Our View – Scott Kinabalu RC 2017 Men:
The Scott Kinabalu RC has been a popular lightweight training and racing shoe since its release offering excellent grip on dry, rocky technical terrain. This year the Kinabalu RC has been updated from the ground up to offer a more cushioned, protective run.
The upper materials are significantly more durable than its predecessor but the sensible seamless design remains to ensure minimal chance of hotspots and blisters. The materials are lightweight and breathable ensuring your feet stay dry and comfortable whatever the weather. The toe bumper has been reinforced to provide additional protection against rough rocky terrain and this extends around the lower part of the shoe for all round protection.
The midsole provides a surprising amount of cushioning considering how light the shoe is. This has been achieved thanks to the AeroFoam Infinity material that absorbs impact and rebounds quickly for a response, efficient feel. The kinabalu RC is definitely a shoe that makes you want to run fast and the design adds to this. The eRide sole unit utilises a unique rocker shape to provide a more stable midstance and a more dynamic push-off. In addition, the relatively low 5mm heel to toe drop encourages a more forefoot running action and also ensures a good feel for the ground.
Not ignoring its off-road pedigree the Scott Kinabalu RC features a Rock Protection Plate in the midsole to prevent sharp rocks and other trail debris causing pain or injury. The outsole of the Kinabalu RC is not the most aggressive you will find but is perfectly suited to rocky conditions or dry summer trails. The rubber compound is especially sticky giving you confidence to really attack the trails.
All in all, the updated Scott Kinabalu RC is a great progression for what is already an extremely popular shoe. Offering slightly more cushioning and protection, as well as enhanced durability this is a shoe ready to help you run fast.
Specifications - Scott Kinabalu RC 2017 Men:
- Heel Stack - 22.5mm
- Forefoot - 17.5mm
- Heel to forefoot drop - 5mm
- Wet Traction Rubber
- Rock Protection Plate
- Race Specific Tongue
- Approx. weight - 270g
- UPPER: Mesh/No Sew
- LOWER: AeroFoam Infinity/Rubber