There is a new silo in town, the Nike Phantom GX, and this one features an electric colorway and new upper technology.
The Phantom GX, the newest boot in the Phantom franchise, features Nike’s newest Gripknit innovation, which serves the future of athletes and sport. The upper is made with new Nike Gripknit yarn, which is soft and pliable but has a grippy sensation that players love. It also offers unique weatherization benefits: The way the Gripknit yarn is melted and coated, it protects the knit from getting wet without having to add extra coating materials (skins) for weatherization, allowing the player to have a better boot-to-ball connection. Underfoot, the Phantom GX agility plate is our most versatile plate to date, providing the greatest variety of stud shapes and the most studs of any plate in the Nike Footballs lineup.
Inspired by a fingerprint, the Gripknit upper package is grippy and flexible but also has a tackiness for sharp ball control. To create the optimal level of performance, balancing grippiness and clean ball contact, the team combined Nike Gripknit with high-tenacity yarns to achieve an optimal ratio for footballers in key boot-to-ball contact areas, giving athletes the ability to be more precise in their game.
The Gripknit yarns also form the cornerstone to explore new systems of fit. The asymmetric collar and heel design was constructed to help reduce irritation and help footballers break in their boots more easily by bringing the seam on the heel of the boot away from the Achilles. The Phantom GX is the first elite Nike boot at retail to feature a heel counter that is usually reserved for our sponsored Nike athletes. This counter has a recess in the heel to improve comfort in the boot’s lockdown without compromising the stability and structure that footballers need.
The Dynamic Fit model reintroduces Nike’s Ghost Lace covered lacing system, originally unveiled in the Nike Phantom Vision 1 and 2 models. When paired with Nike Gripknit, it offers a thin, connected upper with a clean striking surface.
Underfoot, the new versatile stud pattern provides athletes with increased traction and responsiveness when making quick cuts. The agility plate consists of 13 studs, five of them being Tri-star studs, creating the highest stud variation of any boot in the Nike lineup. This new bold agility plate optimizes multidirectional movement on the pitch, allowing athletes to quickly separate from their opponents during game play.
Pairs will be available 12/15 at SOCCER.com.