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Adidas Harden Vol. 4 Performance Review

September and October are the exciting times for the NBA fans and sneaker aficionados. The NBA is going to begin the matches, and the signature shoes are released. Adidas released the new signature shoes for Harden—Adidas Harden Vol. 4.


The colorway is black leather vamp with the symbolic Adidas red, blue and white logo decoration.

The Adidas logo on the shoe tongue is also red, white and blue colorway.

The TPU on shoe heel is “DESIGNED WITH JAMES HARDEN”, which means Harden also participate in the design of Adidas Harden Vol. 4.

The shoe-pad, shoe heel and outsole are printed with Harden’s logo.

The outsole “0001.” is James’ mother’s birthday.

The lining of shoe heel is embroidered with “HASSAYAMPA 106 STREET”. It’s said that it’s the address of barber shop that James usually go there for haircut.

Cushion Performance

The biggest selling points of Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is the new insole technology—LightStrike, which has been used on N3XT L3V3L. The main feedback from market is the high cushion performance.

▲Adidas N3XT L3V3L

Now Adidas Harden Vol. 4 give up the BOOST, but using LightStrike to replace it. Many people should be worried the actual performance of LightStrike.

After testing, we think that you don’t need to worry about it. The feedback of LightStrike is faster than Boost, and it’s softer than Boost. The feedback is positive.

Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is very comfortable. The feedback of forefoot is fast, the thickness of forefoot is a little thin, but it doesn’t affect the actual cushion performance.

The feedback of rear sole is also obvious. You can feel the feedback even on walking. So I’m satisfied at the cushion performance of LightStrike.

When playing basketball games, I feel that Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is really comfortable. This kind of insole is very suitable for breaking through. It’s customized for Harden.

The outsole is elastic and soft. It doesn’t use herringbone or concentric stria, but using transformative gridding. The inspiration comes from Harden’s pace. It can offer support to urgently stop.

The Adidas sneakers always have good anti-torsion performance, Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is not exception.

Good Fit

The main material of Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is mesh and leather. The shoe head is covered with leather to increase the stability and fit. Of course, it looks better.

It continues the wide elastic cord design as last generation, but changing the position above instep to make it fit better.

It’s also easy to put on for the guys who have high instep.

But Adidas Harden Vol. 4 also has the same problems as other Harden series shoes. After fastening the shoelaces, the foot are restrained.

The front 3 shoelaces’ holes are on the silver fixing plate. So after fastening the shoelaces, it’s put forward, then the instep will be restrained.

Overall, the performance of Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is great. But we suggest you to try it on physical store to feel its lacing system. After playing a few basketball games, LightStrike insole will make you impressed.

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