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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


adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: Specs

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


adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: 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


adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: 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.

adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: 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


adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: 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.

adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: Overall

+ 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!

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!

21 thoughts on “adidas D Rose 8 REVIEW: Looks, Meh… Performance – SICK!”

  1. john loftus says:

    How does the D rose 8 compare to the D rose 6 in performance?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Read both reviews and decide. It’s a personal preference. For a short answer, I’d go with the Rose 8.

  2. TLW says:

    Very nice review! Any idea if a prime knit version and additional color ways are coming?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      I really don’t know. The Rose 6 didn’t air with a Primeknit option but then got it much later, so who knows. As far as colorways, I’m sure they’ll release more down the line.

      1. john loftus says:

        Is the boost softer in the D rose 8s than the D rose 6s?

        1. Julius Kralikas says:

          It’s slightly firmer on the heel, though it still gives you tons of impact protection, without making you sink in as much as in the Rose 6.

          Forefoot cushioning is actually softer and overall more efficient in the Rose 8 for me.

          So take that and decide which one’s better.

  3. Alex says:

    Do Adidas Shoes make player more vulnerable to injury? Rose does get a lot of injure because of his playing style of course but I also heard rumors that some players in NBA got serious injuries because of adidas shoes?
    Personally I own a D Rose 6. After a few matches my legs were ok but suddenly I felt pain in cruciate ligament when I had a sudden movement.
    Should that be the problems caused by adidas shoes? Since the Rose 6 makes me feel like my landing is kinda hard.
    I hope that newer ones like D Rose 8 fix these issues. Great P/P

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Absolutely not. I don’t believe in that theory at all. There is simply no way a shoe that is just on your feet can make you more sustainable to injuries like Rose’s ACL and meniscus tears. My theory on him was how he played and especially how recklessly and carelessly he kept landing after huge jumps, thus putting too much force for the knees to absorb.

      It’s not all about how high or fast you can jump, it’s also how effectively you can land to prevent sh*t from happening.

  4. Dtb says:

    How does the shoe feel on feet? Does it feel bulky?
    Have you got the Dame 4’s yet? How do they compare?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Definitely not bulky. Jus like I said in the review, it’s the lightest and quickest feeling Rose ever for me. It’s not as crazy light or sock-like such as some other stuff adidas has put out, but it’s good enough for me.

      And no, I don’t have the Dame 4 yet. Will probably get them soon but the testing process will take a while.

  5. Joe T says:

    I’m trying to decide between these and the Crazy Explosive 17 with solid rubber. What are your thoughts? Appreciate the content 👊🏻

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      If you don’t wanna overthink it too much, just go with the Rose 8 ’cause it simply kills it all-around. The CE 2017 might have even bouncier and softer cushion, it isn’t is crazy in terms of traction and support isn’t as great. Materials are a personal preference so if you really love Primeknit than I guess you could go with the CE 2017 Primeknit but again, it’s not my favourite Primeknit upper on that one. The regular upper version is good but nothing better than the Rose 8 in terms of performance.

      1. Victor says:

        Will you review Dame 4? It seems a kick-ass model and I do highly expect your comment on it.

        1. Julius Kralikas says:

          Yeah, the Dame 4 review is actually coming out later this week.

  6. LeBron Jame says:

    So is this shoe lees or more supportive than the 6? Btw is the cushion more firm on the 8 than the 6?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      These ones are little bit more forgiving, so they aren’t as crazy supportive but it’s totally enough and it makes the shoe more comfortable and mobile.

      The cushion is fantastic on both but I’d still give the nod to the 8. It has way better forefoot cushion and the overall feel as well as step transitions felt smoother and faster in the 8 for me.

  7. Matt says:

    Hey, So I am a guard and have always played in low tops, I have played in high tops once but I didn’t like the feeling of them, they felt kinda bulky, do these feel restricting or bulky?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Not at all, that’s the biggest change in the Rose line as I mentioned. The Rose 8 feels very unrestrictive, mobile and comfortable without losing security.

      1. Matt says:

        Okay thank you

  8. G says:

    Hi I read on your review t is che traction is amazing on the white colorway of the drose 8. I like the gray and blue colorway better but I have heard the solid colorway on the bottom makes the traction weak. Is this true or can I expect the traction to be the exact same for the gray/blue and white solid traction bottom.

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      I’ve no idea – I haven’t tried a different colorway. You’d want to check on other reviewers/people that played in that colorway to find out more info.

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