adidas Crazylight Boost Primeknit 2015

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The adidas Crazylight Boost Primeknit 2015 is the evolution of the Crazylight Boost 2014, which, in all fairness, was a pretty average sneaker. Boost was barely implemented and the materials and such aren’t really all that great. The designers at adidas saw the problems and sought out to solve those problems and lo and behold, the Crazylight Boost 2015 was born. Now, if the sneaker solved all the problems, that remains to be seen…

TRACTION

fullsizerender-11Starting with the traction, the CLB 2015 features a blade traction pattern that is usually seen in BrandBlack basketball sneakers and for all intents and purposes, it works pretty well. It’s seen all throughout the outsole and it is also on the edges of the sneaker, ensuring that you will be covered on most movements.

On most courts, be it clean or somewhat dusty, the Crazylight Boost grips the floor fairly well. However, because of the way the blades are designed, dust and other debris could soon become a problem without consistent wiping throughout the wear. Also, the rubber is pretty soft so if you’re an outdoor baller, you might grind through these really quickly. But if you play indoor these should last a while, depending on your style of play.

Personally when I played in these, the traction worked well for me. It was pretty inconsistent outdoors, but that’s to be expected. Indoors though, these were almost like glue because I could make quick cuts, unexpected changes in direction and sudden stops without fear of rolling an ankle. Some times though, the glue feeling wouldn’t be there and I would slip instead of planting, but those were far and few in between.

I would give the traction a solid 3 out of 5.

CUSHION

fullsizerender-5The cushion on the Crazylight Boost 2015 is on the minimal side as Boost is featured in the heel and that’s it. It’s somewhat disappointing to know that a sneaker with Boost in the name features little of it. However, there’s more Boost in the heel this time around than the 2014 iteration of the sneaker so that’s a plus. On heel strikes though, the Boost is very noticeable and actually feels good underfoot.

Along the midsole there is the basic foam setup that has solid impact protection. It’s firm and does its job well. The insole however is pretty thin so if having more impact protection or stepping comfort is your thing, exchanging the paper-thin insole for something else is highly recommended.

The Boost, in conjunction with the standard foam setup, work well together to provide a comfortable, yet firm setup that will provide adequate impact protection for most players. The only downside is the paper-thin insole that doesn’t do much of anything, but overall the cushion does its job.

Cushion receives a 3 out of 5.

FIT/SUPPORT

fullsizerender-6Honestly, the fit is entirely dependent on your foot. Personally I went half a size up and it fit me perfectly. Having Primeknit predominantly on the upper is an amazing addition as it allows the materials to form specifically to your foot once you allow it time to properly break in. There’s also a very prominent plastic heel counter that cups your foot in place to maximize the fit of the shoe.

Speaking of the heel counter, it also provides great support in that it keeps your foot from sliding up and out of the sneaker. Getting the perfect size for you only bolsters that. The eyelets are also connected to the midsole, so when you lace them up and fully tie the shoe, you’re going to be fully covered, almost like fingers wrapping around the top of your foot to make sure you stay stuck onto the shoe. There’s also a Stableframe midsole as well as midfoot shank for torsional support.

Overall, the Primeknit and all the support features on the shoe help the lockdown and gives the feeling of being almost one with the shoe. Everything works well with each other to the point where I’m going to give it a 4 out of 5.

OVERALL

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In all, the Crazylight Boost 2015 Primeknit is an upgrade over the 2014 iteration of the sneaker. It basically improved on all aspects of the shoe with the exception of the heel Boost. Although the amount of Boost was increased compared to its predecessor, there still wasn’t enough of it to have a major impact to increase its score. The Primeknit was a great addition to the sneaker as it allowed a comfortable, yet contained feeling when you played in the shoe. The Crazylight Boost 2015 Primeknit gets a 10 out of 15 or a 66.7% (if you were curious about the percentage).

You can grab the adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 Primeknit anywhere shoes are sold but more than likely on eBay for half or maybe even a third of the original price. As always, leave a comment down below if you have any questions concerning the sneaker.

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