue that protects from lace bites, which is reminiscent of the Scott Supertrac RC 2. And the cherry on top—the upper is true to the "mountainous roots of the shoe," meaning it's plenty durable.
The Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT is gentle
On the feet, that's for sure. It has a padded feel to it that one critic finds incredibly comfortable. It's not overly soft. It feels cushioned "without being squidgy." The midsole, overall, offers "anything but a harsh ride," complimented another commenter.
A heavy-duty beast
After more than 100 miles in the shoe, a wear tester proudly reports that the midsole still feels brand-new! It's not bottoming out at all.
"I can't see a single trace of wear," shared another (talking about the outsole) after 100 miles with aggressive Alpine terrain in the mix.
Expensive but worth every penny spent
At $190, many consider the Scarpa Golden Gate Kima RT fair-priced. Contrary to the average trail shoe, which retails for $129 a pair, on average, the Kima RT's price is still quite steep. Even when compared to other carbon-plated shoes ($152, on average), its price is still up there.
However, for its performance, durability, and with the carbon plate on top, runners agree that it's worth the price. One even goes as far as saying that the price him because the shoe offered so much.
Looks can be deceiving
It looks like a trail shoe that's "unafraid to get dirty." As one mountain runner would put it, it's "dirt-colors-friendly." Even more, it has a "purposeful, serious, quite low slunthat makes onlookers unsuspecting that you're wearing a carbon-plated shoe.
It's unassuming; a lot don't really see it as a fast shoe at first glance. One even says its "looks are certainly deceiving."