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adidas adiZero Crazy Light

The lightest basketball shoe ever. Crazy Light.

adidas officially unveiled something pretty crazy today. The first sub-10 ounce performance basketball shoe ever. With the entire footwear industry currently trending toward lighter weight styles, adidas Basketball manages to completely undercut the competition with the new adidas adiZero Crazy Light, a shoe that clocks in at a mere 9.8 ounces. Crazy…right?

Check out the official adidas press release and full set of adiZero Crazy Light images, sketches and renderings below. CounterKicks was also on the ground in NYC for today’s official launch of the Crazy Light and will be providing more in-depth coverage and interviews with the people who made the lightest basketball shoe ever happen.


ADIDAS LAUNCHES THE LIGHTEST SHOE IN BASKETBALL

New adiZero Crazy Light to debut during NBA Playoffs on Derrick Rose and others

NEW YORK (April 14, 2011) – adidas today unveiled the new adiZero Crazy Light, the lightest shoe in basketball. At 9.8 ounces, the revolutionary adiZero Crazy Light sets a new standard for basketball footwear at more than 15 percent lighter than the nearest competitor to help players be faster to improve performance on the court. The adiZero Crazy Light basketball shoe now gives adidas the lightest footwear in three sports including football (adiZero 5-Star cleat) and soccer (F50 adiZero cleat).

“Lighter footwear makes you faster and speed dominates on the basketball court,” said Derrick Rose, two-time NBA All-Star of the top-seeded Chicago Bulls. “The adiZero Crazy Light is the lightest basketball shoe I’ve ever worn and it will no doubt make me faster on the court for our playoff run.”

“No other basketball shoe compares to the new adiZero Crazy Light and it’s a shoe that will revolutionize the game,” said Lawrence Norman, adidas Vice President of Global Basketball. “The ultra lightweight design is built for players who want to be faster, jump higher and perform better on the court. From the NBA’s best to pick-up games across the world, players are asking for light footwear to help them become one step quicker – and the adiZero Crazy Light delivers this in a way like no shoe in history.”

adiZero Crazy Light Technology

More than two years in the making, the adidas Innovation Team (aIT) and adidas Basketball Design developed the adiZero Crazy Light from the canvas of a bare foot to ensure every part of the shoe serves a vital performance function. Only lightweight, highly flexible and durable materials were selected to create the lightest shoe in basketball.

“We wanted to build the ultimate shoe for the ultimate basketball player, and research has clearly shown that a lighter shoe will provide better performance,” said Griff Wilson, senior developer, adidas Innovation Team. “The key is to provide the support and cushioning of a traditional basketball shoe in a super lightweight construction. The Crazy Light, the culmination of two years of design, research, and testing, is the lightest shoe in the market by nearly two ounces and will give basketball players an advantage over the competition.”

The adiZero Crazy Light features a revolutionary new SPRINTWEB exoskeleton upper less than 1mm thick and seamlessly bonded to a nylon textile base to significantly reduce weight and provide increased support and strength. The web layout of the materials provides vertical and horizontal strength to give players optimum support for any cutting motion.

The SPRINTFRAME external heel counter and TORSION SYSTEM are bonded together to allow maximum weight reduction, energy return and motion control. Each lace eyelet is load bearing and has a corresponding web spar to support players during hard cuts. The upper is made with translucent nylon to further decrease weight and give players nearly 360 degrees of ventilated comfort.

The adiZero Crazy Light traction system has varied engineered thickness to ensure maximum grip in high wear perimeter zones, and less thickness and weight in low perimeter zones like the midfoot. It also features longitudinal grooves in the heel and forefoot to provide support during extreme forefoot cuts.

The adiZero Crazy Light will be available June 3 in four colorways for $130 including sharp blue/white, black/red/white, grey/white/neon green and red/white. It will roll out in six additional team colorways through September and will be available at Foot Locker, Eastbay and shopadidas.com

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Wow that is crazy. Guess Nike needs to step it up now. Adidas with the first shoe under 10 oz is wild. Feeling the hell out of that Sharp Blue colorway.

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adi took me completely by surprise on this one. In a really really really good way. that shoe is lighter than kobe’s. 3 Stripes is killing it right now.

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Purchased!

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Jaw dropped… speechless… Can already feel them on my feet.

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Great to see how far adidas has come lately. DRose and Dwight shoes this year were dope. Lightest ball shoe ever? Sign me up!

The blue color at the top is super fresh too

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Sketches are ill. Who designed these? Looks like I will be copping these..

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Adi gonna release these in more brite colorways? I gotta get at least one to see how they feel on the feet. Pics here make em look real good.

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“Crazy” is appropriate word for these. Guess adidas is coming to play. Lightest basketball shoe ever? Crazzzzzy.

I like those D Rose ones. Wish they released sooner!

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I am hoping these will be on miadidas…I need a yellow colorup come on adi

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WOW…adidas just raised the bar a couple notches.
This is a great jumpoff point for future lightweight product for adidas.

Imagine this upper with a PureMotion tooling? or full-length adiprene+ like on the adiPure?

Man it’s gonna be hard to play in anything else, or sleep for that matter until these drop! HAHA

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I’m jonesing for these…

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Hyperfuse? Is that you?

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OK adi you sold me on a pair. Wonder what other colors they got coming, can’t wait to try these things on.

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These are very dope! I love the direction that adi is going. So I guess these are the shoes that were pictured in the fall 2011 line up that were supposed to be the Rose’s? Adidas keep it up… keep pushing, and maybe one day….

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Nope, not Hyperfuse….dem joints are heavy compared to these!!! 9.8? Sick!!!! I need em

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Want. This. Shoe. Right. NOW.

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An actual pure performance fresh innovation shoe without all the Swoosh marketing hype? Yes please.

adidas >>> Nike right now

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will it be on mi??

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the lightest dont forgett means less protection for your feet , kobes have caused plantar fasciitis, and achiles tendonitis to many players…i ll stick with heavier shoes…otherwise how the players played the game back then(Jordan’s , Air Max Uptempo , Shox)…shoes don’t make the players…

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@ Ready4war13: You gotta play in the shoes you need of course, that’s why there’s so much variety, to cater to everybody’s individual needs, but a young, healthy athlete will have great advantage with an as minimal as possible shoe, because minimal interference, with great bio-mechanics, equals maximum performance.

And don’t forget, today’s minimal shoes are very much comparable to the 50s-60s-70s and even most early 80s shoes.

So it’s not necessarily bad development since more, and more studies show, minimal shoes, might have a bit more risk of minor-injuries, but they also significantly lower the risk of catastrophic injuries.

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Derrick Rose on the series with Pacers was wearing the new shoes of Adidas,Adizero Crazy light.Derrick Rose had a hurt on his ankle on the game that Bulls lost!After that game D.Rose,in the last game wore the Adizero Rose 1.5 again,does anybody knows or have an opinion on this?Does Adizero Crazy light has bad ankle protection beacause of ther weight?(there are the first basketball shoes ever made with so small weight)

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Big ups to Adidas for the lighter technology… But I do agree with Stillwaters R.D. that they look like Hyperflights. Is true, hard to deny

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you guy’s don’t remember the adidas top ten years ago those were the first light sneakers made by ad ‘s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!jay mottz!

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you guy’s don’t remember the adidas top ten years ago those were the first light sneakers made by ad ‘s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!jay mottz! ya i did ?

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the site have the shoes on sale
http://www.360onlinemall.com/adidas-adizero-crazy-light-rose-basketball-shoe.html

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These will be on miadidas but I’m already feel the sharp blue ones. Nike Hyperfuse 2011 or Adidas Crazy Lights ?

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ASSHOLES BUY THIS SHOE IF YOU WANNA MESS UP YOUR ANKLE AND CHANGE OF DIRECTION

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nce shoes ….

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