Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most of the testers find the traction of the Crazy Bounce very effective; saying that the herringbone pattern is well applied.
  • Many love the fact that the rubber used on the outsole does not accumulate that much dust and dirt.
  • Many reviewers think that the shoe’s outsole is pretty durable since it is quite thick.
  • Due to the rigid materials used in the ankle collar, several testers like how the shoe provides good ankle support.
  • Because of the shoe’s sturdy upper and ability to provide good impact protection, many testers recommend this shoe to the big men or centers.
  • Several users mention that the shoe has a wide outrigger, which is good for players who roll their ankles.
  • A lot of the users feel that the Adidas Crazy Bounce is a very comfortable shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Crazy Bounce uses a half-bootie construction. Because of this, many reviewers find it hard to put the shoe on.
  • Some users feel that there is dead space inside the shoe; adding that the laces don't really help to tighten the fit because the tongue is attached to the body.
  • A number of users experience some pain in the forefoot area of the lateral side as the midsole peak sometimes digs into the foot. This pain, however, goes away after breaking in.

Bottom line

At $100, you get a shoe with exceptional traction pattern, comfortable and responsive cushioning, and a very stable base due to the extended outrigger. Although the Adidas Crazy Bounce is a good all-around basketball shoe, it is also a great big-man shoe as it offers excellent impact protection and foot support. It weighs a bit on the heavier side.

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Expert Reviews

74 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    It's actually a really good budget model.

  • First look | The Sole Brothers

  • First look | kvncreative

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Bounce is preferred by those wearers who think Boost is too soft.  The Rip City star Damian Lillard, for example, who likes the cushioning so much that he switched from Adiprene+ to Bounce cushioning. It is, therefore, not a surprise that the fifth Dame Lillard signature shoe from Adidas carries the Bounce technology.

But Boost is life for some. They are accustomed to the responsiveness of a full-length Boost midsole, and they are expected to choose James Harden’s third Adidas signature shoe over the Crazy Bounce and other similar sneakers.

Cushion. The Adidas Crazy Bounce features a full-length Bounce cushion. This technology involves active elastic cells that cushion the foot when it lands and returns energy upon take off–making the shoe feel “bouncy.” The cushion offers impact protection on the heel and responsiveness on the forefoot. An extended outrigger is also integrated into the shoe’s base to give the shoe stability.

Traction. The shoe features a full-length herringbone pattern. The grooves are quite deep and protruded which creates better friction between the shoe and the court. The outsole is described as soft and thick. Thus, the Crazy Bounce can definitely be used outdoors.

Length and Width. With regards to the shoe's size, the Adidas Crazy Bounce receives mixed reviews. Some reviewers felt that shoe runs long, while others complained that it runs small. Therefore, it is advised that you try out a pair in your local shoe store before purchasing.

Lockdown. Lockdown on the Crazy Bounce is mainly dependent on the shoe’s cleatie construction, as the tight fit hugs the foot into place. When the laces are tightened, the leather heel counter clasps the foot from the heel to the ankle. At the same time, the midsole peak clamps the foot laterally to ensure no internal slippage.

From forefoot to midfoot, Adidas Crazy Bounce’s upper is seamless as the shoe uses a half-bootie construction. The tongue is separated from the cleatie for optimal cuffing on the ankles. The upper is made of a foam-backed mesh with fused overlays and synthetic leather in high-stress areas. Synthetic leather is used in the collar wings for rigidity and support. A TPU plate is found on the midfoot for a stable foundation for the foot.

The midsole uses Adidas’ Bounce cushion technology, a revolutionary cushion created for optimal responsiveness. The outsole, on the other hand, uses solid rubber for durability.

Many compare the shoe’s look with the Adidas D Rose 773 V, as they have the same traction pattern, midsole, and silhouette. The Crazy Bounce’s upper, however, is paneled differently and is marked with three vertical stripes on the ankle collar, instead of the forefoot. The shoe has more than ten colorways. The most popular being the “USA” colorway, which was debuted by Harrison Barnes in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The shoe has the word “bounce” on the lateral side of the midsole. It also has the Adidas Equipment logo on the tongue, the midfoot plate, and the outsole.

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