adidas is bringing out all the stops this year…
Traction – Straight. Up. Beastly. I never had to wipe once. Not. A. Single. Wipe. Didn’t matter the court, indoor or outdoor, this sh*t works. Period. Durable? Well, maybe not as durable as it could be, but out of the big three new models from adidas, this is the one I’d take outside.
Cushion – Full length Boost. Yeah, you know what it is. Impact protection for days, court feel as well. These feel exactly like the CrazyLight Boost 2016 so firm Boost is what you’ll receive. It works, and does its job well. However, if you want bouncy Boost then head over to the Crazy Explosive performance review. If you want a low profile, protective setup that offers court few without sacrificing protection then the D Rose 7 is for you.
Materials – This particular pair offers engineered mesh backed by nylon. There are PrimeKnit options that I have yet to try, but these offer the mesh so that’s what this review will be based on.
While I’m usually a big fan of engineered mesh, this isn’t my favorite version of it. It moves well with the foot, just not as well as it could. It’s a little…crispy? Not sure how to describe it. It’s just not the engineered mesh I’m used to. It’s not bad by any means, it’s just not as awesome as engineered mesh usually is.
The collar is a neoprene-like material that’s been stuffed with padding — this I love; it fits perfectly and didn’t feel restrictive — despite how high they are. Outside of the collar are synthetic leather lockdown wings and they’re awesome; they work perfectly and don’t get in the way at all.
Fit – The D Rose 7 fits true to size, but it runs pretty narrow. Definitely try a pair of these on (if possible) to ensure they fit you comfortably. The width does break-in a bit, but they’re still much more narrow than last year’s D Rose 6.
Lockdown is great throughout and I experienced no issues with it at all, from the heel to the forefoot. Once laced up I was pretty much good to go.
Support – Traction, cushion, support…oh my. These are the best features on the D Rose 7. From the stable base you start out with to the outrigger, torsional springplate, lockdown wings, and snug fit. Yeah, support isn’t a problem — not a problem at all.
Overall- There are components featured on the D Rose 7 that are simply amazing. Traction, cushion, and support to be specific. If these are your main concerns as a guard then you may want to consider trying this shoe out. If you have a wide foot then you may not enjoy them much. And the materials could’ve been a little softer — I know this is a bit of a knit pick (see what I did there) but I’ve tried all kinds of engineered mesh, so I know what I like. This wasn’t quite it.
The D Rose 7 is a higher cut CrazyLight Boost ’16 with better traction, something I didn’t even think was possible. adidas continues to kill it as the latest three models from the Three Stripes offer something for everyone and none of which compromise any tech at all. Plus, they’re all reasonably priced. If you haven’t tried any of the latest adidas models then you’re missing out.