When leather meets speed you can’t get much better than that – We lace up and review Nike Football’s Canvas/Volt Mercurial Superfly IV.
The Nike Mercurial Superfly Tech Craft showcases as the eptiome of composing a football boot which combines modern technology with traditional materials. The Superfly is Nike’s premium speed boot and the Tech Craft edition incorporates a layer of high quality K-Leather upon the upper to enhance touch and feel on the ball. Today – we have the Canvas/Volt colourway which poses as the second edition of the Tech Craft treatment.
COMFORT: The comfort of the Tech Craft Superfly’s are very similar to its standard version. For a speed boot the comfort is pretty good and the Dynamic Fit collar hugs the ankle well but not too intensly. The only slight issue is the heel tab which can rub against the back of the foot potentially causing blisters.
FIT: The fit of the boots are definitely snug. It’s a slight struggle to get your foot on the Superfly due to the Dynamic Fit collar and once in and fully laced-up the Flyknit upper and Brio cables really hug around the foot for added lock-down. Although not overly narrow in the mid-foot, wide footed players may have some concerns with the Superfly.
SIZING: The sizing of the Tech Craft Superfly’s are pretty spot-on. I went for my usual UK10.5 and these were ideal for me, if you’re a player that prefers that very snug fit then going half a size down would also be possible.
BREAK-IN: There will be some break-in time with the boots. Although the K-Leather upper is very soft straight out the box, the Flyknit synthetic underneath and Dynamic Fit collar will require several sessions just to become more flexible and forgiving. The carbon fiber sole plate is also very stiff so allow a few hours of use to become more user friendly.
WEIGHT: The Tech Craft edition of the Superfly weighs in just heavier than its standard version coming it at 212 grams which sees the leather addition increase its original 193 gram value.
K-LEATHER: The headline variance between the Tech Craft Superfly and the standard version is of course the layer of premium K-Leather applied on top of the Flyknit upper to offer players a level of cushioned touch and feel a fully synthetic speed boot fails to replicate. The ultra-thin leather topper is stitched upon the boot to produce a snug and responsive fit from the Flyknit whilst providing an expereince as felt within its Tiempo Legend counterpart through the natural material placed above the boots interior for a traditional contact with the ball.
DYNAMIC FIT COLLAR: The Dynamic Fit collar offers a sock-like effect which hugs around the ankle and flows down into the lacing system for additional effects. It may not prove to be preferrable to every player however the low-cut Mercurial Vapor is lways an option for a more traditional silhouette.
ACC: As with all of Nike’s modern-day silos, the Tech Craft Superfly come equipped with the brand’s innovative ACC technology which coats the entire upper for added control on the ball in all conditions.
CARBON FIBRE: Again installing carbon fibre on the sole, the sole used on this model will do the same as the standard Superfly offering a snug, responsive and aggressive fit and feel. The small and thin blades on the heel and forefoot are designed to penetrate the ground at higher velocities for overall enhanced acceleration, agility and aggressiveness.
DESIGN & COLOURWAY: The design of the Tech Craft Superfly maintains the exact template as its standard version however incorporates a super-thin layer of premium K-Leather upon the Flyknit base which has a Canvas colour of light brown. The leather addition is applied to the toe-box and flows across either side panel before returning to its original Flyknit synthetic material which contrasts against the Canvas in electric Volt. The Dynamic Fit collar and laces also pose in Volt while finishing touches of Black border the collar, Mercurial branding, and Nike Swoosh border across the upper.
PROTECTION: The protection of the Mercurial Superfly is on the lower end of spectrum, and although the Tech Craft possesses an additional layer of leather the upper is still on the thin side so tackles and impacts will definitely be felt. A significant weak-spot for the Superfly is the Flyknit lacing system which is very soft and thin so studs hitting that part of the foot may cause pain or injury.
DURABILITY: Nike’s Superfly is the brand’s premium product – hence its high price tag however this is reflected in its quality craftsmenship so durability shouldn’t be a problem. With regular care for the Tech Craft’s luxury leather the boots should last a full season, especially if left behind when playing on 3G surfaces.
VERDICT: The Tech Craft Superfly does a great job of combining an array of modernistic technologies with traditional materials. The responsiveness of the Dynamic Fit collar, Brio cables, Flyknit, and carbon fiber sole plate will increase the performance qualities of the boots while the addition of K-Leather brings the player a more pleasurable expereince when touching and striking the ball. Overall, although the Dynamic Fit collar and unique colour-way won’t be for everyone’s preference – the Tech Craft edition of the Superfly is a revolutionary concept and one that I’m a fan.
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Posted on December 16, 2015 Matt