It is a simple question that is definitely worth delving into before we complete the full review; how does the Nike PhantomVSN 2 fit?
First off, the PhantomVSN series is built with comfort high on the agenda, Nike has looked to build them from the inside-out. On this second generation release, they reduced the height of the dynamic fit collar for easier foot entry, addressing a key issue with the original. It still takes a little bit of work to slip your foot in, but the process is all easier while still creating a lockdown fit.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken the opportunities to wear the all-new “Future Lab” PhantomVSN 2 in both games and training sessions. Initially, they definitely had a tight, rigid feel and fit that made me slightly nervous. They felt more snug on foot than I would have wanted, which meant I jumped out of them and into a back-up pair the first few times. After some additional break-in time, everything began to change and the overall fit of the boot began to feel a lot more natural. And then last Thursday night, during a game, I encountered that ah-ha moment when they became “as one” with my foot, creating an incredibly perfect fit. So much so that they have now jumped above a lot of other quality fitting boots to become a future go to option.
I would compare them as offering a true to size fit, with medium/wide width through the forefoot. When I refer to the snug fit starting out, it isn’t as narrow as a Mercurial silo, so overall I wouldn’t compare them as being a good option for narrow fitting players. Once you slip your foot in – which again is a challenge starting out – the initial fit is more medium than wide, but with a little work and a little stretch, they start to cater more efficiently to a sub-wide fit. Compared to the previous model they have a very simialr shape and mold, only this second generation provides a little more give over time.
The goal is to finalize a complete review of the PhantomVSN 2 in the next few days. For now, know that they come highly recommended and are a definitely upgrade on the original version. If you have anything you need to know about them right now, let me know in the comments below.
For now, you can find pairs available at soccer.com.