We've seen them perform on pitch and listened to the hype, now it's time to find out what's so special about the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly football boots?
Nike promised us one of the most advanced football boots ever, with such professionals as Cristiano Ronaldo, Theo Walcott, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dani Alves all queueing up to try them out! SoccerBible now gets the official answers from Nike on the four innovations that went into creating the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly football boots:
1. NIKE Flywire
"Strategically placed filaments act like cables on a suspension bridge
and offer support precisely where the foot needs it. The lightest
football boot Nike has ever made, Flywire technology allowed the shoe
to be stripped of all unnecessary pieces without compromising
2. Vapor Traction: Carbon fibre outsole
"Superfly's revolutionary outsole combines a 3 layers/12 bars carbon
fibre thermoplastic chassis engineered for flexibility (forefoot) and
stiffness (arch), with direct injection molded studs. The 12% weight
reduction was achieved by coring-out the 4 heel studs as well as 4 of
the forefoot ones."
Vapor Traction, carbon fibre outsole
3. Ball control coating
"Keeping control of the ball at speed is crucial for the Mercurial
player. Gathering insights from our key assets, we've identified the
key speed touch area and have applied a special coating to the upper of
the boot to improve grip."
Ball control coating
4. Uncompromsing lightweight performance
"Weighing a mere 185g, the 2009 Mercurial Vapor Superfly combines the
best materials and technologies available in the industry. Hand-crafted
in Italy, it is another example of Nike's obsession for weight