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Mens Adidas Alphabounce EM Review

Mens Adidas Alphabounce EM
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Good looking, well cushioned, ready for some serious road action. Great for mixing pace with the odd long run.

Mens Adidas Alphabounce EM Review

Good looking, well cushioned, ready for some serious road action. Great for mixing pace with the odd long run.
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Our verdict

A good-looking shoe that are comfortable and offer a decent level of cushioning.

  • Positive
  • Sock-like fit
  • Adi Bounce technology
  • Negative
  • Adidas do better shoes

First impressions

These are the kind of shoes that feel great straight out of the box; light and responsive in the first few strides you’ll know these are a summer kind of footwear. If it’s raining outside on the first day you put them on, you might find yourself reluctant to head out and get them dirty. Save them for special occasions.

Midsole

Flexible and lives up the Bounce technology Adidas uses. Time was Adidas shoes were on the hard side, but these days that’s a long way away. There’s a soft foam core within a firmer, compression molded EVA midsole making them much more forgiving, out of the soft and responsive school of thought. The 10mm differential is also very accommodating and easy to get used to - a cushioned shoe that offers acceptable support, spot on.

Upper

A brilliant engineered mesh upper using something Adidas calls Forgedmesh moves with your foot, living up to the sock-like feel description. It uses a neoprene-like mesh, full sleeved design, urethane parts. Seams, as you’d expect, are long gone and something you only read about in history books these days.

Sole

There is a grippy rubber outsole but we found it’s best suited to moderately dry runs, partly because of the way the shoe has been put together and partly because the grip is ok but not much more than that. Treat them right though and they’re treat you perfectly well - roads, dry trail or drizzle. If you're heading out past Lake Windermere, choose something else!

Conclusion

More or less you’ll be happy with this shoe - it’s averagely good in everything it does. Certainly it looks good and certainly it feels good. Would we want a little more performance? Probably. For a casual 4-miler on a Tuesday night, these will do the job. If you’re planning longer, more regular outings, Adidas have better shoes for the task.

Technical info

BOUNCE™ cushioning provides enhanced comfort and flexibility

Engineered mesh upper is a lightweight, breathable second skin providing a supportive, comfortable fit; FORGEDMESH upper designed with areas of support and stretch to help ensure a custom fit that adapts to every move

Haptic print overlay on upper provides seamless support where you need it

Sock-like construction for snug fit; Neoprene tongue and heel; Stretch lining for fit and comfort

Grippy rubber outsole

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Shoe details

Gender Mens
Year 2017
Season Autumn
Current model
Release date 2017
MSRP $110.00
Heal Drop 10mm
Weight 312g / 11.0oz.

Suitabilty

Shoe Type
Neutral
Surfaces
Road
Light Trail
Weight
Light
Regular
Heavy