After some severe durability issues arose with the launch colorways of the Mango and Sail releases of the Vapor VIII, Nike went back to the drawing board and decided to change up the upper on their future releases of the Vapor VIII. With the “peach-fuzz” that everyone talked about getting rave reviews, was Nike able to create an upper that everyone would still love but while preventing the masses from being scared to drop the cash on the VIII.
The verdict: Nike have fixed any and all issues with the upper’s durability. As stated earlier, I did everything but run over this boot with a car. I even was going to wear them while going whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee to further test them…but the raft guide would not let me. If your major worry from getting the new Vapor was that you were worried about it lasting for longer than a season, then you should have no worries now. Now, whether this has altered some of the soleplate durability issues that some encountered, I never had issues with the studs on the first model and I have not had any issues with the current one either.
Make sure you check out the Inside Look articles on the current Adidas silos- the adiPure 11Pro, the F50 AdiZero, and the Predator Lethal Zones. Also take a look at all the current Nike silos- Tiempo, T90, CTR360, and Mercurial.