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Adidas N3XT L3V3L Review

Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$179.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
12/2018
# of Reviews:
5
Traction
8.4
Cushion
9.1
Materials
8.9
Support
8.0
Fit
8.3
Outdoor
0%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

-50%
Hi-Res Coral / Glow Blue / Core Black
$90.00
from Adidas
-50%
Shock Red / Scarlet / Hi-Res Yellow
$90.00
from Adidas
-39%
Bold Gold / Core Black / Scarlet
$109.99
from Eastbay
-39%
Collegiate Navy / Cloud White / Scarlet
$109.99
from Eastbay
-28%
Cream White / White / Light Blue
$129.99
from DICK's
Off White / Gum / Gum
Off White / Gum / Gum
No stores found
Core Black / True Green / Clear Pink
Core Black / True Green / Clear Pink
No stores found

PROS:

  • Very comfortable Primeknit upper
  • Well-balanced Lightstrike cushioning

CONS:

  • Traction is problematic on dusty courts

Summary of 5 Expert Reviews:

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 definitely get you noticed on the basketball court.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The 8.5 average overall rating ranks #63 of 116 shoes overall
8.4
PureKicks
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
Schwollo
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.
8.4
The Sole Brothers
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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8.8
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 6, 2019
Adidas has made a really, REALLY fun shoe. Luckily, the price matched the performance and was truly… N3XT L3V3L.
9.1
RicheeKim
December 17, 2018
Adidas really knocked this one out of the park. Really fun to play in!
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Traction of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The 8.4 average traction rating ranks #65 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
April 6, 2019
Multidirectional herringbone. If it's not broke - don't fix it!
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8.0
Schwollo
February 11, 2019
Traction is great when clean and fully broken in but still needs wiping on dusty floors.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
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
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 6, 2019
Super-grippy on clean and semi-clean courts but you need to wipe a lot on dusty courts.
9.0
RicheeKim
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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Cushion of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The 9.1 average cushion rating ranks #21 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
April 6, 2019
The Lightstrike cushioning took us by storm. It's ridiculously responsive, comfortable and durable.
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9.0
Schwollo
February 11, 2019
The Lightstrike foam is the highlight of the shoe and is very comfortable right out of the box.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
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
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 6, 2019
The Lightstrike cushioning is a good middle ground between the softer Boost technology and the responsive Adidas Bounce.
9.5
RicheeKim
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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Materials of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The 8.9 average materials rating ranks #32 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
April 6, 2019
The entire shoe is made from comfortable Primeknit that requires minimal break-in time,
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8.0
Schwollo
February 11, 2019
It’s comfortable, it’s Primeknitish and it’s stretchy.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
January 6, 2019
The full-on Primeknit is super comfortable on-foot.
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 6, 2019
The full Primeknit upper is strong and supportive where it needs to be and soft and flexible everywhere else.
9.0
RicheeKim
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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Support of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The 8.0 average support rating ranks #94 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
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
Schwollo
February 11, 2019
Stability is very nice with a low to ground cushioning set up and a nice wide outsole.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
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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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 6, 2019
All in all, for a shoe with no laces, support is surprisingly good.
9.0
RicheeKim
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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Fit of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

The 8.3 average fit rating ranks #83 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
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
Schwollo
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.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
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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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 6, 2019
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.
9.0
RicheeKim
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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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 0% average outdoor rating ranks #93 of 116 shoes overall
no
The Sole Brothers
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:

slightly narrow
PureKicks
April 6, 2019
Starts off really tightly.
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regularly wide
Schwollo
February 11, 2019
These fit like a sock with a sole with no dead space at all.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
January 6, 2019
This shoe is slightly narrow but materials will stretch out a little over time.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
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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Size of the Adidas N3XT L3V3L:

true to size
PureKicks
April 6, 2019
True to size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
February 11, 2019
Like most Adidas, I could have gone half a size down if I wanted to.
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
January 6, 2019
Go true to your Adidas size (1/2 half size down from Nike)
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true to size
RicheeKim
December 17, 2018
I went true-to-size and these felt perfectly fine.
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Deals from $90.00:
-50%
Hi-Res Coral / Glow Blue / Core Black
$90.00
from Adidas
-50%
Shock Red / Scarlet / Hi-Res Yellow
$90.00
from Adidas
-39%
Bold Gold / Core Black / Scarlet
$109.99
from Eastbay
-39%
Collegiate Navy / Cloud White / Scarlet
$109.99
from Eastbay
-28%
Cream White / White / Light Blue
$129.99
from DICK's