I got them for the start of this season and they feel great. I tried the artillery 2 and the gil customize's but neither compare to the billups in my mind.I also tried the billups ts mids but wasn't a fan. The c-billups feel great out of the box, very comfy in my opinion and definetly a guard shoe. I wishthey made more colour-ways but I can't complain being a piston fan! They do get colourful scuffs but if its performance you want in my opinion they'rethe best adidas shoe this season.