adidas will continue to tweak the Harden Vol. 1 for as many iterations and builds as it deems necessary. The latest swaps the full-length Boost cushioning for Bounce.
The upper has also changed — gone is the nubuck and Primeknit. Both materials have been replaced with a well-ventilated layered mesh. The toe shroud has also been removed in favor of a small leather toe cap, and a large tumbled leather shroud wraps the midfoot from the medial to the lateral sides.
The use of leather retains the Harden’s affinity for natural materials while the outsole hasn’t changed — a good thing, since it received the Starting Five mark in our performance reviews.
The Bounce cushion should provide a different feel than Boost — it’ll probably be a bit more springy, but we’ll only know for sure when/if we get them on-court.
The adidas Harden B/E is on retail shelves overseas but there is no word on when or if this new Harden build will land Stateside. If it did, would you pick it up? Let us know.