adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: Looks, Meh… Performance – SICK!

Gotta admit, I am super disappointed with the aesthetics of the 8. These look like a desperate, 2-hour design process just to make the deadlines for adidas. Despite that, I still care about the performance way more. That’s what we’re gonna find out today. Here’s my detailed adidas D Rose 8 review.

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 D Rose 8 review!

 

SPEC SHEET


WEIGHT: 423 g. / 14.92 oz
TYPE: MID TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $140
TECH: BOOST, GEOFIT
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
COLORWAYS: 3+
MY RATING: 10/10
BUY ON: ADIDAS

 

THE TECH


BOOST

Full-length BOOST is back better than ever. What more needs to be said?

GEOFIT

This is a very welcome feature that was in the 7th shoe too. It consists of very soft and comfortable pads inside the shoe in certain areas to strategically enhance comfort. And it works flawlessly.

 

FIT


D Rose 8: Back

THE LIGHTEST FEELING ROSE SNEAKER EVER

What was different about the 8th one is the overall feel is quite unfamiliar to the previous ones. They’re usually these pretty heavy, slightly bulky, super supportive and sturdy shoes to protect you if you play relentlessly like Derrick himself.

This time, things are different. I can say this is the lightest and quickest Rose shoe to play in for me. The upper has the most give, BOOST is very responsive and stable and there aren’t as many protective features packed in for tank-like support this time.

Go true to size, even if you’re a wide footer. Another bonus is the finally fixed toe problem. If you don’t know what I mean, the Rose 6 and 7 had this super annoying problem of a player constantly hitting his toes to the front of the shoe after every quick movement. This is now gone the Rose 8 and I can confirm it.

Killer fit and comfort experience overall, plus that light and mobile feel is now present, unlike the previous releases. Fantastic job by adidas.

 

PERFORMANCE


D Rose 8: outsole

CUSHION

BOOST is here once again and while adidas can’t really impress people more (everyone’s now familiar of how awesome it is) the D Rose 8 actually made it even better IMO.

What I loved about this one is both the heel and forefoot felt AMAZING. The heel has tons if impact protection, I felt like landing on clouds after every leap. It’s also not too overkill, so you won’t sink in the heel too much, thus sacrificing speed.

What’s awesome is I felt the forefoot cushion too. It’s obviously less soft and bouncy but I still felt that there’s plenty of absorption to make every single movement pleasant.

D Rose 8: Top

TRACTION

We have a new traction pattern and it’s better than ever. The grooves are pretty deep but they’re also pretty spacey, so dust wasn’t a huge deal.

I gripped the floor very well, didn’t slip out a single time. D Rose’s footwear seems to get the point and make their outsoles durable for outdoor play.

The 7 was an exception but the 8 looks completely fine for any kind of outdoor play.

SUPPORT

Remember how I said the shoe didn’t fit like a Rose shoe? Well, it doesn’t have all those Rose-like support features but thanks to a great fit and just overall high-quality implementation of BOOST, the shoe still feels supportive and secure.

I’d say if you want crazy, over the top support, go with the 7. If you want something with more freedom and comfort, but still a secure experience, go with the new 8.

 

UPPER


D Rose 8: Material

NOTHING FANCY, STILL DOES THE DIRTY WORK

The upper is basic mesh with a Fuse overlay. Kind of unexpected from a Rose line but I don’t care about the “quality” of the materials as much as I do about the actual performance and fit it provides.

And I had no problems with this basic upper. Simple as that. It wasn’t as super soft or light as Primeknit. Nor it was crazy supportive and durable like leather or HyperPosite would.

But this was enough for a great fit, solid support for just about every type of player and reliability for outdoors.

The only downside is I needed to give these a fairly long break-in time. But that’s about it as far as minuses go.

 

PRICE VS. QUALITY


SAME PRICE, THE PRODUCT KEEPS EVOLVING

We still get that same $140 price tag but each shoe keeps evolving, keeps offering something new or better. The price itself isn’t the best bang for your buck on the market but it’s damn close and it’s consistent.

You get an awesome shoe for a solid price, so I give QUALITY a win.

 

OVERALL


BEST FOR JUST ABOUT ANY PLAYER

I think this is the most versatile and well-rounded D Rose we got. Seriously, I think every single player could rock these and be impressed. Of course, guards would probably utilize these the best but bigger guys would also love these thanks to that BOOST and solid support.

Get the Rose 8 if you’re simply looking for a great all-around shoe at a fair price, no matter who you are or how you play.

D Rose 8: Angled

+ SUPERB COMFORT, FIT IS ON POINT
+ UNBEATABLE CUSHION SETUP
+ KILLER TRACTION, GOOD FOR OUTDOORS TOO
+ SOLID SUPPORT, MAINTAINS MOBILITY
NEEDS A MODERATE BREAK-IN PERIOD

 

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