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Academy Vapor 14 Nike Review

Nike has no shortage of marquee names for their low-cut Mercurials as the likes of Erling Haaland and Bruno Fernandes wear the Vapors in their matches. You can affordably look like them on pitch by going with the Vapor 14 Academy boots, one of Nike's most popular boots to wear for the general public.

8 Things About the Mercurial Vapor Academy You'll Want to Know:

  1. These are your budget option to experience the Mercurial Vapor line, priced at around £70 for standard colourways and £75 for signature edition
  2. Synthetic upper is thicker and more padded than that of the Elite's; texturing represents the Engineered Mesh of the Vaporposite
  3. Barefoot sensation during ball contact is noticeably reduced, though there is some added ball grip because of the grid-like texturing
  4. Still has the soleplate looks of the Aerotrak construction but no longer has the anatomicallly-shaped internal board; flat-footed players would welcome the change
  5. Has more width than the elite models and can accomodate as much foot shapes as possible
  6. FG variation also officially labelled as MG; composed of relatively shorter studs, has a good mix of blades and crescent-like ones
  7. Available in Turf and Indoor models as well
  8. Also a better value-for-money option than the Academy Superfly with the collar the only absence in the Vapor

Adult Vapor 14 Academy:

Children's Vapor 14 Academy:

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Expert Vapor Academy Reviews:

We've combined our own personal opinions of the Vapor with some of the most trusted voices on Football Boots on YouTube, to save you time! You can find video reviews of the Vapor 14 Academy and their main view points below:

Boot Wizard Review:

  • Upper is thicker and more padded as expected in the Academy level; soft on the toe box and stiffer on the midfoot
  • Has some unwanted creases
  • Tongue construction does not pose that much of a problem, but it does affect the form-fitting capability of the boot
  • The liner towards the front feels nice and looks like it is made of brushed cotton
  • Synthetic leather heel liner feels a bit slick
  • Stud configuration a good MG option; might lean a bit towards FG use
  • Good to still have a toned-down Aerotrak soleplate; decent spring back for an Academy soleplate; forefoot flexibility a bit stiff and may need some break-in time
  • Full retail price considered, a solid buy among Academy boots
  • Heel counter has enough padding and depth
  • True-to-size
  • Wider than the Elite

SoccerReviews4You Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy Review:

  • Synthetic upper is softer than the Vapor 13 Academy; a genuine improvement
  • Finds the graphic detailing the Elite's liner cheap
  • Ball touch is nothing like the top-end model, still provide a decent barefoot sensation
  • Body of tongue is a bit stiff and may cause creasing and pressure points; finds the elasticated tongue on the Superfly more comfortable
  • Wider in shape and cut compared to the Elite
  • Perforated synthetic leather heel liner is more durable and comfortable in the long run compared to the Superfly Academy
  • Insole is now removable
  • Soleplate and stud configuration are above-average in terms of quality in the Academy price point
  • Does feel lightweight
  • True-to-size
  • Tiempo Academy feels more premium, but the Vapor Academy ranks above the GT Academy

Find out more about Nike's cheaper boots, with our Academy reviews of the Vapor, Tiempo and Superfly:

Academy Vapor 13 Nike Review

Rising stars Erling Haaland, Bruno Fernandes, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all wear the Nike Mercurial Vapor 13. If you would like to wear the Vapors as well but just couldn't splash the cash for the same Elite boots they are wearing, then no worries! Nike has you covered with the Academy Vapor 13 that is significantly cheaper to help you enjoy the Vapor experience with a good price.

7 Things About the Mercurial Vapor Academy You'll Want to Know:

  1. These are your budget option to experience the Mercurial Vapor line, priced at around £70 for standard colourways and £75 for signature edition
  2. Utilizes a synthetic upper instead of the knit found in higher models; feels more padded and thicker compared to the Elite and Pro; slightly thinner and softer than the Vapor 12 Academy though overall thickness is the same due to the padded internal liner
  3. Touch is okay due to the minimal texturing, but barefoot sensation during ball contact is noticeably reduced
  4. Still has a split stud plate construction but inner full-length plate is not anatomicallly shaped; flat-footed players would welcome the change
  5. Has more width than the elite models and can accomodate as much foot shapes as possible
  6. FG variation has shorter studs in general and incorporates a few crescent-like studs to make it playable in other surfaces as well
  7. Also available in SG-PRO Anti Clog for muddy pitches and AG-specific for artificial turf.
  8. Edges out the Superfly in terms of value for money due to its perforated synthetic leather liner, regular tongue construction, and low cut opening that provides decent comfort

Adult Vapor 13 Academy:

Children's Vapor 13 Academy:

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Expert Vapor Academy Reviews:

We've combined our own personal opinions of the Vapor with some of the most trusted voices on Football Boots on YouTube, to save you time! You can find video reviews of the Vapor 13 Academy MG and their main view points below:

Unisport's review of the Vapor 13 Academy said:

  • Embossed mesh-like texturing may not be to provide the same grip as the Elite Flyknit's but have to appreciate Nike's attempt to replicate
  • Synthetic leather heel liner provides a pleasant and comfortable sensation
  • Upper is bit stiffer, more rigid relative to Jay Mike's preference
  • MG stud configuration is good most especially in terms of warranty when playing in harder surfaces
  • If you like the the split plate construction and aerotrak spine, the Academy still retains those, just not the performance element
  • Good value for money as long as you'll be able to live with the downgrades
  • Synthetic material is used for the upper instead of knit
  • Provides an overall decent fit

SoccerReviews4You Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy review:

  • Does not provide a true barefoot experience because of the internal padded liner
  • Synthetic pper is thin and slightly softer than the Vapor 12
  • Touch is descent, courtesy of the minimal texturing
  • No complaints about the material used for the tongue
  • Hundred times looks better than the Superfly
  • Sufficient flex for a takedown soleplate; Aerotrak snap not noticeable
  • Not as tight-fitting as the Elite; still comfortable and recommends going true-to-size
  • On feet Vapor 12 feels good; just relative to the higher Vapor models, the Academy cuts a bit wide, presumably to accomodate as much width as possible and as comfortably as possible
  • Phantom VNM Academy and Tiempo Legend Academy have better takedown execution

Your Mercurial Vapor Academy Questions Answered

What are the changes applied from the Elite going to the Academy level?

The Academy replaces knit with a mesh-like textured synthetic upper with a noticeable increased padding. The toe box is lowered compared to the Vapor 12 Academy but has wider volume relative to the current top-tier models. The inner chassis is no longer anatomically shaped and the stud configuration is specifically labeled as multi-grounded.

How does the Vapor 13 Academy compare to the Academy takedowns of the other Nike football boot silos?

Execution is slightly improved from the Vapor 12 and better than the GT Academy. Still though the calfskin leather upper of the Tiempo Academy has the nicest quality feeling. If you exclusively play with Mercurial Vapors, moving on to the Vapor 13 Academy from the last generation would be a good move. Otherwise, from a quality standpoint, the recommended choice is the Tiempo Academy.

What's the difference between the MG of the Academy and the FG of the top-end Vapor boots?

The studs of the Vapor 13 FG are purely angular. The MG stud configuration replaces some of the chevrons with crescent-like studs and overall the studs are shorter, all done with the purpose of enabling the Academy to be played on harder surfaces.

What size of Vapor 13 Academy should I choose?

Go for your normal boots size as these fit true to size and volume is slightly increased to accomodate more width.

Does the Vapor Academy suit my wide feet?

The Academy is a bit more forgiving given the increase in volume. However, wide footed players can squeeze in usually with a half size upgrade. Consider this options if your feet are truly wide.

How much does the Vapor 13 Academy cost?

The Academy cost £70 for standard colourways and £75 for signature ones.

Can you Get a Vapor 13 Academy Jr? If so what sizes are available for kids?

Nike do make a kids Vapor Academy, the only difference being a heel tag for getting them on easier. Children's pairs run from UK 1 to 5.5.

Does the Academy have other soleplate versions for muddy pitches, 3G or Turf?

Yes, the Academy, aside from the FG/MG variation, also has the SG Pro Anti Clog, AG, and TF models.