Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

10 reasons to buy

  • These Anta basketball shoes of Klay Thompson are indeed so light that many wearers recommend them for daily use.
  • Several say that the traction is the highlight of the shoe model. It grips well on any surface and does not attract a lot of dust.
  • Some buyers leave remarks that the shoe is a steal because of its price.  
  • A good number of users recommend the Anta KT Light for training and weightlifting.
  • The breathable mesh is loved by plenty of wearers.
  • A lot of testers are happy with the comfortable insole of the Anta Light.
  • At least three reviewers leave comments that the shoe is true to size.
  • Most reviewers say that guards can really benefit from the midsole setup of the Anta Light.
  • A couple of buyers say that the Anta Light is easy to put on and take off.
  • As stated by most, these red athletic sneakers do not need any breaking in.

5 reasons not to buy

  • As specified by a few reviewers, the midsole is stiff and does not provide good impact absorption.
  • A handful of buyers agree that the upper of the Anta Light feels cheap.
  • Some testers indicate that the toe box area has no proper containment.
  • At least two reviewers mention that they do not like the snake skin design on the upper of the black colorway.
  • The Anta Light is not for bigger or heavier wearers.

Bottom line

All in all, the Anta Light is a good shoe. Though most reviewers do not agree that the shoe is good enough for hours of basketball play or to be part of an athlete’s rotation, this pair is still good for a lot of other things. The firm midsole works well for working out in the gym, playing light hoops, jogging, and other casual activities. Getting a breathable upper and a sturdy outsole from a $70 shoe is a huge bargain.

Facts

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The Anta Light is another signature shoe of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson. As the current bread-and-butter athlete of the China-based sportswear, Thompson’s line is expanded to include this trainer shoe model for more relaxed activities.

These low-top performance sneakers have a breathable mesh upper and durable leather overlays. The traditional lace-up system, Anta Eve cushioning, and the plastic heel cup provide a secure and comfortable ride. The Control-5WD traction pattern gives the wearer a good grip on both indoor and outdoor courts.

The Anta Light is more of a casual shoe than as a performance shoe. When it comes to hooping, the fourth Klay Thompson shoe is recommended.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the KT Light comes from the Anta Eve technology. This basic EVA foam features high-density foam pads at the forefoot and the heel. The forefoot foam has a good bounce, and the soft heel provides impact protection. This setup protects the leg muscles and knees from stress and fatigue.

Traction. The Anta Light has herringbone on the outsole. For Anta, it is more than just a pattern. The traction is a technology called “Control-5WD.” According to their website, the pattern mimics the actual foot for a more stable grip on any given surface.

Length and Width. The KT Light comes in the average length and width. There are reviewers who encourage new buyers to go true to size. There are also a few who mention that the shoe runs quite big for normal feet. Therefore, the best recommendation is to fit the shoe before making the purchase.

Lockdown. The Anta Light uses the standard lacing system. It has a plastic heel counter that keeps the foot from making unnecessary side-to-side slips when the wearer is in motion. The inner walls of the shoe have foam notches to give the Achilles heel a comfortable and secure fit.

The upper of the Anta light is made of knitted textile, mesh, synthetic leather, and fuse overlays. The mesh and knitted upper provide continuous airflow to keep the foot dry. They also conform well to the shape of the foot. The fused toe cap and synthetic leather give the shoe durability.

The Anta Light is a mid-top shoe with a half-bootie construction. The Anta logo is located on the outsole and lateral side of the shoe. To mark the shoe as part of Klay Thompson’s signature line, his logo graces the top of the tongue.

The simple design and dual-chrome colorways are nice matches for those who love a simple-tees-and-jeans getup. The speckles on the raised midsole of the red colorway is fit for those who have a loud or youthful sense of style. A couple of wearers share that the plastic heel counter of the KT Light reminds them of the heel cup of the Air Jordan 32. As for the knitted upper, the texture is similar to the Flyknit.

The Anta Light has six attractive colorways. These are the following:

  • Anta Light Black
  • Anta Light White
  • Anta Light Red
  • Anta Light Olive
  • Anta Light Navy
  • Anta Light Blue and Yellow
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