adidas Basketball & Sneaker News Discuss The Crazy Light 2
“Is there such thing as too light?”
Last year, adidas jumped into the limelight with the adiZero Crazy Light, bringing with it a dignified proclamation as the lightest basketball sneaker ever made. The recently launched adidas Crazy Light 2 just bumped the original off that spotlight with an all-new design and a 9.5 oz. curb weight – a 0.3 oz. decrease from its predecessor – setting the new standard of ‘Light’ with its record-breaking construction. We already showed you the entire Launch Event that went down this past Tuesday, but beyond the detailed photos of the sneakers, sketches, and samples, there’s still a lot more to be discovered about the Crazy Light 2. Sneaker News sat down with Robbie Fuller and Elysia Davis, two individuals who brought the adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2 to life, to explore the Crazy Light 2 a bit further, so continue on for an interview below and stay tuned for the official release of the adidas Crazy Light 2 this May 24th at an MSRP of $140.
Sneaker News: The adidas Crazy Light series is like your baby. What are you most excited about with the Crazy Light 2?
Robbie Fuller: The new Sprint Frame. The fact that it completely locks down. It’s the icon of the shoe. It started with the Crazy Light, so we figured out how to use it even more. We were able to add so many things to the Crazy Light 2, and still make it lighter, and that’s what we were set out to do.
SN: But is there such a thing as “too light”?
RF: Only when the athletes and the machines tell us “it’s too light”. What that means is that we’ll get athlete feedback – but they’ll never say “hey it’s too light”, but that it doesn’t have enough support in certain areas, and those things represent “it’s too light”. On the other side, we’ve got the machines that test the pull-strength, and if doesn’t withstand the pull-strength, we don’t get lighter, we have to add to it to make it stronger. I think with materials science and the way it is, and with bio-mechanics and polymer experts, I think there’s a long way to go in the lightweight direction.
SN: So getting lighter is the clear mission behind the adidas Crazy Light series. Is there something important about the sneaker design or construction that isn’t so obvious?
RF: “The fire within”. If you look inside the shoe, you’ll see an infrared/bright orange colorway coming from the insole that really brightens up, and that was some feedback from Derrick [Rose], when he was talking about the passion he has inside, kinda like a “fire within”. We worked that into all the colorways.We reach out to every asset – even myself, because I wear a sample size and I play ball, and i’ll know firsthand if they work or not! But yeah, we met up with him [Derrick] during one of the adidas research sessions and we got that little insight from him.
Stick with the 70 era adidas SUPERSTARS or adidas PROMODELS. (if you can still find them) THEY ARE THE BEST BASKETBALL SHOES EVER WORN by 90% of the pros & amateurs worldwide!!!! ---End of discussion---
I am a Nike/Jordan fan and have been balling in them exclusively for years. Having said that, I really don't think its fair to pin Rose or Shumpert's injury on adidas footwear. that's going a little too far (I didn't see the entire Baylor or Cincinatti team go down with ankle injuries during the NCAA tourney, and they were all wearing adidas crazy lights). There are plenty of players in Nikes getting foot injuries; it's basketball, its bound to happen. Torn ACLs are more rare in basketball, and so if you really want to point the finger at someone, it should be at David Stern, for this compressed post-lockout schedule. Players like D-Rose (small, explosive, drive inside a lot) are bound to get hurt with no training camp and no rest in between games.
I played in adidas all my life, This most recent injury to Rose is a freak accident; he planted his feet where his knees were at a very acute angle placing a extreme amount of stress at a very specific point causing the tear. I have had zero issues with my pair of 2.5s on court
They may be light but they are also TERRIBLY ugly. Why do Adidas find it so hard to make nice looking shoes? I mean some are ok, even hot. But most are just woeful. I think the problem is they restrict themselves too much by having to feature the 3 stripes. Honestly guys, it was a structural support feature, like 1920s equivalent of flywire, but you don't have to have three big stripes on every shoe now. Make them a small logo and just free yourselves from this sillyness.
One thing Rose mistake is signing with Adidas they should shoot the research team of this company how many more good players would go down, last time T'mac now D'rose . I have a crazylight but i never used it why, toe box too wide, mesh doesn't hug the whole feet, heel guard doesn't go along with cushioning. every change of direction, pace & sudden breaks make your whole legs shake. it's so light it lost every protection it should have special if your a explosive, athletic & a high jumper player. i hope rose can get back up & get out of Adidas.
Why doesn't someone do some objective research on how many injured athletes there are and which brand they are with. Jump-stops happen. Injuries happen. Nike is a great brand but quit stroking its D.
@Connoisseur are you talking about the crazy Light 2s? Rose wore his signature Adizero 2.5 with ankle wraps. I think that particular was just bad luck, I saw him took off at mid air and hyperextend and evetually tear his ACL
I like how adidas stole the idea of having a light shoe and nike's marketing strategy. Since when did adidas use their designers to explain their products.
piece of shit shoes....wait isnt derrick rose injured again... Foot?knee?ankle? Pretty sure its the shoes... How many nike atheletes have foot problems? Sucks duncan left the swoosh, but he has foot issues also..... Oh well, im go hoop in my 2k4s eat a dik yall
I can't blame Nike's Jason Petrie making realistic comments on these adidas sneakers that may have caused series of injuries to it's main endorser Derrick Rose. The design itself appears to be flawed and susceptible to ankle and knee twisting. The 'curved profile' on the heel area that supposedly molds the heel is vulnerable to injury when subjected to lateral and explosive movements. Match that with a profile 'grade break' with the outer sole makes it very unstable. Compare that with Nike basketball sneakers wherein its profile is tapering CONTINUOUSLY from the ankle/heel area all the way to the outer sole making it very stable and keeps your feet planted. Jason has the point.
Is there such a thing as too light? Why don't we ask Adidas top athlete, Derrick Rose? LOL And didn't we just have an article about this EXACT subject last week? Damn SN, I am so tired of you guys rehashing the SAME EXACT THING 3 or 4 times a week. Get some new material.
Well whatever it is. The.injury lf drose, dwight howard, billups, iman shumpert are all bad PR to the public bec its the public.they want to impress so they can.sell the shoe
Why, do you play like drose or some pro athlete for that matter?? Stop comparing yourself with how the pros play just coz you run across the court every now and then theirs tend to be more brutal and can wear down on the body more than anyone else could ever claim on here and with the proper suport could have help with just a little bit to make the injuries less severe
Ricky Rubio tore his ACL, Jeremy tore his meniscus, Steph Curry has a shredded ankle from 2 years in Nike, Brandon Roy ended his career early. You can get hurt in any shoes.
Nike has pretty much the same profile, over the last couple of years, Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin, Steph Curry, Blake Griffin, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy. You can get hurt, and even end your career early in any shoes.
Sounds like you read a couple articles and put some big words together trying to make a believable argument to your wisdom. Oh and add the name "connoisseur" as your name, everyone should believe you then.
adidas might be shit but he's just such a douche to say that kinda thing at a very sensitive time. True winners don't talk shit about others. From the way he looks and talks in interviews, he seems like a cocky mofo and thinks hes the shit or on tinkers level cuz the lebrons are selling. i mean come on any somewhat-artistic sneakerheads can design a shoe that sells with help from the "hype" and celebs. just look at yeezy and the yeezys...anyways he represented nike and lebron in a pretty bad way.
The same subject? This is an interview with the designers that was not shown before. If you're not interested in the shoes, you can easily pass it.
You already forgot Rubio, Jeremy Lin, Steph Curry, Blake Griffin, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy. Everybody can get serious injuries, doesn't matter what shoes they wear.
I play 4 or 5 times a week, I play a similar style to that of drose. I never compared to myself to pro athlete nor do I have the same physical abilities, but I can say that I play usually from 2-4 hrs at a time fairly often throughout the week encountering very littles issues with my shoes. I was saying that the amount of force placed on his knee at the angle he planted his foot was most likely too high for it to reasonably handle.