Let’s have a look at the performance of Adidas BYW X today.
Firstly, we want to talk the wear-resisting property. The outsole rubber is not wear-resisting. You can see the picture of the outsole that we take after playing basketball. If you want to wear it for playing basketball, please consider the abrasive resistance clearly, it’s not suitable for actual combat. The abrasive resistance of heelpiece is bad.
For the outsole, the forefoot and heelpiece boost of BYW is separated. But the outsole of BYW X is surrounded, this design is to prevent the shoes to be rolled over due to the soft Boost and keep the stability.
We have a doubt about this sneaker during testing, that is, on basis of the structure of casual shoes, will it achieve a high level of actual combat performance by making the addition or some changes for basketball?
The outsole of BYW X is totally different with previous Boost basketball shoes. There is few constraint between foot and outsole. So, you can move flexible. Comparing with Pro Vision with traditional outsole, the outsole design of BYW X is more flexible. Comparing with Kyrie 5 (the great flexible basketball shoes), BYW X is steadier. One the flexibility and stability of forefoot, BYW X make it on a balance point. It’s rare on recent Adidas basketball shoes series.
Generally, the improvement of forefoot is great. Adidas changes the shape of Boost. The previous Boost basketball shoes is only with a complete Boost, that’s all.
Next, let’s talk about Boost.
The volume of BYW X’s forefoot Boost is reduced comparing with BYW. This change is for better feedback and start of forefoot.
The cushion performance of heelpiece is great. We have weared many pairs of Boost basketball shoes. The feedback of Boost is always great. And the Boost of BYW X should be one of the best Adidas Boost.
The open type Boost on heelpiece is thick and big. It’s very soft. It’s the softest pair of recent Adidas Boost basketball shoes. It’s even softer than Harden 2 which also uses big area of Boost. As a result of the super soft feeling, there must be a greater deformation of the insole material of heelpiece.
The insole support pate of BYW X is thicker and upgraded. But it has a negative effect when actual combat. As we mentioned before, the boost of forefoot and heelpiece of separated type. It adds a piece of reinforced TPU as the bridge of forefoot and heelpiece. When moving, the front boost is immovable and the rear boost is constantly deforming, and the middle part is supported by a piece of TPU. But after a while, the middle of your foot will feel ache.
It’s said that the vamp uses PK material as CE17. But we feel that it’s normal knitted vamp. And the vamp is softer than CE. It has reinforced processing on every area of CE vamp to increase the wrapping performance. Although it has reinforced processing on some area of BYW X vamp, but the whole vamp is still too incompact. The support is not enough due to the soft vamp.
For the answer of our doubt in the beginning, on basis of the structure of casual shoes, will it achieve a high level of actual combat performance by making the addition or some changes for basketball? My personal opinion, the answer is no.
We don’t suggest to buy it for playing basketball by considering the outsole and bad wrapping performance. It should be more suitable to be a pair of fashion casual shoes.