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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nike Mercurial Vapor VI – Red Cherry Product Review by Providence Tucker

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by Providence Tucker for World Football Commentaries

The new Mercurial Vapor VI has got to be the best one yet. The holographic glass chassis, traction islands, and supple Teijin microfiber put this shoe above the rest. I have had many pairs of Mercurials, but these have become my favorites.

Converted by the Increased Speed and Quickness

Before the Mercurial Vapor, I had never even thought I'd be happy wearing a shoe made of something other than leather. I was actually brand loyal to Adidas, but I was hooked after getting my first pair of Vapors. A lot of weight is cut and the touch is still great with a microfiber like that of the upper of Nike indoor soccer shoes. It’s the type of boot that is made for speed and quickness and you really do feel quicker in these boots.

Traction Islands Provide Stability on Turf

The same goes for the traction islands, which are placed on the toe of the outsole. They aren’t any quality grass surfaces to play on near my home, so I always play on turf. And that makes the islands even more key since turf is slicker than grass. I hardly lose my footing and can make super sharp cuts even at a full sprint. In other boots, I would be sliding all over and there would be no way to prevent of preventing it.

Durable Chassis

Despite the common knowledge about boots with a synthetic upper, this is a long-lasting cleat. The chassis is extremely durable and is designed to aid in acceleration similar to track spikes. When the first Vapors came out, they were of a similar design, but they have been refined substantially since then. The plate is supposed to spring the boots back into shape after you take off, giving you better contact with ground when you land on the run. It may seem like something that is too subtle to notice; however, I felt the difference even after the first time wearing a pair.

Overall, the Vapor line are the best shoes I’ve played in. The boot is very light and thin, but comfort and durability have not been sacrificed, making the new Vapors a top- shelf cleat.
One caveat: You will feel your opponent's cleats more in these boots, but overall, I'd recommend them to anyone playing at a competitive level who can afford to spend a bit more.
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Providence Tucker works for soccerpro.com.

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