Last week saw the release of the new Nike boot pack called Lightning Storm. Below the headlines were the low profile versions of the leading boot models, namely the Mercurial Vapor X, Magista Opus and the Hypervenom Phinish II.
The three Nike models which passed by last week’s Lightning Storm release with little fanfare were the Mercurial Vapor X, the Magista Opus and the Hypervenom Phinish II. All of these models are low profile boots, that is they do not come with a dynamic collar around the ankle. They do however offer a significant £80 against the headline model.
Worth a look? We thought so too…
Nike Mercurial Vapor X – Lightning Storm
Colourway: Hyper Pink / Black
Retail Price: £160 FG, £170 SG
The Mercurial Vapor X, the daddy of speed comes in the bold pink, reminding us of the Vapor IV Berry from 2008.
With the tongue-less upper wrapping around your foot and the super thin synthetic upper moulding to your shape, the Vapor X gives you a supportive, snug fit.
The Nike All Conditions Control tech is built into the micro textured synthetic upper to help your control in wet and dry conditions.
Underneath you’ll find the lightweight nylon chassis plate and he direct inject blades to help your grip and explosive movement.
Nike Hypervenom Phinish – Lightning Storm
Colourway: Green Strike / Volt / Black
Created for maximum agility and barefoot-like touch on the ball. The Phinish, like the Vapor X has a tongue less upper for that ‘secure fit’.
Nike added Flywire cables to the second version of the Phinish, they’re built into the upper, again to help give you a solid support in the boot.
You’ll find Nike’s ACC tech on the upper. The upper is made from NikeSkin with a textured coating which helps your touch.
On the flipside of the Phinish, Nike use a split toe plate, with an agility traction pattern to make the plate responsive.
Nike Magista Opus – Lightning Storm
Colourway: Blue / Black / Blue Lagoon / Turquoise Blue
The Nike Lightning Storm Pack Magista Opus is the playmaker’s shoe and will be seen on the feet of Andres Iniesta.
The upper on the Opus is made from Nike’s Kanga Lite, it’s soft and moulds to your foot shape.
Whilst the black mesh is all about ventilation and comfort, it also plays its part in the 3D texture over forefoot, it helps grip the ball and get a decent touch.
Underneath the Opus uses conical studs, so changes of movement are clean, they’re sitting on a lightweight nylon plate, which is both supportive and flexible.
Whilst you won’t benefit from the supportive dynamic collar, these models are pro level football boots and are great value compared to the Hypervenom Phantom II, the Mercurial Superfly and the Magista Obra.