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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.