This Rose needs time to blossom.
Cushion: Everyone has been waiting for a full-length Boost foam setup on a basketball model, and adidas supplies our demand with the Rose 5. The Boost foam used here is more on the firm side when compared to most Boost running models (especially Boost lifestyle models I.E. adidas Pure Boost). This is for the better as Boost is far to unstable for the basketball court and this firm setup provides stability without sacrificing too much responsiveness and bounce Boost is known for. When applying pressure on hard cuts, long strides, and jumps, the cushion set up is at its best as the Boost foam activates in a sense allowing you to feel that bounce back a lot more. This cushion setup up is more catered towards quick players who prefer good court feel and a responsive ride. Overall while not what most people are expecting with a full-length Boost foam setup, adidas has a really nice building block here to improve on in future models.
Materials: Different materials can be found on other colorways of the Rose 5, but for the sake of this review we will only be covering the materials found on this colorway (L-Train/Brenda). The synthetic upper adidas opted to go with on this colorway and many others is a weak spot of the Rose 5 in my opinion. While extremely durable, aesthetically this synthetic is disappointing as scrapes and scratches visually show after only a few hours of play. The overall stiffness of the upper paired with the dead space featured in the toe box area make for some uncomfortable moments as my foot would frequently slam into the toe box, having a nice soft upper would have definitely helped with this problem. Overall I was pretty disappointed with the upper on this colorway, but I am hoping that different colorways offer more pliable and comfortable materials.
Fit: The Rose line has always featured top of its class fit, and the Rose 5 continues this string of excellence. Although the fit in the toe box does have some dead space comparable to the Kobe 9 Elite, lacing up to the last eyelet helps contain your foot from sliding into the toe box, it may be uncomfortable as the ankle pods will jam into your ankle, but after a few hours of break in time the ankle area will mold to your personal anatomy. We at WearTesters have heard comments of the EVA fit cage stabbing the lateral forefoot but I didn’t experience this problem. With that in mind the overall fit on the Rose 5 is great, but my advice is to try on the Rose 5 in-store to ensure the best fit for you, but if you can’t try on the Rose 5 in-store going true to size is your best bet.
Ventilation: While the sprint frame adds lightweight stability, it also provides a little breathability. The overall ventilation of the Rose 5 is enough to prevent hot spots, but nothing crazy like the early installments of the CrazyLight series. Again a variety of materials featured on different colorways may offer more breathability, or less, but as the Rose 5 sits right now it gives you the necessary ventilation you need to be comfortable on court.
Support: If could describe this shoe in one word, it would be secure. The overall fit/lockdown was tremendous thanks to the fit frame, and the firm Boost foam provides a stable ride that still supplied great impact protection. The TPU X-Bar provides torsional support and extra spring back during strides, and a TPU heel counter does its job keeping you locked in during play. Overall the Rose 5 has great support that will never leave you wanting more, or less.
Overall: Disappointed isn’t the word I would use to describe the Rose 5, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. As it sits right now, the Rose 5 is a great building block for future models. Materials and fit need some work, but the cushion setup up and support are both excellent and the Boost foam is only going to get better in the near future. Will it crack my top 5 of the year? Not this colorway thanks to its stiff synthetic upper, but I am interested to experience different materials that can hopefully remedy some of my issues with the rose 5. Overall if you want to experience Boost foam on the hardwood, the Rose 5 is a great pick up, but not a must cop for every baller.