The Nike T90 Laser’s days are running short, and it seems they have even less time than we predicted based on the increase of prototype testing on training pitches around the globe. We take a closer look at the possibilities of this new boot.
We have seen Brazilian and Santos superstar Neymar wearing the prototype before, both in a white and black color schematic, but he has now been joined by a number of other players, including Gaston Ramirez, Danny Welbeck, Mateo Kovacic, and Raul Jimenez.
Despite currently being one of the main endorsers of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX and having headlined both the first and second Nike GS limited edition releases, Neymar is seemingly being lined up as the face of this completely new silo. He will most likely be joined by a good majority of current Nike T90 wearers, particularly strikers, who will be ‘bootless’ come this summer.
Danny Welbeck is a player that in the past has switched boots a lot. In the 2012/13 season alone, he has worn a whole selection of boots including the adidas Predator LZ, the T90 Laser IV and the adidas adiZero miCoach. In recent times, Welbeck seems to have settled with the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, a boot that is largely underrepresented at United.
Now that we have spotted the Englishman in the Nike Hypervenom Phantom, we suspect yet another boot swap is on the cards, come the boot’s release. One of his teammates is also being lined up to endorse the new boot, one Wayne Rooney. While we don’t know what club he will be at next year, it might be even more odd to see him in a pair of non-T90 Laser boots than in a kit other than Manchester United’s!
Due to the recent increase in prototype testing, we might see the boot be released in conjunction with this summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil. This follows Nike’s trend of releasing one cleat or a collection of shoes prior to and alongside a summer showpiece event. This list includes the Euro 2008 ‘brown collection’, the 2010 vibrant orange/purple colorways, the Euro 2012 Clash collection, and the Nike GS with this past summer’s London Olympics.
The Hypervenom Phantom (released in June 2013) will be the boot that replaces the longstanding T90 Laser series. While details about the boot are murky, some are saying that the new silo will focus more on traction and touch than pure power like the Laser. The upper of the boot will be composed of a material called Nikeskin, seen recently in the new Nike FC247 collection, as well as ACC. The description of Nikeskin Nike offered in regards to the indoor boots may be slightly different than for the Hypervenom Phantom, but we suspect the main idea will remain the same.
The Bomba Finale II along with the Elastico Finale II are both equipped with new ‘NIKESKIN’ technology, a polyurethane skin layered over performance mesh, resulting in shoes that are lighter and thinner than their predecessors. Both have a closer, stitch-free fit, and the mesh geometry combines with a seamless vamp to aid closer ball control.
It seems that the Nike Hypervenom Phantom will take a page out of the T90 Laser’s book in the sense that there will be an extremely large instep. This should provide for a nice clean striking surface with minimal interference from laces or anything else that might get in the way.
As aforementioned, we have heard rumors that the Hypervenom will focus on ‘agile traction,’ boasting the innovative soleplate that is visible in these images for optimized traction and agility and the NikeSkin upper for supreme comfort and a reduction in weight adding speed and acceleration to the player. The soleplate appears to be a ‘figure eight’ chassis with an asymmetrical stud layout based on the close up images of Raul Jimenez.
As always with leaked images and new boots, there are bound to be skeptics calling for the Nike Hypervenom Phantom’s ‘head,’ but let us remind you that the last new silo Nike launched happened to be one CTR360 Maestri…
Credit to Andres Saldana and Federico Medrano for a couple of the fantastic spots! Images courtesy of www.soccerconfidential.com.
What do you think of the new Nike Hypervenom Phantom? Will it be able to fill the T90 Laser’s big shoes (pardon the pun)? Will you even consider purchasing the boots or will you try staying far away from this unknown quantity? Leave your thoughts below.