Performance Review: adidas TS Beast

Performance Review: adidas TS Beast

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adidas TS Beast

Good, but…

Step-in comfort, for many people, is the make or break moment in the decision to buy a shoe. For people that don’t closely follow the sneaker world, and don’t necessarily have knowledge of the ins and outs of sneaker technology, it’s the only thing they have to go on, so it makes sense that they would base their decision off that brief initial impression.Performance Review: adidas TS Beast

I feel that adidas often suffers from this try-on comfort scenario. The majority of adidas hoops shoes that I test use high-quality materials and are well constructed – almost overly so sometimes – which results in them requiring plenty of break-in time. While the shoe may end up lasting better, or being more desirable in the long run, it requires faith in something that may or may not end up happening, which is a lot to ask from an uninformed buyer. The adidas TS Beast, in contrast to many adidas hoops shoes, actually fares pretty well in the step-in comfort department. The problem is, this time, it’s actually a bit misleading.

Directly under the shoe’s insole is a layer of PORON, which provides a plush first impression. This memory foam-like material has been seen on past shoes, and is a welcome addition; it helps immensely in the shoe’s step-in comfort. Here’s the problem though: as Nick DePaula best put the situation into words, “it’s padded, but not cushioned.” This extra layer of foam feels great to try on, or even just walk around in. In an on-court situation though, it quickly bottoms out, and gives way to the much firmer foam below it. I definitely prefer to have it there, than not have it, but it doesn’t address the cushioning issue many adidas shoes face. More on that later.

Performance Review: adidas TS Beast

This isn’t the shoe’s only potentially misleading area from that initial impression either. When tightly laced, multiple issues reveal themselves. The worst, and one of my biggest problems with the shoe, was the sharp pain I felt at my small toes, coming from the lateral side’s overlay. The three large stripes act as a support system, and when tightly laced, created a lever-like effect on the aforementioned overlay, creating unreasonable pressure on my small toe. Players with more narrow feet may not have an issue, but the pain was enough that I had to adjust my lacing to alleviate the pressure. I was able to get it laced to a comfortable zone, but, then the shoe wasn’t laced at tightly as I’m comfortable with. The next issue is also lacing related. Across the top of my foot, I felt far too much lace pressure. The shoe doesn’t conform and shape itself to your foot as much as it binds and constricts it. You can get it to fit tight, just not well. And that tight fit isn’t too comfortable either. The last issue I had deals with the collar.

Performance Review: adidas TS BeastWhen tightly laced, the two sides of the collar actually met in the middle, and prevented me from getting it any tighter. The tongue partially gets in the way here (although not nearly as bad as with the Heat Check), but it has more to do with the design of the collar. With some work, and adjustments to the tongue, I was able to get it pretty good, but not as good as I would have liked. Luckily, it didn’t prevent solid heel lockdown. Another “interesting” thing worth noting on the collar is the strap-like pieces on each side, that attach to, well, nothing. These pieces, which display Dwight’s signature, serve seemingly no purpose, other than adding a little weight. It doesn’t necessarily hurt the shoe’s performance any, but in an era where we are seeing unnecessary weight being stripped from shoes, its inclusion is an odd choice.

Once these fit and lacing issues were figured out, I was able to get some positive runs going. Like every shoe using adidas PureMotion technology, I found a smooth transition, and good court feel. For a big man’s shoe, the Beast felt light, and played even lighter (thanks, no doubt, to that good heel-to-toe transition). The traction was solid, although it did require some swiping to keep it clean. The shoe’s large external heel counter did a solid job of keeping my heel locked down, and helped compensate for the collar’s less than perfect setup.

Over the course of a few weeks of playing in the Beast, the shoe constantly improved. It wasn’t the upper loosening up, and transition improving, like with many shoes though. Those were pretty much good to go out of the box. The cushioning however got marginally better the longer I played in them. It’s definitely better for the cushioning to improve, than get worse, but it didn’t get that much better, and it took a long time.

Here’s the biggest issue I have with the Beast. I was able to make some adjustments and compromises (like not lacing as tight as I like), got the cushioning to eventually break in, and get the shoe to the point where I liked it. It is a good shoe. But, there are shoes out there that don’t require this struggle, and are better shoes period. If you are looking at these as a game day-only shoe, the season might be over by the time you get the fit sorted out, and the cushioning to break in. But if you plan on hooping in these for practice, pick-up and games, and want something that will last the season and beyond, they are a solid choice.

Available now: adidas TS Beast

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adidas Beast Commander – Bright Blue/White

adidas Beast Commander – Bright Blue/White

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Four colorways of Dwight Howard’s new adidas Beast Commander have already hit Eastbay in recent weeks, and a fifth is on the way later this month. This colorway of the Beast is royal blue-based, with a synthetic, mesh and Sprintskin upper. White and silver accent the look, prominently featured on the Three Stripes and heel cup. Dwight Howard personalization is seen with a 12 on the medial side of the collar, “Beast” emblazoned on the tongue and his signature “Hey Wooooorld” greeting on the heel. Like last season’s Supernatural line, the Beast features a PureMotion tooled underfoot. This shoe will officially drop a day after Christmas, but you can reserve your pair here today.

Pre-Order: adidas Beast Commander – Bright Blue/White

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adidas Beast Commander – Bright Blue/White

Pre-Order: adidas TS Beast – “Superman”

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In the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Dwight Howard made a disappointing early exit after judges failed to take notice of the creativity put into his famed “Sticker Dunk.” Howard returned to the Dunk Contest the following year, and made sure history didn’t repeat itself. With a little help from friend and teammate Jameer Nelson, Dwight took the court fitted with a Superman emblem t-shirt and cape, and soared through the air for what is now known as the “Superman Dunk.”

Though nitpickers will be quick to tell you that he didn’t actually dunk the ball, that single moment made Dwight the league’s next marketable star, and the “Superman” nickname has stuck with him ever since. So much that Warner Bros. and DC Comics signed an apparel partnership deal with adidas this summer centered around the Orlando Magic center. While clothing and accessories are expected in the near future, the first release from this collaborative effort is the “Superman” version of Dwight’s new adidas Beast sneaker.

Seen in photos below, the “Superman” Beast steers away from the typical royal blue-based Man of Steel tribute shoe, opting for a themed look inspired by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude headquarters. The shoe sports a white and vision blue upper, with crystal graphics seen on the mesh and Sprintskin side panels. Superman’s logo appears on the tongue, as well as the underfoot via translucent outsole. The heel tab inlay reads “Fortress of Solitude,” once again acknowledging the home base of Superman and the overall theme of the shoe.

The “Superman” Beast is available here at Eastbay today in very limited quantities. Be sure to pick up your pair now.

Pre-Order: adidas TS Beast “Superman” – Running White/White/Vision Blue

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adidas Beast Commander – Bright Blue/White

adidas TS Beast Black/Bright Blue

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The adidas TS Beast is now available for pre-order. One of the early colorways to become available is the away colorway of the Dwight Howard signature shoe. The future MVP’s first signature model has been highly anticipated and from what we’ve seen doesn’t seem to disappoint, especially with creative makeups like the Superman and Shades of Grey colorways.

The adidas TS Beast comes packed with top notch technologies from adidas. Torsion arch protection, PureMotion for support and traction, and Sprintskin paneling for breathability as well as weight reduction. Forefoot cushioning is handled by adidas’ trusted adiPRENE technology.

So as Dwight aims to lead the Orlando Magic to their first championship look for him to be wearing this colorway of the adidas TS Beast during road games.

Available for pre-order: adidas TS Beast

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adidas Beast Commander – Bright Blue/White

Pre-Order: adidas TS Beast – Two Colorways

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In recent weeks, we’ve told you all about Dwight Howard’s new signature shoe, the adidas TS Beast. Now you have a chance to own a pair. Available to pre-order on Eastbay now are two colorways of the Beast. First up is the Black/Running White/Bright Blue pair we’ve already seen Dwight wearing in preseason games. The second available colorway is the unique aluminum based “Shades of Grey” style, which makes use of black and lime colored accents.

The Beast is said to have been inspired by Dwight’s expanding game, fame and style. The upper is constructed of synthetic and textile materials to reduce weight, improve breathability and increase stability. Sprintskin on the lateral and medial panels release heat and enable proper motion. The heel counter, designed to salute Dwight’s “out of this world” potential, features an outer space texture. An additional personalized touch is seen on the heel inlay, which features Dwight’s signature “Heyyyy Wooooooorld” Twitter greeting.

Other features include a pop forward/pop back lacing system, 2D textile with reticulated foam lining, 3D molded PU insole, injection-molded EVA midsole, Torsion System® and Pure Motion techology. Weighing in at approximately 15 ounces, the Beast will be available in a size run of 6.5-15, retailing for $100.

Pre-Order: adidas TS Beast – Black/Running White/Bright Blue
Pre-Order: adidas TS Beast “Shades of Grey”

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