Adidas Harden Volume 1 Performance Review

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Unveiled on December 16th, 2017,the Adidas Harden Volume 1 is available now and has hit retailers for $130.And now check out more detailed looks at it below.

Fit

The reason I take the fit as the first aspect is that I’ve attached importance to it.The Adidas Harden Vol. 1 does fit true to size nearly everywhere throughout the shoe.This is really important in my opinion because this can sometimes decide something.For most of you,  you’ll enjoy the fit going true to size due to the way the body of the shoe locks you in.Also,you’ll feel secure in the shoe.But wide footers,you’d better go to try on-store then you can enjoy these.Good thing.Right?

As for the lockdown,the feeling is nice even fantastic.The lacing system is nearly perfect as it wraps up and around your foot,which ensures that there will be not any slippages within the shoe during your game.And the heel part fits true to size as well.What matters most is that the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 takes very little time to break in.However,as the old saying goes”the shoes don’t fit, only you know”.So only when you try them on can you know whether they are for you.

 

Material

When it comes to the materials I think the upper comes first.The upper consists of  a woven mesh with a layer of nylon at the back,which is supportive and offers flexibility as well.Honestly speaking,I am quite fond of this setup because it seems like the shoe is made for me.Personally,I think it is such an excellent sneaker that it deserves your noticing even though I had some discomfort at first,it just takes some time to break in then you’ll great I would say.

 

Cushion

The shoe features a full-length Boost.The Boost is at the back and it is low,which has a TPU contained .And this also offers impact protection and rapid responsiveness.In addition, though the Boost on the Harden Vol. 1 is thinner than the Crazylight, Rose 7 and Crazy Explosive,it has never lacked the court feel,which is awesome.I can say you’ll receive all the court feel you can possibly want while still receiving protection underfoot. Based on my personal experience,I love this setup quite a lot.While on courts,it really helps me a lot.As long as I place ample pressure on it,it bounces quite well and the feel is just nice.

Grip

The grains in the soles bites the ground better just than you expected before.But,there is always a but…There is the slightest issue which is that once there is a large amount of dust then it might cause some slipping,but it doesn’t matter too much.What you need to do is just wiping your shoes in your free time to ensure the shoe’s grip.On the one hand, there is a phenomenon that you’d better know which is that the grip works great at times, allowing you to stop suddenly or change direction,while sometimes you’ll encounter some slippages.

While on the other hand,the soles are easy to invite dust on floors to its surface,so as mentioned above,a few times wiping is needed.And it seems like the Crazy Explosive and the D Rose 7 that the Adidas Harden Volume 1 does badly in the durability and it is much less durable outdoors.What’s more,the durability becomes worse as time passes by.But on balance,we are just testers.If you want more you just need to experience them in the flash.

Support

It is one of the highlights of Harden Volume 1.And along with the great fit, the shoes sit very low to the ground.The torsional support is in place with the TPU plate, an internal heel counter keeps your heel on the foot-bed.Besides,the TPU does a great help in this aspect.It encases the Boost midsole to ensure your stability at any point during your games.Wearing the shoes, you can go through any movement with ease at mind I would say.

Overall

Grip,cushion,fit ,support are all its features.And if you are quite fond of court feel and mobility then the Harden Vol. 1 is absolutely for you.Objectively speaking,this shoe  is a very well balanced shoe for guards. And I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Adidas Harden Vol 2 Performance Review

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As the second signature basketball shoe for James Harden, the Adidas Harden Volume 2 combines several technologies in it ,which helps Harden greatly on the court. It is now available for several colorways and has hit retailers for $150. Then grab a look at the details below.

Cushion

The traction of Adidas Harden Volume 2 is not so good as that of the Volume 1 ,but it is an improvement over the its predecessor. Then go on reading.

The Boost at the back of the Volume 2  is thicker than ever before,but , although it does increase the shoe’s weight, it also improves the shoe’s cushion.More importantly, you will never feel unstable or feel too high off the ground and surprisingly the still bouncy feel and great cushion make the shoe become one of the most excellent shoes of 2018. I can say more Boost pellets packed into the midsole only increase more stability and overall protection,and most importantly,more firmer.

So whether it is worth buying ?Many people will ask.Then let me tell you the answer.Some people may be fond of this setup of Boost while some cares more about the stability. As I have mentioned above, the shoe’s weight has increased thus the stability has also improved.Meantime, the torsion resistance also becomes greatly strong because of the Y-shaped TPU in the outsole. Therefore, the overall cushion is quite good and there is nothing to say more about this aspect.So what are you worried about?

Grip

In term of grip, I think excessive introduction is not as good as your own experience. Once you start playing in it you will say just a great.It does work really really well. When it grips you will be quite pleased.

As a matter of fact, there are many sneakers which are rarely able to be both excellent in wear resistance and grip.So you can see that the shoe’s wear resistance is relatively worse while it try its best to improve its grip due to the using of the unique traction sole. But, there is always a but, there is a premise that you must play on clean floors while on dusty floors it performs worse.

Support

When it comes to the technologies in Adidas Harden Volume 2, the BOOST cushioning unit,the lightweight mesh upper, and the unique traction sole are all its features. And when it comes to the upper support, the lightweight mesh upper does great help. And the TPU-wrapped forefoot ensured the Boost’s stability in this section while also acting as an outrigger.

In the heel part, there is a heel counter and the large exaggerated rubber piece in the outsole. All these make the heel become the most supportive part of the shoes.

I once doubted that the support of the external module is not so good . But as expected the support is relatively poor compared to other excellent parts. But as a guard shoe, the support is enough and surely can’t let you down.

Weight

As I have mentioned before, owing to the thick Boost the shoe’s weight is increased. Though it is not lightweight, it doesn’t matter as long as you have no high requirements for the shoe’s weight. Overall, it can meet most your needs.

Fit

The shoe does fit true to size. But surely it is not for everyone.So please go to  try them on in-store and then shop online, wide footers. Though some like the shoe while wide footers and those with high arches may not like how it feels at first.

In the midsole part ,the rear wraps  around the midfoot nicely.  And in the heel it is very stable and helps you a lot in actual combat. You can obviously feel the shoe wraps around your heel and ankle but not in a suffocating way.

Overall

If you ask how does the Adidas Harden Volume 2 perform compared with other regular version,then it performs much better in my opinion. After all, I am sure the shoes will not let you down. But as the old saying goes, no one is perfect. So although there might be some shortcomings, the overall of the shoes are good.Heartbeat is not as good as action, so why not have a try?