Hey guys! Today we got the first James Harden signature shoe – The adidas Harden Vol. 1. Adidas right now on a big role of making great basketball and lifestyle sneakers. So I’m very excited about what they done with the new Harden Vol. 1 model! Welcome to my adidas Harden Vol. 1 Performance Review.
This particular colorway features a knitted mesh with nylon backing for more support. I’m really enjoyed this combo. Of course, not as comfortable materials as Primeknit, but still a very solid setup nevertheless. You are still getting great flexibility & breathability with little bit of support. Primeknit colorway will be available soon.
One of my favorite parts of the shoe is independent genuine leather part in the toe area. This sh*t is simply AMAZING. It keeps your feet stable and secure while making aggressive and quick moves. This feature is very important for guards. Now think about it, you are getting premium leather just for $160. UNBELIEVABLE.
BOOST is back! Harden Vol. 1 model features the lowest to the ground BOOST cushion than I’ve ever reviewed. But don’t get tricked by this! You are still getting A+ impact protection and comfort, especially in the back area.
As I said in the past Under Armour Curry 3 review, I’m a big fan of bouncy cushion. So in this case Harden Vol. 1 cushion setup was just a little bit to firm for me. Although, with superb impact protection you also will get solid court feel. In result, great all-around cushion.
Traction pattern looks very strange, doesn’t it? However, traction on these bad boys is really good. I had no problems with dusty courts, slippage or something similar to that.
How about whipping? No problem at all. I was able to get great grip with just a few wipes at the beginning of the game. Great results.
One more thing, I’m not recommend these shoes for out-door basketball since the rubber compound feels not very durable.
Adidas put asymmetrical lacing system which works flawless. It just wraps your foot so nicely. I just don’t have any words to describe how nice and comfy it is, you need to feel it. Also, heavy padding inside makes it even more comfortable shoe.
Great news for wide footers! I recommend going true to size since the shoe is wide and little bit long. For everyone else I recommend going half a size down, like I did.
The adidas Harden Vol.1 is a low top shoe but support is surprisingly good. We have an internal heal counter, torsional support with TPU to keep heel in the right place & position and TPU cage around BOOST for control stabilization. In result, excellent lockdown for the low top shoe. It just so weird to feel BOOST that low to the ground, new experience for me.
Adidas Harden Vol. 1 is a great all-around shoe: premium materials, responsive and low to the ground cushion, good traction and superb support. Everything you need to dominate on court. As always, low price tag ($160) is like signature for adidas. To sum up, this model is perfect for guards. It is now my go to basketball sneaker. I really recommend picking them up. You won’t regret! I PROMISE.