Who should buy the Adidas Adizero RC 2

This Adidas Adizero RC 2 could be a great match for you if:

  • You want a running shoe that has a lightweight configuration that allows the foot to enjoy the roads for extended periods.
  • You want a running shoe that has enough traction capacity of the outsole unit that allows precise movements on the ground.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Logo

Updates to Adidas Adizero RC 2

  • The Adidas Adizero RC 2 may look like it has hailed from a recently blossoming series of racing shoes. Still, it is actually an old line that is aiming to make a comeback. This update utilizes recent innovations from Adidas, with the responsive Lightstrike technology and the uncluttered design headlining the overall design. Lightweight performances that follow the movements of the foot are the target output of this running gear.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Upper

Size and fit

The Adidas Adizero RC 2 is meant to be true to size. Runners are welcome to get a pair with their usual sizing choices in mind. Still, it is important to personally test the shoe to get the appropriate size. It also wouldn’t hurt to get ahold of user feedback that tackles the sizing scheme.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Insole

Being able to enjoy the running session without sensing some wobbling while inside the foot-chamber of the shoe is a luxury that should not be difficult to find. The Adizero RC 2 has printed overlays, a contoured upper design, and a semi-curved platform to accommodate the natural shape and movement of the foot.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Collar


The forefoot section of the outsole unit of the Adidas Adizero RC 2 is made of blown rubber. This variant of carbon rubber offers the same benefits as traditional rubber compounds (traction and protection against wear-and-tear), but it has a spongy construction that permits spring-back mechanics to happen during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Outsole

ADIWEAR is used for the heel part of the external pad. This accouterment is touted to be durable enough to withstand abrasive ground while also lasting the general period of regular use. ADIWEAR is used in Adidas running shoe series like the well-received Duramo.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Toe area

Shallow flex grooves provide the front of the shoe with a bit of flexibility to encourage the joints of the toes to bend slightly as they gear towards the toe-off. The forefoot lift is the part of the gait that benefits the most as it requires bending of the toes.


Cushioning for the underside of the foot is the responsibility of the Lightstrike midsole. This full-length technology is tasked with providing a lightweight underfoot feel that is also responsive and durable. Impact mitigation and consistent support are also elements of its design.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Midsole

The Torsion System is a steadying plate that rests between the midsole and outsole. This exposed cage of thermoplastic polyurethane bolsters the structural integrity of the midsole. It also saves the muscles and tendons of the underfoot from straining too much.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Heel


A lightweight and breathable mesh is used for the upper unit of the Adidas Adizero RC 2. This material offers a breezy coverage thanks to the set of ventilation holes that are patterned on its facade. Its flexible and form-welcoming nature is a testament to its thin design, but it is touted to be durable enough to handle long runs.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Front upper

Printed overlays are strategically placed on the silhouette to help the fabrics and the lacing system keep the foot in place. The uncluttered nature of this design allows the shoe to remain minimalist in look and feel.

Adidas Adizero RC 2 Side

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 8.1oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 14mm
Heel height: 24mm
Collection: Adidas Adiwear, Adidas Adizero

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