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Up Close - Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Elite - Soccer Cleats 101
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Monday , June 17 2024

Up Close – Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Elite

Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Elite

If there is a boot on the market that you should definitely consider picking up a pair of right now, it has got to be the Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Elite. And here are a few key reasons why.

First, they are set to be “retired” as Nike close in on a new generation of Phantom, sent for release in early 2019.

Second, they are the type of boot that provide clinical performance in all situations. From their generous size, comfortable fit and enhanced soleplate traction system, they have a lot to provide players across multiple positions on the pitch. 

And third, they are designed to provide a Deadly Strike. These are one of the best power boots currently on the market, intended to give players every advantage when it comes to playing long balls across the pitch or finishing chances at the most important moments. 

Check the entire available line-up at

Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Upper (a)

It is no secret that Nike has defined these as being an attacking, goalscorer type boot. They are designed to increase shot velocity and enable dynamic changes. And when you have the likes of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Gonzalo Higuain, Raheem Sterling and Alexandre Lacazette as key players, it all begins to make sense. Here are the rest of the important details you need to know about them!

All of that definition through the upper gives you something different to pretty much everything else currently on the market. Each pod is slightly elevated, providing a dampening effect when trapping the ball and a little extra rebound when powering shots. Depending on the positioning, each pod has a slightly different level of densuty. Along the strikezone, the pods are slightly more defined and rigid, creating a slightly harder surface for the ball to rebound from. While the instep is a lot softer, ensuring the ball has somewhere to cushion for added control. What makes it all so effective is the balance between both.

Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Upper (b)
Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Upper (c)

The other thing I really enjoy about these is the standard ankle cut and shape, as opposed to a mid cut collar. Again, this one is more personal preference that might go against what you look for in a boot. I simply prefer a more free and dynamic feel as I look to make quick cuts and change of direction on pitch. The design is closed in, so there is no tongue on the boot. When you consider the fact this enhances the fit around the ankle of what is a pretty generous medium/wide fitting boot, there is an additional hidden bonus. You get that controlled, formed to your feet feel with a little extra room up around the toes to give you freedom and the ability to play without unnecessary footwear distraction. 

That leads us to tech talk, more details about what you need to know listed below.

Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Heel Design
Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Collar and Fit
Nike Hypervenom Phantom III NikeGrip Insole


Innovative Flyknit wraps your foot fully, combining areas of high breathability, stretch and support for the ultimate second-skin fit.


Ultralight, super-strong cables wrap the midfoot and integrate with the laces to provide stability during side-to-side movements.


Engineered texture in the strike zone helps optimize shot velocity.


  • Tongueless design helps reduce distractions.
  • Asymmetrical lacing system expands the ball control area and strike zone.
  • Contoured sockliner wraps and cushions your foot.
  • Interior heel counter cups your foot for secure lock-down.
  • Weigh in at 6.4oz.

Again, find the entire available Hypervenom Phantom III line-up at

Nike Hypervenom Phantom III In Hand
Nike Hypervenom Phantom III Soleplate

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