adidas Basketball & Sneaker News Discuss The Crazy Light 2

April 29th, 2012 by | 28 comments


crazy light 2 interview 5 adidas Basketball & Sneaker News Discuss The Crazy Light 2

Sneaker News: So adidas Basketball got back in the game by creating a whole new flagship sneaker with last year’s Crazy Light, essentially starting from scratch on the project. But for the Crazy Light 2, the team obviously had something to build upon. Walk us through the early process of the Crazy Light 2.

Elysia Davis: The Crazy Light 2 started with a review of the Crazy Light 1. We wanted to get a hold of what we achieved and what we wanted to improved. The Crazy Light 1 was really a statement of “Lightweight” and “Innovation”, so when we moved on to the Crazy Light 2, we definitely wanted to get lighter, so that was the first point we wanted to achieve. When we start at any shoe construction, we start at even before the samples, so it’s a review of sketches; Robbie had a lot of design ideas, so we sit down in a cross-functional team and go through which ideas seem to get after the concept, anytime we need to bring in our engineers to consult on Sprint Frame or any of the herringbone pattern, so we do a review of just sketches, then we go to a 2-D cat, then a 3-D cat, and review those before we even work on any tooling.

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SN: With the Crazy Light being such an intense performance shoe, what’s the wear-test process like?

ED: We do an eight-week wear-test on Innovation concepts, so that means we take these early samples and send them to our D-1 colleges and have them play for eight weeks and we go visit them at the four-week mark and record any wear or abrasion issues that we need to address. One issue that was raised with the Crazy Light 1 was abrasion on the toe-cap, so we replaced it with a lightweight rubber toe-cap that would be more abrasion-resistant. We also run a series of parallel tests within our sports research lab – we have over fifteen tests that we put every single basketball shoe through, and that goes from traction, to cushioning, to flexibility, to torsional flexibility. We also have biomechanical testing – we get our lead athletes to perform agility drills, record the time it takes to complete the drill, the forces that they can generate, and of course, how the shoe is holding up using a lot of high-speed video. So from there, we complete a list of things that are great, and things that we want to improve on.

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28 comments
FIBA
FIBA

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---

FJC
FJC

I'd rather play basketball barefoot than wear those career ending shoes....

durant
durant

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.

Stephen Hung
Stephen Hung

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

Nigel Hill
Nigel Hill

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.

netolic
netolic

Even chuck taylors are more reliable than this trash

axl
axl

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.

staxx
staxx

Yeah Adidas! Athletes are tearing ACLs with no contact. I'll just stick with Nikes

ismash408
ismash408

WARNING! This shoe may cause torn ACLs!

Guest
Guest

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.

cha
cha

@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

cha
cha

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.

circa2
circa2

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

Izl
Izl

Awesome!!! Another shoe to perhaps kill your NBA finals chance

Connoisseur
Connoisseur

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.

ibs
ibs

Your products are inferior

Exiled
Exiled

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.

Bubba
Bubba

Shrump and Drose wore A-Dawgs and ended up with Torn ACL. The Swoosh always prevails.

netolic
netolic

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

Lightningstrikesyou
Lightningstrikesyou

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

Nene33
Nene33

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.

dsaas
dsaas

Adidas had the idea of going light before Nike, at least in terms of basketball shoes...

Nene33
Nene33

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.

guest
guest

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.

douche
douche

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.

John K.
John K.

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.

Nene33
Nene33

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.

Stephen Hung
Stephen Hung

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.

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