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Football News > Nike Vapor VIII: In Focus - Traction

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.

Only published comments... Mar 22 2012, 12:19 PM by Soccer_Boots



polski byk said:

seems dope though

March 22, 2012 1:43 PM

Johnny23 said:

I want that case haha

March 22, 2012 1:55 PM

ijuwan 17 said:

These videos r very interesting... Thumbs up!

Wish he had explained 2 us y carbon fibre plate iz not used...

My guess is that, even though cool... They could be considered overkill. Like killing a bee with a flame thrower, it's kinda of an over kill. Maybe the reengineered kink in mid foot achieves the same lever of mid foot stability while using cheaper a material...

March 22, 2012 4:20 PM

Chicharito 14 said:

hopefully the soleplate gives cristiano ronaldo more balance lol

March 22, 2012 4:28 PM

jamesmurray0 said:

Yeah. Hope it stops the real players from diving! Three red cards this weekend. Cheats.

March 22, 2012 4:49 PM

the soccer boss said:


March 22, 2012 6:27 PM

dffg said:

I think Cristiano will dive more with these boots

March 22, 2012 7:23 PM

pcm19 said:

one reason nike uses traction as a focus: although its important, they know they cannot compete weight-wise with the adizero.

March 22, 2012 7:44 PM

weenerman said:

 @pcm19  the difference in weight between these and adizeros makes virtually no difference in how fast you are, how high you jump, etc.  Also you don't really wanna be falling all over the place bcuz your cleats don't have good stud configuration.  Although the colors that Nike have released thus far are EXTREMELY *** i think the design of these is good

March 22, 2012 8:16 PM

AKFooty said:

weenerman i couldnt agree more.  This argument about weight is ridiculous.  If you really want to get faster, hit the weights and work on your fast twitch muscles.  Ronaldo could wear hiking boots and still run faster than 99% of the people on here.  

March 22, 2012 8:22 PM

barc4b0y said:

They keep saying that the boot makes you a faster player; this the main reason why many kids grow up believing certain soccer boots makes you faster than others. too many words and so little innovation.

March 22, 2012 9:15 PM

MO9TorresZidane said:

i wanna order a pair online would they fit the same as the previous vapors size. help please.

March 23, 2012 8:17 AM

A_Di_Natale said:

nice sole

March 23, 2012 12:55 PM

daniel2754 said:


March 23, 2012 11:08 PM
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