For trail running they're the best shoes I've ever…
Price Paid: $100
For trail running they're the best shoes I've ever had. The Kinabulas are lightweight with great motion control. The toebox is large and protects the forefoot from large rocks if you happen to kick them.
HOWEVER, the back of the inside shoes wears through after a very short time. The hard plastic busted through the material and through some thick SmartWool socks during a run, causing a pretty nasty cut on my Achilles.
I'm not sure if I'll buy another pair or not. The exact same thing happened with the exact same shoe with another runner I know. I wrote Montrail, but they have yet to acknowledge my letter. I wish they would fix this design flaw.
Here's what other sites are saying:
We designed this shoe with the activities of adventure racing in mind. That means everything from trail running to rocky scrambling and hiking, to river rafting and portages. And that is why it was used by Team Montrail during their victory at the Raid Gauloises in Kyrgyzstan and by Team Canada in the Marathon des Sables, a multi-day stage running race across the Moroccan desert. The shoe is also becoming a favorite among climbers as a rough trail approach shoe.The Kinabalu is built low to the ground with a unique forefoot construction for better edging and control. Imagine shouldering a kayak across wet river rocks or clambering over polished granite slabs, and you understand why the rubber needs to be sticky and the control in the forefoot very precise. The upper is made of a single-layer airmesh for maximum breathability and immediate water drainage. But given the ruggedness of the intended terrain, the upper has strategically placed protection pads, a hardened toe box, and abrasion-resistant synthetic overlays to keep your feet comfortable and protected.Features IntegraFit Last High Traction Outsoles Toe Protection TerraFlex AR Sole Platform Details Weight: 10 oz. / 0/28 kg Style: Low cut standard tongue Upper: Hydrophobic synthetic leather / mesh Lining: Nylex Insole: Dual density Midsole: M1 Outsole: Fastrax Carbon Rubber Platform: TerraFlex AR Protection: Full-length Toe Counter: Thermoplastic Heel Counter: Thermoplastic Toe Cap: Rubberized PU synthetic Construction: Slip lasted
- Moosejaw refers to the women's version
The Kinabalu was built to push the limits of traction, stability and light weight, with technical benefits for hard core users combined with comfort for the off trail days. This shoe sets a new standard for the multipurpose outdoor category. It's durable, protective design and exceptional drainage make it a great match for both the professional and weekend outdoor enthusiast.
- ClimbingGear refers to the men's version
If you follow any hiking, trail running or outdoor enthusiast magazines, you've probably read a good word or two about the Montrail's multipurpose Kinabalu. While the single-ply airmesh upper won't keep your feet dry in a rainstorm or a botched river crossing, it will help keep your feet substantially cooler on long runs or day hikes in the desert or arid high country. Unlike trail endurance shoes that skip reinforcement components to shave ounces, the Kinabalu features a tough hydrophobic synthetic toecap and full-length thermoplastic protection plate, giving you protection in an amazingly lightweight profile. TPU cleats on the FasTrax carbon rubber multi-traction outsole help keep your feet right where you intended to go.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
A combination of comfort and rugged technical qualities make the Montrail® Kinabalu a perfect choice for everyday use or hard-core activities. Single-layer airmesh uppers are water-resistant and dry quickly. Padded synthetic leather panels protect and support your feet. Tough rubberized toe caps provide sidewall protection and traction on steep, rocky surfaces. Aggresive multi-traction lug outsoles with injected spikes provide excellent grip on rough terrain. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version