We have had nearly 3 weeks of sneak peaks and player spotting, finally today the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX was finally officially released. The latest from Nike is designed to deliver performance, innovation and explosive speed. I’ve read a lot about these in the past week and it is obvious that Nike are placing an emphasis in creating a boot that is tailored to players who like to chop and change direction at speed. And the aesthetics are pretty dramatic!
Here is a short breakdown of what we can expect from the new silo.
Speed Control Texture Upper
Engineered with a completely new type of Synthetic upper that is designed to be soft and provide players with a high level of grip on the ball. We have all been wondering what the dimples are all about and it is definitely the most significant part of the boot visually. Nike are calling it a Speed Control texture that is designed to enhance friction and control on the ball without minimizing soft touch. An anatomical last sculpted to the natural shape of the foot should provide a wider variety of players with a comfortable fit.
We are starting to become familiar with this one on all Nike releases. Nike’s innovative All Conditions Control (ACC) technology further aids performance and ensures a consistent touch whether playing in wet or dry weather.
What about the Soleplate?
A lightweight soleplate features two separate pieces of glass fiber, designed to for increased flexibility and responsiveness in the heat of the game. Again Nike has stuck with a 2 blade heel design, which allows for quick surface release and faster acceleration. This same configuration was used on the Nike Vapor VIII.
We have two bright and vibrant colorways to choose from right away; a Fireberry and a Sunset. Both colorways will be available for pre-order on January 18. The colorway detailed in this post is the Fireberry, with a pic of the Sunset version posted below. Let us know in the comment section below which colorways appeals to you more – we are interested to find out if Nike has got it right with the visuals, according to actual players.
Where Will They Be Available to Order?
What Nike Is Saying
In today’s highly technical and fast game, straight line speed and ability to simply pass a player is only part of the player’s skill set. Combining performance innovation and a heritage of lightweight boots for fast players, the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX takes this legacy to the next level for players who rely on tight cuts and turns combined with bursts of explosive speed to beat the opposition. Since its original launch over 10 years ago, the Mercurial has always stood out. Bold and exciting, the boot’s color and design has always ensured its players are noticed. The new Vapor IX is no different. Featured in striking Fireberry and Sunset colorways, the boot makes a bold statement on pitch.