Verdict from 16 experts and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users comment that the CrazyLight Boost 2016 has great traction on-court; one expert reviewer even compared it to Kobe 9’s top-performing pattern.
  • A lot of testers remark that the outsole is quite durable, especially the models with  Continental rubber.
  • A lot of the players remark that the low-top hoop shoe gets more comfortable every time they put them on.
  • Many testers love the Boost foam; saying that it provides great impact protection without it being too soft. They add that the sole feels responsive and stable.
  • Due to the Jacquard upper, a lot of users say that the materials used look premium.
  • One tester likes how there are rubber overlays on high-wear areas of the upper.
  • Some users feel that their foot is well contained with the CrazyLight Boost 2016, especially because of the plastic wing on the sides of the laces.
  • One user mentions that these basketball shoes from Adidas have a good arch support.
  • Regarding the price of the shoe, many buyers think it is a steal, especially with the full-length Boost and Jacquard upper.
  • Most buyers really like the subtle yet stylish look of the shoe; saying that it is not too flashy.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the users comment that the shoe’s fit was an issue for them since the shoe runs long and narrow like the Nike 11th Kevin Durant basketball sneaker.
  • Despite tightening the laces really well, some testers experience heel slippage with the Jacquard version of the CrazyLight Boost 2016.
  • The models that do not have a Continental rubber outsole are made out of soft and pliable rubber and are not encouraged for outdoor use.
  • One user complained that “the bottom loops that hold the shoelaces breaks loose after a few weeks.”
  • Many buyers say that the shoe needs some time to break-in. These users say the break-in time is as long that of the high-top HOVR Havoc of Under Armour.
  • Some reviewers are not very keen about the CrazyLight Boost 2016’s appearance; one says that they were “pretty ugly.”
  • Majority of the users say that they wish the shoe had more ventilation.

Bottom line

Many feel that even if the shoe is made of premium materials and has a remarkable traction, all these aspects of the shoe are negated if the fit is not right. Thus, if planning to purchase, make sure that you can fit the shoe personally. And if it fits, congratulations! You just found a really great performing shoe.

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Good to know

Adidas grants hoopers a steal with the CrazyLight Boost 2016 by offering premium technology for under $150. Featuring Boost cushioning, Jacquard upper, and Continental rubber outsole, the shoe easily makes it to the top performing shoes of 2016.

Cushion. The shoe uses a full-length Boost cushion and is said to have the most number of Boost granules in the midsole. It is firmer and denser compared to other models with the same cushion. The forefoot midsole is encaged for a slightly firmer and more responsive take-off. The midsole is softer on the heel for a more protected landing. This setup also provides a seamless heel-to-toe transition.

Traction. An aggressive traction pattern is featured on the outsole. Although the pattern is quite dense, dust isn’t much of a problem. A light wipe is all that’s needed after a couple of plays.

Some models use Continental rubber for the outsole, which is more durable and good for outdoor courts. The usual rubber compound on some models performs just as well but not as durable. The shoe also utilizes a dual-density outsole where the rubber on the forefoot area is made of a firmer compound.

Length and Width. There are mixed reviews regarding the shoe’s sizing. Some say that the shoe runs large while others say it’s true to size. Since every foot is different, it is recommended that you visit your local shoe store and try the shoe on personally for a one-to-one fit.

Lockdown. Foot containment is mainly dependent on the knitted upper and the plastic lace-guards on the midfoot, which clasp the feet when laces are tightened. A lateral forefoot cage, external heel cup, and neoprene heel counter are also included with the shoe to provide extra lockdown.

The first release of the CrazyLight Boost 2016 uses a Jacquard upper that features an open mesh tongue. The shoe has rubber overlays in high-wear areas, which provide durability and sturdiness.

Adidas Boost is used in the midsole; and Continental rubber on the outsole. The shoe utilizes thermoplastic polyurethane for the heel counter and the plate on the ankle collar.

Weaved onto the upper are subtle designs that give the shoe its character. Although not too flashy, it has the right amount of style to rock the shoe off-court. Camo joggers are great to pair with the CLB 2016. But steer away from jeans or shorts since they can make the foot look big.

As for the Adidas branding, three diagonal stripes are molded into the external heel cup.  The Equipment logo is embroidered on the tongue.


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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.