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.
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.
Traction 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.
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.