The Nike Mercurial Glide has been a favourite among Mercurial fans since it’s re-branding from the ‘Steam’ last year, thanks to it’s versatility and value – find out how this latest generation stacks up against it’s fellow Mercurial football boots, here!
As the fourth-tier of the Mercurial family, may would expect the Mercurial Glide II to be a very unwhelming pair of football boots – but we were pleasently surprised by what it has to offer for it’s mid-level price tag.
Staring on the upper, the Mercurial Glide II uses the same single-layer Teijin synthetic as the Mercurial Miracle, which is designed to be lightweight, flexible and comfortable – whilst a brushed finish and specially designed graphics to enhance ball friction.
The obvious visual addition to the Mercurial Glide II is the Lace cover; whilst Nike has ditched the same cover from the Mercurial Vapor VII it remains on the Mercurial Glide II as a major selling point. We can only guess that Nike wanted to leave fans of the Lace cover a pair of football boots that they could call their own!
Unlike the Vapor VII and Miracle II the Mercurial Glide II doesn’t use the same last as the Superfly III – it instead uses an anatomically correct ‘Speed Last’ designed to mirror the contours of your foot.
Combined with a EVA sockliner, shaped to mould to the features of your foot and a die-cut foam heel collar, the Mercurial Glide II are designed to be as kind to your feet as a pair of football boots can be!
As mentioned earlier, the main reason many play in the Mercurial Glide series is because of the versatility! In addition to the the FG and SG soleplates, the Mercurial Glide II also comes in Astroturf and AG soleplates, meaning players who are serious about their game can get some decent mid-range football boots that compliment the surface they’re playing on!
The FG model utilises the same multi-directional stud-system as it’s bigger brother, the Miracle II, and retains the high-friction off the toe acceleration zone. It’s' also interesting to note that the Mercurial Glide II has no glass-fibre in it’s sole – presumably as it has so many different sole plates available it makes sense to keep the features across the range as similar as possible.
The FG model of the Mercurial Glide II tips the scales at a mere 255g (or 9.0oz) per boot, with the Astroturf and AG models weighing in at a touch more.
Given those statistics, do you think the Mercurial Glide II is worth £66.99/$84.99?
Would you buy these as your next pair of football boots?
Let us know in the comments!