Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 3 receives a high satisfaction score from the majority of the buyers.
  • Majority of the users comment that the AdiZero Crazy Light 3 is much more comfortable than the 2; it feels less pinching or binding on the feet.
  • Most of the testers notice that the adidas SprintFrame used on the shoe is thinner, so it breaks in faster and molds to the foot better than the previous shoes in the Crazy Light series.
  • The Crazy Light series is known not only for being light but also for being well ventilated. Although the 1 had the best ventilation, its shoe upper was very flimsy. Many  prefer the Crazy Light 3 because it provides both breathability and support.
  • One tester loves how the shoe becomes better and better after each wear, saying that the shoe completely molds to the foot and becomes very comfortable after the break-in stage.
  • Some users appreciate how the SprintFrame is extended to the medial collar, helping prevent ankle rolls.
  • One tester commends the shoe's stability that is brought about by the improved SprintFrame base.
  • Although the shoe runs half a size smaller, some players notice that the Crazy Light 3’s midfoot is slightly wider than the previous version’s.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers feel that the cushion is too squishy and does not offer enough impact protection. One even says that it’s so soft that you can sometimes get “caught in your heels”.
  • A few users have mixed feelings about the shoe’s upper. One said that the material feels cheap, and others see the mesh ripping after just a few months of use.
  • One tester thinks that the upper is too rigid. The 11th Michael Jordan signature basketball shoe is a positively reviewed shoe but the upper has the same issue as the Crazy Light 3.
  • Because the upper is made of thinner materials, support depends greatly on the user’s ankle strength. One user recommends the wearing of an ankle brace especially to buyers who are prone to ankle injuries.

Bottom line

Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 3 has finally achieved the best of both worlds, offering the lightest weight a performance shoe could offer without compromising stability, support, and ventilation. Although a few users felt that it lapsed in the cushioning department, since it was too soft, these basketball shoe from European brand Adidas was also made to be very low-to-the-ground thus preventing lag and keeping you quick, light and agile.

Facts

Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Price: $140
Weight: 9.3oz
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Red, White
Size
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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    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 | | Level 4 expert

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

  • 86 / 100 | TheGymRatReview | | Level 4 expert

    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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Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

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