After the huge splash made by the Mango/Grey Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII, we can now bring you up close and personal with Nike's alternate colourway – designed in distinct contrast to what will be seen on the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Ozil and co. The supporting Sail/Red boot is an appropriately fresh design, ready to lead us into the Spring/Summer season!
It's a return to past designs for the Sail/Red Nike Vapor VIII, that noticeably draws inspiration from the popular White/Blue/Spark Metallic Vapor IV that hit pitches in 2008. It's a safer colour combo that won't divide boot fans quite like the Mango/Grey edition. Even so, we're keen to hear what you make of Nike's secondary Vapor VIII release!
For the 2012/13 season the Mercurial Vapor takes performance innovation to the next level with a totally re-engineered boot built for explosive speed. Nike have unveiled a boot with even better performance attributes and a striking new appearance. A series that has been at the pinnacle of the game for over a decade returns with ground breaking innovation and cutting edge technology.
Talking visuals, the outside of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII hosts a smaller swoosh to the previous Vapor, however no brand identity is lost as the striking new design features a distinctive swoosh on the instep of the boot as well as a visual signature on the heel, which stands out when placed on the Mango backdrop.
A sleeker and closer feel is achieved by a special toe-box reinforcer, increasing comfort around the toe. The new Vapor also features a thinner, stronger and lighter Teijin Microfiber with a suede-like finish, increasing ball control and touch as well as reducing the weight to 185g.
The Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots have been redesigned to create a snug upper while locking down the foot and preventing unwanted movement, Nike's new Anatomic Last takes the fit of the boot to a new level of support and stability. This effect is enhanced by a more minimalist and softer heel counter, maximizing both comfort and fit.
The new Nike Mercurial Vapor 8 football boots deliver the ultimate in fit, touch and traction. A combination that has established the Mercurial as one of the greatest speed boots of all time. Nike recognise the modern game is played on a fine line and that one slip could be the difference between success and failure - traction is everything.
Importantly, the Sail/Red colourway will only be available in a FG plate, with Nike's newly introduced SG Pro-Plate being reserved for the Mango/Grey launch boot. Twin studs at the back of the boot allow for a quick release from the turf and the asymmetric design of the stud configuration delivers an explosive start. Sharper blades have been introduced to the Nike Vapor 8 allowing for game changing acceleration.
You will be able to pre-order your pair of the new Sail/Red Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII football boots from March 20th at selected retailers. Expect to see Nike's latest release hit European pitches from 24.03.12. The boots will retail worldwide for around £150 GBP / $220 USD / €180.
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