As the original superstar of speed, the Nike Mercurial Vapor has been at the pinnacle of the game for over a decade. Now Nike Football continue to push the boundaries of one of the world's most iconic football boots, with the ground breaking release of the massively hyped Vapor VIII.
SoccerBible sat down exclusively with Nike's UK Product Insider Chris Tyler, to bring you an industry-inside look into one of the biggest football boot releases of 2012. In part two-of-five in this mini-series, Chris discusses one of the key areas where the Mercurial Vapor VIII excels – traction. Join the discussion online, on Twitter and on Facebook.
The re-configured FG and SG Pro plates deliver the ultimate in performance traction. Twin studs at the back of the Nike Vapor VIII 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 VIII allowing for game changing acceleration.
Speaking on the new sole-plate and stud configuartion of the Mercurial Vapor VIII, Chris explained; ''The new plate on the Vapor VIII doesn’t just look faster. It's been redesigned to give our players the edge. We've gone from four studs to two studs at the back to help the shoe get out of the turf quicker.''
''The asymmetrical studs on the forefoot are designed to mimic the way the foot naturally interacts with the ground. The size and shapes of the studs also gives the optimal amount of traction when pushing off in different directions.''
Stay tuned to SoccerBible, as each day this week we'll be bringing you more insider-access to the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII. Check out our full feature of the boot here. Join the conversation and share your thoughts online, on Twitter and on Facebook.