Adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 Performance Review
The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 will be one of the official All-Star shoes making its presence during All-Star weekend from the brand with the three stripes. The All-Star game being hosted north of the border for the first time ever, and because of that the designers at Adidas drew design inspiration from the bright colours that are synonymous with the Northern Lights found north of the border, along with the cultural diversity of the festivities host city, Toronto.
Traction testing’s were similar to as expected, as the Crazylight Boost 2.5 utilized the same multi-directional herringbone pattern as seen on the Crazylight Boost Primeknit. As a result, the consensus amongst our weartesters was solid traction on both clean and dusty courts, with long-term durability being the only major concern for the outsole.
TRACTION: 8 INDOOR CLEAN COURT, 7.5 DUSTY/OUTDOOR COURT
Boost cushioning which is now becoming the standard in Adidas Basketball’s higher models was utilized in the heel providing both bounce and impact protection like only Bounce can. Nevertheless, with an EVA foam utilized in the forefoot, the cushioning in the forefoot felt too firm at times. There would be a slight trade-off with this combination great impact protection in the heel + heightened court feel, in exchange for a slightly unforgiving forefoot and a slightly segmented transition from heel to forefoot.
Wear the Crazylight Boost 2.5 shines though is in the Fit & Lockdown category. The Upper is seamless, and a beautiful mix of Adidas Primeknit & Mesh that results in a comfortable & highly breathable fit. With the right amount of synthetic overlays, a beefed-up medial side consisting of a heavier, more tightly woven Primeknit + an asymmetrical lacing system, you are definitely locked in at all times regardless of your speed of play or direction in which you go. With the inclusion of a Stableframe upon the midsole carrier, integrated midfoot shank and external heel counter, stability scored high with our weartesters.
The Adidas CLB 2.5 has a toe box roominess is somewhat generous, and may fit a bit longer than your used to so you may have to go down half a size if you want a snug fit. It’s recommended you try these on in-store before making your purchase.
FIT & LOCKDOWN: 8.5
If you’re a quick forward or guard that’s looking for a light package that isn’t going to slow you down then check out the CLB 2.5’s. They provide good court feel, solid traction, are highly breathable and with just enough cushioning for protection while still keeping you nimble on your toes.