I have recently received a delivery of Nike Mercurial Vapor VIIIs in the new Seaweed/Volt colourway. Following on from the post by Andrew about how Nike have fixed the durability problems with the new colour release, I have decided to create a post urging every single one of you out there not to buy any models before the Seaweed/Volt colourway.
Taking them out of the box, straight away you can feel the difference. The pair I received from Nike to test were made in Bosnia, whereas the Seaweed/Volt pair are made in Italy. They feel like VERY solid boots. I never thought I’d say that about the Vapors, but as Andrew attests to in his post, these feel durable which is something not many boots are able to boast.
But while the durability is all well and good, it is the fit and quality of the upper that is far superior this time. I complained about the longer fit in my review of the Clash Vapor VIIIs, but this has been completely fixed now. The boots feel tight and hug your feet wonderfully well. There is no longer that longer fit in the toe area, which is just fantastic. Dribbling the ball feels far, far better in these now and I’m intrigued to know how Nike have brought this change about.
Interestingly, there hasn’t been an official statement from Nike claiming these changes, but in my eyes they are fantastic improvements. However, they do have some drawbacks.. The Seaweed/Volt Vapors are now EVEN narrower than before, pretty much ruling out any wide footed players. It’s also worth bearing in mind that these are most definitely NOT black boots, and even appear pretty bright green in certain lights.
Although, if you are in the market for some Vapor VIIIs, do not look for any boots other than the Seaweed/Volt ones. They are so much higher quality than past Vapor VIIIs, and, in my opinion, are the best boots on the market. I don’t say that lightly. In my full Vapor VIII review, I highlighted the fact that really, the only real drawbacks to the release were the elongated toe and poor durability and the fact that Nike have fixed these problems pretty much makes them an essential purchase.