Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

333 users: 4.2 / 5
6 experts: 78 / 100

7 reasons to buy

  • A lot of wearers are pleased with the step-in comfort that these Adidas shoes provide.
  • Most reviewers report that the shoe has excellent traction.
  • Several comment that the Boost cushioning provides great impact protection. The same can be expected from the Harden Vol. 3.
  • Some users note that the shoe provides great support.
  • The mesh upper seems to be durable, according to several testers.
  • The shoes fit true to size, a lot of users observe.
  • A few buyers say that the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 looks fantastic.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of users comment that the upper is very stiff.
  • Majority of users say that the traction wears down just after a few games. Players report of having the same issue with the Hyperdunk X.
  • A few users find these Adidas basketball shoes heavy, bulky, and a bit uncomfortable.
  • The shoes look ugly, several testers say. They don’t recommend these for casual use.

Bottom line

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 is a versatile option for any player. It has excellent cushioning, support, and traction. Quick guards may find an issue with the stiff upper; however, if you are a big man looking for solid support and impact protection, this may be a good option for you.

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The Crazy Explosive quickly became one of the best basketball shoes in 2016. This new edition offers a fresh look while still packing all of the explosiveness. Reach new heights with this basketball shoe that’s designed to release your explosive abilities on the court.

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 features full-length Boost that provides responsive cushioning to keep you moving. A seamless FUSEDMESH upper offers a light yet supportive fit. The grippy rubber outsole secures your footing while making hard, decisive cuts. It also has an allover graphic print to show off your style.

Cushion. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 features full-length Boost cushioning. This cushioning system provides ample energy returns to keep you moving on the court.

The cushioning is wrapped by a lateral TPU roll cage for stability and medial responsiveness. An infinity-shaped shank plate provides midfoot stability. This setup enhances energy return for heightened control when taking off to the basket.

Traction. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 has a grippy rubber outsole with a Coral Power Traction pattern. The outsole wraps up and around the midsole allowing 360-degree grip on all court types and conditions.

Length and Width. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 fits true to size; however, some reviewers recommend going down half a size.

Lockdown. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 features an anatomical lace system that reduces pressure on the foot for added comfort. The sturdy upper and internal heel counter provide a supportive and snug fit.

A seamless FUSEDMESH upper is designed with areas for support and stretch to help ensure a custom fit that adapts to your every move. It delivers outstanding support in key moments of the game.

The Crazy Explosive 2017 also has a mesh tongue and heel insert for breathable comfort.

The FUSEDMESH upper of the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 complements the mid-top design in delivering lightweight support. An allover graphic print shows your opponents that you’ve got both skill and style.

The FUSEDMESH edition of the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 is available in a number of tonal colorways.

  • Classic Royal/Metallic Silver-Collegiate Navy
  • Collegiate Navy/Silver Metallic
  • Collegiate Royal/Silver/Blue
  • Core Black/Silver
  • Grey/Silver Metallic/Grey
  • Maroon
  • Red/Silver/White
  • White/Light Solid Grey/Solid Grey

Size and fit

True to size based on 97 user votes
Small (13%)
True to size (81%)
Large (5%)
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How Crazy Explosive 2017 compares

This shoe: 85
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This shoe: $130
All shoes average: $131
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This shoe: 15.1oz
All shoes average: 13.9oz
9oz 28.6oz
Dimitrije Curcic
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.