The new Nike Nike Mercurial Superfly 9

Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 or vapor 15

 Is the Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 here any good? Or did Nike take things too far with the Zoom Air unit in the soul and mess things up?

Well, today I’ll tell you why I might like this boot more than the Nike Superfly 8, and, of course, go over what the Superfly 9 does well, and also not so well to hopefully help you decide whether you buy a pair of the latest Nike soccer cleats or not. This is my review of the Nike Mercury of Superfly 9.

Fit and comfort of Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

The big new thing on the Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 or in Vapor 15 is the zoom air back in the tooling. But I’ll get to that a bit later, because in the process of making the boots just a few grams lighter.

Nike also upgraded the upper, which is now taking strong inspiration from Roman sandals.

Yeah, Roman sandals, I know it sounds weird, but hear me out, because the new Vapor posit plus upper here has an integrated speed case that is built around the idea of eliminating excessive movement inside the boot, but still allowing the mercurial to be flexible so you can twist and turn.

In this image, you can see Nike Mercurial Superfly 9, Nike zoom Superfly 9, Nike Mercurial Superfly IX,
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After doing a lot of research, Nike found out that the way Roman sandals are constructed, they fixate both the midfoot and the heel in the places where you exert the most falls when you put your foot down to change direction, but then leave it flexible by having cutouts in places where you don’t.

They were clever, the Romans, and let’s be honest, we’ve seen this construction so many times before, claiming to offer better or even perfect lockdown, but this one actually works really well.

Giving me a little less rollover and movement inside of the boot when you put your foot down, change direction will start to accelerate.

Somehow it felt like the bolt was a bit more in tune with my foot and just that tad bit more responsive.

As surprising as it sounds now, I know that it might not physically make it that much faster on the pitch, but it feels that way and that’s a mental benefit that I really like.

Because the rest of the Vapor posit opera is, especially gets super soft after a few wears. The Super Fly 9 just had me at hello from the first wear.

It got this really nice and rather snug fit that never feels restrictive as if the bull’s highest purpose is to make you feel confident without ever really feeling the boot in a restrictive way.

In this image, you can see the exterior of Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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Maybe it’s also got to do with that the upper is thin, it is soft, but it also feels rich and a bit more plush, like the Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 compared to the slightly more naked synthetic feel of the Superfly 8.

But if you want to any of the, newer generations of the mercurial, the shape will be familiar, because it’s still relatively friendly towards at least most foot shapes.

And honestly, it’s just hard not to like the fitnesses feel really good.

The outsole of Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

But then there’s zoom air, which is this innovative airpod that’s integrated into the sole itself.

It’s 4.8 millimeters thick and made to give you more spring in your step.

To be honest, it doesn’t really feel like it does. I mean, don’t get me wrong, zoom air is a great inclusion, but I’m not getting the sensation of being just propelled forward aggressively as it says on the box.

Instead, you get this really comfortable and cushioned interaction with the soul, but also this really quick and squishy feedback when you push off.

In this image, you can see the zoom air unit in the sole of Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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It’s very pleasant, but also really unique and kind of hard to describe. You have to experience it for yourself.

The start pattern is also new, and while it might not be as aggressive as the chevron blade stud pattern on the Superfly 8, in terms of this linear acceleration, there are still plenty of grips, especially when you make cuts or little changes of direction.

So it might not be my favorite mercurial studs pattern ever, but there’s still plenty of bite in the ground, and ultimately, that’s what you want in a Mercurial.

Speed is more than just going straight you got to weave through the fence.

The Touch of Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

The touch is well, it’s like you expect thin, sharp, and precise. But one tiny element has changed things a bit.

See Nike has lined the inside of the upper with a thin, lofted mesh that somehow takes away the worst of the sting that you normally get with such a thin barefoot-like feel.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very close and sharp on the ball, but it just has a little bit less edge compared to the Superfly 8.

In this image, you can see the stud pattern of Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up for you to decide but I quite like it.

Now, in terms of the touch itself, it has this engineered texture on the upper and just a bit of a tacky sensation on the ball as well, which I think is really nice when you dribble.

Overall, the touch is just pretty straightforward and something that I feel you can trust.

 You might be the fastest guy on the planet, could be Mbappe, but if you’re not able to break or decelerate well enough, you won’t be able to beat anyone, because the idea is that you can run fast, brake fast, and the faster you break, the faster you can accelerate away again.

 So that’s what they’ve done with the backsides here, angling the two starts under the heel a little bit more backward, and then introducing this, I guess, torsion bar, or we can call it a wall, as the first point of contact when the board hits the ground, to just put an anchor in the ground.

 Imagine, like a speed parachute for a drag race car.

 It’s basically there to slow you down so you can speed off again in a new direction.

Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 Upper explained

Nike has continued their so-called componentized design, which is, let’s be honest, guys, it’s fancy talk for having different elements, doing different things in the upper.

 So just like basically any other synthetic boot out there at the moment but hey, it sounds cool.

 Nike wanted for the upper to have as little structure as possible while still maintaining that very secure lockdown, doing the most aggressive of movements out there.

So basically, they want a soft upper that still keeps your foot in place. Football/Soccer is one of those balls that require the most lockdown out of all.

 So the trick for the manufacturers is to make sure that you lock down the forefoot, you lock down the midfoot, and you lock down the heel, but you still maintain a good amount of flexibility throughout the upper to make sure that you feel agile when you play. 

Image credit Nike

But after a lot, and I’m talking a lot of really high scientific research, Nike found that the solution to that challenge was the Roman Sandal construction, where they went in and looked at, okay, how much lockdown do you get if you only have a strap in the forefoot or only one in the midfoot or one in the heel?

 They found that the optimal level of lockdown, while still having a good amount of softness and flexibility, was to have all three straps.

So they used a lot of their data and their research and looked at the pattern of where you need to fixate the foot, but also where you need to have cutouts to give that flexibility.

Then they built their so-called speed cage from a very thin yet super strong synthetic material. And having tried it, I can say that it works. It feels like it’s better locked in than the previous version.

 On top of the speed cage, you have a thin, lofted mesh going from the midfoot and all the way down, ensuring that you still get that very barefoot-like and sharp feel that you expect from a speed boot and in the Mercurial.

 It also aims to take away that worst sting or the slappiness that edge off the ball when you put your foot through it.

Nike mercurial superfly 9 back
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 Then, on top of that lofty mesh, you have what I guess most people will see as the actual upper.

 It’s the outer layer made of an engineered textile in this V-shaped or chevron-shaped pattern that’s then covered with a thin, thin silicone film.

That means that you can feel the texture of the textile itself, meaning that you get a little bit more grip and the feeling of tactility and control on the ball.

 Then the final piece of the opera is the flyknit color, especially on the superfly nine, you have the sock where the opening is a little bit smaller.

 Also, the material feels slightly more premium and lush, and it’s just a little bit nicer than on the previous generation to make sure that the boot flows a little bit better into the foot.

Nike Mercurial zoom air unit

 But if you haven’t guessed it already, the biggest innovation on the new material is the air zoom unit sitting inside the outsole, which we’ve kind of already seen teased on the Zoom Ultras.

 But Nike hasn’t just taken it and copied it one to one from that boot. Instead, this is a 4.8 millimeter instead of a 4 millimeter pocket of compressed air.

 20 PSI to be exact, which is 1.3 bars and for reference, there is around 0.8 to 1.1 bar in a normal football so it’s a lot of air just compressed in there.

 Now, there are also these little stretched tensile fibers to ensure that you get a bouncy feeling, but also a little bit of a snappy response when your foot pushes down and you start to accelerate on top of the AirPod.

Nike Mercurial zoom air unit
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 So the air zoom unit takes up three-quarters of the sole and sits in this little cavity inside the outsole itself to get you as close to the ground as possible.

 It also has little flex screws to make sure that it moves well and naturally with the foot. 

 Now, Nike spent two and a half years making these three prototypes and five iterations to get where we are today.

 But like I said in my review, I don’t get the feeling, at least not to me, that it makes me faster. I don’t feel like I’m being pushed or ricocheted off the ground when I accelerate.

Mbappe wearing Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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 However, with that said, it’s a nice, very comfortable, extremely unique feeling that kind of feels like you’re more in tune with the boot and I like that.

 Maybe it doesn’t do what it says in the box, but it works.

Studs pattern of Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

 Now we have to talk about the new stud shape and configuration when Nike introduced their new four Tristar-shaped studs, which have flatter surfaces in three directions.

 Now, meaning that you can push off and accelerate, transfer a lot of power to the ground in more directions than just forwards.

 Of course, they still have forward motion in mind with their toe-off flat studs under the forefoot. And finally, they’ve played more with the idea that football isn’t only about acceleration and top speed.

 You might be the fastest guy on the planet, could be Mbappe, but if you’re not able to break or decelerate well enough, you won’t be able to beat anyone, because the idea is that you can run fast, brake fast, and the faster you break, the faster you can accelerate away again.

Studs pattern of Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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 So that’s what they’ve done with the backsides here, angling the two starts under the heel a little bit more backward, and then introducing this, I guess, torsion bar, or we can call it a wall, as the first point of contact when the board hits the ground, to just put an anchor in the ground.

 Imagine, like a speed parachute for a drag race car.

 It’s basically there to slow you down so you can speed off again in a new direction.

 So that, my friends, is what’s going on with the Nike Materials Superfly Nine Elite. And of course, there’s a Vapor 15 as well, which is well, it’s the same boot, just doesn’t have the color.

Who will wear Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

Like any other football/soccer lover this question must be in your mind, who will wear Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9?

Well, it will be worn by some of the best players in the sports like the manchester United star player Cristiano Ronaldo, the PSG young stunner Kylian Mbappe and by another Manchester United youngster Jadon Sancho.

Kid’s Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

Yes, Nike Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 is available in the kid’s version but they do not have the zoom air unit. The interesting thing is Nike made the kid’s version laceless just to make it easier for the kids to wear off or on.

Is the Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 good for wide feet?

I would say no, You will find it very hard to get your feet in especially in the sock collar area. I would recommend checking out wide feet boots by clicking here.

For whom the Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 is the best?

Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 is best for Kids, Narrow feet players, and wingers

Disadvantages of Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9

Let’s discuss some of the disadvantages of Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 and about that, I would say not everything about these boots/cleats is perfect.

You should know these annoying things about Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9.

The first thing is the slightly higher and more roomy toolbox, which definitely isn’t a deal-breaker, but it just feels a little less nimble and less crystal clear on the ball than the super fly 8-like boxy.

While I like the zoom air unit, I don’t think it’s as revolutionary as Nike wants it to be, at least not in terms of pure explosiveness.

In this image, you can see the interior of Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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Don’t let that be the reason alone to get the boot/cleat.

Then there’s the fit, which is great, I really like it but it’s also a little bit roomy in the midfoot for me. If you have a narrow foot like myself and want that skin-huggingly, tight fit like in the Mercurial of old, it’s just something you should keep in mind because it’s a little wide.

That kind of leads me into my final point, because the more generally appealing the Mercurial gets, for instance, with a wider fit, the less it also feels like those old, uncompromisingly, raw, speed-oriented Mercurial that I know a lot of people love and for me, it just loses some of the magic around the Mercurial.

With that said, though, I do think that this Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 is doing so many things just right.

In this image, you can see the bag of Nike Mercurial Superfly 9
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It’s just such an easy boot/cleat to like and while it has moved a bit more towards the middle and thus leaves a bit of space behind for more, should we say, raw and hardcore speed boots to come and fill out, I still think that despite a few niggles, Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 is one of the best boots on the market.

If you can take the zoom air unit for what it is, I really think you can enjoy the Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 or the Vapor 15, which is the same boot with just a lower sock. What do you guys actually think of the new Nike Mercurial Superfly 9? 

Now, above we discussed a bit of the overview of the new Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 boots. Below we will explain more about these boots.

Taking the review of the latest Nike Zoom Air Mercurial Superfly 9 to the final stage let’s see what are the pros and cons of these boots.

Pros
  • Latest Zoom Air technology
  • Barefoot feeling when sticking the ball
  • New stud patteren for quick Maneuver
  • Provides you with amazing lockdown in three parts of your foot
  • Laceless version for kids
Cons
  • One of the most expensive cleats in the market
  • Not very suitable for Wide feet player
  • I don’t think it’s as revolutionary as Nike wants it to be, at least not in terms of pure explosiveness.
  • it’s also a little bit roomy in the midfoot at least for me

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