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Adidas Harden Vol. 3 Review

Adidas Harden Vol. 3
Adidas Harden Vol. 3
Adidas Harden Vol. 3
Adidas Harden Vol. 3
Adidas Harden Vol. 3
Deals from $109.99
9.0
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$139.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
10/2018
Ranking:
Traction
8.8
Cushion
9.5
Materials
8.9
Support
8.8
Fit
9.1
Outdoor
0%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

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Gold Metallic / Cloud White / Core Black
Gold Metallic / Cloud White / Core Black
from Champs Sports
$109.99
$140
17 likes
Core Black / Grey / Scarlet
Core Black / Grey / Scarlet
from StockX
$69.00
20 likes
Legend Ink / Collegiate Navy / Power Red
Legend Ink / Collegiate Navy / Power Red
from StockX
$70.00
11 likes
Grey Two / Silver Metallic / Aero Blue
Grey Two / Silver Metallic / Aero Blue
from StockX
$90.00
29 likes
Core Black / Cloud White / Grey Six
Core Black / Cloud White / Grey Six
from StockX
$95.00
41 likes
Cloud White / Cloud White / Core Black
Cloud White / Cloud White / Core Black
from StockX
$110.00
18 likes
Core Black / Yellow / Solar Red
Core Black / Yellow / Solar Red
from StockX
$116.00
15 likes
Core Black / Active Blue / Solid Grey
Core Black / Active Blue / Solid Grey
from StockX
$120.00
26 likes
Easy Coral / Real Coral / Chalk Coral
Easy Coral / Real Coral / Chalk Coral
from StockX
$120.00
8 likes
Maroon / Core Black / Grey Six
Maroon / Core Black / Grey Six
from StockX
$129.00
25 likes
Cloud White / Core Black / Light Solid Grey
Cloud White / Core Black / Light Solid Grey
from StockX
$150.00
19 likes
College Purple / Black / Hi Res Aqua
College Purple / Black / Hi Res Aqua
from StockX
$164.00

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

Pros:
Amazing traction
Well-balanced Boost cushioning
Cons:
Break-in required to get rid of heel slip

Performance of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

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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Reviews of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

The 9.0 average overall rating ranks #3 of 126 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
Fit and cushion are awesome, but the traction was a little too inconsistent and the support a little too low.
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8.8
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
November 19, 2018
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.
9.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
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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8.6
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
Great traction, pretty good fit and fun Boost cushioning - sign me up! I’m going to give this a first-team rating.
9.0
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
Definitely an upgrade over the Harden 2. This shoe has pretty much everything I want in a performance sneaker!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
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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9.1
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
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.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
This is the best performer of 2018. I am going to get five pairs of these!
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

The 8.8 average traction rating ranks #48 of 126 shoes overall
7.0
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
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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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
November 19, 2018
When the sole is clean, grip is fantastic, but it has a tendency to pick up dust fast.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
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
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
Adidas went with traditional herringbone set up and it’s easily the best traction on a Harden yet.
9.0
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
The traction is freaking amazing!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
Superb traction!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
The traditional herringbone pattern worked well on all courts I played on.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
The herringbone traction is insane! Dust is only a very minimal problem.
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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

The 9.5 average cushion rating ranks #12 of 126 shoes overall
10.0
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
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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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
November 19, 2018
This is the best use of the Boost foam yet when it comes to basketball.
9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
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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9.0
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
The cushioning provides a nice balance of comfort, court feel, springiness, and fun.
9.0
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
Good amount of bounce in the heel and more responsiveness in the front. I really enjoy the Boost cushioning!
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
Good court feel, good impact protection and the Boost cushioning feels amazing!
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
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
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
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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Materials of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

The 8.9 average materials rating ranks #31 of 126 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
The materials are super comfortable but stretch out a little too easily.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
The thick and strong materials feel great on-foot.
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8.0
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
Basic "textile" materials that feel somewhat premium.
9.0
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
The materials feel really nice and do a great job. The shoe gets really hot after playing a while.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
The materials are very lightweight and feel great. Very soft and flexible!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
The textile upper with synthetic overlay is comfortable and pliable out of the box.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
The materials are very soft, look and feel premium and provide great lockdown and stability.
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Support of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

The 8.8 average support rating ranks #45 of 126 shoes overall
6.0
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
There was too much freedom of movement in the ankle for my liking.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
November 19, 2018
The cut, combined with perfectly molded collar padding, held my heel in place exceptionally well, providing optimal ankle stability.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
The support works perfectly well.
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9.0
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
Excellent stability, great midfoot support, and good containment.
9.0
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
Nice lateral containment, stable base and the heel slippage went away after the break-in period.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
Much more stable than previous Harden models.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
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.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
Lateral containment is very good, the materials are supportive and the base is pretty wide and stable.
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

The 9.1 average fit rating ranks #11 of 126 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
The fit works perfectly fine for all type of feet.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
November 19, 2018
There’s something very satisfying about the way the shoe cinches around the foot.
10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
These have been the best fitting Adidas shoes I’ve worn in quite some time.
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8.0
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
No side to side movement and some very very minor heel slip
9.0
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
The fit is really comfortable.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
Comfy as hell!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
The lacing system lets you adjust the fit however you like it.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
The fit was very nice for my feet with no dead space at all!
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 0% average outdoor rating ranks #106 of 126 shoes overall
no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
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]
October 30, 2018
Shallow pattern and translucent rubber won't last long outdoors.
no
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
The rubber is pretty soft. You better stay away from outdoor use.
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Width of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

regularly wide
PureKicks
January 6, 2019
The Harden Vol.3 adapts perfectly to your feet.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
I am a slightly wide footer and the fit is perfectly nice for me.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
Slightly narrow.
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regularly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
The separate tongue and upper allows the upper to be laced as tight or loose as you wish.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
Narrow in the beginning.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Vol. 3:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
November 19, 2018
I went true to size and had no issues.
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½ size large
Schwollo
October 30, 2018
I recommend going down half a size.
½ size large
RicheeKim
October 30, 2018
Go down half a size.
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½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
October 30, 2018
Runs slightly long.
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true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
October 30, 2018
I am a 10.5 in almost everything, and a 10.5 in the Harden Vol 3 was perfect.
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
October 18, 2018
Go true to your Adidas size (half a size smaller than in Nikes)
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