There is very little difference between the Adidas HVC 2 and its predecessor. Both models are equipped with a very thin rubber unisole that provides full mat contact. Breathability is not an issue because of the soft mesh top. Meanwhile, synthetic and suede overlays are present on top to provide the needed structure and foothold.
The difference between the HVC and the HVC 2 is the ankle strap. The one used for the HVC 2 has an elastic middle portion, allowing it to properly secure the laces and provide a comfortable ankle hold.
The HVC 2 bears a striking resemblance with the Adidas Combat Speed 5. They both have a single Velcro strap at the top for ankle support and lace tucking. Both models also use mesh for the top. However, Combat Speed 5 uses a split sole outsole that helps with flexibility and traction.
Traction. The underside of the HVC 2 from Adidas employs a full-length gum rubber. This compound is designed to be grippy on indoor surfaces. Three pivot points are found on the outsole. They help the wearer smoothly maneuver without injuring their knees. The rest of the tread pattern is laid out to deliver multi-directional traction.
Durability. Gum rubber is soft; thus, it is not advisable to use the trainer outside. Using it on abrasive surfaces could shorten the lifespan of this pair of wrestling shoes.
Cushioning. The outsole also serves as the midsole in this model. The softness reduces the impact of each step. Because of its thinness, it is also flexible and allows better proprioception of the foot.
Breathability. The upper of the Adidas HVC 2 is crafted from a single layer of mesh. This fabric is breathable and ensures that the foot chamber is aerated.
Protection. Suede overlays are found in various areas of the top to retain the structure of the mesh and protect the underlying fabric from tearing. The suede element also helps the wearer slide smoothly across the mat’s surface to perform quick takedowns or escapes. The tongue on this model is visibly taller than the previous iteration. This slight change in construction adds more shin coverage.
Lockdown. A traditional lacing system can be utilized to customize the midfoot fit and secure the foot down. Up top, there’s a single elastic strap that amplifies the ankle support. The strap also helps tuck the laces, so they don’t get in the way.