Adidas Harden Vol. 2 Review

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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$139.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2018
Outdoor Rating:
50%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
7.6
Cushion
9.4
Material
8.6
Support
8.7
Fit
8.6
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Great impact protection
  • Good all-round shoe

CONS:

  • Heavy weight
  • Inconsistent traction

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

The Harden Vol. 2 is a nice improvement over James Harden' first signature sneaker. The thicker Boost cushioning provides a ton of impact protection while remaining responsive enough for guards. The traction is great on clean courts but requires you to wipe a lot on dusty courts. Materials are not premium but perform very well and give you all the support you need. Overall, this is a shoe that works especially well for bigger guards and heavier players who look for a lot of cushioning and support.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

9.2
The Sole Brothers
We really enjoyed playing in these. The Harden Vol. 2 should work well for everyone - responsive enough for guards but the support and comfortable cushioning will work well for bigger guys too!
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8.8
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Overall a great shoe, but unfortunately, the inconsistency that I experienced with the traction will likely keep the Harden Vol 2 out of my rotation.
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8.8
Schwollo
The Harden Vol2 is extremely fun to wear! Overall I feel that Adidas improved everything compared to the V1.
8.7
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Unless you play on crispy clean courts I wouldn't recommend the Harden Vol 2 because there are a bunch of better options on the market.
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8.6
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Harden 2 will defintely stay in my gym bag for a while! I especially loved the comfortable materials and the Boost cushioning. Everything about this sneaker just worked for me - and they are just flat out fun to play in!
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8.5
RicheeKim
Overall the Harden Vol. 2 is a great performer. Some nitpicking: I would have liked the heel to be a little less clunky and the Boost cushioning to be a little softer in the forefoot.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Overall, this shoe is pretty good. Great shoe if you have bad knees, you need a lot of comfort and impact protection and you can live with the lackluster traction.
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7.8
PureKicks
Amazing cushioning, very nice materials and support. Traction is solid but I wasn't happy with the fit.
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
Traction needs a little break in time but stopping power is great on clean courts. Attracts a lot of dust though.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Unfortunately, the traction on the Harden Vol 2 just wasn’t as good as that of the original.
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8.0
Schwollo
Traction is ridiculously good on clean floors, but you need to wipe a lot on dusty courts.
7.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
On a clean court, the traction was solid, but the Harden Vol 2 collects dust like nobody's business.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I thought the traction was pretty solid. You will have to wipe every now and then but then you get good traction. To be safe, get a colorway with a white outsole, as players with a black or grey outsole reported more problems with the traction than others.
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9.0
RicheeKim
This traction pattern performs very well. I usually play on really dust courts, but as long as you wipe, you will not have any problems.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction was pretty disappointing and just didn't grip the floor. Don't even bother on a dusty court.
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7.0
PureKicks
On a clean court the traction is great, but unfortunately, the rubber is a real dust collector.
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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
This Boost cushioning setup is really nice. Very comfortable but still remains responsive and provides good court feel.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Boost cushioning works really well.
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9.0
Schwollo
Firm Boost setup is a nice blend of speed and impact protection.
9.5
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Thick Boost cushioning does a great job with impact protection.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Full length boost provides a ton of bounce and impact protection as well as a surprising amount of responsiveness. This is the best and most versatile Boost experience on the hardwood!
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9.0
RicheeKim
A lot of impact protection in the heel but very responsive in the forefoot.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
This shoe is very, very comfy due to the huge amount of Boost. Court feel and responsiveness could be better.
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10.0
PureKicks
The Boost cushioning is incredible. I don't know how you could hate on that!
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Materials of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are soft and pliable.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Materials aren't premium but perform very well.
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9.0
Schwollo
Sure it isn’t Primeknit but it looks premium with all that texture and color and performs just as well.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Materials are pretty basic but perform well.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Zero break-in time!
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8.0
RicheeKim
The forged fiber, textile, and mesh are pretty nice.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The mesh in the forefoot feels really nice, the synthetic panel on the back works well.
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8.0
PureKicks
Materials are not flashy but perform very well.
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Support of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
Very supportive - great lockdown, wide base and super strong materials.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
For a Guard shoe, the support is here and shouldn’t let you down.
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9.0
Schwollo
I really enjoyed the wide outsole and never felt in danger or turning my ankle at all.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Wide base, strong mesh, and adjustable lacing system provide pretty good support.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I had no complaints when it came to support.
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8.0
RicheeKim
I had no side-to-side movement, but a little heel slippage in the beginning which was fixed by playing with the adjustable lacing system.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
This shoe gives really good support and the customizable lacing system gives you a lot of options to adapt the lockdown to your preferences.
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8.0
PureKicks
Internal heel counter, adaptive lacing system, lateral outrigger and great fit of the bootie setup do a very nice job!
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
Great lockdown in the forefoot and lateral containment, but I would have liked the heel to be a little higher to avoid heel slippage.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I love how it fits and feels.
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9.0
Schwollo
The heel needs a little break in, otherwise, the shoe fits nicely out of the box.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The one-piece bootie feels great on foot.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The lockdown is absolutely amazing and the lacing system is almost too good!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I had no problems with heel slippage or lateral containment. The bootie construction fit me very well.
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6.0
PureKicks
Adjustable lacing system provides great lockdown. But there is an elastic band that separates the forefoot from the backfoot, which was really uncomfortable in the beginning.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
The Sole Brothers
Outdoor use should be okay as the rubber is pretty hard.
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fair
PureKicks
Outdoors you will be okay - just not for a very long time.
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Width of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The Vol. 2 is a little narrower than the Harden Volume 1.
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regularly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Wide footers should try them on because they don't stretch very much.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide footers like myself will want to go true to size because these run snug true to size.
slightly narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The shoe fits pretty snug
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slightly narrow
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Harden Volume is a little bit tight.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
I have slightly wide feet but these fit me perfectly.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Go true to size if you are a wide-footer.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Vol. 2:

½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Runs slightly long.
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½ size large
Schwollo
Per usual Adidas runs slightly long but it’s shorter than the V1.
true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The fit on the Harden Vol 2 is true to size.
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runs large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went down half a size (like always with adidas) but I could have gone down even more
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true to size
RicheeKim
Unlike other Adidas shoes, these fit me well going true to size.
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½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The 10 was a little to snug, and the 10.5 was a little too long. I need a 10.25!
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