The Vapor VI has had an interesting development. Firstly, it was left unannounced for a month or so after the release of the Mercurial Superfly II, then it was up for much debate what would be included on the boot itself, then there was much discussion whether it was actually any better than the Vapor'  V.

Well, we’ve finally gotten our hands on a pair, and we’re desperate to see – not only how the boot stacks up to the Superfly II, but if it carries on the tradition of category-leading Mercurial Vapor Boots from Nike.

Exclusive Football Boots Test of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VI


The Mercurial Vapor VI suffers from one of the same problems as its more expensive stablemate Ĺ› the Superfly II Ĺ› in its heel counter. It˘€žË˜ll come as little surprise to frequenters of the Mercurial Vapor series that this is the main area of discomfort from the boots Ĺ› the first several wears will result in blistering of the heels on both sides of the apex of the heel.

The boots will start to give in the heels; unusually I found these harder to break in around the heel than the Superfly II. I˘€žË˜m not sure whether this could have something to do with the fact that the Vapor VI˘ were being worn in the summer, and my feet were sweating more (Nice, I know!)'  but it’s definitely something to consider.

As it turns out, the heel was actually the only similarity with the Superfly II in terms of fit: The thinner, more flexible upper meant the boots didn˘€žË˜t rub against the top of the toes when bending the toes, and the sole of the boot felt a little wider meaning there was no unwanted friction between the outside of the feet and the upper.

Exclusive Football Boots Test of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VI


The Vapor VI˘ definitely feel like a solid boot. When you turn the boot in your hands, you get the impression there˘ very little that can go wrong with it. The Upper is almost seamless, with a nice give to it Ĺ› as with all it˘ predecessors in the Mercurial Vapor line.

As there’s no Adaptable Stud technology, the sole is a single, uncompromised unit with all the studs injection moulded onto the chassis. This means that the boot is less likely to have any water creep in through the sole when playing on a damp pitch.

The sole of the boot is made of Glass fibre, as opposed to Carbon fibre, which gives it comparable durability at the cost of a little more weight in it’s construction.

One warning with the Glass fibre is that if bent past a certain point, it is liable to cracking, but this shouldn˘€žË˜t be too much of a concern unless you fold your boots in half after a game!!


For a non-leather boot Ĺ› the Vapor VI does give a sound feel for the ball, perhaps even better than the slightly stiffer adidas F50 adiZero. Whilst not as satisfying to play in as some other synthetics Ĺ› such as Nike˘ own KangaLite Ĺ› it still bends and creases with the natural movement of the foot, meaning you do get a nice sense of the ball when you wrap your foot around it.

Striking the ball is also something that is solid on the Vapor VI. The slightly wider fit means you can really make solid contact with your forefoot as you hammer through the ball, and the lace cover does give a small-but-tangible increase in contact with the ball when volleying.

The inside of football boot is a great fit along the side of the big toe and instep, which translates into a good surface to hit crosses and passes from.

As for how the boot feels on the foot Ĺ› it definitely has the feel of a lightweight boot, feeling swift and agile on the foot, and the low cut of the ankle helps give the boot a low-profile, high-speed silhouette.

Exclusive Football Boots Test of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VI


One of the things I noticed when reading the back the above 3 headings is that I˘€žË˜ve used words such as ‹Ĺ›good˘€žË˜ and ‹Ĺ›solid˘€žË˜ several times over Ĺ› and I think that sums up the Mercurial Vapor VI quite well. Once broken in (or if you pride yourself on being able to bandage up your heels quite well!) the Vapor VI will serve you admirably as a speed boot. It gives a sound feel for the ball, is a pleasure to strike and pass the ball with the high-friction graphic on the toes surprisingly gives a good touch on the ball when moving at speed.

But, anyone that read our Superfly II review knows that the £275 super-boot has a certain je ne sais quoi to it. Wearing a pair, you know that the Superfly II is the pinnacle of the Nike boot design team. Whilst the Vapor VI lacks this spark, it actually does do several things better than it˘ extravagant older brother; out of the box it’s a little more comfortable and more forgiving upper.

So, if you’re not bothered by the extra flash of the Superfly, but still want a great Mercurial Vapor boot – the Vapor VI’s could well be the football boot for you!

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  1. says: fido

    no offense to any Nike/ Vapour fan boys out there, but logic would point me to the f50 adizero if i require a pair of speed boots.

    the Vapour VI is ÂŁ180 while the adizero is ÂŁ130 and at that price, I can get the high-end version of the adizero.

    HOWEVER it be interesting to compare boots durability between adizeros and the vapours/superflies.

  2. says: alec

    i always love vapors and always bought them but this year i bought adizeros and they didnt disappoint, so if you are looking for a speed boot that would give you many blisters then buy adizeros

  3. says: Mike

    When will the Mizuno Wave Ignitus video review be coming out? You know we’ve all been waiting eagerly for it! 😀

  4. says: Ali

    @zc: i think that is the top replique as it has a seamless surface without the grip technology.
    on topic: i think if i want to buy a speed boot i would definetely go for the adizeros as they are much lighter and more comfortable and cheaper. so it’s better in every aspect. easy choice.

  5. says: zc

    @whoever tested the boots:
    On previous models, many people I have known have had the lace cover come off (from tackles and general wear and tear), did you notice any wear on the side of the lace cover

  6. says: jun

    @mike, me too! been waiting for so long..

    i guess we don’t need wave ignitus video review anymore..just watch japanese Honda’s freekick against denmark..

  7. says: danny boy

    I’ve been waiting 4 this review for a while now, and am glad to see that it compares well with the superflies. adidas 4 me anyday tho, they use real leather, always cheaper, last longer, less gimmicky technolgy, and more comfy. cant w8 for the mizoono wave ingnitus thingy review, but I wont consider buying cus I cant nuckle only swerve even when passing! nice review, good to see a back to basics speed boot by nike, surprised when I found out that it had no flywire!

  8. says: fido

    @ zc

    my younger brother uses this boot for his semi-professional matches like 1-2 times a week for about 3 mths or so. so far no visibile wear and tear on the lace cover. however there are some minor wear and tears on the insteps between the sole and the upper (area where you would strike the ball). i suspect this is due to his poor maintenance habit =P and/or also due to the nature of speed boots being “thinner” in the upper?

  9. says: fido

    @ zc

    odd, my comment didnt appear. anyway i shall repeat it. my younger bro play semi-pro matches in the vapour VI and thus far, i dont notice any wear and tear on the lace cover.

    however there are some wear and especially tears on the instep of the boots (area where contact is made with the ball), between the upper and the sole.. i suspect its due to my brother’s poor maintenance habit though and also perhaps the Teijin isnt so durable and its thinner.

  10. says: holland

    what’s better the Vapor 5 or these Vapor 6’s ?
    playing wise not looks wise

    please answer whoever did he review

    1. says: kyle

      Whilst the 6’s are a great boot, the 5’s have a bit more going for them (Flywire etc.) and they’ll be much cheaper – which is always a factor.

      Also, they come in the Yellow/Gold/Black colourway, which is completely awesome.

  11. says: holland

    alright thanks man! i currently have the first 5’s (orange/silver) and they’re doing awesome but i’ll try to snag a pair of the yellows for cheap before they run out

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