Adidas and Houston Rocket swingman James Harden unveiled the adidas Harden Vol. 1 today. Here are some quick hits from the unveiling.
– The initial colorway will be the “Pioneer”, a classic black, white, and red. The colorway represents the high school Harden played for (Artesia Pioneers) and has the date (3/24/17) of his High School Championship game on the left sockliner and his stats for the game on the right sockliner. (22, 8, 3, and 2). It is set to release on December 3rd for $140.
-Other personal Harden details include his logo on the tongue, his signature near the medial side of the toe box, and finally his grandmother and mother’s birthdates on the heels.
-the most polarizing part of its design is definitely the toe cap/shroud. It was designed to protect Harden’s feet as they get stepped on frequently when he’s driving to the basket in his unique herky-jerky style. The premium leather toe cap/shroud also allows unrestricted range of motion in the toe box much like the Air Jordan 2010.
-The upper is a mix of knit and mesh according to adidas, at least for this initial colorway. There will be primeknit versions of the Harden Vol. 1 as well with you guessed it, a $20 price hike. I can’t tell for certain, but it appears the “Cargo” colorway (pictured below) and the “Mila Monster” colorway is made up of primeknit. The Cargo colorway for sure has a unique premium suede toe cap, which is different from the regular leather toe caps featured on the other colorways.
-The cushion is full length boost. We shall see whether it’s a firmer setup like the Crazylight Boost 2016 (I’m guessing it will since Harden wore that model during the preseason) or it will be softer and bouncier like the Crazy Explosive.
-The traction was designed to provide optimal performance during sharp movements and cuts which Harden is known for. Adidas used specific software to analyze his Harden’s footwork and foot pressure points.
-A Harden line of apparel will also be available with emphasis on performance without sacrificing style.
Images via adidas/Weartesters