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Football News > Nike HyperVenom or Mercurial - Which Are You?

Following the launch of the Nike HyperVenom we've continually been asked the same question; 'what's the difference between the Mercurial and the HyperVenom?' A number of Mercurial players have switched to Nike's 'new breed of attack', but why, and should you? Is the game big enough for the both of them?

The HyperVenom has taken over from the long serving T90, with players including Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski now lacing up in Nike's new silo. Visually the HyperVenom is more Mercurial than T90, but there are key difference between Nike's famous speed boot and their new silo.

Firstly the upper materials are completely different; after feedback from their athletes revealed players looking for a boot with the benefits of bare-foot touch, Nike created NIKESKIN for the HyperVenom - a unique material that is much softer than the Mercurial upper. The honeycomb design feels wax like to touch and provides noticeably more grip than the speed control texture on the Mercurial.

The Mercurial upper is designed to cut through air fast and therefore create high powered acceleration which is perfect for players who sprint longer distances throughout the 90 minutes. The HyperVenom's NIKESKIN is just that - the upper acts as a second skin, it's soft and moulds around the foot for a close and flexible fit.

The speed elements of the HyperVenom are more agility focused - dribbling into congested penalty boxes, quick feet, changing direction at pace and pushing off to get to the ball before defenders. Here's our best car analogy to try and explain it - you'd want the Mercurial for a drag race and the HyperVenom for a tight cornered race track.

Here's a more technical explanation from the Nike chiefs themselves - "We worked with some of the world’s top podiatrists to create a decoupled outsole that increases the player’s ability to make that important first step away from the defender. A groove in the forefoot helps to quickly activate the first metatarsal, the bone that defines reaction time of the foot’s first movement." 

When pushing off to make a darting run it's obviously important not to slip. This is Nike's reasoning behind the conical studs on the FG HyperVenom. Nike's feedback about the Mercurial was that the bladed studs caused players to slip when turning as they slice through the ground. In comparison the rounded conical studs are able to penetrate the ground more securely.

So when Nike say 'the HyperVenom allows players to create more space', it basically means the boots offer you the platform to turn quicker, thereby losing your defender faster and giving you more time to pick a pass or get a shot away. 

The nature of the Nike Mercurial is full throttle, straight line speed. They're designed for latching onto that through ball in behind the full back, charging down on goal and getting a shot in without a defender getting close to you. For that reason, the sole-plate (FG) and upper design is centered on aiding your maximum acceleration.

So what's the damage? When it comes to price, most retailers are asking for around £160 for the Mercurial and the same for the HyperVenom, there's nothing in it. Weight wise the boots are a few grams either side of the 200g mark with the Mercurial the lighter, but to be fair you aren't going to notice that when playing.

In summary there are differences between the boots but the HyperVenom is definitely a firm step away from the T90 and towards the Mercurial. The HyperVenom is wider than the Mercurial, has a softer upper, is a tad heavier and adopts a more flexible soleplate but it's not by luck that the Mercurial is on its 9th generation. On paper there are lot of differences but on pitch those differences are a lot less noticeable. For us it has to come down to personal preference. Choice is yours.

Both the Nike HyperVenom and Mercurial Vapor IX are available from selected online stockists including Pro-Direct Soccer. Let us know if you'll be lacing up in either this season. Join the conversation online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Only published comments... Jun 18 2013, 07:29 PM by Soccer_Boots



The Champ said:

If you ask me Nike is doing bad by releasing hypervenom and premier and making a competition to it's own brands like mercurial and tiempo, there is no need to do that.

June 18, 2013 8:16 PM

Lpri said:

I'm totally at Hypervenom's side, never liked to play with Vapor and I really like the NikeSkin of my Bomba Finale IIs. If they just could release some better colorways and get rid of the ridiculous skull symbol.

June 18, 2013 8:46 PM


@The Champ  The premier and tiempo arent competing, the premier will stay k-leather while the tiemp is moving to synthetic/kanga-lite.  The mercurial hypervenom debate isnt really competition. Its 2 different silos. The premier will not be pushed on pros like the tiempo's are.

June 18, 2013 9:13 PM

MParry6 said:

This is like a choice between being burnt alive or buried alive

June 18, 2013 9:15 PM

Bayyo said:

Nike mv all day love them so much

June 18, 2013 10:20 PM

unitedRed87 said:

this is actually a decision with im guessing a load of players...

June 18, 2013 10:40 PM

unitedRed87 said:

hell even im in between boots right now and im curious about the new silo's technology

June 18, 2013 10:40 PM

jmlattanzio said:

Hypervenom, at least conceptually. It seems like it was developed with fit, comfort, and movement in mind, instead of just trying to be lightweight. I always felt like I was enduring mercurials during a match, rather than them being a comfortable "second skin" as the hypervenom is trying to be. I also love the look of it, though I could do without the skull.

June 18, 2013 11:49 PM

Willmac said:


June 19, 2013 12:32 AM

nacho_masche said:

TIEMPO's all the way!!!!!

June 19, 2013 12:44 AM

nacho_masche said:

TIEMPO's all the way!!!!!

June 19, 2013 12:44 AM

joho said:

Mercurial but I don't like either of these boots.

June 19, 2013 2:42 AM

nedz said:

definitely mercurial vapors.

June 19, 2013 6:31 AM

pandu17 said:


June 19, 2013 8:00 AM

gleby11 said:

I played in mercurials all my life. I like speed boots with nice desisgn. But now I have to say hypervenom is better.

June 19, 2013 9:59 AM

Dom77 said:

AGREED ^ @Lpri YOU ARE SPOT ON!  make better colourways!!! whats up with the skull!?!?

June 19, 2013 11:24 AM

Dom77 said:

AGREED ^ @Lpri YOU ARE SPOT ON!  make better colourways!!! whats up with the skull!?!?

June 19, 2013 11:25 AM

weenerboy said:

   Neither!   Both of these r trashy as hellllllll... CTRS FOR LIFE

June 19, 2013 11:36 AM

Stig4 said:

I just do'nt get it: Why pull out the plug of T90, 2 years ago there were more players wearing T90 then Tiempo, they just made them worse, not to mention the colourways...

Shame, real shame!

And then this abomination of a football cleat to replace it...

June 19, 2013 12:10 PM

kreso99 said:


June 19, 2013 9:14 PM

diegobarca10 said:

   ctrs and tiempos are the best boots nike have.

June 20, 2013 5:40 AM

dalong1 said:

im neither, im tiempo

June 21, 2013 12:47 PM

truejakeman2 said:

vapors forev

June 22, 2013 7:22 AM

Marcink10 said:

I wore F50s before and I got the HyperVenoms and I love them! The bare foot touch is true and I love how they feel on my feet! They are amazing boots

June 30, 2013 9:23 PM

Imam said:

i prefer hypervenom in soccer.

But in indoor i choose evospeed.

Is lunargato II shoes good?

December 23, 2013 3:01 PM

jubbulybubbulyman said:

To all you mercurial fans ,you think  there better because of the looks hypervenom is actually comfortable dummes. And just because ronaldo wore them its not like if you vote mercurials your going to meet him  im the only one talking sense right now.

April 2, 2014 8:18 PM

jubbulybubbulyman said:

its like women nice looking women but always gets angry or a ugly girl who buys you anything or the girl is OK but yah im proving good points all of you are  just blurting out questions les get some HyperVenoms out there!!!

April 2, 2014 8:23 PM
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