Verdict from 9 experts and 100+ user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • A number of reviewers say that while the materials don’t feel premium at all, the upper materials still get the job done and that’s what matters most.
  • Most wearers agree that the Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018’s traction is really great especially on clean courts.
  • Testers agree that the responsiveness of the partially caged full-length Boost is just right.
  • The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 is true to size, say most buyers.
  • Several buyers observe that these Adidas basketball sneakers do not look that good on hand but on foot, they look really dope.
  • A wearer claims that he has been using the Adidas Crazylight Boost for months and it has not shown any sign of wear and tear.
  • A couple of testers mention that it takes about six hours or less to break the shoes in.
  • Some users leave comments that once the Crazylight Boost is broken in, it provides great support and prevents side-to-side  foot movements.
  • A handful of wearers notice the ventilation of these low-top shoes for basketball. They say that their feet were dry during play.
  • A few Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 owners claim that the toe cap is made durable by the fuse overlays.
  • The TPU heel counter delivers good lateral containment, lockdown, and support according to many.
  • A great number of testers recommend these Adidas basketball shoes because the Boost technology in the midsole provides them impact protection and energy return.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Testers still report some heel slippage, but they say that the lockdown provided by the Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 is not as bad as that of the 2016 version.
  • According to some reviewers, the look of this athletic shoes from Adidas needs to be worked on. They say they do not really like the design of the shoe.

Bottom line

The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 carries over some of the issues of the Crazylight 2016, its closest predecessor, but it still does a better job at providing support and lockdown. It also has effective traction and a great price. Getting this pair of Adidas basketball shoes wouldn’t be a bad decision at all.

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Good to know

After one full year of Crazylight absence, Adidas once again produces an offer that continues the one-of-a-kind legacy of the famed series. The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 improves on the identified shortcomings of the 2016. It now provides better containment and motion support. It retains the previous models’ superb traction and cushioning.

A few might think that the Crazylight is quite expensive for a non-signature shoe. For only $115, Damian Lillard’s 5th Adidas signature shoe is a great replacement. If wearers prefer a different signature shoe from a different brand, Chris Paul’s 11th Jordan shoe was  recently released.

Cushion. The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 features full-length Boost in the midsole. The cushion is caged at the lateral forefoot, giving the area a more pronounced court feel. The cage-free heel provides much needed impact protection.

Traction. The outsole of the Crazylight Boost 2018 is made of a thick rubber compound. It features a unique multidirectional pattern that resembles peacock feathers. The grooves are thick enough to withstand the pressures of both indoor and outdoor courts.

Lockdown. The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 has a number of features that help keep the foot in place during aggressive movements. It has an effective lacing system and a sturdy external heel counter that is made of TPU. It also has a midfoot shank and arch support that help maintain the wearer’s in-motion stability. The lateral forefoot is caged so that the cushioning system can provide the necessary amount of court feel for linear and side-to-side movements.

The upper of the 2018 version of the Adidas Crazylight is made of textile to ensure breathability and flexibility. It has fuse overlays on high-wear spots like the toe box and those that surround the lace loops.  Its Achilles pillow is generously lined with foam so that it’s able to provide reliable next-to-skin comfort and support.

The Crazylight 2018 is a low-top that sports a largely monochromatic appearance. Providing aesthetic color contrasts are the iconic Three Stripes on the rear lateral side and the lace loops. The Adidas logo on the top of the tongue is also of a contrasting hue.  

The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 is released in a number of quite straightforward colorways such as black, all-white, and red. The logos are almost always set in colors that sharply contrast  the upper’s main hue so as to create a perceptual popping effect. Below are the available colorways of these Adidas basketball shoes:

  • Cloud White/Grey/Grey
  • Core Black/Cloud White/Carbon
  • Core Black/Gold Metallic/Carbon
  • Core Black/Scarlet/Carbon
  • Crystal White/Chalk Pearl/Cloud White
  • Scarlet/Core Black/Cloud White


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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.