Adidas Harden Volume 1 Review

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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$139.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
12/2016
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
8.8
Cushion
8.3
Material
8.5
Support
8.4
Fit
7.9
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Low profile Boost
  • Quality of materials

CONS:

  • heavy for a low top shoe
  • toe cap hurts before breaking in

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

The Adidas Harden Volume 1 performs well in all categories except fit. Traction was almost uniformly praised by reviewers. Materials vary among different colorways but are of high quality in each one. The only weakness of the shoe is the painful break-in period. Especially the leather toe cap was causing a lot of reviewers trouble.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The adidas Harden Vol. 1 is a very well balanced shoe for guards. Traction, cushion, materials, fit, support…the best of what adidas has to offer all on one sneaker? Reasonably priced? And they’ve been doing this all year long? You best believe it.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
If you are a guard, or forward, or big man who doesn’t mind lows, you will enjoy this shoe. Fit, cushion, traction, and support are all nice for anyone unless you just feel like you need a super-light shoe (you don’t).
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit is good, the traction is amazing. The shoe feels light, and the cushion is very responsive. The Harden Vol. 1 is a very good shoe and does live up to the reputation James Harden has as a talented and explosive player.
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8.9
RicheeKim
These are my favourite shoes as of right now!
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8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I like the cushioning, traction and materials, but I had sharp pain in the toe area and the lacing system is trash. Overall the Harden 1 is a pretty solid performance sneaker.
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8.0
Schwollo
The Harden Vol 1 is one of those shoes I like a lot. Its tech is great, it looks good, it’s made well and it isn’t too expensive. However, Adidas ruined an excellent traction set up with the Fibonacci design and as a traction lover, this did the shoe in for me. Well that and my arch pain.
7.0
KickGenius
Overall, the shoe gets the job done. There's nothing special here, the shoe is a decent performer, but the traction threw me for a slip.
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7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The fit was a little bit off, but I'd probably give those a 7/10. It's a great option for guards who are looking for traction and court feel.
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Not once did I have to wipe the soles of these guys, even when the courts were dusty.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Yeah, the Harden Vol 1 is good. Almost great.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction is, in a word, amazing! The stopping power is incredible and only attracts minimal dust which is fixed with a light wipe.
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9.0
RicheeKim
This is probably one of the best traction patterns on the market right now!
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction on these shoes is awesome.
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7.0
Schwollo
It works well on clean courts or when freshly wiped (what doesn’t) but once dirt gets on the sole, the shoe gets slippery and you do have to wipe frequently.
6.0
KickGenius
Not impressive, the traction would have performed better if the had kept it simple.
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10.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The traction on these was absolutely beastmode on all surfaces.
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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
You’ll receive all the court feel you can possibly want while still receiving protection underfoot. It’s just not a plush ride.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Boost with court feel? Yes, please. The Harden Vol 1 has the lowest ride of any full-length Boost shoe and you can tell, but not in a bad way, it still absorbs and responds like Boost should.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
The boost midsole is not very thick, but it does provide a lot of impact protection and feels very responsive with no bounce.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Minimal Boost cushioning is low-to-the-ground, responsive but still offers decent impact protection.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Probably my favorite part of the shoe. It' not as plush as on the Crazy Explosives but more plush than the Crazy Light Boost 2016 - I really like it a lot.
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7.0
Schwollo
If you’re expecting Ultra Boost plushness look elsewhere but if you want a ride that has a some bounce to it and rides pretty low, you’ll like this set up.
8.0
KickGenius
This is the best part of the shoe. Low to the ground full length boost provides a good balance between court feel and comfortable cushioning.
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7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Me, personally, I would like the boost cushioning to be a bit thicker. Impact protection is pretty good, but definitely not great
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Materials of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I enjoyed the setup quite a bit
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The materials you get depend on the colorway you purchase. Soft and already broken in, the materials should be durable enough for a season of play.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials feel nice and plush. The Primeknit is soft, breaks in easily, and seems like it is a supportive material.
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8.5
RicheeKim
The knit upper feels really comfortable on feet.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Materials are pretty standard, but it's still pretty good especially after breaking it in. The lining felt amazing.
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9.0
Schwollo
Overall the materials are great.
7.0
KickGenius
Significant break-in period., but after that the material feels good
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Support of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Your natural balance isn’t thrown off when you lace these up and they’ve widened the platform a bit which only enhances stability.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
HIgh arch support, wide and flat base, and caged boost deliver solid support.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
This shoe is pretty supportive for a low top
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
It was hard to tie the shoe laces really tight and therefore there was a little bit of slippage.
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10.0
Schwollo
This is the best part of the Harden Vol 1 in my opinion. Stability is excellent, not once did I ever feel like I was going to roll my ankle in these because I felt stable and connected to the ground.
7.0
KickGenius
Support is much better than the Crazy light. One of the more supportive low-tops.
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8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The support is good, thanks to the heel counter, boost caging, and outrigger.
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Luckily, this is one of the best fitting low top shoes.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
When playing there is no movement in the forefoot even with the extra space — just lace tight.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The midfoot area feels pretty narrow and widens out in the toe box, which feels pretty nice.
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9.0
RicheeKim
The fit is phenomenal - no heel slippage or side-to-side movement at all.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The pain was ridiculous in the beginning because the toe cap was digging into my foot. After the break-in period, it became a lot better.
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7.0
Schwollo
Some may say the Harden V1 is ultra comfortable out of the box but I found it to take a week or so to break in and soften up.
6.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Fit my foot a little bit awkwardly. Where the leather of the toe cap meets the mesh, the shoes pinched my toes.
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Width of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

slightly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Wide footers, you’re going to enjoy these when going true to size.
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slightly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Very roomy in the front.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Volume 1:

½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
If you really want a contained fit then I’d recommend going down 1/2 size.
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½ size large
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Harden Vol 1 fit me perfectly true to size, but half size down is perfect if you need that one-to-one soccer fit
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
The Harden Vol. 1 runs a little long, so go down 1/2 of a size
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½ size large
RicheeKim
These run a half size large.
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½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I went down half a size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
I suggest half a size down for everyone except wide footers and up. Best to try on in store
½ size large
KickGenius
I recommend go half a size down
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½ size large
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
About a half size long
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