Verdict from 2 experts and 8 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users agree that traction is just as good as the Jacquard version; adding that it grips the floor regardless of the court surface.
  • Many like the cushion setup of these low-top Adidas hoop sneakers where the forefoot is firmer while the heel is softer.
  • One tester comments that the neoprene tongue does not cause any bunching.
  • Most of the wearers of the CrazyLight Boost 2016 remark that the Primeknit version feels great on the foot.
  • This shoe runs true to size.
  • The Continental rubber used on the outsole is a very durable compound, says one of the expert reviewers.
  • Nearly all buyers love that the CLB 2016 PK is the same price as the Jacquard version.
  • A reviewer says, “The lacing setup and increased collar height provide a better lockdown.” He adds that Adidas has fixed the shoe’s predecessor’s heel slippage issue.
  • Most of the users prefer this shoe better than the Jacquard version.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer points out that toe drags will be an issue since there is no protective layer on the tip of the toe box.
  • Many feel that the neoprene piece at the heel is quite useless.
  • Due to the Primeknit upper, one tester says that the ventilation is minimal. James Harden’s third Adidas hoop shoes are reported to have the same breathability issue.

Bottom line

Overall, many of the users prefer the CrazyLight Boost 2016 Primeknit over the Jacquard version since Primeknit feels great on the foot. These Adidas shoes for basketball are also less prone to heel slippage due to their one-piece cleatie construction–an aspect of the shoe that was seen as a deal-breaker in the previous model.

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Good to know

Considered as the Elite version of the CrazyLight Boost 2016, Adidas shocks hoopers worldwide by offering better materials for the same price as the regular CLB 2016. Using a differently constructed upper and the same responsive Boost cushioning and beastly traction, this  shoe offers an all-new experience. If the Jacquard was a treat to play in, wait till you try this!

The external heel cup helps wearers achieve the same heel lockdown provided by the 2018 Nike Hyperdunk shoe model.

Cushion. The CLB 2016 Primeknit has Boost cushioning in the midsole. Although full-length, the forefoot cushion feels much firmer than the heel, giving the shoe a responsive pop during takeoff and a plush strike during landing.

Traction. The shoe utilizes an aggressive herringbone traction pattern on the outsole–akin to that of a tire tread. Continental rubber is used, giving it a thumbs-up for outdoor use. The outsole is dual-density, which means that the rubber compound on the ball of the foot is firmer than the rest of the outsole. This ensures that the shoe can be used on any surface.

Length and Width. Compared to the Jacquard version, the Primeknit version runs truer to size. New wearers can go with their usual Adidas basketball shoe sizing when purchasing.

Lockdown. The shoe offers a one-piece cleatie upper that gives the shoe a sock-like fit. Attached to the footbed are nylon laces that pull the upper and midsole together when the laces are tightened. The Primeknit version retains the external heel cup, neoprene heel counter, and lateral foot cage.

The second release of the CrazyLight Boost 2016 uses Primeknit on the upper and neoprene on its joined tongue. The shoe keeps it consistent with the first release’s Boost cushioning and Continental rubber.

With the shoe’s premium materials, the CrazyLight Boost 2016 Primeknit definitely has a premium look and feel. Pops of colors are added for a pleasant contrasting look. The gray colorway has a combination of black, dark gray, and light gray on the upper. This shoe is good for both on-court and off-court use. The Adidas Equipment logo is placed on the tongue while the Three Stripes are embossed on the heel cup


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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.