THE OFFICIAL ADIDAS THREAD OF JAMES HARDEN

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  1. peteweezy

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    Maybe I typed it to confusing but must of the first part of the post was about people I actually know and their experience with the Hardens. I wasn't saying nobody had any complaints at all about them outside of my small circle of people I know from balling. I'll give the LS a try esp on Hardens since performance wise I mess with this like heavy. Just hope it isn't a downgrade from how boost feels because I love playing in the Hardens esp when you get them super sale prices because enough people aren't up on how awesome these are for ball.
     
  2. si3n4

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    I’ve really liked the Harden line and am very with happy with the performance of the V3s. I’ve played in 5 colorways and they are consistently great for me. I really like the boost setup. I’m fine trying out lightning foam if it’s as good or better. I just want some very good basketball shoes to play and will be disappointed if the V4s don’t deliver. I am sure I can find another good shoe from adidas or another brand (Protro 4s?) if the V4s are subpar. Life moves on...
     
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  3. ByleBuzma

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    Not even a little bit. It's one of the rare shoes that has the perfect fit and almost 0 break in time fresh out the box.


    I think the full potential of boost has been fully realized in hoops shoes. Adidas has caged it in different spots laterally and medially, firmed it up in some models, thinned it out in other models, increased volume and they've segmented it. I'm sure there are other things you can do from a marketing standpoint to make it seem like there's more to what Boost can do/ how it can perform but I doubt you're not going to get a better performing hoop shoe than either the D Rose 7, Crazy Explosive '16 or '17 or Harden 2 or 3. Marketing tactics will make even some of the most astute consumers think that they're getting something new, when the truth is that it's simply been repackaged.

    Like someone else kind of touched on- Zoom, Air Max and other cushions have gone through similar permutations, yet here we are in 2019 talking about how the Kobe Protro 1's ($200) were one of the top performers of the year when the Jordan 12 with very similar tech released in 1997 at $135.

    The joke is most definitely on us.

    Same.

    The only complaint I've heard is that the color ways are trash.

    Can't please everybody.

    And keep in mind that there's a lot of Thabo Sefalosha's out there that can't play in anything but Air Max 90's... so there's that too.
     
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  4. jrdatrackstar23

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    I’m one of those lucky ones. I’ve always had to go through different pairs of Boost basketball kicks because of inconsistency; that, or the Boost firms up too quick in the forefoot to the point to where it is painful to play in (Rose 6).

    With the Vol 2, even amongst the 2 pairs that I have kept the Boost feels different. In my Pioneers the Boost is firm and thick with slight give (which is really how I like it for pushing off of and gives you extra spring). My stepback blues felt a lot softer from the start, to the point where I thought something was wrong with my Ignite maroon pair and sent them back to Hibbet (glad I did because I was able to get the Pioneer colorway). Having broken the blue pair in and packed the Boost down a bit, it’s not as soft as when I first got them but they still have a different feel than the Ignites ever did after I broke those in after a couple of weeks.
     
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  5. kg21

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    Shortening Lightstrike to LS is really throwing me off making me think yall are referring to these:
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  6. jerseysauce

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    Yea I thought there were quite a few like you who had mentioned the inconsistency and the frustration associated with it. I’ve heard people really rave/love the model as well. I know it’s personal preference but it’s just strange when a cushioning system can have so many variables from one colorway to the next.

    JS”
     
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  7. kg21

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    I don't really notice the boost all that much when I'm playing, which is a good thing to me. If I'm noticing it, that tells me there's something wrong/off. Or if the next day my legs/heels are hurting. Haven't had any pain with the V3s and I'm in my early 30s so no spring chicken with immediate recovery like in my 20s lol. I'm also a thin dude, 6'0, 165, so I don't need that much impact protection compared to people bigger than me.
     
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  8. jrdatrackstar23

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    We're kind of close in stats lol, I'm 32 averaging around 185-190, 5'11". Ever since playing in the Vol 2 I don't have pain the next day like I use to. In my BrandBlack shoes I would wake up sore and it would be hard to walk because of my achilles (and I thought those had good cushioning from the feel of them). With the Vol 2 I love Boost because I don't wake up sore the next day and I haven't had my achilles flare ups. I guess it's more of a mental thing when you're used to cushioning like Zoom or foams feeling "alive" and responding, so when you play in them you think there is something "wrong" because they appear like they would be bouncy and soft from the look and even feel of them.
     
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  9. Naruto

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    I like the shoe but they advertise "energy return" which I'm still skeptical about. Anyways they kept my body safe while playing on a sprained mcl so I can't really complain. The translucent outsole get better for you guys on dusty courts after more wears or is it the same? I was slipping when running suicides on one of the nastiest community floors
     
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  10. kg21

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    adidas has been using "energy return" to market/describe Boost for years I don't even read adidas product descriptions anymore, half the time they're incorrect.
     
  11. bballkid11

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    What’s he wearing tonight
     
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    Those are sweet.
     
  14. kobe824

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    Honestly it's the truth, Boost have saved my legs these past 2 years at the start of wearing Boost ball shoes, it's like night and day compared to Nike ball shoes.
     
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  15. jrdatrackstar23

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    Couldn’t agree more, despite their on court feeling or response.
     
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  16. jaynev

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    Eh night and day don’t agree with. My KD10 full zoom I get the same type of leg anti fatigue feeling y’all are talking about with the harden 1 or CE16.
     
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  17. jrdatrackstar23

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    To be fair I haven’t played in Zoom for a while now so I’ll have to try my 2k4s again the next time I play. I just know, for me, the next-day soreness stopped immediately after playing in the Harden Vol 2 ( only Harden I’ve tried). Having played in foams for the past 2 years now, Boost is the only one I can play in and not feel sore after...
     
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  18. jaynev

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    I think there’s an element of getting used to hardwood floors again too, if any of you like me took years off from playing full court basketball. Had to get my body reacclimated to that pounding and short twitch movement. Boost makes that transition easier. Or if you play on a crap court, rubber, tiles, etc.

    I swore by CE16 for a while, then harden 1, now kd10, but still find it fun to mix in a kobe11 or PG1 or jordan28low every now and then.
     
  19. jrdatrackstar23

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    True, good point. I play on a carpet court (very hard and lots of shock and impact) and also a regular hardwood court. The carpet court is basically like playing outside and also chews through traction like outdoors (another win for the Vol 2 because of the hard rubber).
     
  20. duke40

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    2K4 is NOT a good representation of Zoom.
     
  21. jrdatrackstar23

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    Yea true, the last good Zoom shoes I played in was probably the 20-5-5? I think that would be the only comparable ones to Boost since they have full length Zoom that is thick. Other than that I don’t think any other Zoom setup would compare to the Vol 2 (at least that I have), maybe the Why Not 0.1?
     
  22. duke40

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    Kd9, Lebron 15, kd11 would all be close but they are nowhere near as “soft” when stepping down. Maybe the Lebron 15. The hyperdunk x is actually a really good Zoom feel.
     
  23. jrdatrackstar23

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    By “soft” are you referring to the feeling of Boost?
     
  24. the red model

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    I think the boost in their bball shoes is just to densely packed for my preference. I'm going to try the Vol 3 again but change out the insole.
    I would really like some hoka midsole basketball shoes to drop lol.
     
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  25. duke40

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    Yeah, that initial step in soft comfort feel.
     
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