The adidas Rose 773 II reminds me of a time when adidas provided you with top-notch performance for mere $110… it wasn’t even that long ago… the Rose 2.5 was a beast on-court with a low retail price. Good to know it can still be done.
Traction – Just like the adidas Crazyquick, the traction is practically prefect. Indoors that is. If you play outdoors then you will want to pick something with a more durable outsole but for those of you who hoop primarily indoors or have an indoor and outdoor shoe then these will suit you just fine. This type of setup is the best adidas has ever produced – in my opinion.
Cushion – Yes, another Crazyquick comparison. These felt slightly thicker but the same overall feeling and minimal setup. Is this bad? Not at all, its natural and perfectly fine for your body… if you are able to wean off of a more plush cushion setup that is. With a setup like this in place, less equals faster response time and less lag when it comes to making your moves. They are more effortless and less restricted. I’d say its a nice little tradeoff once you get used to it.
Material – I feel the materials could have been a little better but now that the $110 mark is their ‘team’ pricing… I can see why these aren’t as luxurious feeling as the Rose 3 or 3.5. They weren’t bad in terms of overall performance but I still would have liked to see some nicer materials applied. This is a Rose shoe after all…
Fit – I love the fit. They fit true to size and are a bit on the narrow side but I do feel they can be broken in given time. Going up 1/2 size is your decision and I will leave you to decide that for yourself.
Lockdown was perfect, no issues at all. Most of you already are aware that I like my shoes to fit nice and snug and these did just that. Materials did not require much break-in time at all so there were no periods of adjustment. Just lace them up and start playing… simple as that.
Ventilation – The overall ventilation is greater than most models available on shelves. Still, not the great ventilation that we all know adidas can provide but it is better than anything currently available so while not their best… you can’t really knock them too much when they are still the best when it comes right down to it.
Support – These feature no SprintFrame and I loved it. Brought things back to basics and guess what… the basics still work just fine. Sure, SprintFrames allow you to reduce weight and keep structure and support at their highest level but it tends to come at a cost… and that cost can become quite uncomfortable for most people’s feet. Since the upper keeps your foot onto the footbed so nicely, you really aren’t losing much support at all. The torsional support is something that isn’t as prominent but these are Guard oriented shoes so less restriction and more range of motion have been instilled.
Overall – I love these… I did not even want to test them since I thought they were too similar to the Crazyquick but to my surprise they were just difference enough. While I LOVED the TechFit upper on the Crazyquick, the Rose 773 II’s SprintFrame-less construction and extremely affordable $110 price tag has solidified my decision in choosing the Rose 773 II over them.