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86 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Northern Runner | Level 4 expert

    So, what do they feel like to run in? Put simply; fast and light! The midsole is firmer and responsive. There is very little compression. This firmness coupled with the eRide means that all the force goes to moving you forward quickly. The increased cadence that you get from the eRide also makes you feel lighter on your feet. I didn’t find these shoes felt in anyway ‘minimal’. There was more than enough cushioning to run a few miles on the road to get to the trail. Once on the trails the ride was nice as the shoe flexed to the ground and wasn’t too stiff. This balance is hard to achieve! There are lots of trail shoes that are flexible enough to mould to the ground on rough trail but not stiff enough to give that smooth ride while on a firmer smoother trail.

  • 88 / 100 | | | Level 1 expert

    This is Scott’s best shoe so far in my opinion. I have seen and witnessed the evolution of ‘Kinabalu’ and ‘RC’ over the past years and although they always came close to greatness, there was always just a little missing.

  • 86 / 100 | Accelerate UK | | Level 1 expert

    If you are after a faster feeling shoe for summer trails and man-made paths, including 'slabs' then these are worth checking out. Faster training runs and the Kinabalu RC 2.0 comes into it's own. Trail Marathons should be fine, giving time to adjust to the shoe, there is enough here to cope. If it is going to be muddy, then stick to the Supertrac.

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  • The Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 is a trail running shoe that’s meant for those who like to take on speed training sessions or contests. This update to the relatively well-received Kinabalu RC model features a lighter construction and a more open upper unit configuration to allow it to feel as fast as can be.
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the Kinetic Foam, a Scott Sports technology that is touted to offer 14% more energy return than the industry-standard ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) piece. An outsole rubber with a slew of chevron and circular gripping lugs offers surface control and protection against stone bruising.

The Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 was constructed using the standard measurements. Runners are welcome to get a pair using their usual sizing expectations to achieve a well-rounded in-shoe experience. Widthwise, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively.

It is advised to test the shoe personally or get user feedback about the size and fit to obtain a pleasant foot-wrap.

The Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 has a semi-curved shape which mimics the inherent curve of the human foot.

The outsole unit of the Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 is comprised of a rubber layer that protects the entire base of the cushioning system. This protective piece is tasked with the preservation of the structure of the foam that sits on top of it. It also naturally doles out traction.

Hybrid Traction is the term that is used for the swath of gripping lugs that pockmark the surface of the rubber outsole. The majority of these protrusions have arrow-like structures which help with accelerative momentum and upward and downward traversals. The perimeter has conical nodes to encourage foot-to-surface steadiness.

The midsole unit of the Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 uses the Kinetic Foam, a full-length cushioning unit that is advertised to be extremely lightweight and reactive to the natural motion of the foot. It has a generous height to improve springiness and impact protection. Moreover, the Scott brand claims that this technology is 14% lighter than the industry-standard EVA.

eRide is a rocker shape that makes the midsole of this running shoe more adherent to the natural way the foot transitions through the gait cycle. All sorts of striking techniques can benefit from this design.

The upper unit of the Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 is comprised of a breathable mesh. This material is meant to hug the foot securely while also making sure to allow environmental air into the interior compartment. It has a lightweight structure to shave off weight from the overall product. Also, a mesh that focuses on the ventilation of the foot has become a fundamental aspect of many modern running shoes, including the well-known Nike Downshifter and Adidas Duramo.

The Internal Fit System is composed of a sleeve that has a smooth and seamless structure. Such an inclusion allows the foot to experience a non-irritating interior. This lining also has hexagonal cutouts to preserve the breathable and lightweight nature of the shoe itself.

The lightly padded collar aims to cushion the ankles and the Achilles heel. This feature also protects the foot from wobbling or exiting the shoe involuntarily.

The race-specific tongue unit is a thin piece of covering that contours itself to the curve of the instep. Its job is to stave off any pinching that might be caused by the presence of the crisscrossing shoelaces that adjust the fit.

Flat shoelaces snake through discreet eyelets on the bridge of the shoe. These strings are the ones that adjust the tightness or looseness of the fit. They also prevent the tongue from deviating from its centered position via an anchor loop.

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