Nike Mercurial Supefly V Review
One cleat that has always been popular is the Nike Mercurial Superfly. In March of 2016, Nike unveiled its most advanced and innovative speedboot to date, then in June of 2016, it was unleashed onto the pitch.
The Nike Mercurial Superfly V is quite the breakthrough in soccer cleat technology, being one of the lightest, fastest, and secure soccer cleats ever made. Featuring a Flyknit construction, Nike Grip System, anatomical soleplate, 'speed rib' upper, and ACC technology; the Nike Superfly 5 is truly a remarkable soccer cleat.
With the Dynamic Fit collar the support, stability, and secure lockdown is automatically better than the Vapor. The upper has made a few positive advancements compared to the Superfly IV, with the better grip, softness, and feel for the ball. The Flyknit upper is exceptionally soft and flexible, allowing for a very short break-in time. Nike has maintained Flywire cables, providing a responsive feel, structured fit, and better lockdown. Nike has also maintained the ACC aspect, which helps with grip to the ball in rough weather. On top of it all, there is a layer of Nikeskin to give that little extra optimal grip.
On foot, the fit is tighter than its predecessor, causing a better secure lockdown. Having a one-piece upper, there are absolutely no overlapping materials giving a consistent touch and contributing to the extension of the foot, barefoot sensation. However, the fit is not perfect, if you have wide feet, the whole mercurial line was probably never your thing. The Superfly V is made for a slim and narrow foot, otherwise, you may experience blisters.
In terms of looks, the Superfly 5 is a fantastic looking cleat, being worn by players like Cristiano Ronaldo. The Flyknit upper has a striped pattern that changes slightly in the middle and it features a fade at the base. The dynamic fit collar has a triangle shape in the Flyknit. At the medial side of the foot, there is Flyknit and ACC branding with the word 'NIKE' in big letters, while at the lateral side of the foot there is a Nike Swoosh and Mercurial branding.
The Nike Superfly V has a very intricate soleplate, being an anatomical soleplate with bladed studs. Nike has made a very notable improvement from the Superfly IV by replacing carbon fiber with a thin, one layered plastic soleplate. Also, there are very small horizontal grooves running through the bottom of the soleplate that give that extra grip on the ball. The soleplate isn't perfect, the firm ground (FG) variation is not suitable for artificial grass (AG) given its highly aggressive traction.
The soleplate, given how thin it is and the fact that it fits anatomically, you get a very close to the ball sensation and a secure lockdown. Being an anatomical soleplate, your foot actually sits in the soleplate, opposed to a flat soleplate, your foot stays in place with no slippage whatsoever. This means that you get a highly responsive boot that moves with your every movement. While making this boot, Nike had one thing in mind, explosiveness.
Concern: The fitting is not great for wide feet. The FG variation is not suitable for AG.
Recommended? Yes: Reasons for buying: Starting from the top, featuring a Dynamic Fit collar, giving a one-piece sensation and consistent touch. A soft and flexible Flyknit upper integrated with Flywire cables for excellent comfort and the highest responsiveness. An anatomical soleplate for, maximum lockdown, no slippage, and the ultimate feel for the ball. Finally, the look of the Superfly V is stunning. Join the many professionals and enthusiasts wearing the Superfly V, on a day to day basis.
Image Credits to Nike.