Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • This shoe has Bounce, and it is a fairly well reviewed cushioning technology. The Adidas Dame 5 is also equipped with Bounce cushioning.
  • Most people who left reviews about the Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 say that these are a good pair of basketball shoes. They are willing to recommend this Adidas model to friends and family.
  • Many of those who left comments say that these Adidas basketball shoes look good.
  • Like the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro, several wearers talk about how supportive this shoe is.
  • A few players love how comfortable these Adidas shoes feel.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There are not a lot of reviews about this shoe, which happens to share the same name with a shoe from 2017.
  • At least one reviewer says that the cushioning is non-existent.
  • One user complains that the lace hole fell apart after just a week.

Bottom line

The 2018 release of the Mad Bounce from Adidas is hard to notice. It didn’t really help that it shares its name with a popular 2017 model that is still on the market. Nevertheless, this model still gets mostly positive comments from buyers. They claim that the Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 is a decent basketball shoe that provides a stable and comfortable ride.

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Good to know

On specification sheets, the Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 has exactly the same technologies as the 2017 Mad Bounce. However, the difference in how they appear is striking. The 2018 version is made of a much finer knit. It also has some puff stitching in the heel to deliver more comfort and support. The Mad Bounce 2018 also features a different traction pattern. Instead of the coral-like pattern, the shoe features a combination of wavy and circular patterns.

Cushion. The Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 features Bounce in the midsole. This technology covers the full length of the shoe, ensuring a stable and well-cushioned ride.  

Traction. The multidirectional grip of the Mad Bounce 2018 comes from the combination of wavy and circular patterns on the rubber outsole. This supports wearer as he cuts and drives to the basket.  

Length and Width. The Adidas website reports that the Mad Bounce 2018 has a regular fit. Hence, new buyers can just stick with their usual Adidas sizes. It’s still going to be better if they are able to try the shoe on in a local store before buying.

Lockdown. The mad Bounce 2018 from Adidas has a standard lacing system that is reinforced by moldings around the eyelets. To further ensure the wearer’s stability while in motion, the midsole cage is vertically extended on the lateral side.  

The upper of the Mad Bounce from Adidas is made of molded knit. The tongue and the heel area are generously padded to enhance the fit and deliver comfort.  

The Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 is characterized by the raised wave pattern that solidly starts from the midfoot. The waves expand and break as they reach the forefoot. The midsole is adorned with soft ridges.

As for the branding, the shoe has the ubiquitous Three Stripes on the rear lateral side. It also has the company’s logo on the tongue.  

The Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 is made available in a number of basic colors.

  • All White
  • Hi-Res Blue/Silver Metallic/Core Black
  • Core Black/Silver Metallic/Footwear White
  • Core Black/Silver Metallic/Scarlet
  • Triple Black
  • White/Gray


How Adidas Mad Bounce 2018 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 21% basketball shoes
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Bottom 17% Adidas basketball shoes
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