I was able to check out the adidas CrazyLlight Boost over the weekend and I loved what I saw. There were two versions, one was a production Sample while the other was final retail.
First things first, the shoe was awesome. Great mesh upper with synthetic overlays for support, but the overlays weren’t anything crazy like a Fuse. It was just a thin glue-like application, and it’ll be on the final retail version. They fit true to size but if you like a little wiggle room then go up 1/2 size.
You can see that the overall look between the Sample (left) and retail version (right) are pretty much identical. The real changes between the two are at the midsole and outsole. The Sample feature a fully exposed heel Boost pad… there isn’t an official name for targeted Boost so I’m going to call them pads. If you happen to see anyone else describing Boost in the same manner… they got it from me.
Both felt great but having the heel completely exposed could potentially create some instability issues over time so encapsulating it is the best option. It’ll allow the Boost’s lifespan to be greater and it would add support. With the final retail version, they went with an exposed Boost pad, but its not fully exposed. Just enough to showcase the tech much like a visible Air unit from Nike. Pretty smart and cool if you ask me.
The outsole is the real surprise as the Sample version looked more appealing to me from an on-court perspective. I have to assume that adidas tested the hell out of the final versions pattern in order for it to have been approved, but if you don’t play on pristine courts then I’m guessing it’ll cause a problem. Not that the same wouldn’t happen with the Sample pair’s pattern, but we all know that the multidirectional herringbone/ wave bone would perform best, based on previous experiences at least.
You can also see that the Sample doesn’t feature the X-bar support system. Having this on the shoe will add stability, torsional rigidity where needed and some slight spring back.
The CrazyLight Boost will be your introduction into something amazing. For those of you that have never tried Boost, or for those of you who swear off anything but Swooshes and Jumpmen… prepare to have your minds blown.
Boost coming to basketball this Fall… it’s about damn time.