Adidas Harden Vol. 3 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$139.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
10/2018
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
 
8.8
Cushion
 
9.5
Material
 
8.9
Support
 
8.8
Fit
 
9.1
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Amazing traction
  • Well-balanced Boost cushioning

CONS:

  • Break-in required to get rid of heel slip

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

The Harden Vol.3 is by far James Harden's best signature sneaker. The traditional herringbone traction pattern performs extremely well - even on dusty courts. The Boost cushioning is low-to-the-ground, comfortable, responsive, and definitely the best implementation of Boost in a basketball shoe. Materials feel premium and comfortable and support is much improved compared to previous Harden models. All sneaker reviewers agree: the Harden 3 is a huge improvement in all areas and one of the best basketball shoes of 2018 in general!
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
This is the best performer of 2018. I am going to get five pairs of these!
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9.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The performance of the Adidas Harden Volume 3 on the court is nearly perfect. It's a special shoe in that it's so simple that it does everything right!
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9.1
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
This is the best Harden we have seen so far. Works for players at any position who enjoy freedom of movement, court feel with above-average impact protection, and a great fit.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
This is by far the best shoe in the Harden signature series. Pretty much everything was improved - I especially like the cushioning and materials.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Definitely an upgrade over the Harden 2. This shoe has pretty much everything I want in a performance sneaker!
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8.8
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Harden 3 is a standout when it comes to performance! It checks all the boxes for comfort and fit and does so at a relatively affordable $140 price point.
8.6
Schwollo
Great traction, pretty good fit and fun Boost cushioning - sign me up! I’m going to give this a first-team rating.
8.0
PureKicks
Fit and cushion are awesome, but the traction was a little too inconsistent and the support a little too low.
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
The herringbone traction is insane! Dust is only a very minimal problem.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
On clean courts, the traction was nothing short of awesome. On dusty courts, you will need to wipe occasionally.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The traditional herringbone pattern worked well on all courts I played on.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Superb traction!
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9.0
RicheeKim
The traction is freaking amazing!
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
When the sole is clean, grip is fantastic, but it has a tendency to pick up dust fast.
9.0
Schwollo
Adidas went with traditional herringbone set up and it’s easily the best traction on a Harden yet.
7.0
PureKicks
The translucent rubber on our colorway didn't pick up too much dust on our dirty courts and got the job done. There were some inconsistencies that prevented a better score.
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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
The Boost cushioning isn't caged as much as in the previous Harden models. It provides great impact protection while still being responsive. This is my favorite cushioning setups!
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
It’s not too bouncy. It’s not too firm. It’s just right - this is my favorite version of Boost in basketball.
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Boost cushioning is less pronounced than in the Harden Vol. 2 but provides a better balance between court feel and impact protection.
10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Good court feel, good impact protection and the Boost cushioning feels amazing!
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9.0
RicheeKim
Good amount of bounce in the heel and more responsiveness in the front. I really enjoy the Boost cushioning!
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
This is the best use of the Boost foam yet when it comes to basketball.
9.0
Schwollo
The cushioning provides a nice balance of comfort, court feel, springiness, and fun.
10.0
PureKicks
The Boost cushioning is a little lower than in the Harden Vol.2 which makes the shoe lighter and gives you better court feel. Impact protection is still there.
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Materials of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are very soft, look and feel premium and provide great lockdown and stability.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The thick and strong materials feel great on-foot.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The textile upper with synthetic overlay is comfortable and pliable out of the box.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials are very lightweight and feel great. Very soft and flexible!
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9.0
RicheeKim
The materials feel really nice and do a great job. The shoe gets really hot after playing a while.
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8.0
Schwollo
Basic "textile" materials that feel somewhat premium.
8.0
PureKicks
The materials are super comfortable but stretch out a little too easily.
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Support of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
Lateral containment is very good, the materials are supportive and the base is pretty wide and stable.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The support works perfectly well.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The materials do a fantastic job with lockdown, the caging of the Boost provides stability and acts as an outrigger and the fantastic fit does the rest.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Much more stable than previous Harden models.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Nice lateral containment, stable base and the heel slippage went away after the break-in period.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The cut, combined with perfectly molded collar padding, held my heel in place exceptionally well, providing optimal ankle stability.
9.0
Schwollo
Excellent stability, great midfoot support, and good containment.
6.0
PureKicks
There was too much freedom of movement in the ankle for my liking.
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit was very nice for my feet with no dead space at all!
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
These have been the best fitting Adidas shoes I’ve worn in quite some time.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The lacing system lets you adjust the fit however you like it.
9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Comfy as hell!
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9.0
RicheeKim
The fit is really comfortable.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
There’s something very satisfying about the way the shoe cinches around the foot.
8.0
Schwollo
No side to side movement and some very very minor heel slip
9.0
PureKicks
The fit works perfectly fine for all type of feet.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is pretty soft. You better stay away from outdoor use.
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no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Outdoors the traction performed really nicely as well, but the rubber is soft and started to fray after only 2 hours.
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no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Shallow pattern and translucent rubber won't last long outdoors.

Width of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Narrow in the beginning.
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regularly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The separate tongue and upper allows the upper to be laced as tight or loose as you wish.
slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Slightly narrow.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
I am a slightly wide footer and the fit is perfectly nice for me.
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regularly wide
PureKicks
The Harden Vol.3 adapts perfectly to your feet.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Go true to your Adidas size (half a size smaller than in Nikes)
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I went true to size and had no issues.
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true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I am a 10.5 in almost everything, and a 10.5 in the Harden Vol 3 was perfect.
½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Runs slightly long.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
Go down half a size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
I recommend going down half a size.
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