SoccerBible introduces you to the evolution of the Mercurial speed range with the launch of the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VI football boots. This Dark Obsidian/White/Cool Mint colourway provides a contrast to the Violet Pop launch colourway, but can this football boot live up to the high standard set by its predecessor...
Weighing in at just 230grams (US size 9), the brand new Nike Mercurial Vapor VI football boots have been developed to cope with the rigours of the modern game, and to be the next generation in speed football boots. Design input and feedback for the Vapor VI has come from various players across the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Theo Walcott and Alexandre Pato. This player interaction has enabled Nike to build a boot that will deliver performance to players who know that a split second makes all the difference!
The upper of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VI football boots has a slightly different surface texture to previous incarnations, but is once again made from a soft, supple Teijin synthetic material. The upper material is engineered to conform to your foot's shape for comfort, and has been enhanced with ball-coating on the lateral forefoot to improve ball touch and grip whilst dribbling at top speed. A popular feature of the Vapor series which has been retained is the lace-cover, made from a stretch-synthetic-leather material to increase the ball contact area and provide a smooth ball striking area.
The Nike Mercurial Vapor VI football boots have a re-engineered glass fibre chassis, which features the new Vapor Traction II design. Incorporating 8 core-out studs for reduced weight, the new design provides multi-directional traction for improved grip and speed on the field, with central traction arms for acceleration and deceleration. Another unique feature are the spikes at the fore of the sole-plate, inspired by track spikes, the concentrated forefoot traction zone grips at the toe-off for an extra burst of speed.
The brand new Nike Mercurial Vapor VI football boots are sure to cause a lot of debate, not least because they are priced at £180 GBP. But we're looking forward to seeing a host of Vapor players taking to the pitch, wearing this next generation in the Mercurial series. And for the rest of us, the Nike Vapor VI football boots will be available from 1st April and can be pre-ordered from 22nd March.