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adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: This or the Mid?

Alright, all three versions of 2017’s CE are now out of my list and I finally bring you my adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit Low review. Last year’s Low was INCREDIBLE and one of my favorite on-court models. Let’s see if the new one can meet my expectations!

The Crazy Explosive shoe line is a brilliant choice for just about any player out there because of their versatility, performance, sheer comfort and also affordability. This is something you don’t wanna miss.

I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, the fit, performance, the upper and decide it it’s worth the price. Let’s start the adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit review!

Definitely check out my Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit Mid review to get an idea how the shoe performs since this one is focused only on the differences between the two ankle cuts.

 

SPEC SHEET


adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: Specs

TYPE: LOW TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $140
TECH: BOOST, PRIMEKNIT
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
COLORWAYS: 3+
MY RATING:  9/10
BUY ON: AMAZON

 

THE TECH


BOOST

The same cushion setup – AWESOME full-length BOOST foam in a TPU cage for stability. You already know what to expect – awesomeness. Pure awesomeness.

PRIMEKNIT

The upper consists mainly of adidas’s premium knit material that actually looks a bit different from 2017’s Mid upper. More on that in the Upper section.

 

FIT


adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: Angled

SAME COMFORTABLE, BUT WEIRD FIT

The whole fit/comfort is not really different to the Mid – it’s really comfortable, soft, overall pleasant to wear. However, the upper setup is the same thick, double-layered weirdness that does make you feel a bit heavier and less free. Not totally heavy and sh**y but not as super light as the shoe looks or sounds based on the flashy description.

What I did like about these specifically is they felt the lightest and most free out of the three CE models. Like I said, not as light or mobile as the 2016 Low but still great.

The absence of the ankle collar is also a plus since it sheds a bit of weight and adds a tiny bit of mobility for your ankle. Low top wearers will definitely like these. Mid tops wearers, try these, maybe you’ll fall in love with them!

Go true to size with these just like you would on the Mid. The Primeknit will break-in quickly, even for wide footers.

 

PERFORMANCE


CUSHION

Same amazing cushion experience. Everything you’d need, BOOST has got your covered. Whether it’s impact protection, or bounce, or stability or even a balance to court feel. This is the complete package for just about everyone right here.

adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: Outsole

TRACTION

Of course, we have the same rubber outsole that performs really f**king good on all court conditions. The rubber compound is a bit improved from last year and while it’s still not an outdoor shoe, it would last longer if you’d try taking these outside.

SUPPORT

This year’s materials have more structure and some new tweaks have been made like an internal heel counter, more present outrigger and an internal shank for stability. In result, the shoe has great support, even for a low top.

It won’t protect you from ankle rolls but neither will the Mid versions since their ankle collars are super stretchy. They’re there without a true purpose, actually.

These won’t offer you LeBron 14-like support but it is enough for any player who wears low tops.

 

UPPER


adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: Back

FORGED PRIMEKNIT THAT’S NOT THAT NEEDED

Yep, so we have the same upper as on the Mid. It’s a knit that’s forged with TPU yarn for more structure. It does look a bit different from the photos. Those forged wrinkles at the front look kinda smaller and less present, if that makes sense. But it plays pretty much the same.

If you read the Mid review, you know the deal. It’s a very high-quality upper that will last you a long time, provide solid support and a comfortable experience.

But, the two-layer upper setup along with thick materials could be a bit much for some. Ventilation is not this shoe’s side and if you want maximum mobility and lightness, I’d go for something like the Kobe Mamba Instinct or even last year’s CE Low Primeknit.

Don’t get me wrong, the shoe does feel very mobile and comfortable, just not as much when compared to some of the top dogs out there.

 

PRICE VS. QUALITY


STILL A SOLID DEAL

So the price sits in between the other CE’s – it’s $10 more expensive than the regular Mid and $10 cheaper than the Primeknit Mid. I personally think this is the best shoe out of the three, at least for me. It’s a great blend of premium tech, materials and performance.

Competition is huge these days but $140 is still a solid price for a top-tier basketball shoe. QUALITY wins this one.

CHECK OUT THE SHOE AT AMAZON

 

OVERALL


BEST FOR ANY LOW TOP WEARER THAT NEEDS BALANCE

The CE 2017 Low Primeknit is an amazing shoe that delivers at balancing performance, tech, and comfort at top levels. It’s hard to find a shoe that offers that much at that price, so whether you’re a guard or a bigger dude, you can definitely try these and chances are you won’t regret it.

adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: Overall

+ UNRIVALED BOOST CUSHIONING
+ SUPERB TRACTION NO MATTER THE CONDITIONS
+  KILLER SUPPORT
MATERIALS ARE A BIT THICK AND MISLEADING
LACK OF VENTILATION

 

WHERE DO I GET IT?


adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: Front

AMAZON AND FINISH LINE

I currently see the biggest variety, sizes and best prices on Amazon. I always order from them and made a cool little summary why. Check this out, if you’re not familiar.

WHY YOU SHOULD BY ON AMAZON
  • Extremely fast shipping (1-3 days)
  • Free shipping most of the time
  • You can return the shoes to get your money back
  • Very fast & easy buying process
  • Lots of sales and discounts

GET IT ON AMAZON


 

Okay, that’s it for the review! I hope you found it useful!

Check out the other versions of the Crazy Explosive: Regular Mid | Primeknit Mid

I like to hear your thoughts on this. Will you be picking it up? Have a question?

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND I’LL GET BACK TO YOU!

10 thoughts on “adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Low Primeknit REVIEW: This or the Mid?”

  1. Luca says:

    This is the 2016 version of CE low…the 2017 low aren’t on sale yet

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      They are on sale, just not in some areas. My area for example already has them for some time now.

      Here they are on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vo8Wml

      Here they are on adidas: http://www.adidas.com/us/crazy-explosive-2017-primeknit-low-shoes/CQ0541.html

      And yeah, sorry for putting up the pictures of the 2016 shoe, that was a mistake by writing too quickly. The pictures will be updated shortly. The shoe I was playing in was in fact the 2017 version, so that you got wrong.

  2. Luca says:

    Ok ! Thanks a lot 👍🏼

  3. Jack says:

    Hello, dude!
    there must big misunderstanding!
    The shoes that you put and link are all CE 2016 low-top ver. just different colorway released recently….I don’t know why those web-sites posted wrong info. but truth is that CE 2017 low-top ver. is not released yet officially!
    you think, if they are released, it must be big issue and so many YouTubers and shoe-leak vloggers would mention it..but no news about CE 2017 low-top at all so far…also it’s too earlier to release low-top since mid-top was released not long ago….
    Please check again and modify it, bro! Peace! :^)

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      But it’s not lol. I did put up the links in the review that also showed the 2016 versions (which was a mistake) but THIS version specifically is absolutely the 2017 version and the one that I have and played in. I got it from my local retailer and it’s different from the 2016.

      And the 2016 CE low and mid versions were released almost next to each other, so I don’t see an issue here with the 2017 models. It’s also a possibility that the 2017 version releases way sooner in the US than the overseas. There have been quite a few times where a shoe released much quicker overseas than in the states.

      1. Jack says:

        Julius, other than anything, basically the way it looks tells everything and the truth….
        Look! how they look is pretty much similar to mid of 2016 ver., does not relate to mid of 2017 ver.
        compare those shoelaces(hole), how they set up upper and tongues together, especially boost cage …

        the shoes you talk about in this post is, technically speaking, CRAZY EXPLOSIVE 2016 LOW PRIMEKNIT Ver.

        Anyway, you would know automatically when CE 2017 low comes out soon.

        1. Julius Kralikas says:

          From the pictures it is. Lol. Why would think I’d put out a review of a 2016 shoe and call it a 2017 shoe? There’s no reason for that lol. I don’t think it’s worth discussing this anymore at this point.

          1. Jack says:

            Yes, we’ll see… lol
            – from a huge fan of your website :^)

  4. Jack says:

    Hi, Julius
    this is what I was saying…please check FYR.

    https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/weartesters/

    Low model always comes out after Mid model…

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Yeah, I get that the Low usually comes after the Mid but that’s not the point. The point is the CE 2017 Mid and Low hit the shelves quicker in my country than in the US and there’s no reason for me to lie about that. It’s a different shoe. The upper feels different, the laces feel different. The BOOST feels slightly different. The colorways are different.

      And those links I’ve put up from Amazon and Finish Line were in fact the 2017 version. I understand the argument and what you’re trying to explain but in this case, I am aware
      that I in fact got and played in the 2017 version, not the 2016.

      And glad to know that you’re a fan of the site!

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