Teased by Nike earlier in the year at their Innovation event, the Mercurial Superfly V was flaunted by the American brand before being officially released in May 2016. The latest Superfly now poses in its fifth generation of constriction and has been made lighter and more responsive through a thinner sole plate and added Speed Rib’s upper respectively.
In my opinion the Mercurial Superfly is, and has been for a number of years, the finest speed-themed silo on the market so Nike’s latest creation of the model was something that I was really looking forward to – especially testing the new split-toe Nylon sole plate and Speed Ribs upper.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of how the cleats looked online before actually receiving them and that was the case when taking them out of the box. The Superfly V can without doubt look sweet, as seen through Nike’s Innovation examples of red, white, and blue variations, however the released Total Crimson pair were ruined through the half and half effect created against Pink Blast. Not for me.
A factor that the Superfly range in general may be lacking is the overall comfort compared to other models such as the Tiempo Legend or Magista Obra due to the very thin upper and lack of plush padding, however compared to its previous generation the Superfly V does offer slightly more cushioning from the Speed Rib’s upper and also I didn’t experience the notorious heel blister which many users of previous models complained of.
The biggest difference that I noticed from the Superfly IV to the V was the fit. The newer model remains much narrower fitting in the toe-box from the mid-foot whereas the previous Superfly offered more room in the striking area of the cleat. The overall fit is definitely snug and tight so wide footed players will really struggle with this model however could try out the low-cut Mercurial Vapor XI.
Unlike the previous Superfly IV fitting half a size short, the newest Superfly is much truer so I’d recommend going for your usual size. I went for my standard US11.5 which offered an optimal fit throughout, however players preferring slight space could always opt for half a size up.
As previously mentioned, the upper does have some nice cushioning so straight out of the box the cleats were soft to touch both in hand and on feet. Whilst the upper was pretty much ready to go from the first use, the Nylon sole plate although not carbon fibre still remains fairly stiff for added responsiveness so it took a few hours to become more user friendly.
So although how the cleats looked and felt were big factors within the review, undoubtedly the most important criteria of the testing process was the performance outcomes and without a doubt the new Superfly V provided a serious platform for performance. The Speed Rib upper offers notable grip on the ball when dribbling and shooting through the increased friction which was a great addition from Nike, something that has taken the latest model to higher levels than before. Probably the biggest performance effect came from the new stud configuration which features highly aggressive chevron shaped bladed tips which really optimise acceleration and braking, alongside significant overall traction.
Nike have noticeably reduced the weight of the Superfly which hit the scales at just 6.5oz which is a big drop from the previous model however the newer cleats still feel premium and durable. Alongside the comfort being somewhat questionable, the protection is again slightly lacking, especially at the Flyknit Dynamic Fit collar flowing into the lacing system which presents a weak spot for impacts.
Posted on May 23, 2016