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Adidas Harden Vol. 4 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$129.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
10/2019
Outdoor Rating:
67%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
8.8
Cushion
8.6
Material
8.8
Support
8.8
Fit
8.8
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • One of the lighter Adidas shoes
  • Great all-around performance

CONS:

  • No longer uses Boost cushioning

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

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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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

9.2
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
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!
8.8
The Sole Brothers
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
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]
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
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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8.4
RicheeKim
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:

9.5
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
Traction on the Harden Vol. 4 is crazy. I rarely had to wipe at all.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
Really good bite on clean courts, but the traction pattern picks up dust quickly.
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9.0
Schwollo
The traction is excellent when clean or freshly wiped and still good enough on dusty courts.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
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
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
RicheeKim
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:

9.5
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
The Lightstrike cushioning feels leaps and bounds better than most foams I've experienced in basketball shoes.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The Lightstrike cushioning provides amazing court feel, a slight bounce, and good impact protection.
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9.0
Schwollo
The Lightstrike cushioning is a very comfortable foam that plays low-to-the-ground.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The new Lightstrike cushioning feels a little too soft for me.
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9.0
PureKicks
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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8.0
RicheeKim
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:

9.0
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
The Primeknit upper and synthetic overlays worked extremely well for me personally.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The upper materials are soft, comfortable, but not super supportive.
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8.0
Schwollo
Nothing offensive or outstanding about the materials, pretty much par for the price.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Break-in time is quick and painless.
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9.0
PureKicks
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
RicheeKim
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:

9.0
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
The wide base, low profile and strong caging provide a ton of support.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
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
The very wide base is great for stability and safety.
9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
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
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
RicheeKim
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:

9.0
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
Exceptional midfoot lockdown and no movement in the front.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The shoe is super easy to get on and comfortable to play-in.
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9.0
Schwollo
Zero heel slip or overall movement inside of the shoe.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
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
It's a great-fitting shoe!
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8.0
RicheeKim
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?

fair
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
The rubber may be strong enough to handle outdoors fairly well.
fair
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is pretty thick and hard.
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good
PureKicks
I would definitely take them outdoors.
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Width of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4:

slightly narrow
Jalique Gabay [weartesters.com]
The elastic band is pretty tight, so I would be cautious as a wide-footer.
regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
It starts off slightly narrow in the beginning but breaks in nicely.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
The shoe fits very snugly and due to all the padding.
slightly narrow
RicheeKim
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]
True to size worked well for me.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to your Adidas size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
They run a tad bit long.
true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Going true to size worked out perfectly for me.
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true to size
PureKicks
Treu to size.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
Runs a little bit long.
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