We are in the heart of fall at the moment, and with winter coming around the corner, Nike are now releasing the boots we are going to see dotting the pitches for the rest of 2012. The ‘Black Pack’ could be considered as unsuccessful by Nike, but we think that they could be pushing the right buttons with their new Retro/Total Orange/Challenge Red Mercurial Vapor VIII.
We have already seen a lot of stars who are accepting their delivery of the new boot, and in comparison to the number of stars in the seaweed colour way, it looks like we are going to be seeing flashes of retro in every professional European game! In an interesting move by Nike, they have made a return to the suede upper from the original bright mango release colour way, a confident move from the American company.
The low-profile, thin structure, synthetic leather Teijin Microfiber upper has a suede-like finish and is super-soft and features no Flywire technology. The toe-box reinforcer has a sleeker, closer feel aiding control and touch. Nike’s new Anatomic Last takes the fit of the boot to a new level of support and stability. This effect is enhanced by a more minimalist and softer heel counter, maximizing both comfort and fit.
The Mercurial range has focused on traction in recent times but Nike have left off the Sense Stud for the Vapor VIII. Instead Nike have given the boot direct inject TPU twin studs at the back of the boot which allow for a quick release from the turf and the asymmetric design of the stud configuration delivers an explosive start. Sharper blades have been introduced to the Nike Vapor VIII allowing for game changing acceleration.
Lightweight perforated sockliner with textile top clothe mirrors the natural foot shape and creates low-profile cushioning for extreme comfort. The full-length Tepex glass fibre soleplate is designed to offer the perfect level of lightweight structure and stability. Another big drawcard of the new Vapor VIII is the inclusion of All Conditions Control (ACC) technology. We first saw ACC on the CTR360 III, and it is an upper material and surface texture (more or less a layer of texture) that provides the wearer the same level of control in wet or dry conditions.
The boots go on pre-sale on the 27th of September, with a full retail launch for the 1st of October. What do you think of the new Vapor VIII? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.