Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.5oz
    Women: 8.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that he Scott Kinabalu RC was one of the best running shoes they have ever purchased.
  • Several reviewers agreed that this shoe was suitably lightweight and durable.
  • This shoe was not only ideal for trail running, but also for long walks, according to a buyer.
  • A good number of testers were pleased with the shoe’s new foam cushioning.
  • According to some reviewers, the shoe was optimized for trail running activities.
  • Few consumers commented that the shoe performed better when compared to previous models.
  • One of the buyers said that the shoe worked superbly on wet surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • According to some runners, the shoe was expensive.
  • Some testers mentioned that they had issues with the outsole durability.
  • Few testers commented that the shoe does not have a breathable upper.

Bottom line

A good number of testers agreed that the Scott Kinabalu RC was a durable and lightweight option for trail running. They were pleased with its performance and responsiveness. Some runners also mentioned that the updated foam cushioning was great. Although there were testers who commented that the shoe didn’t have an affordable price, some reviewers still recommended it because it provided enough traction on wet and dry terrains.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Shriram Nagarajan

    SCOTT KINABALU RC – The New Superstar of Trail Running

    First and foremost, I would like to thank RunRepeat for giving me the opportunity to test the Kinabalu RC.

    The Scott for 2017. After clocking more than 150 miles in it on various terrains, here’s my verdict for the Scott Kinabalu RC.

    First Impressions

    The shoe once taken out of the box will give you the impression that Scott knows trail running like the back of their palm. And they do.

    The shoe feels sturdy and light, requirements for a trail racing shoe. The fluorescent green color provides a great contrast to the black upper. Scott has probably done this to improve visibility while running in the wilderness.

     

    Physical Attributes - Heel to toe drop and Weight

    The Kinabalus have a heel to toe drop of 5mm. The shoe will be familiar with those who run in Vasque Vertical Velocity like me or similar shoes. It’s very typical of racing flats with a low heel to drop.

    This is great for trail-running where you are bound to strike with midfoot for that additional grip and due to the undulating surfaces.

    The shoe also weighs close to 250gms for my size 10 which is pretty impressive for a trail-running racer which cannot compromise on the outsole. Kudos to Scott here.

    Fit & Upper

    The Kinabalus RCs are true to size and fits snug on my feet. The toe box was adequately wide and had plenty of wiggle-room. The heel cup was firm while adequately cushioned.

    The upper is made from a very sturdy mesh-like material construction with no seams.

     

     

    The material is adequately breathable and has prominent SCOTT branding all over it. It gave a super snug fit over my feet.

    The Kinabalu’s vamp has a green stripe running across where the lacing starts. Scott has added some reinforcement in the lacing holes and it’s very thoughtful. There’s also reinforcement around the toe box to provide some impact reduction when you may hit rocks unintentionally. Again, very thoughtful from Scott. 

    The Kinabalus have a racing-specific tongue that’s fixed to the vamp. There are strips of padding on the tongue and for me, it was comfortable even when I tightened the laces really tight.

    I didn’t feel any undue pressure on my feet. The laces weren’t very stretchy. But it didn’t matter as they stayed tight throughout my runs and didn’t have to re-tie them very often.

    The toe cap is super sturdy and provided great protection for my toes during all my runs. Even after more than 150 miles, the toe cap has not shown any signs of wear apart from scuffs.

    Scott has provided an utterly premium quality shoes here in terms of design and materials.

    Midsole

    Scott has debuted its “Aerofoam Infinity” rubber midsole this year and it feels super comfortable and responsive.

    It offers a very responsive ride on a multitude of surfaces. The e-ride foam is meant to promote midfoot striking and it works wonderfully well.

     

     

    Scott has nailed the balance between cushioning and responsiveness extremely well.

    It was not too firm to put you off on the hard trails while not being too plush while compensating for the responsiveness. I was able to consistently beat the time I set in my Vasque Vertical velocity.

    The midsole offers some flexibility, while not being very flexible. But Scott counters this by offering a contoured midsole arching away from the running surface. This aids the excellent transition from landing to toe-off.

    Outsole

    This is it. This is Kinabalu’s USP.

    The outsole is made from what Scott calls it’s “Wet Traction Rubber”. This gives you supreme traction and control on a variety of surfaces and makes it truly versatile.

    The Scott Kinabalus handle everything your trail throws at it effortlessly. The Wet traction rubber gave me the confidence to run even on rocks after it had rained. It looks like Scott has done some great research while designing the outsole.

     

     

    There’s some good grip under the midfoot which is more pronounced and it works great especially over rocky terrain.

    The other feature of the outsole is Scott’s Rock Protection Plate incorporated within the outsole material. This offers protection against sharp rocks injuring you during your runs.

    This combination of outsole and midsole complements very well providing you a comfortable and ride.

    The outsole is also very durable. It has held up very well after so many miles and all the abuses it has taken. I’m very confident that there are plenty more miles left in it.

    Performance

    As described in the previous sections, the Kinabalus offer great performance on a variety of surfaces.

     

     

    I found the Kinabalus performed the best on gravel where the shoes offered great traction but didn’t get stuck on the surface overly impeding your speed.

    I was able to run comfortably as the shoe was very responsive while attenuating any impacts on your feet due to the irregular surface. I didn’t have to worry about any pokey items on the trail.

    The shoe also performed well on the marshy and clayey surface where the midfoot part of the outsole offered great traction laterally.

    The shoes were surprisingly quick to dry and it was very helpful during my runs in the trail where I stepped into puddles of water. I was also able to ascend quicker on surfaces – thanks to the responsive cushioning in the Kinabalus.

    Pros

    • Great traction on a variety of surfaces – wet and dry
    • Versatility
    • 5mm drop, perfect for a racing shoe
    • No seam mesh construction upper
    • Breathable upper – quick drying material
    • Responsive midsole
    • Rock plate outsole – protection from sharp objects
    • All-around durability
    • Bright color schemes

    Cons

    • Not too flexible
    • Might be slightly pricey for a few
    • Only one color option available

    Conclusion & Final Verdict

    trail running shoe. A lot of research has gone into this shoe and it shows the moment you slip your feet into it, tie the laces and land your feet hard the first time.

    For someone like me who has been doing trails for only a year, the Kinabalus have invigorated the interest in me to venture into unexplored trails. The Kinabalus provided me the confidence to try out new terrains and I was pleased every time I put them on.

    Every single aspect of the shoe has been thoughtfully designed by Scott.

    Right from the upper that provides a great fit, a roomy toe box, a dark-bright color combination, durable toe cap, down to the responsive midsole with the perfect 5mm heel to toe drop right down to the outsole which has already been praised adequately all under 250gms, the Kinabalus are pure goodness.

    Although some of you might be put off by its price, Scott makes a strong justification for it.

    Go on, try them on once and you’ll never get them off your feet!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

    Shriram Nagarajan

    Level 3 expert (6-14 reviews)

    Living in the Waikato region of New Zealand, there's no dearth of places to see and experience. It inspires you every moment to go out and enjoy the outdoors. That's how I got into running. Running is now part of my way of life and I put so much thought and research into the shoes that complement me on my runs.

    6 reviews - average score 85/100

  • 78 / 100 | Ivan Rojnica

    Scott Kinabalu RC – Good all around shoes

    For the record, I got these shoes from Scott Kinabalu RC doesn't look as cool.

    But they do seem like well built and sturdy shoes.

     

    Comfort & Fit

    Being of wider feet, I often have trouble with shoe fitting. Fortunately, these are a good fit. As a guideline, I have the same size of Scott as I have in Hoka and Salomon.

    The tongue is very thin, which I thought will be problematic, but it is perfectly fine. The only fault is that tongue tends to slip to the side during running though it is not felt.

    Compared to Scott Supertrac RC, these have much smaller arch support, which adds to the comfort for my flatter feet. Insoles are thin but comfortable.

    Check out my review of the Supertrac RC here.

    But there is one quite serious issue… during trail workouts with steep downhills, my big toe knuckle got blisters at this marked point of the shoe, probably due to the reinforced part which puts extra pressure on that point.

     

     

    I got this only 2 times on harder terrain. Not an issue for flats, milder trails and lesser descents, but worth mentioning.

    Here you can see tongue slipping to the side…

     

    Sole & Upper

    Soles have a mild pattern. It performs well on hard surfaces and milder trail. But softer and muddy trail? Not so good. Which is okay because they are intended as mild trail and mixed terrain shoes.

    There are other better shoes for the hardcore terrain, like big brother Scott Supertrac RC.

    Upper looks to be made from one piece (unless seams are covered with plastic bits). It seems to be extremely solid and durable.

    Maybe an overkill for shoes which will be used on milder terrain, because some breathability was sacrificed. So they are not ideal for warm weather.

     

    Performance

    I have used these shoes for various purposes

    • Trail running
    • Asphalt running
    • Track running
    • House to trail and back running (mixed surface)
    • General hiking
    • Walking around in the city

    They remind me somewhat of the Hoka Challenger ATR. They work really well on asphalt and (normal) trail. So they can be used on asphalt and mixed surface runs without the usual trail shoe hassles and issues (trail shoes on asphalt tend to be uncomfortable and make loud noises with fast sole degradation).

    During the winter time (between 5 and -10 degrees C), I had some issues because sole became noticeably stiffer during the run compared to the warmer weather.

    I tried one slightly muddy trail run with them and as I expected it is a no go for such trail. The positive thing about the sole is that rocks and roots are not felt under the feet.

    Toe protection is not superb, but it is adequate for normal trails. They are a bit stiffer than most shoes. To me, that is a good thing because I can run on trails with less worries.

    But would I use them for very long runs? No.

     

    Pros

    • Upper is quite durable
    • Comfortable on wider feet
    • Good for mixed surfaces

    Cons

    • Lack of breathability
    • Design (subjective thing…)
    • Can cause blisters on steep descents
    • Somewhat stiffer than the average shoe

    Conclusion

    If you are looking for one shoe to fulfill various purposes, the Scott Kinabalu RC could fit you just fine. There are advantages to having one pair of such shoes in your arsenal.

    To me, the design is not very appealing, but if it works for you, they can also be very nice walking and hiking shoes, without using them for running.

    If you are looking for some hardcore trail shoes, look at Scott Supertrac RC which are superb in all trail aspects.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

    Ivan Rojnica

    Level 3 expert (6-14 reviews)

    Hello, my name is Ivan. I like all sorts of exercise - crossfit, weightlifting, cycling, but most of all trail and off-trail running in the nature. Being of heavier build with 90 kg I found that most of the shoe reviews are not good for me because they are written by the featherweight guys. Unfortunately many of the shoes behave differently for them and for me. Also my wider feet require adequate fit which is not found in most of the running shoes nowadays.

    9 reviews - average score 90/100

  • 80 / 100 | Runblogger

    The Kinabalu RC has a fast, near road racing shoe-like ride but still protective enough for rocky terrain. The only downsides, I feel, are the shoe is a bit expensive for what it is (essentially a trail racing flat) and the slightly hot upper. I do feel, however, that the Kinabalu RC is one of the best light trail shoes to come out this year

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Updates to Scott Kinabalu RC

  • The Scott Kinabalu RC is a trail running shoe that features a Seamless Mesh upper. This provides enough support to the runner’s foot while also targeting a more agreeable coverage.
  • It has a Wet Traction Rubber sole that provides a good grip on all kinds of surfaces.
  • It features a Rock Plate for added protection and AeroFoam for cushioning and springiness to the steps.

Scott Kinabalu RC size and fit

The Scott Kinabalu RC has a standard running who length when it comes to sizing. This is best for runners who prefer a durable shoe that does not compromise its weight. The available width for the men’s version is D – Medium; the women’s version has a width of B – Medium.

Outsole

The Scot Kinabalu RC has Wet Traction Rubber. It is a high-abrasion and lightweight compound that is important in providing versatile traction. This kind of sole adds enough grip on the surfaces, especially on wet ground.

It has a Rock Protection Plate. This adds protection to the runner’s foot against debris-filled, and rocky, surfaces. It is designed to withstand any abrasive elements that are found on the trails.

Midsole

The Scott Kinabalu RC has an injected midsole which has better rebound properties. This is called AeroFoam Infinity. This is combined with a wear-resistant compound and lightweight material that provides plush cushioning and added durability. This cushioning is designed to last longer even after several miles of running activities.

The midsole of this shoe also has the eRide rocker shape which creates a smoother transition through the gait cycle. This converts impact energy to forward-motion and is important in promoting a more efficient and faster running style.

It has Racing Insoles that are designed to be breathable and lightweight. This enhances the overall comfort of the Scott Kinabalu RC. The insoles match the natural contour of the runner’s foot.

Upper

The Scott Kinabalu RC has the Closed Mesh material and a no-sew construction, which offer proper breathability while keeping debris and other hazardous materials out of the shoe. It uses a one-piece design that provides added protection and support.

It has seamless overlays that keep the upper area free from friction or irritation.

It has a Race Specific Tongue which allows a more secure fit. This is well-padded to protect the runner’s foot from pressure points. This is significant in maintaining a cool and dry feel.

It has an RC Last that is designed for a quicker and faster running pace. This race-specific last represents the anatomical form of the runner’s foot to promote proper and snug fit.