Verdict from 7 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The cushioning setup really provides a good amount of court feel.
  • Save for a few very minor issues, wearers generally have no problems with the traction of the Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018.
  • Almost all users say that the 2018 version of the Explosive Bounce fits true to size.
  • A good number of wearers say that these Adidas shoes for hooping are made of comfortably supportive materials.
  • At least one wearer says that this affordable basketball shoe model does not really require any break-in time.
  • According to some, the Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018 has a nice silhouette.
  • Many think that this shoe is truly worth its price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Contrary to what its name suggests, these Adidas basketball shoes actually do not have that much bounce according to some reviewers.
  • At least two wearers say that the strap is not really that useful. The low-top James Harden Vol 3 receives the same backlash because of its forefoot strap.
  • Some wearers report that their feet feel hot after playing in the Explosive Bounce for a long period.

Bottom line

Despite some minor issues, the Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018 is a shoe that delivers on-court. It has effective traction and cushioning system. It is also made of supportive and comfortable materials. Get this shoe if you want to get your hard-earned money’s worth.

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Good to know

The Adidas Explosive 2018 is a low-top offering from Adidas. It features full-length Bounce that provides impact protection and court feel. Its upper is made of two-tone mesh with fuse overlays on high-wear spots. To support the player’s multidirectional movements, the outsole features a tread pattern that pretty much resembles crop circles with maze-like designs.

Cushion. The shoe features full-length Bounce, which is made thicker at the heel. As a result, much of its bounciness and impact protection properties are concentrated at the rear part. The forefoot provides significant court feel, making the shoe great for guards.

Traction. The rubber outsole of the Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018 features a unique tread pattern. It features several units of what looks like crop circles with maze-like concentrics. This pattern stabilizes the wearer’s multidirectional movements and quick direction changes.

Length and Width. The 2018 version of the Explosive Bounce is reportedly true to size. Hence, problems regarding fit are not expected.

Lockdown. Locking the foot down is not an issue for the Explosive Bounce 2018. Its traditional lacing system is reinforced with a strap near the ankle. The inside of the shoe has the innovative Geofit that gives the foot a nice and secure hug.

The Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018 is largely made of two-tone mesh. This light and breathable material is overlaid with some synthetic on high-wear spots such as the toe, sides, and spaces around the lace holes.

Because of its low cut and largely monochromatic appearance, the Explosive Bounce 2018 is great even for streamlined casual looks. It is best paired with city shorts, joggers, and pants. The shoe doesn’t have much branding save for the prominent Three Stripes on the strap and outsole. There is also a small Adidas logo on the tongue.

The Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018 is released without much fanfare. Its current colorways are fairly straightforward:

  • Core Black/Silver Metallic/Light Solid Gray
  • Footwear White/Core Black/Light Solid Gray
  • Light Solid Gray/Silver Metallic/Gray
  • Collegiate Royal/Silver Metallic/Bright Blue
  • Solar Yellow/White/Black
  • White/Black/Light Solid Grey
  • Collegiate Navy/Silver Metallic/Dark Blue
  • Power Red/Silver Metallic/Hi-res Red


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