Is this the best Crazy Light model to date? Only one way to find out…
Traction – Thin and pliable Wavebone traction pattern is implemented and it works pretty well on most surfaces. Courts with debris will limit the rubbers ability to really grip the court but if you have a chance to dry mop the floor before playing then I strongly suggest it as courts without much dust or debris, this traction pattern sticks very nicely.
On a personal level, I do favor the Crazy Light 2‘s traction for two reasons; 1. Its not as pliable thus making the traction very consistent no matter the courts condition & 2. A more durable rubber is used for outdoor players.
Cushion – The Crazy Light 3 sits pretty low to the ground but the foam is fairly well cushioned. It lacks the bounce that the CL2 had but its still plush and comfortable although at times I would say the foam was a little too soft. I would have liked a little more firmness but if you enjoy a softer ride then these will suit you well.
Material – I still find the material to be on the cheap side but I can’t honestly say that it lacked in performance. Its supportive where you need it and pliable where you need it. They’ve been fairly durable but this is a very lightweight and minimal setup along the upper so don’t expect these to hold up the same way Fuse or leather would. When fully laced you wont encounter any hot spots and it’ll conform around your foot nicely so all-in-all, its not great but definitely not bad.
Fit – I ended up having to go up 1/2 as these run really small length wise. Once you get that part taken care of then you really don’t have anything else to worry about since you’re pretty much locked into place. Forefoot, midfoot and heel all fit perfect after you get passed the sizing issue without pain or bunching. The SprintFrame is the only area that requires a break-in and that will only take about an hour on-court. Luckily the plastic used for the SprintFrame was thinned out so much – without sacrificing strength or support – that you wont notice its there after the break-in period is completed.
This is the most comfortable fit from a Crazy Light model thus far.
Ventilation – These have been much improved from the CL2 and the only performance model to have greater air flow and ventilation would be the original Crazy Light. Even in 90 degree heat, I had dry spots on my socks… not bad.
Support – The overall support is nice but if you don’t have strong ligaments in your feet/ ankles then you might want to wear a brace. Not because the SprintFrame doesn’t work, it actually works perfectly, but the materials and super soft heel cushioning leaves you with a few loose ends when it comes to the support department.
Overall – The first few hours of wear made me want to switch shoes… luckily I ignored that thought and kept playing in them and they’ve continually gotten better with each wear. Traction, ventilation and weight are their strong points while the rest of the shoe is solid in all other aspects but not quite perfect. I would have liked to have seen them mix in a few elements from the Crazy Light 2 – rubber, materials and cushion – but I still enjoyed these more than the past two from an overall standpoint.
If you love shoes that weigh practically nothing while still performing at a high level then the adidas Crazy Light 3 should be at the top of your really short list of candidates.