adidas adiZero Crazy Light
adidas adiZero Crazy Light

Yesterday during a press conference in NYC, adidas introduced the world’s the lightest basketball shoe ever made, the adidas adiZero Crazy Light. Weighing only 9.8 ounces, the shoe is lighter than both the Nike Zoom Kobe VI and the Nike Zoom Kobe V.

“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 theNBA’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.”

Developed by the adidas Innovation Team who wanted to create the “ultimate shoe for the ultimate basketball player,” the model features the brand’s new SPRINTWEB exoskeleton upper; a material that is only 1mm thick and is bonded to a nylon textile base to shed weight and provide increased support and strength. Other enhancements include bonding of the SPRINTFRAME external heel counter and TORSION SYSTEM. This allows for maximum weight reduction, energy return and motion control. Lace eyelets are load bearing with a corresponding web spar to support players during hard cuts. Finally, the upper is made with translucent nylon to further decrease weight and give players nearly 360 degrees of ventilated comfort.

“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.”

Priced at $130, the model will hit retail in June 3 in four colorways; sharp blue / white, black / red / white , grey / white / neon green and red / white. If you don’t believe it, Derrick Rose and other athletes will be rocking the shoe during the 2011 NBA Playoffs.