In preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Nike released a whole new lineup of cleats for the tournament featuring either new or updated models such as the Obra, the Magista, the Hypervenom, the Tiempo V and more. If you watched a game where players (often even a whole team) were wearing neon yellow or pinkish red cleats, then they were showing off Nike’s new summer collection package. Even though we didn’t get a chance to play in this year’s World Cup, we were however fortunate enough to test the Nike Mercurial Veloce II Men’s FG Cleat, one of the updated cleat models sporting the pinkish red color. We were very pleased with what what we found with this boot, especially considering it is easily overlooked given the hype that other cleats received.
Advertised that its construction is “built for speed and touch”, there is not a more concise or accurate way to describe these cleats. At 6.6 ounces these are definitely one of the lighter cleats on the market, lending itself to explosive moves and a whole new sense of speed. The cleat plate provides great traction which, coupled with its lightweight construction, is excellent for overall agility. Switching directions and quick cuts with speed were a noticeable advantage with this model. We were very impressed with the its close touch ability too. Not only was there an extreme sense of control in close areas with the instep and outside of the cleat, but also with the cleat plate when dragging the ball. The power of this cleat is not poor, but it is also not an overwhelming selling point for the cleat.
Some tips for potential buyers include the fact that the cleats are constructed narrower than many other models which means that players with generally wide feet should be mindful of this prior to purchasing. The synthetic leather conforms to one’s feet as mentioned before so this initial narrowness will diminish slightly as the cleats expand, but it is still something to keep in mind. Once broken in, the material of the Nike Veloce II creates a comfortable pair of cleats, which is always an added bonus to a model with such a strong emphasis on speed and lightweight construction. Another small anecdotal piece of advice for those that chose to purchase the “Hyper Punch” color of this model is that the cleat is slightly pinker than the picture displayed online. Contrary to the online photos which has a darker red than it does in real life. This did not deter us from the cleat at all though, we loved the color and overall sleek design. Nike is known for its eye catching colors and the designers definitely didn’t disappoint with this model. In the grand scheme of the cleat this isn’t the most important detail, but this may be a factor in those who are deciding between colors for their investment.
To finish, priced at 130$ these cleats are definitely worth the price and are a solid buy for anyone looking for a deadly combination of speed and immaculate touch. Given that these cleats are the latest model, the price will remain relatively constant so anytime is suitable for purchase. The pros of the cleat more than outweigh any cons that could be conjured up such as the average power or narrowness. Hope you enjoyed the review! Comment below on your thoughts or any boots you would like us to review in the future.
Nike Mercurial Veloce II FG (6.6 oz)
Durability 8/10, Touch 9.5/10, Power 8/10, Speed 9.5/10, Comfort 8.5/10, Accuracy 9/10 = 52.5/60 = 88= B+
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