High-tech innovation meets elegant design – We took a closer look at Nike Football’s Radaint Reveal Mercurial Superfly IV.
Offering one of the simplest yet complex designs for the Mercurial Superfly IV so far, the new design opts for a white and black design with a flourish of volt yellow, total orange and hyper pink colours flowing underneath.
Overall the design of the Radiant Reveal Superfly is indeed smart and modern, a purists dream and wingers heaven. This colourway will set-up the array of colour we should expect from Nike Football from their upcoming 2016 Euro Superfly V.
Explosive speed and acceleration is what these boots are designed for and you should expect some of the biggest names in football to headline this colourway in the coming weeks including Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Kevin De Bruyne.
The most noticeable feature to the Mercurial Superfly is the Dynamic Fit Collar which is made up of a woven material dubbed FlyKnit. The collar is designed to lock down your foot into the shoe for a sock-like feel and fit which in thus offers more responsiveness.
Fit wise the Superfly is renowned for fitting narrow, but this does not mean wide footed footballers won’t fit this boot. Going a half size down from your usual size would be the way to go if you want a perfect fit.
The FlyKnit material spans from heel to toe of the boot and is arguably one of the softest materials on the market similar to what is seen on the Magista Obra. An additional super thin synthetic layer dubbed NikeSkin is added on top of the FlyKnit for extra durability and touch. The woven material actually has a bit of texture to it to help with control at high speeds.
Like what is seen on the new Phantom II boot, Brio cables merge in with the laces to lock down your foot into the shoe again enhancing that responsive feel and fit for quicker acceleration and traction. ACC is used on this boot for a consistent touch in both wet and dry conditions. Whether it actually enhances performance is really up to you to decide.
Featured on previous Mercurial generations is the carbon fibre plate which is one of the most responsive and lightweight soles on the market. It delivers explosive speed in all directions while the Vapor traction pattern uses direct-inject blades which dig in the ground at higher velocities for instant acceleration.
With the European Championship & Copa America headlining the 2016 calendar year, we should see something big by Nike in the near future and we could potentially see some of the biggest names in world football headline a new generation of the speed boot. My first impressions are quite good for this edition of the Superfly. I’m a big fan of the design, it combines the benefits of classic and modern design in one. I have always been a fan of the FlyKnit upper, it’s soft enough to provide a barefoot feel on the ball.
The Dynamic Fit Collar again is not a feature which will be liked by everyone and the brio cables and carbon fibre sole work together to create a very responsive fit and feel. A very aggressive and responsive range by the Big Swoosh. Yes it fits narrow but it still does fit wide footed footballers. Being one of the most popular pro level ranges of all time, I highly recommend this boot to anyone who likes a barefoot feel with weight and comfort in mind. Of course there is always the low-cut Vapor X available for a more traditional fit around the ankle.
The one thing I would change is move the collar seam from the back of the ankle to the side to avoid any blisters in the Achilles region. Apart from that it’s an almost perfect range.
Posted on April 19, 2016 Blake