Sunday , April 21 2024

Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Goes “Fast Forward ’98”

Neo Lime Nike Vapor IX

Check out this vibrant new edition of the Nike Vapor IX that has been released as part of the Spring 2014 collection and a special “Fast Forward” series. Officially listed as a Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Polarized Blue, this release is about as distinct as I’ve seen in a while, the combo of colors is very unusual and definitely stands out. Yes, this is a colorway that has a perfect blend to light up soccer pitches through Winter and into Spring.

Neo Lime on the forefoot gently blends into a Polarized Blue toward the heel, with a Sunburst Red color used to detail the upper. The swoosh looks very sharp while there is an extremely unusual edition on the outer heel. Nike has added 98M, their way of paying homage to the year the first Mercurial Vapor was released. It seems like they want people to remember that their release of the original Vapor was cutting edge and paved the way for other companies to take on the lightweight, speed market! There is more to come from the Fast Forward series and we are excited to see its progression.

This e”Fast Forward” of the Vapor IX can be found on

Nike Mercurial Vapor in Neo Lime

Nike Vapor IX – Tested

Nike has taken a new approach to the Vapor range by redesigning the upper and materials used. A speed-controlled, dimple textured upper offers a pretty unique visual effect and tidy touch on the ball. Take some time and make sure to check out our full Nike Vapor IX review.

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.

Find all boots featuring the Neo Lime/Polarized Blue colorway HERE.

I’m really interested to hear what readers think of this colorway – hit or miss? Let me know in the comments!

Nike Vapor IX 98M

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  1. I really like this colorway. It manages to be bright without being garish (which I thought was a bit of a problem with the High Vis collection), and the Neo Lime and Polarized Blue seem to blend in well.

    One thing I would warn though is that based on my experience with the fresh mint/black/neo lime CTR, those boots will probably seem a bit brighter in real life than they do on the computer. That isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on your view, but the worth noting.

  2. Finally got my pair for Christmas in Neptune Blue. This colorway is alright. Love the green but not a fan of the orange. I think they could have gone another direction with that. for pics of the new Neptunes

  3. como faço para comprar?

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