Nike Mercurial Superfly III - How does it compare?

Numerous boxes of Nike Superfly III boots have passed through SoccerBible HQ since their release. We've had a chance to play test the new boots (full play-test will be coming next week!) and gain a more hands on perspective of the new features the Superfly III brings to the table.  

The self-proclaimed winning formula that NIke had with the Superfly II meant that minimal changes were needed for their next generation Superfly III. For some though, these updates are still a blur with the obvious graphical changes appearing to be the only difference. As the mad buzz that has surrounded the boots since its release begins to fade away, we thought we take one more detailed look at the how Nike's lightest boot compares to its predecessor.

It's easy to say that the only changes have come in the shape of the new graphical design on the instep and heel of the boot. Although this is the main distinctive difference, Nike have made technological steps forward inside the boot that makes it more than a Superfly II with a new paint job!

Nike insist that minimal changes have been made to the Superfly III due to responses received from professionals (they must not have spoken to the long list of adiZero converts!). Adjustments have been made to the Superfly III's flywire that Nike say is a technology in ''constant evolution''. The placement of the wires has changed in the Superfly III so that the upper conforms better to the foots shape.

As you can see, the flywire now extends further towards the heel that will help to strengthen the boot. This was partly due to the incorporation of an extra lace hole at the top of the boot - another minor addition to the Superfly III.  This updated flywire now offers the tightest, close to your foot feeling that no other synthetic soccer shoe can.

Nike have made slight changes to the upper of the Superfly III boots. The construction of the upper has been refined so that it now offers a softer ball touch. By making upper softer and less stiff, Nike have significantly reduced the breaking in period for the boots. As we found out in our play-test, the new upper feels noticeably different from the Superfly II and offers great feel for the ball while dribbling at speed.

Performance over weight has always been Nike's mind set when designing the Superfly boots. The Superfly's unique traction elements is what sets it apart from its speed boot rivals. Despite gaining a mixed reputation, the revolutionary NikeSENSE stud technology still features in the Superfly III.

From what we have experienced here at SoccerBIble, the Superfly's stud configuration allows an unrivalled confidence when sprinting and turning at full speed. The carbon fibre composite, that is designed for exceptional strength and energy return, is now supported by a newly modified coloured sole frame that allows extra support.

Another modification that nearly slipped under the radar was the adjustment of the toe box area. The size of the front of the boot has been changed and now features a lower toe-box to allow better boot to ball contact. It should also eliminate the possibility of the boot tearing at the toe-box, creating a longer lasting, more durable boot.  

So there you have it. An evolution instead of a revolution. Although the Superfly III may not include the usual amount of changes you'd expect in a new boot release, Nike have made slight modifications that build upon the key successful elements of the Superfly II.

A graphical redesign along with minor tweaks throughout the boot combine to create the most advanced Superfly yet. Fans of the Superfly II looking for an upgrade certainly wont be disappointed. Think of it more as a software update for your iPhone!  

The Nike Superfly III is now shipping from selected retailers worldwide. To see our full article on the new NIke Superfly III football boots click here. As always, let us know your opinions on the hotly discussed Superfly III!

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