I’m attracted by the appearance of Harden Vol. 4. It looks cool. After testing, below is our marking:
Vamp Support: 7.5 scores
Feedback of Forefoot：6 scores
Cushion Performance of Rear Sole: 7 scores
Anti-torsion Performance: 9 scores
Traction Performance: 7 scores
Support: 8 scores
Overall Support: 8 scores
Overall Stability: 9 scores
Overall: 77 scores
Suited Field: clean indoor court, outdoor court
Suited Players: Light weight (below 85kg), the players like breaking through
Abrasive Resistance: Medium
Air Permeability: Medium
Cost Performance: Medium
Comfort Level: Medium
I have expected Harden Vol.4 for a long time, but I’m disappointed it after testing. But please don’t worry, it due to my personal reason, as the flatfoot is really unsuitable for Harden Vol.4.
Due to the elastic tie-down straps on the middle of vamp, it’s really hard to put on and it also press the instep in the beginning.
Although my foot is flat type, but it still presses my instep. But after breaking-in, it will be comfortable. If your foot is high instep, it’s better to have a try before purchasing.
The fit of forefoot is good, but the forefoot is a little empty. The vamp is made of chamois and mesh fabric. So the strength of vamp is not strong.
But due to the tie-down straps on the middle of vamp and plastic stiff plate on the vamp, your foot can be locked well in the shoes.
The tie-down straps design is similar to Harden Vol.3. But it’s thicker than Harden Vol.3. Its durability and fit will be better.
And the outside plastic stiff plate design is similar to Harden Vol.2. But the area is smaller. It can reduce the weight of shoes, and also keep its effectiveness. So the design of these two parts is good.
But as it’s mesh fabric vamp, it’s soft, the supporting performance is not good.
Although it doesn’t have built-in padding in the shoe heel, but the fit of shoe heel is still good.
Adidas give us Boost technology, and change to Light Strike. The first pair of shoes which use Light Strike technology is Next Level. I love it. My feeling of Next Level is, although Light Strike is not so soft as Boost, but it’s stronger.
The insole of Harden Vol. 4 doesn’t have big lightspot, but also doesn’t have big disadvantages. The starting speed is fast. And the material of rear sole is thick, we can also see the obvious deformation when stepping on it with pressure.
As the forefoot sole is not thick, the cushion is bad. The cushion performance of rear sole is enough for me, but it should be unsuitable for the guys whose weight is above 85kg.
My foot is flat type. After playing about 5 minutes, my foot is getting hurt. But my friend still feels good. So it should be unsuitable for the guys who are flat foot.
The crystal outsole is a little stiff, so the abrasive resistance is good. But the traction performance in the inner court is bad. But the traction performance is great on the outdoor court.
Overall, the performance of Harden Vol.4 is good, it doesn’t have obvious disadvantages. But it’s not perfect. As there are not many basketball shoes for defenders, so I think the actual performance is above average.