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Adidas N3XT L3V3L

Released 12/2018, High Top, 
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8.5
EXPERT RATING
5 reviews
9.0
USER RATING
4 ratings
No lacing system - no problem. Adidas' most futuristic basketball shoe so far

Best Suitable For:

Works well for explosive players looking for a light shoe with a well-balanced, responsive cushioning setup

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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (5)
User Ratings (4)
Traction
8.4
Cushion
9.1
Materials
8.9
Support
8.0
Fit
8.3
Outdoor
0%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
NA
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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User Rating9.08.6(0.4)9.0(0.0)8.8(0.2)9.0(0.0)9.3(0.3)
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Adidas N3XT L3V3L Review

Pros:
Very comfortable Primeknit upper
Well-balanced Lightstrike cushioning
Cons:
Traction is problematic on dusty courts

Performance of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The Adidas Next Level is probably the most futuristic performance basketball shoe currently on the market. Even though it comes without any lacing system, the support works surprisingly well. Reviewers experienced absolutely no heel slippage, side-to-side movement or other support issues. The traction works well on clean courts, but the rubber compound has problems on dusty courts - be prepared to wipe a lot! The new Lightstrike cushioning offers a lot of court feel and responsiveness without ever compromising impact protection. Overall, the Adidas N3XT L3V3l is a great performer that will make you stand out on the basketball court.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Rating: 8.5 (ranks #107 of 233)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.1
December 17, 2018
Adidas really knocked this one out of the park. Really fun to play in!
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8.8
Adidas has made a really, REALLY fun shoe. Luckily, the price matched the performance and was truly… N3XT L3V3L.
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8.4
January 6, 2019
I really, really want to like this shoe, but traction is the most important aspect for me, and the Adidas Next Level didn't work on dusty courts. On clean courts, I liked it a lot!
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8.4
April 6, 2019
Amazing cushion, fantastic herringbone traction, and comfortable Primeknit upper. The fit works out great, even without laces!
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8.0
February 11, 2019
The N3xt L3v3l is super comfortable and has a nice cushioning setup, but during play, the laceless system just doesn’t work like it should or could.
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User Reviews of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

User Rating: 9.0 (ranks #61 of 233)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.8
November 9, 2021
Due to insane pricing I almost missed on these shoes but was able to find them later in a questionable olive colorway. Probably my favorite ball shoes so far. The first implementation of Lightstrike in basketball and arguably still the best one. The support and stability are surprisingly good, the chassis is very stable. Never experienced problems with traction. The overall comfort is tremendous. Enjoyed playing outdoors once but both upper and outsole are strictly forbidden to be used there.
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8.8
October 27, 2021
The shoe was great, It was the traction that killed the 10.0 overall from my view
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9.0
October 27, 2021
It's different! Awesome model from adidas. Great traction.
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8.5
July 6, 2022
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Traction of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.4 (ranks #135 of 233)
User Traction Rating: 9.0 (ranks #87 of 233)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
December 17, 2018
On clean courts, you will have no problems at all! On dusty courts you need to wipe a lot, otherwise, you will be slipping on lateral as well as linear movements.
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9.0
Super-grippy on clean and semi-clean courts but you need to wipe a lot on dusty courts.
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7.0
January 6, 2019
On a clean court, you will be sticking nicely, but don't even think about using these on a dusty court.
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9.0
April 6, 2019
Multidirectional herringbone. If it's not broke - don't fix it!
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8.0
February 11, 2019
Traction is great when clean and fully broken in but still needs wiping on dusty floors.
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Cushion of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Cushion Rating: 9.1 (ranks #42 of 233)
User Cushion Rating: 9.3 (ranks #42 of 233)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
7
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.5
December 17, 2018
It's really crazy how much court-feel and responsiveness you get out of the new Lightstrike cushioning without your feet feeling dead after a long basketball session.
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9.0
The Lightstrike cushioning is a good middle ground between the softer Boost technology and the responsive Adidas Bounce.
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9.0
January 6, 2019
The new Lightstrike cushioning is awesome. Great impact protection, good compression in the heel, thin and responsive in the forefoot.
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9.0
April 6, 2019
The Lightstrike cushioning took us by storm. It's ridiculously responsive, comfortable and durable.
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9.0
February 11, 2019
The Lightstrike foam is the highlight of the shoe and is very comfortable right out of the box.
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Materials of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.9 (ranks #40 of 233)
User Materials Rating: 9.3 (ranks #14 of 233)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
December 17, 2018
The full Primeknit upper feels amazing. The inside is nylon-backed to give you additional stability and support.
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9.5
The full Primeknit upper is strong and supportive where it needs to be and soft and flexible everywhere else.
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10.0
January 6, 2019
The full-on Primeknit is super comfortable on-foot.
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8.0
April 6, 2019
The entire shoe is made from comfortable Primeknit that requires minimal break-in time,
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8.0
February 11, 2019
It’s comfortable, it’s Primeknitish and it’s stretchy.
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Support of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Support Rating: 8.0 (ranks #191 of 233)
User Support Rating: 9.0 (ranks #69 of 233)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
December 17, 2018
There is no heel slippage, no side-to-side movement and a lot of support on lateral cuts.
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7.0
All in all, for a shoe with no laces, support is surprisingly good.
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8.0
January 6, 2019
Even though there are no laces, support was really good. Lateral containment is solid, there is absolutely no heel slippage, and the wide base offers a lot of stability.
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8.0
April 6, 2019
The outrigger, internal heel counter, TPU lateral barrier and the lockdown of the upper material provided great support.
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8.0
February 11, 2019
Stability is very nice with a low to ground cushioning set up and a nice wide outsole.
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Fit of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.3 (ranks #139 of 233)
User Fit Rating: 8.5 (ranks #134 of 233)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
December 17, 2018
There are no laces in this shoe but Adidas absolutely killed it! Almost feels like a second skin.
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9.5
There are no laces but the fit is fantastic. It takes a bit of twisting and pulling, but once your foot is in, there is no slipping at all.
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8.0
January 6, 2019
In the beginning, it is really hard to get these shoes on, but this gets better over time. There is a little dead space in the toe box that I didn't enjoy, other than that, the fit was great for me.
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8.0
April 6, 2019
The fit starts off extremely tight, but once it breaks in it conforms really nicely to your feet. We feared that the shoe would become too loose after a while, but that wasn't the case. Only downside: this shoe is incredibly hard to put on.
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7.0
February 11, 2019
Heel slip was horrible in the beginning but got a little better over time. Overall, the fit feels great stationary but during play, not so much.
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Durability of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

User Durability Rating: 8.5 (ranks #121 of 233)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 0.0 (ranks #209 of 233)
User Outdoor Rating: 50.0 (ranks #131 of 233)
Good (100%)
1
Fair (50%)
1
Bad (0%)
2
no
January 6, 2019
The rubber is really soft so I wouldn't recommend this shoe for outdoor use.
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Width of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
5
regular
2
slightly wide
1
very wide
0
slightly narrow
December 17, 2018
I am a slightly wide-footer and this shoe felt a little snug in the beginning, but it conforms nicely to your feet after a few wears.
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slightly narrow
January 6, 2019
This shoe is slightly narrow but materials will stretch out a little over time.
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slightly narrow
April 6, 2019
Starts off really tightly.
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regularly wide
February 11, 2019
These fit like a sock with a sole with no dead space at all.
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Size of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

very small
0
slightly small
1
true to size
5
slightly long
2
very long
0
true to size
December 17, 2018
I went true-to-size and these felt perfectly fine.
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½ size large
January 6, 2019
Go true to your Adidas size (1/2 half size down from Nike)
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true to size
April 6, 2019
True to size.
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½ size large
February 11, 2019
Like most Adidas, I could have gone half a size down if I wanted to.
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