Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light (Derrick Rose)

The Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light (Derrick Rose)

Introduction

The most anticipated basketball shoe for the summer is Adidas adiZero™Crazy Light.  Claiming to be the lightest basketball shoe ever produced, Adidas has heavily marketed the “9.8” weight through a series of commercials taking aim at their competitors, as well as commercials and advertisements throughout the NBA Finals.  A couple of weeks ago, our First Look went into all the bells and whistles of the latest light weight introductory model.  Now, our performance review takes the Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light on the court.

Comfort and Fit

Getting into the Crazy Light is simple and easy.  Once the laces are loosened to create an opening, the foot slides right in with a true to fit size.  Everything about the shoe is thin as expected, and the tongue is easy to manipulate into position.  At the front, the toe box is roomy, as you can see your foot wiggle through the nylon mesh.  The Sprint Web around the foot has some rough spots, but is by no means uncomfortable.  Around the ankles, the collar provides excellent padding and protection.  This is one of the amazing aspects about the shoe, because the collar feels similar to those found on bulkier designed shoes, but the weight decrease is significant.  On the back end, the SprintFrame heel counter has a solid feel, but does not completely lock down the heel.  The arch support, however, is excellent.  For the footbed, the cushioning is comfortable without extreme padding.  The “Crazy Light” insole provides a responsive and airy feel with the perforation holes, while the “Crazy Comfort” insole is a tad bit more plush.  Overall, the Crazy Light has a rigid but thin and light feel, with excellent ankle protection & support.

Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light (Electricity)

Even with the light weight, ankle protection and support is superb

Performance

In a static position, the Crazy Light does not feel as though it is the lightest basketball shoe ever made.  The profile feels a bit high to the ground and the ankle padding is cumbersome in relation to the rest of the thin upper.  However, once in motion the light weight and exceptional performance of the shoe takes form.  In a word, the performance is fast and fluid, with excellent balance.  Any transition is performed fast and seamless.  During play, there are times when the different grooves of the outsole can be felt working on the court.  This amazing balance leads to quicker and fluid play.  For jumps and landings, again, the shoe is so light and balanced that the player has the freedom to stop for a pull up jumper, or continuously jump for a rebound with all the same feel.  As for the two insoles, there is a really small difference in performance.  Again, player preference comes into play, as those who absolutely need extra cushioning with find the “Crazy Comfort” insole more advantageous than the “Crazy Light” insole, which has a better overall feel with the shoe.  In the end, the Crazy Light can performance can benefit any basketball player – no matter how the player is built, how the player plays, and what the player needs, the shoe is fantastic.

On the stability side, the Crazy Light stands up well.  Although stability can not compare to a more sturdy built shoe, it is sufficient in the context of the design.  The Sprint Web has a rigid set up, and for the most part, does not leave any of the nylon areas exposed to where the upper would fail.  It is clear that the designers made a conscious effort to keep stability as high as possible, without compromising weight.  That established, the most stable aspect of the shoe is around the ankles.  The collar system is light and padded well, giving enough protection and support similar to a heavier shoe.  Because of this, larger players and those who value ankle protection are not left out.  Below, the Sprint Frame and outsole are solid.  The foot is always in a comfortable position, ready to attack and move.  There may be some sliding on the inside, but rarely are there times when the foot is at an awkward position.

Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light (Electricity)

The outsole traction pattern is designed for quick and fluid performance

Traction is very responsive.  From the looks of the lower half, the height and outsole pattern are suspect. In play, however, the outsole responds perfectly.  Similar to the Puremotion technology, the outsole rarely has any flat spots.  That is, the rubber is never touching the court surface evenly when in motion.  The result is very responsive and fluid performance, which helps to eliminate lag time getting in and out of movements.  Also impressive is ventilation.  Again, looking at the design of the shoe, the expectations of great ventilation are obvious.  This is one shoe where air passing into the shoe is very pronounced.  Those who have trouble with heat and sweat would be wise to look at the Crazy Light as an option.

Conclusion

With the light weight phenomenon is still going strong today, the balance between performance and marketing can only reach a certain point.  These days, weight is equated to performance, but many times the performance does not live up to the hype.  Fortunately, the Crazy Light does not fail to exceed the hype preceding it.  There are very little shoes on the market that could compare to the all around performance of the Crazy Light, and coincidentally, the other shoe than can compare equally is another Adidas model – the adiZero™ Rose 1.5.  Perfect for players of all types, the Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light is available four color schemes now at the Adidas Online Store.

This shoe is comparable to:

Adidas adiZero™ Rose
Adidas adiZero™ Rose 1.5

Adidas adiZero™ Crazy Light (Derrick Rose)