Well, if we choose to be optimistic… they could have been worse.
Cushion – I could use a multitude of one-worded ways to describe my feelings here, but I’ll keep it PG… disappointed. I love Boost, everyone knows this by now… I even wrote about it’s potential in the basketball world – HERE. This though… this is not how I would have done things.
The heel is great, lets just get that part out of the way. It’s everything you expect from Boost. But you put that together with a really thin & dense EVA forefoot… damn did you miss the mark. And you missed it hard… like jumping from a plane without a parachute type of hard. I suffer from shin splints due to how much I play, but I hadn’t had a stint with shin splints in quite a while because all of the shoes I’ve been testing have been pretty flexible and really well cushioned… but not these. My legs would feel like they were glass in about an hour… and me, being the stubborn person I am, would keep them on because I want to be as accurate as possible and I’d wind up in a lot of pain the following day. Wait for the Rose 5… that’s where I’ll leave this at.
Materials – The shoe isn’t all bad, the materials are actually really nice. You have a lightweight but surprisingly strong mesh upper with thin glue-like overlays for additional structural support. I know I keep saying this, but its true. These woven fabric uppers, mesh, knit etc… this is the future of footwear. It works great, feels great and requires no break-in time while being able to easily accommodate a wide variety of foot shapes. That was once leather’s job… mesh and woven uppers are where its at.
Fit – They fit true to size and lockdown is nearly perfect. Like I said above, they feel great right away and require zero break-in time. Midfoot to heel, they wrap your foot up really nicely. It’s snug but since the materials are mesh, its not a painful snug. There is no SprintFrame anywhere to be found – I was super happy about that – so this version of the Crazy Light brings things back to basics in a way. Newer construction in terms of materials, but built the way shoes used to be made.
Support – I’d say that this is the most supportive Crazy Light to date… yeah… without a SprintFrame too. StableFrame is probably the reason for it as well. The StableFrame cups your foot into the midsole, a great feature that I remember talking about briefly a long time ago when I reviewed the Jordan CP3.V… I said that I wished the midsole cupped your foot vs. your foot sitting on top of it. This does that and it works great. Being low to the ground helps… would have been nice if there was some cushion up front, but hey…
Everything else is pretty traditional. TPU heel counter, keeps your heel in place so it won’t shift side to side within the shoe – this is what prevents ankle injuries… not collar height. Then you have adidas’ X-bar for torsional support and a little spring back.
Overall – They’re decent. They have some really nice aspects about them but the two aspects that weren’t so good… were pretty damn bad. Inconsistent traction will immediately remove a shoe from my top picks and then the lack of cushion was pretty irritating… especially for the first hoop shoe to feature my beloved Boost. Then there is the price… $140 for heel only Boost? Really?!? The adidas Response Boost runner has heel and forefoot Boost for $100… whats up with that?
Boost is amazing, and even though I wish these had more of it… I’m hoping that the upcoming D Rose 5.0 will make up for everything these lack. If they don’t, well… then Under Armour will likely retain their current #2 seed in the performance/ sportswear department.