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8.8
Good traction, soft Lightstrike cushioning, and a fast, low-to-the-ground silhouette
based on 8 expert reviews
based on 8 expert reviews

Best Suitable For:

Best for guards looking for a fast, low-to-the-ground, and supportive shoe

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Category Performance Ratings:

Traction
8.8
Cushion
8.7
Materials
8.9
Support
8.7
Fit
8.8
Outdoor
63%

Facts & Figures:

Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
10/2019
Weight:
light
heavy
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide
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Adidas Harden Vol. 4 Review

Pros:
One of the lighter Adidas shoes
Great all-around performance
Cons:
No longer uses Boost cushioning

Performance of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The Vol. 4 is the first shoe in the James Harden signature line that comes without Boost cushioning. But that's not necessarily a bad thing as the Lightstrike cushioning provides a much lighter shoe that still feels very comfortable to play in. The traction works great on clean courts and requires only minimal wiping on dusty courts. Materials differ between colorways, you can choose between Primeknit or Mesh uppers - they all get the job done! If you are looking for a supportive, fast, and low-profile basketball shoe then the Harden Vol. 4 is a great choice!
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Reviews of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The 8.8 average overall rating ranks #25 of 183 shoes overall
9.2
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The Harden Vol. 4 is fast, controlled, and has been a personal joy to play in. In my personal experience, this is a top performer!
9.1
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
The Harden Vol. 4 is a nice shoe - the traction is good on most surfaces, Lightstrike works but isn’t overly bouncy or plush, and fit and support are good. But overall, I can't help but feel the Harden Vol.4 took a step back from the Vol.3.
8.8
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
The Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is a really good performer! A perfect shoe for guards looking for a low-to-the-ground and supportive basketball shoe.
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8.8
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
I think this is the best Harden so far! Outstanding traction when clean, great fit right out of the box, very stable and $10 cheaper than the V3.
8.7
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
I loved everything about the Harden 4 except the Lightstrike cushioning which was a little too soft and the elastic band in the midfoot which felt a little too tight and snug.
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8.6
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
I am not a low-top fan, but this is the best low-top I've played in a long time!
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8.6
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
The Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is a great performer. Adidas used something other than Boost for the first time in a Harden shoe, and the Lightstrike actually felt good. It's lighter than Boost but still felt bouncy. Combined with its consistent traction and solid fit, the Harden Vol. 4 doesn't disappoint.
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8.4
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
I really enjoyed playing in the Harden Vol. 4. If you are not looking for a ton of impact protection, this is a great performer!
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The 8.8 average traction rating ranks #69 of 183 shoes overall
9.5
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
Traction on the Harden Vol. 4 is crazy. I rarely had to wipe at all.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
The traction is not a dead stop, break-your-own-ankles grip, but more of a smooth stop and release.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
Really good bite on clean courts, but the traction pattern picks up dust quickly.
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9.0
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
The traction is excellent when clean or freshly wiped and still good enough on dusty courts.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The traction pattern doesn't look impressive but just works. On really bad floors I just wiped every-so-often and I was on my way.
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8.0
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
The traction sucks the court nicely but needs wiping on dusty courts. Fortunately, this is a wipe-friendly shoe.
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9.0
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
Traction needs a light wipe every now and then, but it performs consistently well on all court conditions. Even with the wiping, it still gripped the dustier courts.
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9.0
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
On clean courts, the traction is awesome. On dusty courts, you will just need to wipe from time to time, and you're good to go. For some reason, the traction was much better on the translucent rubber version.
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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The 8.7 average cushion rating ranks #80 of 183 shoes overall
9.5
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The Lightstrike cushioning feels leaps and bounds better than most foams I've experienced in basketball shoes.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
The Lightstrike heel foam is thick and soft in the heel and thin and stiff in the forefoot.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
The Lightstrike cushioning provides amazing court feel, a slight bounce, and good impact protection.
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9.0
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
The Lightstrike cushioning is a very comfortable foam that plays low-to-the-ground.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The new Lightstrike cushioning feels a little too soft for me.
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9.0
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
I loved the Lightstrike cushioning! A lot of foam in the heel for impact protection and a little less foam in the forefoot for more responsiveness and court feel.
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9.0
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
For the first time in a Harden shoe, the cushion is not Boost. I like the newly implemented Lightstrike. It feels like a marriage of Boost and Bounce. It has the bounciness of Boost and the responsiveness of Bounce.
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8.0
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
You get a nice chunk of Lightstrike cushioning in the heel, in the forefoot I would have liked a little more cushioning. If you like court feel and responsiveness, this shoe has you covered.
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Materials of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The 8.9 average materials rating ranks #37 of 183 shoes overall
9.0
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The Primeknit upper and synthetic overlays worked extremely well for me personally.
9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
The materials of this colorway (SKU F97187) feel crazy premium for a modern basketball shoe,
9.0
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
The upper materials are soft, comfortable, but not super supportive.
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8.0
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
Nothing offensive or outstanding about the materials, pretty much par for the price.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
Break-in time is quick and painless.
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9.0
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
Suede, mesh, leather, and elastic synthetics, and they all do their thing in the most amazing way! Arguably the most comfortable Harden shoe I've played in.
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9.0
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
The upper is mostly made up of synthetic materials, but they perform very nicely.
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9.0
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
The full-textile upper materials feel premium and much-improved from the Harden 3.
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Support of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The 8.7 average support rating ranks #68 of 183 shoes overall
9.0
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The wide base, low profile and strong caging provide a ton of support.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
Support is good thanks to a wide base, stiff midfoot, raised lateral sidewalls, and strong heel counter.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
Great lockdown, very good lateral containment, and the low-to-the-ground and wide base provides a ton of stability.
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9.0
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
The very wide base is great for stability and safety.
9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The low-to-the-ground setup really gradles your foot and the lacing system locks you in tightly.
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8.0
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
The support comes from the wide lateral outrigger, the great overall fit, and lockdown of the lacing system, and the internal TPU counter. For a low-top, this is a very supportive shoe.
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8.0
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
The shoe is very supportive and well contained. I had no issues with support.
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8.0
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
I didn't have any heel slippage or side-to-side movements on the footbed and the torsional rigidity was good.
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

The 8.8 average fit rating ranks #45 of 183 shoes overall
9.0
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
Exceptional midfoot lockdown and no movement in the front.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
9.0
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
The shoe is super easy to get on and comfortable to play-in.
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9.0
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
Zero heel slip or overall movement inside of the shoe.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The elastic band area led to cramps in my feet during the first wear but it's gotten much better since then.
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9.0
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
It's a great-fitting shoe!
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8.0
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
The Harden Vol. 4 fits great if you get the right size. It feels like it's hugging your foot.
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8.0
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
There was some pain in the forefoot in the beginning, but after the initial break-in, the fit got really good.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 62.5% average outdoor rating ranks #60 of 183 shoes overall
fair
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The rubber may be strong enough to handle outdoors fairly well.
fair
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
For outdoors I could see these working for a while as the rubber is a little harder than most on the market today.
fair
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
The rubber is pretty thick and hard.
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good
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
I would definitely take them outdoors.
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Width of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

slightly narrow
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
The elastic band is pretty tight, so I would be cautious as a wide-footer.
regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
It starts off slightly narrow in the beginning but breaks in nicely.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
The shoe fits very snugly and due to all the padding.
slightly wide
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
Wide-footers should be good to go true to size.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
A little bit narrow in the forefoot around the pinkie toe.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

true to size
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
True to size worked well for me.
true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
December 20, 2019
I stayed true to size in the Harden Vol. 4 and it was the right call.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
October 6, 2019
Go true to your Adidas size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
November 3, 2019
They run a tad bit long.
true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
October 10, 2019
Going true to size worked out perfectly for me.
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true to size
PureKicks
November 18, 2019
Treu to size.
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½ size large
MARKCHES
May 7, 2021
I have a regular shaped foot, and half a size down was good for me.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
November 19, 2019
Runs a little bit long.
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