Summary

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

11 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users give the Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit high overall satisfaction ratings.
  • Almost all users just love the bouncy feel of the full-length Boost cushioning. Despite featuring full-length Bounce, Dame’s fifth sneaker offers a similar experience on the hardwood.
  • Step-in comfort is amazing, according to many.
  • These Adidas shoes break in easily, several reported.
  • Almost everyone loves the softness of the Primeknit upper.
  • Like the tenth Hyperdunk, many wearers noted that the Crazy Explosive Primeknit fits true to size.
  • Most reviewers observed that the shoe has excellent traction.
  • These Adidas basketball shoes have good ankle support, many reported.
  • Some mentioned that the shoe feels lightweight and is breathable.
  • The sneakers have cool colors, several said.
  • Almost all testers rank the Crazy Explosive Primeknit as one of their Top 5 picks for 2016.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Several reported that some eyelets broke after a few months.
  • The shoe’s fit got mixed reviews. Some say the shoes run small and narrow, while others say they run large and wide.
  • A good number of users observed that the outsole started to peel off just after a few weeks.
  • A handful of wearers experienced some heel slippage during play.
  • Most testers mentioned that these Adidas basketball shoes look ugly.
  • A few complained that the top eyelet doesn’t tighten well and the laces come undone.

Bottom line

The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit has everything one could want in a performance basketball sneaker, and it excels in every category. Unrivalled comfort, almost perfect cushioning, amazing Primeknit upper, glove-like fit, solid traction, and subtle but effective support.

The shoe is suitable for any type of player and position. Whether you’re quick or explosive, the Crazy Explosive has something for everyone.

Facts

Rankings

A top 1% best basketball shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

96 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | JAHRONMON | | Level 5 expert

    It may just be novelty bias but this might just be the bust basketball sneaker ever becuase the Crazy Explosive just kills it in every category.

  • 100 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.

  • 100 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.

  • 100 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    The Crazy Explosive is definitely on the list of top shoes of 2016 (which is coming soon), and to ruin the list, it is top 5.

  • 95 / 100 | Hoop And Life | | Level 5 expert

    These are the best hoop shoes that I have worn ever since I started reviewing sneakers

  • 95 / 100 | RicheeKim | | Level 5 expert

    These shoes are beasts.

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The playing style of Timberwolves' rising star Andrew Wiggins was the inspiration for the shoe's design. The shoe features full-length Boost cushioning and a newly designed Power Traction.

Aside from Wiggins, the shoes are also worn on-court by Harrison Barnes, Iman Shumpert, Marcus Smart, and Justice Winslow.

Cushion. Adidas introduced full-length Boost in the Crazy Explosive Primeknit.  Boost cushioning provides maximum energy return, responsiveness, and comfort.

TPU cages Boost in the heel area, unleashing its capability. An infinity-shaped outsole shank provides stability around the midfoot.

Traction. The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit has a rubber outsole with a ‘Coral’ Power Traction pattern that is responsive and adjusts with player movement, providing more traction where needed.

Length and Width. The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit gets mixed reviews about its size. Buyers are recommended to try the shoes out at a local store before purchasing.

Lockdown. The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit features a GeoFit cleatie that provides a glove-like fit and an anatomical lace system that wraps the entire foot, relieving pressure. It also includes a molded heel lace system that helps with heel lockdown.

The Adidas Crazy Explosive features a full Primeknit upper engineered to provide world-class fit, comfort, and breathability. Primeknit promotes free movement and circulation to keep the foot cool and comfortable. It also includes a GeoFit cleatie that enhances breathability and foot stability.

Wrapping the ankle collar is a GeoFit foam that provides support without restricting ankle mobility. Despite its mid-top design, the foam is soft enough to accommodate an ankle brace for added support.

There are several colorways to look out for, including an Andrew Wiggins player exclusive.

Listed below are just some of the colorways of these Adidas basketball shoes:

  • Black
  • Black/Bright Blue/Pink Swaggy P PE
  • Collegiate Navy/Medium Grey/Green Andrew Wiggins PE ‘Away’
  • Core Black/Gold Metallic/Grey ‘Gauntlet’
  • Evergreen/Cloud White/Collegiate Green
  • ‘Heather Grey’
  • Running White/Running White Swaggy P PE
  • Solid Red/Scarlet/Core Black
  • White/Collegiate Navy/Mgh Solid Grey Andrew Wiggins ‘Home’
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