Nike Mercurial Vapor IX – Metallic Platinum

Bryan Byrne January 21, 2013 6

Vapor IX Silver

What’s With This Colorway?

You might notice something slightly different about this colorway compared to the other releases we have seen to date in the Vapor IX series. The upper on this version is a smooth Teijin upper, with no dimples. In a sense, this version has an almost Vapor VIII appearance and I am sure it is going to cause some confusion with players. From one angle, you are getting a very simple and uniform design, but look at the opposite side and you will immediately notice the striking “Nike” text in Electric Green.

Model:
Nike Mercurial Vapor IX
Colorway:
Metallic Platinum/Electric Green/Black
Release Date:
January 2013

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Surprise Release

Many fans will be surprised to see this third colorway in the Nike Vapor IX series released so soon after the initial Fireberry and Sunset. But it seems to be another extremely smart move by Nike, with these immediately getting huge praise. The design is slick and there is a certain appeal to the minimal design.

Changing the Upper

Rather than using the same dimple design seen on the initial set of Vapor IX releases, Nike has gone with a soft Teijin – as seen on the CR Mercurial Vapor IX.

Metallic Silver Vapor IX

ACC Technology

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.

Available to Buy

Even though we are unlikely to see this colorway hit pitches until sometime in late February or early March, they are now currently available to buy. I actually don’t expect to see a lot of professional players wearing these and don’t be surprised if they are limited to a select few. You can order your own pair right now from Soccer.com.

What is your impression of this latest colorway?

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6 Comments »

  1. NeymarsABiotch January 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    the best colorway release since the R10 Nike air legends in my book

    what do you think Bryan?

  2. Jon January 22, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Not fond of the bright green text on the inside of the boot, but otherwise a solid colorway. Very much an improvement over, quite frankly, some ridiculous colorways they have been releasing over the past few years, bar a few.

  3. Riley10 January 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Does anyone else think that besides the inside of the boot, nothing has changed from the VIII on this release

  4. Tabasa January 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    No toe reinforcement?

  5. Nico January 26, 2013 at 8:41 am - Reply

    no dimples? those are the only thing i noticed that has changed.

  6. Luc January 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Wait, so with this colorway, is there anything different between this boot and the vapor VIII's? Very confusing

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