We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users just love the full-length Boost cushioning of the Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit. It’s responsive, and it offers good impact protection. The same can be said of the Harden Vol 3.
  • A lot of buyers are pleased with how comfortable these Adidas basketball shoes feel.
  • Most testers reported that the Crazy Explosive 2017 PK has excellent traction.
  • The shoes have great ankle support, a good number say.
  • Many note that the shoes look amazing.
  • Overall fit is amazing, according to most. There are no empty spaces in the shoe.
  • Nearly all reviewers claim that so far, the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit is the best performance sneaker of 2017.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of buyers find the shoes a little stiff and hard to put on.
  • Like the AJ 33, some are reporting that the outsole of the Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit wears out quickly. This is usually the case for basketball shoes with translucent outsoles.
  • A few users reported that these Adidas shoes take a little time to break in.
  • These Adidas shoes are not breathable, a handful commented.

Bottom line

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit is arguably one of the best basketball shoes of 2017. It’s versatile and highly recommended for any type of player and position. Responsive Boost cushioning, great impact protection, bouncy ride, killer traction, and solid foot containment. This is one shoe that does everything and does it well.

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Adidas does a great job of living up to the Crazy Explosive name. They were able to improve a platform that already works. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit made minor tweaks to the 2016 formula and the result is a better performing sneaker.

The forged Primeknit upper provides adaptive support and ultralight comfort. The shoes also feature an anatomical lacing system that reduces pressure on the foot, mesh inserts for added airflow, and Boost that helps harness your raw energy.

Cushion. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 PK features full-length Boost cushioning that provides enhanced comfort, responsiveness, energy return, impact protection, and court feel.

The midsole is wrapped by a lateral TPU roll cage for stability and supported by an infinity shank plate that acts like a spring. This setup provides added energy return for heightened control when taking off to the basket.

Traction. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit has a grippy rubber outsole with a Coral-inspired traction pattern. The traction delivers commanding grip specifically designed for light footwork and explosive gameplay. This also allows 360-degree grip on all court types and conditions.

Length and Width. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit fits true to size however it runs a little narrow. Wide-footers are advised to make the necessary adjustments.

Lockdown. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit features a one-piece cleatie upper, internal heel counter, and an anatomical lace system. The sock-like fit of the cleatie, support of the heel counter, and a fifth eyelet keep the heel in place. The wide lacing system wraps the entire foot and allows a more secure hold.

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit features a forged TPU yarn construction.This new forged Primeknit creates an elevated wave pattern across the upper, and it adds lightweight durability while maintaining flexibility.

This build provides optimal stability for sharp moves while staying ultralight for quickness.

The high-cut design of the sock-like ankle collar provides an adaptive fit without restricting ankle movement. This also completes the silhouette of the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 PK.

This highly anticipated shoe has generated a lot of buzz thanks to its aggressive design, full-length Boost cushioning, and high-arching sock-like collar. There are several colorways to look out for, including a few player editions headlined by Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks.

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit comes in mostly monochromatic hues. A few player edition colorways for the brand’s top stars were also sold by selected retailers.

  • Black/Gold/Scarlet
  • Black/Green Metallic/Utility Black
  • Black/Grey/Navy Andrew Wiggins PE
  • Blue/Orange Kristaps Porzingis PE
  • Capital Blue/Running White/Dark Navy Andrew Wiggins PE
  • Clear White/Collegiate Royal
  • Grey/Eqt Yellow
  • Grey Two/Hi-Res Green/Dark Navy
  • Shock Pink/White
  • Trace Khaki
  • Triple Grey
  • White
  • White/Blue/Light Grey Kristaps Prozingis PE
  • White/Collegiate Royal/Clear Onix

Adidas SM Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit Las Vegas

To kick off their summer championships in Las Vegas, Adidas launched a casino-themed Crazy Explosive. This carpet-inspired sneaker features a multicolored upper with gold accents. Completing the Vegas theme are card deck queens that are visible on each outsole.

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.