Nike launches the Mercurial Vapor IX
Today sees the unveiling of one of, if not the most exciting boots on the market today. The Mercurial Vapor’s latest incarnation – the Vapor 9
The launch sees nike launch not one, but two colourways of the boot. Firstly lets take a look at the ‘fireberry’ colour of the boot
The bright pink to purple gradient insures you’ll be seen on the pitch, while a high contrast green swoosh makes the branding on the boot clear – while also complimenting the main colour of the boot.
Nike have introduced a new lateral ‘Nike’ graphic on the instep of both boots, which is shown on the Fireberry colourway in a bold white. A brave move from Nike, where they previously had a second swoosh on the instep of the boot.
The boot also features a new dimpled texture, which many people have likened to a golf ball or goldfish – the texture will allow you to have greater touch and grip on the ball. Described as the ‘speed control texture’ it promises to give you greater confidence to take on defenders at pace without fear of losing the ball.
However, the most exciting part of the boot is the soleplate. Nike appear to have reinforced the previous model with added plastic – which should improve durability. While the big elephant in the room is the re-introduction of Carbon Fibre to the boot. It was rumoured online for a long time that we would see a glass / carbon fibre split on this boot, with some claiming it would be limited to a superfly model, no official word on how it will play out yet – and on the official press releases it is described as ” a unique, lightweight plate, incorporating two different pieces of glass fiber that increase flexibility and responsiveness, providing energy return in the heat of the game. ” so perhaps we’re seeing glass fibre styled to look like carbon fibre?
Nike also launches the Sunset colourway of the boot, which performs the same as the Fireberry model – with both featuring Nike’s fantastic ACC coating – which we’ve reviewed in the past. However, the introduction of two launch colourways sees Nike change tactics and split their players in half. As we saw with the GS 2 – Nike is trying to proppel their young stars, and the Vapor 9 is no exception. The Sunset colourway will be worn by young stars like Neymar, Raheem Sterling, El Shaarawy and Eden Hazard while the Fireberry colourway will be seen on the feet of more established players like Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Franck Ribery.
The boot also features the same, fantastic stud configuration as the Vapor 8 – but some of the studs appear to be slightly longer than on its predecessor. Unlike the vapor 8 – this boot screams speed as soon as you see it, with every part of it implying instant acceleration, with the faded colour and angled graphic moving back as if being pushed back with the sheer speed of your run.
The Mercurial fireberry and sunset color ways will be available January 31st at Nike.com and retailers worldwide, and we hope to have a review of the product in the coming weeks