Scott T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Running Shoe Review

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Scott T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Tom Crandall 2Back in December of 2014 we got to visit with the folks from Scott USA.  They had a booth showcasing their 2015 running shoe line.  All we knew about the Scott line was they made a really cool aero bar back in 1989 when Greg Lemond used them in his dramatic Tour de France win.  This was exactly the year that I decided it would be cool to try a triathlon.  Back then everything seemed experimental.

Fast forward to 2007 and Scott contracted a research and development lab in Portland, Oregon, to create a full line of high performance running shoes for both male and female athletes.

Fast forward again to 2014 and we were trying on the 2015 Scott T2 Kinabalu 3.0 running shoes.  Now to be honest we almost missed talking to Scott USA, but we had some extra time and as it turns out we were lucky we did.

During “The Running Event” or TRE, we get the chance to see and test out a lot of running shoes for the upcoming season.  This can be an exciting time to see all the new lines and see what crazy colors and models companies come up with.

The Scott line didn’t seem to be as flashy as some, but there was something really unique about them.  They fit extremely well.  Of course you really can not appreciate a running shoe until…well…you run in them.  Unfortunately for us that meant we would have to wait a few months before the shoes were state side and available for release.  Amy Black at Scott USA was awesome with her communication.  In February, the shoes arrived to our excitement and I was all too eager to put them on and take them for a test run.  My shoes came in a size 10.5, which is my standard running size.
Right out of the box you will notice 2 things.  First the shoes are bright.  Mine are blue, black and florescent green/yellow.  Second, the shoes have a rather cool lace that looks like it is twisted and they’re made from Scott’s Lace Bungee technology.The name is also striking.  We assume that the shoe’s name hails from Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu), a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.  As you will read, the name Kinabalu makes perfect sense for these great shoes.
Scott Sports T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Running Shoe 2
Scott Sports T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Running Shoe 3
The Kinabalu come with a rock protection plate in the forefoot, shielding your feet from rocky surfaces.  When you run on rough terrain, the rock plate does it’s job without feeling any discomfort.The outsole is design to grip the trail to keep you moving forward.  We found that even though the Kinabalu is designed more like a road shoe, it does extremely well off road.  The AeroFoam injected in the midfoot provides a nice cushioning effect, although I am more of a forefoot striker.
 Scott Sports T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Running Shoe 1
Above you can see Scott’s Lace Bungee technology as well as what they refer to as a Lace Locker.  Now I am not exactly sure how it works, but the laces in test runs didn’t seem to move much and I didn’t have a single lace mishap or accidental unlace situation.  The Rock Protection Plate offers added protection against debris and rocky surfaces.  A super nice feature when venturing off trail.

Scott T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Overview

Upper

  • Mesh: Closed mesh that is very breathable.
  • TPU (Thermoplastic urethrane) Overlays: used to support and protect the upper.
  • Mesh Tongue: Lightweight and breathable.
  • Lace Bungee: Unique lacing system designed to stay tied.
  • Racing Insoles: Designed to have minimize weight and increased breathability.
  • Training Insoles: Designed to improve cushioning and support.
  • Strobel Last: Stitched full length to increase comfort.

Midsole

  • Aero+ Foam: Injected midsole providing lightweight and durable cushioning.
  • eRide: Rockered midsole converting impact energy into forward motion.

Outsole

  • Wet-Traction-Rubber: Provides versatile traction.
  • Rock-Protection-Plate: Protects against debris and rocky surfaces.

Main Characteristics

  • Upper: Mesh/Synthetic Overlays
  • Lower: EVA/rubber
  • Heel: 29mm
  • Forefoot: 18mm
  • Heel to forefoot drop: 11mm
  • Neutral Shoe
  • Features: Lace Bungee, Wet-Traction-Rubber, Rock-Protection-Plate, Self-Cleaning Lug Positioning
  • Size: US 7-14
  • Weight: 280g
  • Colors Men (green, black/green and blue/green)
  • Colors Women (grey/blue and green/blue)
  • Retail – $130

Scott T2 Kinabalu 3.0 Colors

Overall Impression

We were really pumped to get to know the Scott line of shoes.  The shoes are a neutral shoe with a minimal stack height to them, only going 11mm from the forefoot to the heel.  I would consider them a varied trail shoe that works well on both streets and trails.  They perform exceedingly well as a walking or trekking shoe.

For me the shoes might be a little on the small side, Kathleen’s said her shoes were perfect.  I would like to give a size 11 a try.  I felt that when I picked up the pace on descents my toes would sometimes hit the end of the shoe.  I think an 11 would eliminate that issue.  For those that have really wide feet, you might feel a little too confined.  While the lacing system can be adjusted, the toe box isn’t overly wide.

Traction is superb.  The bottoms grip in all conditions, from wet to off road.  The addition of a rock plate doesn’t seem to effect performance, but does help when running off road.  The addition of an enforced toebox helps when bumping up against rocks and debris.

The laces are about the best I have used.  They are easy to tie and stay tied the whole time.  They are not overly long or too short, in other words, just right.

The shoe inserts are pretty typical and nothing fancy or high tech.  We really like the tongue and entry and exit from the shoe.

When running the shoes felt very secure and reacted well to increases and decreases in pace.

Color selection goes from the wild side of bright green to more subdued black.  We liked the color selection, but some may not want the bright colors.  We think the Blue/Green of the men’s and the green/blue of the women’s looks the best.

The shoes are really really comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time without hotspots or rubbing issues.

Would we recommend these shoes?  Most definitely.  They are attractive, multipurpose shoes that will take you from the road to the trails and back again.

Overall we are loving what Scott has done and look forward to reviewing more of their shoes.  Some shoes to look out for include the SCOTT eRide Grip 3.0. and the SCOTT Trail Rocket.

Definitely check out the Scott USA website and the Scott T2 Kinabalu 3.0 for all the lowdown on the Scott brand.

 

 

 

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Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

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