Elite Superfly Review
Nike's Mercurial Superfly offers a lightweight and responsive fit while the super thin materials used allows for more contact on the ball when passing, controlling and striking the ball, an overall very high performing football boot that is headlined by the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo.
5 Things About the Mercurial Superfly You'll Want to Know:
I'm Ready to Buy My Superfly 360
- The Mercurial Superfly are super repsonsive (they react to your foot's movements well)
- They're very comfortable for a lightweight boot
- They provide very aggressive traction (helps with grip & running fast)
- They are narrow fitting (not the best for those with wide feet)
- The sock collar is not overly necessary (so maybe consider the Mercurial Vapor instead)
Expert Superfly Elite Reviews:
We've combined our own personal opinions of the Superfly, with those of some of the most trusted voices on Football Boots on YouTube, to save you time! You can find video reviews of the Superfly 360 Elite FG and their main points below:
When Unisport have tested the Mercurial Superfly Elite they say:
- The Superfly have a tight and snug fit
- The collar helps to lock heel into boot
- The boot has a seamless and thin 'barefoot' touch on the ball
- The boot fits wider feet better than previous generations
- The contoured soleplate makes your feet fit better inside the boots
- You'll need more break-in time than usual
- They won't provide much protection for your feet
SR4U said of the Nike Mercurial Superfly:
- It is the most comfortable Superfly Nike has made
- The boot has a super thin 'barefoot' touch on the ball
- The boot has the thinnest ever Flyknit Upper on a Nike boot
- The collar is shorter and easier to get used to
- There are no performance differences between the Superfly & Vapor
- The soleplate is very flexible and responsive
- The boot is narrow, but wider than the Superfly V
Your Mercurial Superfly Questions Answered
What Superfly size should I go for?
True to size. Fits the same length wise as every other Nike elite level cleat.
Does the Superfly Elite suit my wide feet?
Most likely no, the Mercurial last (how wide the boot is) is notoriously known to be narrow fitting, however wide footed players can squeeze in and a little stretch will be experienced but don't expect the most forgiving fit width wise.
Can you Get the Superfly 360 in kids? What Children's sizes are available?
Yes you can get children's versions of the Superfly 360, kids superfly is UK 4 to 5.5 and adult sizes are available in UK6 all the way to up to UK11, US12 including half sizes.
Does the Superfly VI have FlyWire?
No, suprisingly Nike decided not to use FlyWire with the Superfly 360, this was a popular feature on the Supefly V and some players may notice a little less lockdown because of this. Many players will find that this does mean the Superfly VI are that little bit more comfortable to wear than previous Mercurial.
How are they different to it's predecessor, the Mercurial Superfly V?
The Superfly 360 scrapped FlyWire for a new split soleplate system which is revolutionary in design allowing for added rigidity and flexibility and thus more responsiveness. Nike reduced the amount of Nikeskin (Top layer) the upper has offering an even thinner touch on the ball.
How much does the Superfly VI weigh?
This is the lightest Superfly to date: 191 grams or 6.7oz.
Does the Superfly have a sock collar?
Yes, this is the only difference between the Superfly 360 and the Vapor 360, the Supefly has a Dynamic Fit Collar, that covers your ankle, designed to be an extension of the boot, to make your leg and boot feel like one. This collar is shorter than on the previous Superfly, similar to the custom collar preferred by CR7.
Will the Mercurial soleplate flake off?
Yes, Nike do say that the chrome color on the outsole will wear off over time, how quickly and badly depends on whether you play on soft, wet pitches or dry hard pitches, very dry or artifical pitches will be worst.
Can I wear these on Grass/Mud/3G/Turf...?
Yes you can, there are different versions for diferrent pitches, the Superfly FG suits grass pitches, the AG-PRO is for 3G or Artificial Turf, whilst SG or Anti-clog are best for muddy pitches
What is the Upper of the Superfly?
It is made from one piece of Flyknit to make it very flexible and feel like a second skin. This Flyknit is then treated with NikeSkin, an ultra thin polyurethane coating combined with performance mesh topped with Nike's ACC (all conditions control) treatment. On the forefoot a microtexture has been added to improve grip on the ball.
What are these similar to?
The Superfly is almost identical to the Mercurial Vapor, these just have the sock like dynamic fit collar and a slightly softer upper, looking to adidas you'd compare them to their X18.1 boots, fitting in to the Speed range.
What's the difference between the Superfly and Vapor?
The price, the Superfly will be £20 more than the Vapor at full retail price, for that you get the Dynamic Fit Collar on the Superfly whereas the Vapor lacks the collar, which is best is just a personal choice.
Are the Superfly Elite comfortable?
Yes, this is one of the reasons why the Superfly is loved by so many professionals, they are very comfortable despite having a lightweight speed focus.
Who's going to be wearing them?
Nike designed the Mercurial for the explosive player, players like Cristiano Ronaldo & Kylian Mbappe who use their pace, unpredictability and speed and to get past the opposition, they have a need for speed, do you?
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