Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A good number of wearers appreciated the affordable price of the Adidas Alphabounce RC.
  • A few testers lauded its breathability and flexibility.
  • Many buyers commented that the shoe was well-padded.
  • A lot of reviewers admired its stylish design.
  • According to those who have tried it, the Adidas Alphabounce RC has an excellent fit.
  • The majority of the consumers noted that the shoe provided enough traction on a wide variety of paved surfaces.
  • The shoe was lightweight, based on some reviews.
  • The Adidas Alphabounce RC was supportive, according to many testers.
  • A handful of purchasers agreed that the shoe was comfortable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the users said that the shoe was narrow.
  • Based on observations, the shoe was not suitable for high volume training activities because its construction was not meant for rigorous and uneven terrains.

Bottom line

A good number of purchasers commented that the Adidas Alphabounce RC was a well-padded running shoe. They were contented with the shoe's stylish design and color variations. They loved the perfect fit and quality. Although several of them said that it was not best for high-level training activities, others still recommended the shoe because of its breathability and flexibility. Some were also disappointed with its smaller shoe measurements. Overall, the majority of the wearers said that the Adidas Alphabounce RC was a good option for those who want a supportive and comfortable yet lightweight and affordable running shoe.

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Good to know

  • The Adidas Alphabounce RC is a road running shoe that is best for those who have neutral foot motion. It uses the FORGEDMESH upper to ensure a more customized fit and proper air circulation.
  • The midsole features the BOUNCE material that delivers a more energized cushioning throughout the running activities.
  • Utilized in the outsole area is the ADIWEAR. This material aims to provide additional durability especially on high-wear areas.

The Adidas Alphabounce RC is available in standard running shoe sizes. With its stretchable upper, it provides an adaptive, comfortable and snug fit to medium-footed runners. This shoe has a standard D - Medium and B- Medium widths for men’s and women's version respectively.

Like its base shoe, the Adidas Alphabounce, the Alphabounce RC makes use of the ADIWEAR technology is in the outsole. It is described as a durable and non-marking rubber material that is highly resistant to wear and tear. It aims to ensure that the rest of the sole unit is safe from any abrasion. Its flexibility does not disrupt the foot's natural movement. It also provides added traction.

Featured in the shoe is the Adidas’s BOUNCE technology. This material is springier and more responsive when compared to other standard foams that are used in most shoes. When pressure is applied, structured elements enable the platform to stretch, then spring back into its original place when the pressure is removed. This material is essential in popping the foot forward in every stride.

New technology is integrated into the upper area of the Adidas Alphabounce RC, called the FORGEDMESH. Without any feeling of restriction, this mesh material allows the foot to undergo its natural range of motion. It can expand and accommodate the shape of the foot, making it feel secure and snug.

The possibility of wearing the shoe without a pair of socks is encouraged by the comfortable textile lining. This material is made up of smooth textiles, the goal of which is to eliminate irritation in the skin.

A breathable mesh tongue is integrated into the shoe for added support, especially on long-distance walking and running sessions. It also provides proper air ventilation.

How Alphabounce RC compares

This shoe: 79
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $90
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 10.5oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.