Summary

We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • This shoe gets high overall satisfaction scores from several purchasers.
  • A good number of buyers love that this pair of kicks from Adidas is affordable.
  • Some buyers think that the Adidas Outrival is made of high-quality materials.
  • Like most Retro Air Jordans (including the AJ 1), a number of wearers think that this shoe is great for casual use; they say that it goes really well with shorts and pants.
  • One reviewer declares that this shoe is really light.
  • Majority of users have nothing but nice words for this 2015 shoe from Adidas.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer says that the Adidas Outrival is slightly bigger than expected. Players reportedly have a similar gripe with the Dame’s fifth sneaker.
  • There is a buyer who advises that when playing for long periods, it’s better to go for something more expensive.

Bottom line

This low-priced shoe surprisingly delivers so well. It looks great and some say it’s light. However, there are comments about its fit being not that that perfect. But this surely is something that can be easily remedied.

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Facts

Reviews from around the internet

User reviews:

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The Adidas Outrival is an affordable shoe that delivers. It has a responsive cushioning system and a well-ventilated upper. It also has an adiWEAR outsole that makes the whole construction not only durable but also flexible.

Cushion. The Adidas Outrival has cushioning on the forefoot and the rearfoot. This is done so that landings will be aptly cushioned and steps are efficiently energized.

Traction. The outsole of this shoe is made of non-marking rubber that makes use of Adidas’s  adiWEAR technology. This proprietary innovation bestows on the outsole durability and flexibility.

Length and Width. There are not so many reports on the length and width of the Adidas Outrival, so there is reason to believe that it will most likely fit true to size.

Lockdown. This shoe from Adidas does not veer away from tradition; it has the good old lacing system for adjustments. The ankle collar is reinforced with a synthetic material for a more comfort and locked-in feel, especially during motion.

The upper is largely made of synthetic leather. This material has aesthetically placed perforations to add more personality and breathability to the shoe. Its tongue is made of mesh for a more comfortable next-to-skin protection and lockdown.

The Outrival from Adidas is said to be a good-looking hooping shoe that easily goes with anything, making it a good partner for both athletic and casual events.

It pays tribute to Adidas by prominently displaying the company’s logo on the heel counter and tongue. It also has the iconic Three Stripes on the mid-part of both sides of the shoe. In between the stripes are perforations that not only enhance ventilation but also give the Adidas Outrival its unique identity.

Author
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.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com