Light and speedy platform if the Kinabalu

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.

Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 midsole

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.

Barely-there upper

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.

Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 upper

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.

Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 collar

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.

Grippy and lasting outsole

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.

Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 rubber outsole

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.

Scott Kinabalu RC 2.0 heel rubber

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9oz / Women 8.1oz
Drop: 3mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Scott Kinabalu
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 21mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.