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First Impression: adidas adiZero Speedwrap


Upon my initial inspection, I did not feel as if this type of brace would allow me to play… my ankle is still not 100% right now. However, after trying it on I am confident that these will be able to do what the McDavid Ankle X Ankle Brace has done but better.

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Super lightweight ankle protection… the adidas adiZero Speedwrap looks and feels just as it states.

The brace is made of your typical compression fit sleeve and looked to be an easy on and off… it wasn’t. Getting the brace on is a struggle but I will say that it fits perfectly once in place.


After you get your foot inside all you have to do is adjust the TechFit strap to your liking and you are pretty much good to go.


The medial side doesn’t offer much of any support other than basic compression around the ankle. This is perfectly fine as it will allow for greater range of motion and you really don’t need to restrict movement in this location as most ankle sprains occur when you roll your ankle on the lateral side.


On the lateral side there is a support bar within the materials which is rigid and holds its shape perfectly. What I really like about the feeling this wrap gives is that it isolates the problem area and takes care of the one section of the ankle instead of attaching a giant plastic shell around your foot.


The best part about the Speedwrap is that while this in on your foot, you can literally wear any shoe without compromising the fit. There is no unnecessary bulk added to the accessory and this I love.


So far… I like what I feel with this on… and they are affordable as well.

  1. This is basically tape minus the bulk along with a little more support.
    The compression sleeve might hurt those with a lower arch but breaks in after a few wears.
    This is perfect for those looking to prevent injuries because it offers lateral support with a splint but doesn’t restrict movement [most of them are unrestricted]. But this is not recommended for people rehabbing or recovering from injury.

    Looking forward to your full review on those.

    1. Pretty much, much more comfortable than tape though. Im a bit worried to wear these with my ankle in the condition its in at the moment but i think i will be fine… Ill bring the McDavid along just in case though.

      1. Hey yo. what kind of shoe should i get. I dont care how much it is but whats the best. And are the Rose 3’s good. And Witch Shoe is best between Rose 3, Lebron 10, or hyperdunk 2012

  2. I’ve recently been considering moving from my McDavids to the Speedwrap, so your words come at a great time.

    I’m an 11, and notice Adidas recommends a Large. Did you find that you went with their recommendation for size or go down one? I tried the L (were out of the M for comp) on and wondered if I should go down one. Despite the initial struggle to put them on they didn’t seem very snug up top and I had to crank down the strap to really feel any benefit to the lateral support bar.


    1. I think they fit true to the size suggestions… Once you get it on lol. You may be able to size down buy i dont know if the compression will be greater which may cut off circulation… You wont know until you try it out i suppose.

  3. Fnally got the size dialed in and got the speed wraps on court with my 2.5s. Felt great initially but once playing was a different story…Did you by chance have any problems with the lateral bar and your ankle bone? I tried to readjust my laces and braces in a number of different ways and just couldn’t get them right–needless to say my ankle bones are pretty tender the day after…

    Thanks for your time.

    1. I havent had a single issue with them actually. Adjusting the tightness so i dont cut off circulation is the only thing ive dealt with but thats not an actual “issue” IMO.

  4. i think these braces actually helps a lot cause derrick rose always seem to land his foot in a bad way while he goes for a dunk plus he jump super high which put a lot of pressure on his feet while landing or going lateral movements and he seems fine but look very risky

  5. Is this brace unisex? I found it for $20 on a women’s basketball website, but before I order I want to make sure there is not two separate versions (men & women)

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