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Designed around speed and accuracy the Nike Vapor range is part of Nike's "speed" range of boots. The modern styling of vapors means they can be brash and colourful, and even squeamishly outrageous at times! Favoured by the wingers and strikers to gain that extra yard of pace to get around the defender!
The vapors are made of patended plastic, tejin synthetic was the old choice of nike. The uppers are light, some of the lightest boots on the market, but also strong, I have seen no caes of ripped vapors. This is a unique combination and has allowed for the vapors to become such a cult range in the football boot world. The addition of superfly added strength to the upper and made it stiffer. The plus side to such an effect is the stability it has on your feet.
The prices of vapors have hugely increased in the last few years. The top pairs can be upwards of £180 now. This is a 33%+ increase on the old 119.99 pricing structure. Some life long vapour fans have felt they no longer get value for money, which has potentially caused a decline in the number of vapour sales since the vapour V range.
The vapour run fairly narrow for nike boots, but many of the speed boots are. They are wider than the original ranges, but unfortunately give many players big blister problems!
In conclusion, the vapors are a tidy choice for your strikers however I feel there are many better boots, in both value for money and styling, on the market.
Speed, Power, Accuracy and Touch these are the four categories that Nike have designed there boots under. I have experience with all four types of boots and these are in the speed category mainly designed for wingers in football. The acceleration and comfort of these boots is the most important thing which these boots have as no footballer wants to be running round a field feeling that there boots are uncomfortable and awkward. The inside of these boots are made from a spongy soft layer which moulds to the shape of your fault. If you are a fast winger or striker and you wish to evade defenders then these boots are the ones for you. They also have a very stylish look which helps make you stand out while on a football pitch . If you wish to find out more about the different typed of boots which include Speed, Power, Accuracy and Touch look on the Nike website. Nike make there boots differently than brands like ADIDAS and PUMA as they are moulded for certain positions . I highly recommend these boots as they have many perks . The disadvantage of these boots is that they have a very soft outer layer and this could consequently easily get torn open by a stud. This has only happened to me once with a pair of Nike mercurial's but overall a brilliant product for wingers and strikers.
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For at least the last 5 years or so, Nike has been at the very top of its game in its production of its sporting products, using a combination of technology and techniques with intense research. It has split its boots into 4 specialist categories: Speed, Power, Accuracy and Touch. I have had experience with all 4 areas, however I personally (being a winger) feel that speed and the vapours are the best in their market.
Due to the thin material of the boot, it gives you a great feel when on the ball, the touch goes straight through to your foot and toes and so you can feel exactly what the ball is doing and where it is in relation with your foot. This is also handy when crossing and passing. You can judge the pace and power you are putting on the ball. Due to the narrow design of the boot, putting spin on the ball becomes easy as you can slice across it easier.
Depending what configuration you have, then different levels of grip will be experienced. I went for the moulded blades. This gave me plenty of grip on almost all surfaces. It only became a problem on seriously cut up surfaces i.e. deep in winter. However, for 90% of the season, the boots offered me good grip and the different number of positions that the blades are in, it offers greater ability for quick turns of pace and quick change of direction.
I have experienced more accurate football boots in my time, i think this is because of the material the boots are made of and the sleek design of them. The narrow style of the boots minimizes the contact area on the ball, which in-turn reduces the accuracy. However that said the thin material of the boot does give you a natural feel and can help you determine how much power you are placing through the ball.
The thin material makes the boot very, VERY light. This is so helpful for players who rely on speed for their game (such as wingers and strikers) who don't need the extra weight on their feet to slow them down and make them tired quicker (especially in the winter months when boots get clogged up with mud).
In my experience, the quality of these boots are degrading, the early vapour's would last at least 2 seasons, now you would be lucky if they saw you too the sumer (depending how much you use them obviously). But i now have a pair of the world cup special edition ones, the silver with orange heels, and already these feel a lot sturdier than i have felt in a long time to hopefully they will stand the test of time and not start to rip at the sole like the others.
Look on any website that sells the boots and you will see a huge range of colour combinations. Also nike offer the id facility which allows you to design your own styles.
When designing the Nike Mercurial Vapor V boot, it is clear speed and agility were the focus. These use the highly praised Flywire technology which has two purposes; allows for a flexible boot so that it wraps around your foot better and also adds strength due to the fibres while weighing very little at all.
They are therefore aimed at forwards and wingers due to the pace required in these positions. I play right wing and can definitely say these boots have improved my performance. The main advantage being how light they feel, allowing for increased acceleration.
As you can clearly tell from the above picture, there is a large lace cover which completely removes lace-ball contact allowing for a cleaner strike. Personally, I wouldn't use a boot which doesn't have a lace cover again, after playing with these. Laces often give the ball a little unwanted spin or swerve and the cover simply cancels that out and feels more precise. The only real downside being that the cover will quickly scuff due to the high amount it gets hit.
They come in a huge variety of different colour combinations and of course there is a Soft Ground version if you prefer as well. I always choose Firm Ground however, especially with the summer coming up.
Although they are fairly expensive, it is definitely worth buying these over the cheaper Mercurials. Whilst they look very similar, they don't feel the same at all and are missing a lot of the new improvements such as the lace cover and Flywire technology. The only real disadvantage I've experienced with these boots is that while they are durable, they are not "tough" so if someone accidentally steps on you... you'll certainly feel it.
Nonetheless, yet another outstanding release from Nike which fully deserves its price tag.