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Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly IV

Say hello to Nico! Our favorite footballer from Buffalo, New York tested out the Mercurial Vapor Superflys and wrote a review for us. The following is his in depth analysis of his experience and, just like his hair, is of the utmost quality.

The soccer world rejoiced when Nike announced the return of the Mercurial Vapor Superfly! Arguably Nike’s most hyped and innovative boot of all time, it was brought back for a fourth edition before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. When pictures of it were released the boot aficionado community was awestruck and even professional level players expressed their excitement for the latest edition of Nike’s speed silo. My curiosity was peaked so I decided to pick up a pair for the upcoming season to see hype was justified.

Although the Superfly IV’s did not quite live up to the cornucopia of excitement that was created upon its release, it did give me one of the strongest experiences I have had with a Nike cleat. The boots do boost an expansive range of positive features, but the durability and reliability are a let down. After just 2 months of use, the upper has torn and much of the plastic film has peeled off the boot, but those 2 months they were extremely consistent and fun boots to play in. Below I will outline both the Pro’s and the Con’s and you can decide for yourself if the Nike Mercurial Superfly 4’s are the boot for you.

• Fit: The close fit on these boots are surely one of, if not, the top features of this cleat. The sock-liner really does keep your foot in place throughout the flow of play. After several uses the boot starts to hug the shape of your foot giving a very unique feel to the upper. There is a little room in the toe-box so I recommend getting at least one half-size down. I am normally a 10 in Nike’s and my 9 ½’s were a little roomy by the toes. The fit was top drawer.
• Touch: The touch on these was phenomenal. It was like playing in socks but the grip on the ball was great for dribbling with pace and putting curl on the ball. Trapping and controlling the ball either on the pitch or out of the air can be done with ease. Touch is up there with some of my favorite boots (Adidas Predator LZ, Adipure, and Nike CTR Maestri II).
• Striking: The striking, like with many other models of the Mercurial Vapor line, is clean and true. If you drive a good modern ball with these boots it will fly straight and true, giving precise accuracy on passes and lethal finishing ability in front of the net. Perfect for any player from the holding midfielder, to the pacey winger, to the point man up top.
• Weight: These guys are light… very, very light…
• Outsole: Traction is definitely a plus on these spikes. This is an area where I believe Nike consistently surpasses Adidas. Although not as innovative or exciting as the traction on the Superfly III’s, they are definitely a nice feature.

• Durability: The only memorable con on the Superfly IV’s was the durability. As I mentioned above, after about 2 months of use the uppers on the outside of both boots were ripping and separating from the sole. The waterproof film also ripped all over the boots making playing in wet conditions a nightmare. The laces also tore about 4 games into the season and had to be replaced. For a $275 price tag you might expect something a little more durable and this greatly affected my overall perception of the utility of the boot.

Although it was a brief experience, I did quite thoroughly enjoy my time in these boots. Nike succeeded in making a very, very effective boot but neglected to build them to last through many battles on the pitch.
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly IV (6.4 oz)
Durability 4.5/10, Touch 8.9/10, Power 8.5/10, Speed 9.6/10, Comfort 8.4/10, Accuracy 9.4/10 = 49.5/60 = 82.5 = B-

Nike Tiempo Legacy FG

The Nike Tiempo Legacy Men’s Cleat excels in many areas; however, despite its strengths, we concluded that it left a little to be desired.  Made out of calf-leather, the signature material for Nike’s Tiempos over the years, this cleat is without a doubt one of the more comfortable boots out there, even while being broken in for the first time. Players can rejoice with the knowledge that there was no initial period of blisters or cuts that can come as hidden costs. The support around the heel and cushioned interior create an exceedingly comfortable experience and for many players in the market for buying new cleats, this is a must have. The most impressive asset and advantage that this boot brings is its power and smooth striking ability. For this model, Nike advertises an improved “textured forefoot surface” that provides better striking control and there was a noticeable enhancement in this area compared to earlier Tiempo models. This, coupled with a large sweet spot, creates a consistently accurate boot.

While in general we did have a positive experience with these cleats, there are negatives that should be addressed. The first issue was durability, a necessity for any anyone who is looking to get a return on their investment. After three months of moderate wear on grass and turf surfaces the toe and the TPU cleat plate started to split, hurting the functionality and aesthetics of the cleat. At first we hoped that this an anomaly, but unfortunately we found that other consumers had similar issues with durability. It is recognized that these aren’t Nike’s top of the line cleats, but for the price we would have hoped for a better result. Additionally, the close touch of the cleat did not match the quality of other cleats we have reviewed in the past, despite the advertisements of Nike. Obviously given the heavier cleat, there are sacrifices and subsequently pros and cons that materialize, but tight touch control is one quality of a pair of cleats that is hard to overlook.

Even though this boot could be used anywhere on the pitch, it should be noted that there are many other cleats that are much lighter with a greater emphasis on speed, explosion and a close touch on the market that would be better suited for strikers or attacking players. The cleats are not by any means clunky or too heavy, especially with the new water resistant leather. Nevertheless, there is an apparent weight difference that does have noticeable effects.

In conclusion, we enjoyed testing out the Nike Tiempo Legacy and think it is definitely a satisfactory boot. It provides many essential attributes to footballers; however, the cleat did not provide a full spectrum of necessary attributes. It instead featured excellent power, comfort and striking ability with less than stellar durability and close touch. For the price of $100 though, it is fair and you will get a good pair of cleats. In the end it all depends on what assets you are looking for your cleat to provide to your game. If you are interested in purchasing these cleats please visit the link here. Hope you enjoyed our review and let us know what you think too on the forum below!


Nike Tiempo Legacy FG (8.4 oz) (Volt/Hyperpunch/Black)

Durability 6.5/10, Touch 7.5/10 Power 9.5/10, Speed 7.5/10, Comfort 9.5/10, Accuracy 9/10 = 50.5/60 = 83.3 = B

Nike Mercurial Veloce II

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.

Final Word:

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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