adidas Crazy Light Boost First Impression

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 adidas Basketball has set the bar high with their amazing Boost cushion.  It has been one of the top running shoes last year and without a doubt it will be a break through again as they step into the basketball category.  One of our Kicksologists got a chance to try on the newest Crazy Light Boost in the Philippines and also wrote about his first impression.  

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Starting with the upper it is made up of printed textile upper, textile lining for comfort, and SprintWeb. Its SprintWeb version is an evolution from the previous Crazy Light models.  Its more comfortable, smooth to get in to (feels like Reebok’s SmoothFit), and doesn’t have that raw, unfinished feel that the original Crazy Light 1’s had or the synthetic feel that the Crazy Light 2 and 3 had.  The upper has more give and is more pliable as well.  To sum it up, its like adidas’ TechFit upper that we saw on the adidas Crazy Quick.  To add support and stability, adidas also threw on a TPU molded clip in the heel and reinforced the upper with TPU print.  

 As for the fit, it fits true to size. So I’m really glad adidas took care of the sizing issues on the Crazy Light 3s and carried that out on the Crazy Light Boost. 

adidas-crazylight-boost-4-white-black-red-leopard-08Traction is above average on my books.  As it has always been, the Crazy Light line has been known to have great traction, the Crazy Light 1s being my personal favorite. The only beef I have with the Crazy Light Boost is the thread on the outsole.  I would have loved to see the same thread set up on the Crazy Light 1s which really sticks out and the herringbone nicely spaced.  But overall the Boost’s traction, as I see it, is great enough to hold on to clean indoor courts.  Only game situations can justify what adidas has applied in them so watch out for the review when I get around to it. adidas Crazy Light Boost cushion black

 Cushion: Cushioning is where the magic happens.  The midsole is a combination of premium EVA and Boost foam that is enclosed in the heel.  You could really feel it in there.  Great for impact protection when landing on a jump or for people who runs thru heel strike.  I think with adidas’ new found gold on Boost technology being their best cushioning set up available to date, they’ve up’d their ante. adidas also applies premium EVA throughout their basketball line to maintain consistency as it provides ample cushioning to all consumers.  Forefoot is a bit stiff which I believe is great.  It gives that more stable feel and assurance that with every step and cut to the basket you take, the shoe won’t give in and collapse on you.  StableFrame replaces the reliable SprintFrame that we’ve seen in past models.  If you are unfamiliar with StableFrame, it acts like a Torsion System allowing the mid foot to not flex where it shouldn’t.  StableFrame runs underneath the foot from heel to about the forefoot area, leaving hte middle portion exposed. 

 So there you have it, my initial impression on the newly released adidas Crazy Light Boost!  A balance between lightweight and well a cushioned basketball shoe.  The original adidas Crazy Light was the catalyst to the lightweight revolution and now,  Boost Changes Everything.

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    is an ongoing conversation that I am having with adidas regarding their shoes. The issue for me is that the f50 FG shoes collapsed after a few months because they were used on an artificial surface. Given that most first world countries will have a range of surfaces on which our children will play, does this mean that if we want our kids to have the best shoes, we must purchase a pair for each surface?

    You can see from the mail, that I am trying to get adidas to react through social media, so if you can help by publishing part of this I would be grateful.

    With thanks,

    Campbell Ellis

    Hello again adidas Norway,

    I am very surprised that you
    haven’t replied to my mail, nor confirmed receipt. It seems a careless
    approach to public relations. As I mentioned to you in my last mail, I am now
    writing to inform you of my next steps in pursuing this with the hope that
    you will take this issue more seriously. To gain credibility, I will start by
    informing you that I have recently completed a Masters in communication
    design in which I researched the power of social media in both brand strategy
    and public relations. I am familiar with many cases where consumers have been
    ignored by large corporations and the impact that social media can have,
    providing a voice to an issue, an apology to the consumer and an explanation
    to the stockholder.

    To reiterate my previous mails,
    the issue that I will pursue will determine whether (a) it is your brand
    strategy to ensure that consumers purchase a pair of adidas shoes for each
    type of surface or (b) whether the shoes that I purchased, though intended
    for ‘Firm Ground’, can also be used on other surfaces and the pair I
    purchased simply failed.

    If the result is option (a), my
    goal will be twofold, (i) to ensure you make this limitation public at point
    of sale. They cannot be used on any other surface than the one intended. (ii)
    To have the shoes replaced by adidas (or the retailer) or to prove that I
    have been negligent at the time of purchase.

    If the result is option (b), my
    goal will be to have the shoes replaced and make the public aware that retailers
    are obligated to replace faulty shoes regardless of the surface on which they
    have been used.

    I am not a lawyer and realise
    that there are many potential problems with public statements like this so I
    hope you read this intent assuming that I rely on common sense rather than
    technical specifics.

    To be clear, I did not really
    want to enter this whole process as it takes time and energy from me that can
    be used more usefully. I can purchase, and have done so already, a new pair
    of adidas shoes for my son as he remains faithful to your brand (he is not
    yet paying for his shoes). But as a consumer, which I am sure (if someone
    reads my mail) the recipient is also, would you be denied the pleasure of
    purchasing a top of the line product for your child through it being faulty
    or redundant?

    It takes the fun out of giving.

    Yours sincerely

    Campbell Ellis

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