April 29, 2012 BY John Kim
“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.
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