Adidas Crazylight Boost 2016 Performance Review
Adidas has been on a roll lately, with the Ultra Boost uncaged selling in record numbers, the always hyped up Yeezy line, and scores of new and impressive looking basketball shoes set to release. One of the most anticipated Adidas basketball shoes this year is the Crazylight Boost 2016, the pseudo signature shoe of James Harden (until the Harden 1 comes out supposedly this December). With the level of marketing behind the shoe and the impressive amount of tech implemented in this shoe, it seems that Adidas is pushing the Crazylight Boost line in a similar way that Nike does with its Hyperdunk line (Nike considers the Hyperdunk to be its signature shoe). If you are interested in purchasing the shoe, you may do so by clicking here. Does the Adidas Crazylight Boost 2016 live up to, exceed, or fall short of the lofty expectations that we and Adidas have placed on it?
In a word, the traction is amazing! The outsole features a chaotic herringbone pattern that almost looks like tire tread (which is coincidental as some colorways use Adidas’s Continental rubber, which is a rubber used in tires). The rubber compound is hard, but the grooves are pliable as if the rubber was soft. You stop very hard and fast in this shoe, and it requires minimal, if any wiping, maybe every 5-7 plays (and you don’t have to wipe very hard at that). Adidas did a phenomenal job with the traction on this shoe, and the Sole Brothers give it a rating of 10/10.
The Crazylight Boost 2016 utilizes full length Boost, obviously. The Boost midsole in the Crazylight Boost 2016 is slightly different than the Boost used in most of Adidas’s shoes. In the Crazylight Boost 2016, Adidas used a denser version of Boost. Boost technology is made using small TPU pellets that are melted/pressed into a mold, which is why it has that bubbly texture on the outside. For the Crazylight Boost 2016, Adidas used significantly more pellets than normal, which makes the Boost midsole denser. This has the effect of providing more bounce and response than normal Boost midsoles, but it does not feel as mushy and cloud like as, say, the Pureboost. Adidas used a TPU cage that wraps around the midsole on the lateral side in order to provide more stability during hard cuts and crossovers, leaving the medial side uncaged so that you still get the bounciness and impact protection you need from Boost. The cushion is pretty thick on the heel which feels nice, and it does not feel as mushy as the previous Crazylight Boost since it uses a denser Boost midsole. The heel to toe transition is pretty good and the heel feels bouncy but the forefoot does not. Overall, the Crazylight Boost 2016 earns a rating of 10/10 for its cushion.
The Crazylight Boost 2016 is constructed using a full length jacquard upper, TPU heel counter, flywire like straps for the laces, and a molded TPU eyestay for added support and lockdown. The jacquard upper is very soft, strong, light, supportive, durable, and does not stretch much at all. The upper feels very nice the Sole Brothers give it a rating of 10/10 for materials.
Fit: For Sammy, the fit was incredible and he went 1/2 of a size down. Sammy reported that there was no dead space in the toe area and that it wrapped around his foot perfectly. Don, however, went true to size and reported that the shoe ran long and his narrow feet moved around some due to inadequate fit.
Support: Both Don and Sammy reported that the shoe felt pretty supportive, since the jacquard upper does not stretch and, for Sammy at least, the shoe fit well.
Lockdown: Sammy reported that the Crazylight Boost 2016 provided good lockdown in the forefoot, but that the heel had the same problem as the Curry 2, namely, that his heel did not move much if at all, but he never felt locked in. For Don, the lockdown was the biggest issue that ruined the shoe for him. Don said that his forefoot slipped a little bit, and the heel lockdown was very bad. Don and Sammy said that if you tie the laces tightly, you can still move your heel up and down, and for Don, even out of the shoe. Don said that he realized that if a shoe has really poor lockdown, it is rendered nearly unplayable, and for him that was the case for the Crazylight Boost 2016. Overall, the Sole Brothers give the fit/support/lockdown of the Crazylight Boost 2016 a rating of 9/10.
Ventilation, Durability, and Aesthetics
Ventilation: The shoe did not feel hot at all, and the guys said it might even feel cool, earning a rating of 9/10.
Durability: Adidas greatly increased the quality of the materials and construction of the Crazylight Boost 2016 over last year’s model. The jacquard upper will not stretch much if at all, the rubber outsole is hard and seems durable, and the shoe is well put together. The Crazylight Boost 2016 earned a rating of 9/10 for durability.
Aesthetics: Don and Sammy do not like the looks of this shoe at all. The silhouette, to them, is ugly and other than the triple white colorway, the colorways do not save the bad design. I personally think they are pretty dope, but not the best looking silhouette on the market. Don made the excellent point that you do not buy a basketball shoe for its looks (unless you plan to rock it casually), you buy a basketball shoe to play basketball, so what it looks like is not important. The Sole Brothers give the aesthetic value of the shoe a rating of 6/10.
Adidas is putting the pressure on Nike and other companies by making a shoe this loaded with tech at the affordable price of $120. Sammy’s pair, a size 7, weighs in at 12.87 ounces which is not as “crazy light” as Adidas claims. Sammy did say that the shoe does feel light and streamlined, it just weighs more than you would think. Don does not recommend this shoe, but he does point out that it does have its good qualities, it just did not work out for him. He cites the length and lockdown as his primary issues with the shoe. Sammy absolutely recommends the Crazylight Boost 2016, and says it is one of his favorite shoes right now so he will buy 2 or 3 more pairs. Let us know what you think about the shoe if you have played in it, do you think it looks dope or ugly? Also, check out the scoring breakdown and Don and Sammy’s discussion below.