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.
Nike Mercurial Vapor IX
Metallic Platinum/Electric Green/Black
January 2013 Buy This Colorway Today >>
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.
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.