Nike, with the help of Cristiano Ronaldo, unveiled what is one of the most advanced soccer cleats ever created – the Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II. This latest version of the Superfly has a never before seen adaptive traction system, a re-engineered upper and it comes in a vibrant ultra-violet color.
If you look at the images before, you will notice that the blades look extremely different. This is where the Nike SENSE adaptive traction technology comes in. Designers worked with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrohimovich to create an adaptive stud that has the ability to swivel up to 3mm to improve traction and enhance explosive acceleration.
“For me, it’s all about first-step acceleration, but twisting and turning around a defender is also important,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “The Mercurial Vapor Superfly II helps me do both, so I can beat my opponent and create scoring opportunities.”
And this is exactly where Nike have focused their attention, creating a cleat with directionally positioned blades that maximize cutting and allow for quick changes of direction, while secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for those first critical steps. The result is a boot that is designed to enables greater speed in all directions! And it will again be super light since Nike again incorporate FlyWire technology.
I am not surprised that Nike have dropped this release right now. To be honest, this was a pretty unexpected release and came rather quickly probably because Nike know that Adidas are on the verge of releasing their version of a lightweight cleat, the Adidas Adizero, which is rumored to be lighter than the Superfly. Tactical warfare? It seems like Nike are ensuring their control of the market by pushing their release before Adidas have a chance to ! Expect to see the Vapor Superfly II released in April, more info to follow.