Soccer Reviews now has now posted about the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII official release, so view the linked article for more details.
After years of dominating the speed boot market, the Nike Mercurial has now fallen miles behind Adidas (and perhaps even Puma) in the race to have the ‘world’s fastest boots’. While the Superfly III was a liability, Nike hope that the newest addition to the Mercurial family will get them back to the top of the market. Introducing the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII.
It’s pretty evident that a lot has changed with the new Mercurial, so let’s just skimp over the basics. We believe that Nike have plans to dump the Superfly and they will go back to just having the Vapors as the flagship boot. While we don’t 100% trust our source, our insider claims to have the inside information on the boot range.
The evolution of the next Mercurial model is huge when compared to the difference between the Superfly II and Superfly III. Nike haven’t given the boot a paint job and claimed it will make your team mates see you on the pitch. They’ve overhauled the whole boot in an effort to show Adidas that the Nike brand is far from dead.
Nike have changed the whole stud configuration of the boot. With only two studs on the heel of the boot, Nike have virtually returned to the popular Superfly I stud configuration, which is still used by Drogba and Benayoun on their customised Superfly IIIs. This will, of course, all be in an effort to aid acceleration and speed.
The other major change for the new Vapor VIII is a newly re-designed upper. This piece of information is exclusive to Soccer Reviews, and our source is our very own James Batchelor. James saw a kid testing out a pair of Vapor VIIIs while he was playing at a summer football tournament. When James picked up the boot, he claims that the upper was very different to the one on the current Superfly. It was thinner and felt nothing like any other upper he’d felt before.
We’re only working on estimates and rumours, but it’s fair to say that the Mercurial is making a comeback. We believe the new Mercurial is going to weigh in around 180 grams. While this is far from the lightest boot on the market, I’d rather have a boot that weighs 40 grams more than the AdiZero if it offers better protection and durability. And how many of us believe 40 grams is going to make us quicker?
The two colourways above are the two launch colourways for the boot. While the Orange/Black colourway looks like it would stand out on the pitch, I think the White/Blue colourway looks absolutely spectacular and I have to get that colourway myself! The sharp readers might also notice the blue and yellow strip on the heel of the orange boot. We believe this will work to allow your team mates to see you easier on the pitch, much like the purpose of the bright Superfly III colourways. We also expect the boots to be released around April or May, just in time for Euro 2012.
We’re going to keep searching for more pics and specs for you guys. But until then, what do you think about the new Mercurials?