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Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
7/2017
Outdoor Rating:
8%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
8.6
Cushion
9.3
Material
8.7
Support
9.0
Fit
9.3
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Excellent cushioning
  • Sock-like fit

CONS:

  • Upper is a little stiff in the beginning

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

Succeeding the very successful and much beloved 2016 model is a difficult task, but the Crazy Explosive 2017 pulls it off! Reviewers love everything from the excellent (but slightly firmer) cushioning, to the premium materials, great fit and excellent support. The only slight negative is the stiffer upper that takes a while to break in but then becomes really comfortable. One of the best-reviewed shoes in 2017 so far!
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

9.4
The Sole Brothers
Crazy good performance, looks dope, premium materials. Overall, an amazing shoe, get it!
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9.2
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit is a great shoe! I love this thing like crazy and it is by far my favorite hoop shoe of 2017 so far. It’s number one in my rotation and I’m pretty sure it will be in many of yours as well.
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9.2
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Improved fit and killer cushioning should put the Crazy Explosive 2017 PK on everyone’s radar this year if you play basketball. Grab this shoe if you need traction for indoor courts, #Boostislife cushioning, a locked-in fit, and quick support.
9.0
RicheeKim
Great shoe! If you can - get the solid rubber version as it offers slightly improved traction.
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9.0
PureKicks
I am really happy with the Crazy Explosive 2017. Crazy comfortable, great cushioning and traction.
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9.0
KickGenius
Feels like playing in a sock with good traction and Boost cushioning!
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8.8
Schwollo
I think most players will enjoy the Crazy Explosive 2017 because it does everything well if not great and really gives the player an excellent one to one fit with a low to ground yet well cushioned ride.
8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I prefer the 2016 version over the Crazy Explosive 2017. The traction is identical, cushioning is a lot firmer and less plush, lockdown and support are a little better and the materials are a lot stiffer and less comfortable. Overall, still a very solid shoe.
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Traction of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
Traction is really good!
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Traction is phenomenal on clean as well as dusty courts.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
On clean, indoor courts, enjoy. Seriously, for that surface, this is one of the top patterns, perhaps ever.
9.0
RicheeKim
The solid rubber works really well and picks up less dust than the translucent version.
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8.0
PureKicks
The traction gets the job done. I didn't have to wipe a lot, even on dustier courts.
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9.0
KickGenius
I didn't have any problems with the traction, performs really well.
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8.0
Schwollo
Works great on clean floors but requires a fair amount of wiping on dusty floors.
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is not the best compared to other shoes, but it is still solid. Excellent on clean courts, but on dusty courts you will need to wipe a lot.
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Cushion of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
Caged full-length boost is really plush. Overall an amazing setup, maybe the best available.
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10.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The cushion is beast-mode. I love it!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
2017 PK is quicker on-foot and on-court than the 2016 with the same great impact protection and energy return.
9.0
RicheeKim
You can't go wrong with full-length boost.
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10.0
PureKicks
Boost is just incredible. Comfortable, super responsive and great court feel - how is that even possible?
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9.0
KickGenius
Boost Cushioning is really nice!
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9.0
Schwollo
The set up feels ever so slightly firmer than last year’s which is great for me
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Boost feels really stiff compared to the last years model.
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Materials of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
Forged Primeknit is a little stiff in the beginning but gets really soft after breaking in. Materials are great and super premium, but a little too stiff for my liking.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I preferred the materials of the previous Crazy Explosive model, but overall, I still love this setup.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The knit is flexible and form-fitting and doesn’t stretch too much while playing, which is great.
9.0
RicheeKim
PrimeKnit upper is very comfortable and looks great.
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9.0
KickGenius
Forged PrimeKnit is thicker and provides more support than last years thinner PrimeKnit.
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8.0
Schwollo
Doesn't feel as soft or flexible as last years. No issues here for me but it takes a few runs to get the upper to break in.
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Forged PrimeKnit is a lot more stiff and solid compared to the 2016 version.
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Support of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
No heel slippage, very good lockdown and support.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Support was great.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The wide forefoot keeps you upright on lateral moves. The cage on the lateral side keeps the foot contained over the footbed, and the stiffer knit holds true on push-offs and plants.
9.0
RicheeKim
Big heel counter, no side-to-side movement and lateral outrigger that provides additional stability.
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8.0
PureKicks
Even though the PrimeKnit is backed by TPU, the upper is not as supportive as I'd like it to be.
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9.0
Schwollo
Stability is once again excellent on the Crazy Explosive thanks a large flat outsole, low ride and infinity shank.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Support and lockdown is really good.
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Fit of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
The snug fit is really, really nice.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
This year we now have five eyelets and everything from the forefoot to heel was contained nicely so I had no issues.
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10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Perfect. Nothing else should be said!
9.0
RicheeKim
The 1:1 fit of the one piece bootie is super nice.
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10.0
PureKicks
The fit is super comfortable because of the soft PrimeKnit upper. One of the most comfortable shoes I ever played in!
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10.0
Schwollo
The fit on the CE 17 is fantastic and really gives a one to one sock like feel.
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Fit is really comfortable except in one location. The TPU outrigger on the lateral side caused a lot of pain in my pinkie toe.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
The Sole Brothers
Durability might be better compared to last year, but I still don't think it will be good outdoors.
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no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I do not recommend hooping outdoors in these.
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no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
If you need a long-term, durable outdoor shoe, the Explosive may not be for you.
fair
PureKicks
I think the solid rubber will hold up outdoors.
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no
Schwollo
The Crazy Explosive is still prone to peeling and wear so not really recommended for outdoor use.
no
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
To all my outdoor hoopers: I wouldn't recommend this shoe.
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Width of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Slightly narrow.
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slightly wide
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Wide footer friendly
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slightly narrow
KickGenius
Slightly narrow, but not very narrow.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide footers should go up half a size maybe even a full size because these run tight.
slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Slightly narrow in the forefoot.
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Size of the Adidas Crazy Explosive PrimeKnit 2017:

½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Go down half a size.
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true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Fits true to size.
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true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Unless you have a really wide foot, stay true to size.
true to size
KickGenius
This is one Adidas shoe that fits true to size
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½ size small
Schwollo
Wide footers should go up half a size maybe even a full size because these run tight.
true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Runs true to size.
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