Released as part of a special celebratory head-to-head competition that took place on March 1st to crown the world’s best goalscorer, the Nike Hypervenom Phantom “Strike Night” was introduced on a pretty big stage. The release images, however, definitely didn’t do justice to how good these boots actually look!
In person, these boots are pretty spectacular and definitely rank among my favorite for a while. The key feature is the Silver Foil Swoosh that Nike use across a signature stealth black upper, giving the boots a flash reflective look under the right light. It stands out whether you are playing in natural daylight or under night lights. In order to finish off the look, Nike use Total Crimson in key areas including the Flywire lacelets and soleplate for added detailing.
Find the special edition Hypervenom Strike Night at soccer.com.
When it comes to performance, everything is the same as the original release version, you can read our review here. In summary, they are one of the best boot releases of recent times. Nike’s decision to use Flyknit elevates the Hypervenom silo to another level. You can easily mold and fold the material under your fingers, and it is essentially broken in before you even get to touch them!
In terms of “DF”, or the Dynamic Fit collar, each new release/modification made by Nike seems to be taking the technology in the right direction. On this version, the new angled cut stays tighter toward the top, while allowing for additional stretch as your ankle pivots. I enjoyed the feel and didn’t necessarily want out of the boots because of the cut. There was also no pressure on the Achilles, something I had noticed with previous models.
Another thing you will notice is a lot of definition through the upper, as Nike’s look to create the perfect boot for Lethal Finishers. What they have done is lined the strike zone with PORON foam pods, which harden on impact to create a firmer and more responsive shot. Each of the PORON foam pods have been strategically positioned, keeping them out of areas where you are taking lighter touches on the ball. As a result, you do get a very natural feel as you move with the ball at your feet, or take control of a short pass. But when you strike shots, the PORON foam pods act beautifully and reduce the amount of impact you feel while adding a little extra rebound.
If you missed the Strike Night event, FC Porto’s André Silva was crowned the most lethal striker, winning the main battle vs Marcus Rashford.
As well as the Hypervenom Phantom DF, you can also find Strike Night versions of the Phantom, Phatal, ProximoX as well as an entire line-up of Junior options. All available at soccer.com.