Traction – Nothing has changed between the Rose 4 and 4.5’s traction… and I don’t mind that one bit. I love the traction used, its great indoors and outdoors even on some of the worst floors. Traction is the one thing that should be simple and straight to the point… this does just that and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Cushion – Just like the outsole, the midsole hasn’t changed at all. We still have the EVA midsole, adiPrene crash pad in the heel and the PU insole in place. All of which provides a lot to ground, minimal cushion setup that I personally really enjoy. If you like adequate cushion without too much substance, a low profile feel for enhanced court feel and stability along with the Next Gen PureMotion then you can’t go wrong with these or the original Rose 4.
Materials – The materials are one aspect that has been tinkered with a bit. These do use SprintWeb and that plastic synthetic that we saw on the 4 but they’ve also used the synthetic leather as well which is a huge bonus in my book.
Fit – They fit true to size and I love the containment. Just like the Rose 4, the 4.5 contains the foot really well and lockdown is very apparent from heel to forefoot. I didn’t notice much change with the slightly altered collar but I did enjoy the extra GeoFit padding throughout the interior.
Ventilation – The ventilation was one aspect that I thought would have been increased but that actually wasn’t the case. While the side panels had slightly better air flow, the forefoot removed all perforations completely and that the main area where heat escapes the foot. It wasn’t anything to really focus on but it was something to note.
Support – Due to the containment, lockdown, low profile base and natural range of motion… the force is strong with this one. In all seriousness, for a Guard… they excel in the support category. They may not offer enough support for really large guys but if you play quick on your feet then you’ll be good to go.
Overall – The adidas D Rose 4 was featured as my third pick in my personal top ten list of 2013… playing in the adidas D Rose 4.5 reminded me of that as it already feels that the Rose 4 review was so long ago. While I do like to see more change and innovation involved, I do love playing in these and I think they just might be my favorite adidas hoop shoe of all time. Of course, this might change once the Rose 5 releases but until then I’ll keep these in my gym back as a backup pair of kicks.