adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit REVIEW – Beast Mode On!

Adidas is about to make another HUGE explosion in the sneaker game with the completely fresh Crazy Explosive Primeknit 2017.

Last year‘s model was by far the best, most beastly performer for me. But now adidas took even a step further by introducing the new Primeknit upper with a sock like collar & slicker, more aggressive shiluatte.

Men and women, boys and girls sit back and take your popcorns cuz it’s getting to go down.


Let’s get it!



WEIGHT: 394 g. / 13.89 oz






BD RATING: 9.7/10







The Crazy Explosive Primeknit 2017 features the brand new forged Primeknit upper which is more supportive &

durable than any other Primeknit upper. As you can see, thorough the whole upper there’re these TPU waves that reinforce the whole Primeknit bootie without compromising comfort and sctrechibility by a lot.

The 2016 version had that pure Primeknit upper and it was amazing to see this on a basketball shoe. But the main problem that the Crazy explosive 2016 had was lack of support and stability. Adidas payed attention to this and made probably the most well-balanced Primeknit upper exactly for basketball.

The upper is now a tad bit stiffer because of this TPU yarn, but I didn‘t notice any big of a deal. It still keeps the comfort level & stretchiness on a highest level by adding much needed support. PERFECTO.




Going from the upper down, we have almost the same midsole and outsole tooling and that’s perfect since I really can’t imagine what else they could do to make them even better. This is a perfect time to say – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The thickest BOOST midsole offers unbelievable amount of bounciness for that pillow like ride. This is by far the best cushion setup for those who love comfort, bounce and tons of impact protection. It just incredible… I love this setup to death.

Now the outer side of BOOST cushioning is covered with rubbery cage to improve stability and receive direct energy straight to your foot. While the inner side of the BOOST midsole is completely open to receive that full potential of the BOOST power.

On top of that, if you’re a guard who prefers very responsive ride, don’t worry they got you covered as well.




Listen, if you want grip the floor like crazy and I know you do, then god damn grab these… I have one word to describe this traction – straight out GLUE.

Clean courts, dirty courts, those 24 hour courts, it doesn’t matter. They will bite the hardwood any day of the week. Wiping? Pff, you don’t even need to think about it.

However, the rubber compound is pretty soft and that means that I don’t recommend using them outdoors.




The forged Primeknit upper gets solid improvement in the support department. Of course, you’re giving away some softness & stretchiness, but as I said, it isn’t a deal breaker and I would take more support any day of the week since I didn’t feel any HUGE differences in terms of overall comfort.

The sock-like ankle collar trend has reached this year’s Primeknit version as well and that’s awesome.  It feels like you’re wearing an actual sock – tight, breathable & adaptive fit. Primeknit in this area does not feature those ridges, so you’re getting pure Primeknit experience without any problems putting them on.

The Crazy Explosive 2017 fits exactly the same as the last year’s model. They look quite wide and bulky, but they don’t fit like that. So, narrow footers as well as wide footer should go up ½ size since they run narrow in the midfoot area.




Once again, the new forget Primeknit upper impressed me a lot by making this shoe without any weak spots at all. I’m telling you, they’re perfect. It makes sure that you’re having plenty of foot containment while making hard moves, but still manages to keep Primeknit main properties on its best. GOLDEN SPOT.

On top of that, regarding a higher shoe’s profile adidas decided to implement two eyelets for even more beastly support and foot lockdown. Your foot is going anywhere.

Other than that, the main support core remained the same. We have an internal heel counter, torsional support, BOOST cage and a pretty wide base. Yeah, the list is impressive.



I’m felt in love with these… Looking from my perspective, the adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit 2017 will be the best performer in 2017, hands down. Yes, it’s early to say anything because we have 4 months ahead, but I believe that any other upcoming sneaker is not going to uncrown this king soon.

I would HIGHLY recommend these for any type of player due to impressive arsenal of tech & abilities that they can offer for each position. Flashy, quick guards? No problem. Super responsive BOOST cushion, killer traction, solid foot containment will let you to do anything on court with confidence & efficiency. Maybe you’re a strong, big guy who dominates the post? Not a problem as well. Enormous amount of impact protection &  bouncy ride will let you to snatch opponents shots and get back on the ground soft and easy, like putting your head on a pillow at night.



Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the ADIDAS CRAZY EXPLOSIVE 2017 PRIMEKNIT. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!


24 thoughts on “adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit REVIEW – Beast Mode On!

  • August 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Behinds these what are your top shoes?

    • August 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      KD 10
      KD 9

      Btw, nice to hear from you again.

  • August 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I really liked this shoe when I tried it on, but I can’t stress enough that it was a real pain to get into for me. I’m a wider foot and i tried them on twice. It makes me lean towards the lows for that reason. It was that annoying. That’s all. As Linda Belcher would say, “gotta go”.

    • August 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Yeah, I know what you’re talking about. It’s pain in the ass to get them on, especially for the first week or so. It’s a very common problem or issue with all of these sneakers that has a high-top knitted collar. Maybe not all of them but most of them for sure.

      On this model, the Primeknit collar does get looser after a while, so it will be easier to stick your foot. Still, it’s not enough stretch to just effortlessly slide your foot. So, if you don’t want to deal with that every single time, then go with the Low tops. They do perform almost identical, so you don’t missing out on anything.

  • January 23, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    would you recommend these over the new react hyperdunks? i prefer a more stable, firm, and responsive cushion and idk if these offer that. i have a pair of nmd r1 which i like on the cushion standpoint but i’ve heard the boost is firmer. i dont really like a bouncy cushion. also which knit upper do you like better?

    • January 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      The Hyperdunks definitely meet your on court requirements better. I think that REACT tooling is exactly what you need. It’s super responsive (probably the most responsive setup yet) and it does offer a ton of stability. Where BOOST setup on the CE ’17 is a whole different case – vast amount of impact protection & pretty damn bouncy ride with just a little bit of that sinking action in your step.

      See, the only reason why the nmd r1’s do feel much stiffer than any other boost implementation is those two stability plates within the midsole, so there’s not a lot of boost in those sections.

      Now talking uppers, I do like the Crazy Explosive’s better, just feels more natural on feet.

  • March 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    hey man,
    idk why but these shoes didnt work for me. i got a pair and within a week the midsole and upper seperated. so i tried to super glue it. that worked ok but then a hole in the forefoot formed. of course i was pissed. i only used them 3 times and only on indoor courts. so i returned them adn got a new pair. the traction was damn bad and i was sliding everywhere on a court that was refinished 2 days before. within 2 hrs of playing the outsole started to peel of on the left shoe. then i made a cut to the basket and my foot tore through the side of the primeknit. i was so mad so i returned them and got a pair of harden ls. those work better. maybe i got a defect but i dont think i would get 2 pairs that were bad. the only beastly aspect was the boost.
    thanks for listening

    • March 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Oh man… That’s some really bad news… It seems like you picked up a rip-off pair or some shit. Where did you get them? I do have more than a one pair of these, but none of them are like that.

      • March 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

        hey man,
        i got them at footlocker and returned and exchanged them back there. i dont think it was a ripoff pair cuz footlocker is always authentic

        • March 30, 2018 at 8:48 pm

          Yeah, footlocker is legit. But it still so crazy what happened to you. Are you thinking of grabbing something new?

          • April 2, 2018 at 1:31 am

            yeah man i picked up a pair of kd 10s for $75 in the fingerprint colorway. im also gonna grab a pair of why not zer0 1

  • June 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Hey, Daumantas!
    Hello from nearby Saint Petersburg, I hope you don’t mind having some Russians around here =)
    Thanks for thorough review, it was very informative. I love how you break down various aspects of a sneaker, it makes comparing various models fun and easy. I hope you bring those Traction / Support / Fit sections back in new reviews!

    It’s also great that you try them all on yourself, not only one could use your recommendations on what size to go with, but also to get the idea of sizing comparing with sneakers on hand.

    If you don’t mind me asking, do you buy all those sneakers yourself, or do brands send you pairs for testing? I got an impression that former is the case, and if so, you are crazy, and kudos to you 😉

    • June 30, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      What”s up Nikolaj!

      Of course I don’t mind any of you guys. It doesn’t matter who you’re or where are you from, everyone is welcome here.

      Glad I could help you out bro! This is the reason why I’m here, and why this whole Basketball Diagnostics thing was created for. You’re talking about that score board image at the end of a review?

      As crazy as it may sound, yes, I buy all of my sneakers. Its expensive hobby but I love it. The website is still pretty young (only a year and a half old), so I don’t have any big names sponsoring me yet. However, I feel like it’s coming soon.

      Have a good one!

      • July 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

        > You’re talking about that score board image at the end of a review?

        Yep, sorry for confusion, my bad!

        > The website is still pretty young (only a year and a half old), so I don’t have any big names sponsoring me yet. However, I feel like it’s coming soon.

        That’d be great, I’m rooting for you!

        Now, to the case in hand. I had been persuaded by your review and bought a pair of CEP2017 (Triple Gray). I am no expert on basketball sneakers (played only in an old pair of Nike Visi Pro 3 until it started to decompose on my feet), but so far (about 5 hours of game time) I’m a happy man! Once again, I don’t feel qualified to evaluate modern sneakers, but we perform much better together than me in old ones =)
        I usually play poor man’s SF/PF, despite being 189 cm / 92 kg (we’re amateurs and play for fun, and I’m one of the bigger guys on court), and traction, support and and most of all, cushion are superb. Despite your advice and having quite a wide and high foot, I went for true size, and for a couple of hours they fitted way too tight, but within two playing sessions Primeknit upper has adapted quite well, so I’m quite happy with my decision =)

      • July 2, 2018 at 4:48 am

        Oh, and I am also impressed by breathability (I should’ve expected it from Primeknit, but the difference is still impressive!) and protection. Shoe didn’t quite save my pinky toe from heel landing by 120 kg C (he was probably angry after my chase-down block on him ;−), but at least it wasn’t broken, and overall protection is really nice.

        • July 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

          The score board is making its return very soon. I’m actually making one for the UA Curry 5 review.

          Congrats for making a perfect decision by picking these babes out! They’re my all time favorites from the day one when Adidas released the ’16 version and then a very next year came out with a much improved version of ’em. You can count on them whenever there’s no room for error.

          Btw, thanks for making a short but useful breakdown of yours. This is incredibly helpful for other people who are considering them as their next pick up.

          • July 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

            I am happy to add my two cents, hopefully it indeed will help somebody, like your review helped me.

          • July 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

            Thanks bro! Just came back from, hands down, the greatest vacation in my entire life. Unforgettable memories, priceless experience, crystal clear water & golden tan (not backed lol). Now back to work again. Btw, how was your week in Karelian forest?

            This is how we do here – helping each other out!

  • July 16, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Good to hear from you! Rest and recovery is important, good to know that you succeeded =)

    My getaway has been great too, thanks! Interestingly enough, it’s quite productive for me: rather than sitting in office, you get up early, jump into the biggest lake in Europe, then get to work, and in the evening join friends at the campfire. I hope I’ll be able to getaway once again this year.

    The major downside, of course, is that I couldn’t play ball there. But I can now!

    • July 16, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Awesome! Sounds like a lot of fun.

      Yeah, would be dope to have a small court in the middle of the forest 😀

  • July 27, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Anyone know where I could buy these in a size 11?

    • July 31, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      There’s a pretty big chance finding a pair in your size at your local adidas outlet.

      • August 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm

        It really depends.
        There is only a few sizes left in local ones.
        For the “civilised world” Amazon might be the best chance.


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