It took Adidas two years to finally deliver the continuation of the CrazyLight BOOST family. So either they put maximum effort into making these bad boys true on-court beasts or they just couldn’t find much time for them, so it’s gonna be a bust.
So without any further ado, let’s see if the comeback is real!
WEIGHT: 348,6 g / 12.3 oz
TECH: BOOST, SPRINTPLATE
FIT: ½ SIZE DOWN
RETAIL PRICE: $120
BD RATING: 8.5/10
BEST PLACE TO BUY: FOOT LOCKER
OUTDATED, BUT STILL PRETTY AWESOME
The CrazyLight BOOST ’16 first came out with a Jacquard upper, followed by the top-off-the-line Primeknit option later on. As a right now, this year’s model comes with the textile upper with some fuse hits for extra durability. And while that doesn’t seem like an upgrade from its predecessor, even further, it doesn’t even fit into today’s knit era, this damn simple & old school tooling still has something to prove. Yet, I’m hoping to see a Primeknit option later down the road.
So Adidas made it unclear what this textile upper is made of, however, judging from how it plays & sits on foot, this does remind me of tightly knitted mesh with some stretch to it & some extra softness than a regular one.
What’s nice about this textile upper is that it doesn’t require any break-in time at all – you just lace them up and you’re ready for action. In addition, it’s pretty darn form-fitting, although the mesh itself is thicker compared to a tradition mesh tooling, it’s almost feels like double layered, but it’s not. Now talking about that thickness, it made my feet sweat a tad bit more than I would like, yet it wasn’t like suffocating or something to that nature. Looking from a positive side, this thickness adds much needed containment, and with heavily fused sections, the upper becomes ready to deal with outdoor beating.
FULL-LENGTH BOOST GOODNESS
Adidas has been killing with their own BOOST game lately, especially on ball sneakers. And while the cushion set-up on the CL ’18 didn’t change much from its predecessor except for different caging, it did remind me how awesome & well-rounded this low profile BOOST cushion was 2 years ago.
The forefoot’s external side is heavily caged with the semi-translucent rubber to ensure stable base when putting force on a lateral side, while BOOST on the internal side is wide open to absorb all the impact you put in. Meanwhile, the heel is just pure thicker BOOST for those who love to feel some bounce & have some solid amount of impact protection under their feet.
It’s definitely not on a same bounciness level as the Crazy Explosive, it’s more like the Harden Vol. 2’s I would say. Still, the tooling has enough juice to make a bigger dude happy.
BETTER THAN I THOUGHT
As much as adidas has been killing with their BOOST game, the traction game doesn’t lag behind as well. The CrazyLight ’16 was famous for its killer traction indoors & outdoors – just straight up glue man. This time around, they completely redesigned the traction patter, but the performance outcome was still the same, if not better.
I can’t stretch enough how beastly this updated multi-directional traction patter performs in all conditions – hard cuts, lateral movements or some stop’n go action, you can do it all without worrying about slipping or falling on your ass. That’s not gonna happen with these bad boys on your feet.
The pattern itself is perfectly spaced – not too narrow or too wide. As you can see, we do have quite a few wider grooves that act as exit channels for dust to keep the bottoms clean once dust is present. And to make it even more perfect, the rubber is like from those ‘90s ball shoes, so outdoor use is much welcomed.
The CrazyLight line was never a wide-foot friendly option and the CL ’18 isn’t an exception, so wide footers should be aware of that. As usually with my Adidas sneakers, I went ½ size down since they do run slightly long. Now, for wide footers out there I recommend staying true to size due to fairly narrow construction.
As for the overall fit, there was nothing to hate on personally, rather than sloppy sizing. But that’s like a casual day at Adidas so it’s not that big of a deal. Again, the mesh may not look premium but it does feel great on-foot. It form-fits your foot perfectly straight out of the box, no break-in time is needed. And while it gets a bit hot inside, you can easily live with that.
They do have a half-bootie construction, which means the tongue is half stitched to the upper, so you shouldn’t be having any problems putting them on, especially when you do have this highly-stretchable Neoprene tongue in-place.
Finally, to maximize heel comfort there’s the Foam-filled Achilles pillow placed in the internal portion of the heel area to give you that premium feel & perfect heel coverage.
HEEL SLIPPAGE IS FIXED
The past version of CrazyLight had that annoying heel slippage issue no matter how tightly I did my laces, however, it’s all gone in the new version. Just make sure you utilize that last eyelet at the top to really lock your heel in place.
They kept the same TPU shank from the last generation pair, the D Rose 8 rocks that as well so you already know, this stuff does its part perfectly. The only drawback I had was lack of lateral containment in the upper & too narrow base at the bottom. When you’re dealing with this type of crazy traction and you put a big amount of force on a lateral side, the mesh alone isn’t completely capable of isolating your foot from unnecessary lateral action.
Yeah, we do have this rubber extension cage which supposed to contain our foot laterally, but I would love to see something more sustainable for us, bigger dudes. Personally, I’m not the most explosive player on the court so I just got away with some extra stretch in the upper. Nothing major, but those kind of irrelevant things do change how you act on the court.
Overall, despite the lack of lateral containment, the CrazyLight Boost ’18 is still head and shoulders above the previous version in terms of overall support. Hopefully, next year they make it all perfectly polished.
It’s the same case as with the D Rose 8 – the esthetics look completely trash, it’s like those generics from 2k, yet the performance of both of them is just stellar, phenomenal, mind-blowing, you name it.
So if you’re one of those people who don’t care about how a shoe looks esthetically, you just all about that pure performance, the CrazyLight Boost ’18 is probably the best option for you. Or maybe you’re looking for a true workhorse to beat the sh*t out of it playing outdoor ball, and not worry about ripping them apart? Yep, they’re made for this occasion man.
And one more thing… They’re not gonna sell well, so expect them to hit outlet shelves really soon for 50% off.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT BOOST 2018. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!