adidas Harden Vol. 3 Performance Review

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adidas Harden Vol. 3 Performance Review

The Harden Vol. 3 is the third installment of James Harden’s signature line with adidas. They’re designed with extra lockdown to for added stability and control with every move.

The adidas Harden Vol. 2 was a relatively solid performer, and the only thing that held it back was the inconsistent traction. Did the Harden Vol. 3’s improve on what was necessary or is it more of the same ride?


The traction on the Harden 3’s are top notch. As always, herringbone comes through whenever you need it to. Out of the box, these shoes gripped the floor really well. I personally felt secure with any move I tried to make on the court. You can really feel the traction working its magic every time.

However, I would to say that you should be mindful of dusty courts because it might affect how sticky the shoes are. I personally didn’t feel the need to wipe excessively, but I also exclusively play indoors so it’s better to be careful.

If you plan to play in these outdoors regular, expect a lot of wear and tear. The rubber material used on the sole is really soft and they won’t last long if you beat them up on cement courts.


Full length boost makes up the midsole of the Harden Vol. 3’s, and as expected, it feels amazing on feet. The way the Boost cushioning is implemented is simply perfect, in my opinion. It’s a perfect balance impact protection and responsiveness without sacrificing court feel.

This is personally an ideal set-up. I loved the way Boost felt on my feet; not too plush but not too firm. The comfort was at an ideal level because I still felt fast while making moves on the court.


The Harden Vol. 3 comes with a variety of uppers. This pair that I got to test features a leather upper, and I don’t have any complaints about it whatsoever.

If I could nitpick one aspect of the upper that may be an issue down the line is the fact that it may chip due to in time because of wear-and-tear and aging; something that rarely happens on knitted uppers.

Fit and Support

As for the fit, I went down half a size. Adidas sneakers have always been that way for me; they’re almost always a bit big. But everyone’s feet are never the same, you know? So what I suggest is that you visit the store and try the shoe on yourself.

In terms of support, the Harden Vol. 3’s got a flat base to keep you stable; torsion spring plate to keep your heel-to-toe transitions smooth, and a heel counter that hugs your Achilles just right. You’ll feel all of these parts working together to provide solid playing experience.

Overall Performance

Overall, the Harden Vol. 3’s are amazing on-court performers. It’s got balanced cushioning, ample support, and premium materials.

Because it IS a Harden signature, the price is relatively premium as well. At P 7,500 it may be a bit hefty sum, but when you think about its on-court performance, the Harden Volume 3’s ares definitely a great investment.

What do you think of the Harden Vol. 3’s? Have you gotten a pair and have you played in them? Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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