Facts

  • Top

    High-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

    Mid-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

    Low-Top

    Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

  • Lockdown
    Lace-Up

    Strap

    Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

    Lace-Up

    Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

    Slip-On

    Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

  • Price
    $140
  • Weight
    9.3oz

    Good to know

    Basketball shoes usually weigh between 300g and 400g for speed and agility. Write your on-court tale with basketball shoes that barely tip the scales.

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84 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | WearTesters

    If you love shoes that weigh practically nothing while still performing at a high level then the adidas Crazy Light 3 should be at the top of your really short list of candidates.

  • 90 / 100 | BlackLotus9

    Players who have not jumped aboard the Crazy Light train may want to do so this season with the 3

  • 80 / 100 | WearTesters

    If you love shoes that weigh practically nothing while still performing at a high level then the adidas Crazy Light 3 should be at the top of your really short list of candidates.

  • 86 / 100 | TheGymRatReview

    I liked the CL3 better than either of the first two Crazy Light models but there were too many shortcomings to make it one of my favorites of the year.

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Slashing off more weight at only 9.3 oz, the third version climbs to the top as the lightest performance shoe for basketball in the market. It answers all of the needs of a high-performance player, from its lightweight qualities, effective traction, and comfortable cushioning.

Cushion. The cushion on the midsole is made of a high-quality injection molded EVA. Compared to the previous models, the Crazy Light 3 has a softer and plusher landing. Players who like a cushioned feel will appreciate this upgrade. However, players who prefer a firmer base need not worry because the cushion is quite thin and brings the foot close to the ground.  

Included with the shoe are 2 insole options that you can insert into the shoe, one is a foam-based, lightweight insole; and the other is a polyurethane-based cushion that is heavier but provides more impact protection.

Traction. The Crazy Light 3 features the same “S” outsole shape that Crazy Light 1 had. However, instead of using concentric circles as a pattern, a wavebone pattern is integrated within the flex grooves on the forefoot. As the pattern moves into the heel, it transitions into curved horizontal cuts. The pattern works well with both indoor and outdoor settings, however, if used on clean courts, the traction performs better.

Length and Width. According to users, the Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 3 runs half a size smaller in both length and width. It is suggested that you try the shoe on before purchasing in order to get a better fit.

Lockdown. For the Crazy Light series, lockdown has always depended on the tight fit of the shoe’s SprintWeb upper and the highly contoured shape of the SprintFrame at the base of the foot. Both hold the foot in place, ensuring zero slippage and full lockdown.

Also, the shoe’s padded collar is made thicker for extra ankle support. Thus, the Crazy Light 3 is able to give a secure feel without being too tight or uncomfortable.

Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 3 uses a four-layer SprintWeb material on its upper in order to give the shoe the rigidity it needs to support the foot and to reinforce the material’s durability.

Ventilation areas are found all over the shoe and are integrated with the shoe’s aesthetics.

The midsole continues to utilize the SprintFrame technology. However, for the Crazy Light 3, a thinner, almost translucent frame is used in order to induce a faster break-in time and to decrease foot discomfort. Attached to the SprintFrame is the injection molded EVA foam, which also houses the miCoach unit. Lastly, the outsole is made out of a soft and pliable non-marking rubber.

The Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light series has kept consistent to two aesthetic elements, one is the reflective three stripes on the ankle collar–pointing to adidas’ logo, and the second are the geometrical shapes on the upper of the shoe–all of which the Crazy Light 3’s still have. The adidas Equipment logo is found on both the center of the tongue and on the tip of the shoe’s forefoot.

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