Holy sh*t, the adidas Crazy Explosive is awesome…
Traction – Beastly. That is all…
Just kidding. The traction is beastly, though. Multi-directional traction that was inspired by the coral reef — or something like that. Whatever the design is based on, it works — and it works really well. Even with the translucent setup, you’ll receive great traction. Peace of mind is what you’ll receive while rocking the Crazy Explosive on-court. All you’ll have to do is lace them up and enjoy the game.
Cushion – Oh. My. Gawd. Look at that BOOST. I call this the Ultra Boost of basketball. The comfort, impact protection, responsiveness — it’s all there. This just might be the most comfortable hoop shoe I’ve ever laced up. I’ve worn many different shoes in my 21 years of playing ball. I’ve worn everything from Payless kicks to Protege to coveted Air Jordans. These trump them all in terms of cushion. Simply amazing.
The best part is that even with all the comfort they bring, they’re still stable. The TPU wrap around the lateral side of the midsole holds it all together. It’s not a hard TPU, so don’t worry about any unevenness with the setup; it’s more of a soft rubbery TPU that contains the forefoot while allowing the heel to expand. Visually, it might not be the coolest looking thing but you won’t care once you’ve taken them for a spin.
Materials – This is the Primeknit version of the Crazy Explosive. It features unrestricted Primeknit. No glue, no Fuse, just a little bit of Nylon in strategically placed areas so those sections don’t stretch too much. It’s not just the cushion that makes these the Ultra Boost of basketball, it’s also the materials. These things are awesome. No, it’s not the most durable setup, but the comfort it brings is worth it.
Fit – Surprisingly enough the Explosive fits true to size. I believe the inner bootie is the reason behind it as it takes up any potential dead space the shoe would’ve offered had it been removed.
Lockdown is surprisingly solid as well. When you first take them out for a spin there will be a small break-in period as the knitted upper will stretch in certain sections at is gets used to your specific foot shape. A quick adjustment of the laces and you’ll be good-to-go. Speaking of laces…there are only four eyelets. Yeah, talk about crazy. However, they actually work. They wrap around the foot from the top of your foot all the way down to the strobel board — aka footbed. It does so in strategically placed sections that provide lockdown in every major section of the foot: the forefoot, forefoot just after the flex zone, midfoot, and ankle/heel. On top of all that, you can easily wear a brace with the shoe without having to size up; the collar will stretch and fit around nearly any shape.
Primeknit has never been used so organically on a basketball shoe until now. Crazy.
Support – We’ve gone over what makes up the support throughout the review. They offer a wide, flat, and stable platform to start. Then there is the TPU cage wrapped around the midsole. The tooling is shaped in a way that it cradles the foot in the forefoot section which acts as an outrigger. And the lacing system somehow is adequate enough with just four eyelets. On top off all that — or should I say underneath — is a TPU spring plate that offers torsional support and also keeps the platform — or base of the shoe — in stable form. Similar to the old X-bars adidas is known to use, but this one is shaped like an 8 instead.
Overall – Initially, I wasn’t even planning on wear-testing the Crazy Explosive. I was going to have Bryan or Stan take care of them. However, they were given to me at the adidas LVL3 event so I thought to myself that I may as well put them to good use. I’m glad I did because I fell in love with the hideous things and they’ve replaced my D Rose 6 Primeknit as my go-to shoe. They’re consistent in every category and excel in the cushion department.
Once John Wall left the Three Stripes and these became Wiggins’ shoe, I thought they were altered to meet the needs of larger players. That isn’t the case at all. These are suitable for any player on the floor, whether you’re quick or explosive…or large and slow. These have something for everyone. This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.