It is that time of year, with European leagues underway and the excitement of Winter football just on the horizon. Being that most US eyes are focused on the EPL, you will be well aware that rain and dark days are not too far off. For that reason, Nike has pieced together a new collection of colorways to help players adapt to their conditions – the Hi-Vis Winter Collection.
The Nike Hypervenom, Mercurial IX, CTR360 and Tiempo IV are all set to stand out as they feature bright and contrasting color combinations of Electro Purple, Volt, Green Glow and Electric Green.
The science of color and visual cues has long been of high important to Nike and it is again extremely evident in this range. Phil McCartney, Vice President of Nike Football Footwear, had the following quote on the subject.
When creating this Hi-Vis Collection we looked at our work in South Africa during the summer of 2010. The Metallic Purple and Total Orange color combination we used on-pitch really stood out both on the field for players and for the crowds in the stadium and at home.
Here is a breakdown on each of the boots and whats on offer, or you can head over and check out the entire Hi-Vis collection currently on offer.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom – Electro Purple/Volt/Black
Available for $225 at Soccer.com.
Since their release, Nike has focused on the Agility benefits provided by the Hypervenom range. They have been constructed using a lightweight, mesh upper and they feature a split to design in the soleplate to ensure players who need swift movement have an advantage in their boot choice. As currently worn by Neymar and Wayne Rooney.
Check out our Nike Hypervenom Review.
Nike Mercurial Vapor IX – Electro Purple/Volt
Available for $225 at Soccer.com
Designed for players who want explosive speed, the Vapor IX has quickly become the top choice for attacking players around the world. On the latest version, Nike has applied a dimple design on the teijen microfiber upper to provide an extra element of touch on the ball. You can find the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard sporting this current release.
Check out our Nike Vapor IX Review.
Nike CTR360 Maestri III – Volt/Black/Green Glow
Available for $200 at Soccer.com.
When it comes to boots defined for a specific type of player, the CTR360 Maestri was the very first. We have become accustomed to the playmaker boot being a top option for crafty, creative attacking mids that strive to open up a game with killer passes and great control. As worn by players such as Andres Iniesta and Landon Donovan.
Check out our Nike CTR360 Maestri III review.
Nike Tiempo Legend IV – Volt/Black/Green Glow
Available for $160 at Soccer.com.
Even though we are long overdue a new Tiempo Legend release (watch this space), it doesn’t mean another rendition of the glorious heritage boot will not be greatfully accepted. It is refreshing to see a sparkly, new luminous polish places on the usually more traditional boot. Andres Pirlo and Javier Hernandez and two players that wear the range – although I’d be surprised if Pirlo decides to wear this specific color!
Check out our Nike Tiempo IV review.