Crazy Light 2 is lightest basketball shoe ever. I already got mine. You can fight for yours May 24th.
When adidas invited me to their official adizero Crazy Light 2 unveiling at the Clippers training facility, I was excited but unsure what to expect. Was this just another shoe release? Adidas promised their new shoe was both lighter and stronger, two things nearly impossible to pull off without some great media spin.
I arrived hoping I wasn’t going to have to disappoint a lot of adidas marketing whiz kids with a not so excited review. Yet after running full court in the new Crazy Light 2 for nearly 3 hours, I can honestly say, this shoe kicks ass.
The adizero Crazy Light 2 is officially the lightest basketball sneaker in the world weighing only 9.5 ounces. This is nearly 10 percent lighter than the nearest competitor’s basketball shoe. The lighter the shoe the higher the hops, the quicker the lateral movement, and the better the competitive edge.
What’s even more impressive is the fact that while the Crazy Light 2 got even lighter than its’ predecessor, it’s also stronger. Traditionally, I’ve found lighter basketball shoes give me less support and carry a higher risk of injury due to poor ankle support. I’ve got the scar tissue in both ankles to prove it. The Crazy Light 2 uses the asymmetrical SPRINTFRAME and the three-layer SPRINTWEB to provide enhanced vertical and horizontal strength. Those are basically two big words adidas created to explain to us that these kicks got crazy support. This is no flimsy shoe. It’s a rugged, durable, incredibly supportive sneaker that just so happens to be ridiculously light.
Adidas VP of Global Basketball, Lawrence Norman, hit the nail on the hammer when he said, “Elite athletes are elite athletes because they’re always fighting for that competitive edge.” Although Norman still owes us at HoopsVibe a one-on-one matchup from all our trash talking at the event, he definitely knows his shoes.
If you don’t want to believe a white-boy from the suburbs, take a look at what the 2012 McDonald’s All American High School ballers thought of the Crazy Light 2. The Crazy Light 2 made its’ on the court debut March 28, at the 2012 McDonald’s All American Game where 48 out of 48 All American ballers chose to wear the shoe in the biggest game of their lives.
The Crazy Light will be available at adidas.com, Foot Locker, Eastbay, and other leading retailers May 24 for $140. They come in multiple colors including black, white, red, and my favorite electricity.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Crazy Light 2 also has micoach speed cell capabilities, helping players measure performance metrics. This chip stores up to seven hours of data and can wirelessly sync with the user’s smartphone share through Facebook and Twitter. I’m not sure I wan to see my loafing down the court metrics after the first hour of our pickup game at the Clippers training facility, but if you’re a serious baller, this is a serious shoe. Adizero Crazy Light 2 is the real deal.