Scott T2 Kinabalu, $120
9.9 oz.; 8.0 oz.
Fit: The Kinabalu fits medium in the heel and narrow across the instep with a standard volume toe box.
Feel: From the more traditional 11mm drop to firmness underfoot, these feel like an old-school running shoe retooled with modern lightweight materials (including the soft but very resilient midsole foam), which may explain why testers “really liked them” but couldn’t quite explain why.
Ride: Scott’s rocker construction helps give a smooth stride transition for both heel and forefoot strikers (heel strikers noticed it the most), and the streamlined design was good for a nimble ride with a secure grip. With a moderately burly tread, rock plate and water drainage ports, testers liked them as a good “all-around” shoe that can handle short to long mileage runs.