The Kinabalu’s give a good ride but feel bizarre when you first put them on your feet, yet you’ll soon become accustomed to the way they guide the foot through the running movement. An 11mm drop coupled with the eRide system works very well in moving you forward – you just can’t help it. I struggled slightly with the grip in the thick mud as the lugs didn’t shed debris easily, but they’re not marketed as technical shoes, with Scott claiming they work best on fast-rolling trails and single track. True enough, on hard-packed surfaces and rock they fly. They’re suited to a broader foot (reducing my technical confidence) but still comfortable and fun to run in.
Heaviest on test but the comfort and eRide system on long miles is a joy.