On Wednesday October 29th Derrick Rose made his long anticipated return to the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Perhaps more importantly for adidas – Rose has now made his return to relevancy again in the world of basketball shoes. The signings of Damian Lillard and John Wall are solid, however adidas has bet the farm on Rose, the youngest NBA MVP ever, by inking him to a 13-year, $185 million contract. The problem is, Rose has not even been healthy to play in his shoes and that’s important if you’re trying to sell footwear. Nonetheless, the Chicago native is finally back and back with a “boost” debuting the D Rose 5 Boost – the first ever basketball shoe with full-length Boost technology.
The outsole of the D Rose 5 Boost is broken down into three different components for the heel, mid, and forefoot. The forefoot features a white rubber sole with a wavy pattern, the midfoot features a translucent grey sole which allows users to see the application of their torsion system and the full length boost. The heel features the same translucent grey with the three red stripes in the center of the heel. The traction pattern used on the mid and heel vary from the forefoot as it uses a pattern of small squares in the midfoot and branches out into a rhombus pattern towards the edge of the foot. The variety of traction patterns proved to be very effective on all indoor basketball courts when moving laterally and making the typical sudden starts and stops that basketball players make. adidas should have extended the traction used in the forefoot all the way back to the heel because we have some questions regarding the durability of the translucent grey traction when using the product outdoors.
One of the biggest reasons this shoe was so highly anticipated was because the D Rose 5 Boost is the first basketball shoe to utilize full length boost cushioning. Boost is an added layer of cushioning comprised of hundreds of fused pieces of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The benefits are added comfort and better energy return. One of our critiques when reviewing the Crazylight Boost was the disparity of cushioning between the heel of the shoe (where boost is located) and the forefoot (where they used standard polyurethane) The D Rose 5 addressed this by providing boost technology throughout the entire shoe. To ensure users got the full boost experience adidas designed the insole very thin, placing the user’s foot right on top of the boost to provide a comfortable experience when competing on the court. Although the boost is felt throughout the entire shoe the majority of the cushioning is still felt in the heel of the shoe due to the fact that there is more boost in the heel than in the forefoot. The first time we tested the D Rose 5 we found the boost to be a bit stiff but as we used the shoe repeatedly we found the boost became more responsive which bodes well to the durability of the boost as a whole.
FIT & LOCKDOWN
The upper is comprised of sprint web which is wrapped in synthetic leather. The Sprintweb is designed to provide extra stability in high speed movements. adidas also uses an EVA midsole cage to provide added stability and a better “locked in” feel. These elements were definitely noticed during our weartest as the shoe was very responsive and stable when changing directions quickly. The ankle collar is intelligently designed as it slopes downward in the heel to provide better ankle mobility and better lockdown in the heel. The inside of the shoe is very comfortable however there is some concern of issues with odor control due to the material used on the inside of the shoe and the lack of sufficient perforation in the heel. The tongue was not intrusive at all, and did a good job protecting the tops of our feet from tightly tied laces while not being thick enough to be disruptive. When it comes to torsion and arch support the D Rose 5 Boost rises above the challenge. The adidas torsion system is centered around an X-like piece of plastic on the shoe which starts from the end of the heel and ends in the middle of the forefoot. This plastic X provides excellent integrity in the midfoot – an area many basketball players struggle with.
The adidas D Rose 5 Boost is an intelligently designed basketball shoe that successfully integrates full length boost, adidas’ latest cushioning technology, into an aesthetically pleasing shoe with signature touches of one of the NBA’s brightest stars. At $160 CDN it is a good value and worth buying for any basketball player.