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Vapor 14 Elite Review

Nike's Vapor 14 offers a lightweight, responsive and 'barefoot' touch playing experience and is overall a very high performing and comfortable football boot worn by headline names of Erling Haaland and Bruno Fernandes. The Mercurial Vapor 14 replaces the Vapor 13.

7 Things About the Vapor 14 You'll Want to Know:

  1. Vapor 14, together with the Superfly 8, marks the return of the Mercurial to synthetics after years of using Flyknit
  2. Vaporposite upper composed of a soft Avail Q internal liner and a Titan synthetic outer liner covered by a grippy engineered mesh overlay
  3. Previous Mercurials arguably might be more comfortable because of the more pliable Flyknit, though the current generation still feels soft on feet because of the Flyknit tongue and the microfibre Avail Q liner
  4. Vapor 14 still presented as the low-cut Mercurial alternative; low collar now comes with a stylish heel tab
  5. Still has an anatomically-shaped sole
  6. Redesigned Aerotrak soleplate now has a connecting spine down the middle; still provides the same level of responsiveness
  7. They're worn by the likes of Erling Haaland, Frenkie De Jong & Bruno Fernandes

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What we think of them...

The Vapor 14 is like a prayer answered for those desiring to return to the synthetic days of the Nike Mercurials. The new Vaporposite material is thin to give you that raw pingy sensation upon ball contact. And after just a short break-in time, the material becomes more pliable and complements the softer Avail Q microfibre liner, making your feet comfortable in the long run.

As for the comparison between the Vapor 13 and Vapor 14, it's hard to say which is a better boot. Both have the same trademark Mercurial fit and shape, and their Aerotrak soleplates share the same level of responsiveness even though they are built differently. The Vapor 14, in essence, is more like an addition rather than a replacement. Vapor 14 obviously appeals for those who prefer synthetics while the Vapor 13 is for those who like the experience of wearing knitted boots.

Despite some changes on the angles of the stud placement, both Vapor 13 and Vapor 14 offer a stud layour that arguably is the most aggressive in terms of traction.

Expert Vapor 14 Elite Reviews:

To help you, we've mixed our opinions on the Vapor 14, with some of those from trusted voices on Football Boots on YouTube, to save you time! You can find video reviews of the Elite Vapor 14 FG and their main points below:

The Vapor are still a solid lightweight football boot, that is the most comfortable synthetic Mercurial to date, they sit on the foot closely and wrap around perfectly. You will find them true to size and they match the objective performance of the Vapor 13, with super aggressive studs. It feels like the Vapor 14 gives you a true Mercurial experience because of its synthetic roots, making them an easily recommendable boot, though the choice to move from the 13 to 14 would be a matter of preference

Unisport's opinion on the Vapor 14:

  • The transluceny of the upper makes the Vapor 14 look technical
  • The speed band on the toe box has a nylon reinforcement, feeling similar to the high-tenacity yarns
  • Finds the heel tab fancy and evokes memories of the heel finish on the F50 adizero
  • Feels like a truer Mercurial than the previous Vapor due to the synthetic finish
  • Undecided regarding how he feels about the speed wings (not sure if it has a function of if they are merely for aesthetics

SR4U's Vapor XIV thoughts:

  • An inversion of some sort; the Vapor 14 has a structural layer on the outside and a softer inner liner, while the Vapor 13 has the soft Flyknit as the top layer then reinforced on the inside by a stiffer liner
  • Grip because a bit bettern than that of the Vapor 13
  • The translucent finish enables people to pay attention to a boot's liner
  • Loves the heel tab but finds it unnecessary; also thinks it would not lead to blisters because of how flexible it is
  • Not sure about purpose of the speed wing plastics attached to the rear of the foot

Vapor 14 FAQ Answered:

What size Vapor should I get?

Go true to size; like the Superfly the Vapor will fit perfectly when you go for your normal foot size.

Can you Get the Vapor 14 in kids? What sizes are available?

Yes you can get children's versions of the Mercurial Vapor XIII, kids Vapors Elites are UK 4 to 5.5 and adult sizes are available in UK6 all the way to up to UK11, US12 including half sizes, you can get Academy or Elite options to suit.

Are the Vapors comfortable to wear?

Yes. Despite having primarily a synthetic structural layer, the upper has a thin profile which significantly eases up the break-in period to make the upper more pliable. On top of that, the Vapor 14 feels soft also because of the internal microfibre Avail Q liner.

Will the Vapor suit my wide feet?

They can but is not recommended for really wide feet. The Vapor's last (how wide the boot is) is narrow and the nature of the Vaporposite as a synthetic material means it does not have any stretch like that of the Superfly 7's Flyknit.

What is the difference between the Elite Vapor 14 & Elite Vapor 13?

The Vapor 14 sports a synthetic Vaporposite material while the previous Vapor utilises Flyknit.

What is the Vaporposite made of?

The Vaporposite is primarily made out of Titan synthetic, a successor to the popular Teijin synthetic, giving the boot more attention to structure. This is offset by the soft Avail Q microfibre on the side. Vaporposite has enhanced grip compared to the Flyknit of Vapor 13 due to the engineered mesh overlay, which by the way also reinforces the structure of the boot.

What's the difference between the Vapor and Superfly?

The big diffeerence is the price and the sock; the Vapor will be around £20 cheaper than the Superfly at full retail price. The Superfly has a Dynamic Fit Collar whereas the Vapor lacks the collar hence why it's more expensive than the Vapor. It depends on how you like your boots around your ankle.

Who wears the Nike Vapor 14?

From forwards Eden Hazard & Erling Haaland, wingers Neymar & Christian Pulisic, midfielders Bruno Fernandes & Frenkie De Jong to fullbacks Alphonso Davies & Joao Cancelo, the Vapor 14 is the most popular boot of choice for pros.

5 Things About the Vapor 13 You'll Want to Know:

  1. They are the most popular boot choice of professional football players
  2. They fit well and have respond quickly to your movements
  3. The are just a Mercurial Superfly without the sock collar.
  4. They have a better foot wrap & sock feel to the Vapor 12
  5. They're worn by the likes of Erling Haaland, Eden Hazard, Frenkie De Jong & Neymar.

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What we think of them...

The Vapor 13 now boasts a 360° fully knitted upper using the latest construction of Nike Flyknit. This has been done to create a boot with just the right amount of structure, securing lockdown by tightening up during the foot’s movement, working in a similar way to the Quadfit mesh of the Phantom VSN and Tiempo. The interweaved yarns, avoid the bulky feeling of multiple layers and reduces the weight.

Nike have coated the Flyknit yarns with the thinnest ‘Nikeskin’ ever, to enable a precise, barefoot sensation, with grippy touch and ACC performance, as it is so thin, the Nikeskin bends easier with the foot. The Vapor 13 uses a central lacing system with an elasticated Flyknit tongue, integrated into the upper, that reinforces the snug fit for an unrivalled lockdown.

Inside the shoe, padding around the heel gives better cushioning and lockdown, whilst the sock liner is perforated & ultra-thin, to cut weight & enhance breathability, to transfer movememnts from foot to boot, the insole uses Nikegrip technology; a mesh surface, on a foam layer, textured to lock into the soleplate base, to prevent internal boot to foot and insole slippage.

The chevron studded split soleplate uses Nike’s AeroTrac zone on the forefoot and a cored-out plate on the heel to cut weight. The Aerotrac zone gives an aggressive snap back after it has been bent, to boost your sprints, overall the Vapor 13 is jam-packed with technological innovations designed to make the boots comfortable, lightweight, responsive, and to boost your speed on pitch.

Vapor 13 FAQ Answered:

How much does the Nike Vapor cost?

The Elite Vapor RRP is £220, the Academy £70, and the Club £43. Kids Elite are £130 and Kids Academy £50.

What is the difference between Nike Vapor and Superfly?

The only difference is that the Superfly is collared and the Vapor is low-cut. Both feature the same boot profile and material composition, the Vapor is slightly cheaper than the Superfly

Which Mercurial Vapor boot is best?

The Elite Vapor 13 would be the best boot considering they include the most premium material and boot construction possible, followed by the Academy and Club in that order.

Who wears Nike Mercurial Vapor boots?

The Vapor is the most popular choice of boot for professionals, they are being worn by Erling Haaland, Frenkie De Jong, Eden Hazard, Leroy Sane and Neymar who has his own signature edition Vapors

What is Nike Vapor?

The Nike Mercurial Vapor is a football boot, the low-cut version of the Nike Mercurial that are considered to be the brand's speed boots. They feature a soft and lightweight knitted upper called Flyknit with supportive High Tenacity yarns to reinforce boot structure and lockdown.

What size Vapor should I get?

Go true to size; like the Superfly the Vapor will fit perfectly when you go for your normal foot size.

Can you Get the Vapor 13 in kids? What sizes are available?

Yes you can get children's versions of the Mercurial Vapor XIII, kids Vapors Elites are UK 4 to 5.5 and adult sizes are available in UK6 all the way to up to UK11, US12 including half sizes, you can get Academy or Elite options to suit.

Are the Vapors comfortable to wear?

One of the most popular boots amongst pro players, the Vapor is very comfortable, even though it is has a lightweight speed focus, with a fit that suits all but the widest of feet, you'll feet will be happy in the Vapor 13 Elite.

Will the Vapor suit my wide feet?

They can but is not recommended for really wide feet, the Vapor's last (how wide the boot is) is narrow however the upper's Flyknit wll provide a bit more stretch and give than previous Vapor generations.

What is the difference between the Pro & Elite Vapor 13?

The Pro takedown of the Vapor XIII does not feature the combination of the high tenacity yarns and the soft Flyknit base. The Pro version simply offers circular knit that is still soft, while all the structural reinforcements come from the ‘Nikeskin’ top layer and the inner liner which is thicker than the one found in the Elite model, making the Pro less structurally sound. The slope of the collar on the Pro is shallow relative to the one on the Elite. The insole also does not have the texture lock at the bottom seen on the Elite insole which improves insole traction inside the boot. The Pro though still has the ACC coating as well as the Aerotrac plate.

What has changed from the Vapor 12?

Vapor 12 vs 13, the difference is that the 13 provide a better wrap & sock-like feeling because of the new way of using the high tenacity yarns. This means the 13 avoids the stiffness & pressure points of previous synthetic materials. The latest Vapor is snugger and less stretchy because of its lowered toe box compared to the Vapor XII. The tongue is also a little bit more elastic & enables a better-connected feel to the boot. The snappy bounce back of the Aerotrac zone gives off a more natural flexible feel to the soleplate and the studs are 1mm longer than the previous Vapor’s studs.

What's the difference between the Vapor and Superfly?

The big diffeerence is the price and the sock; the Vapor will be £20 cheaper than the Superfly at full retail price. The Superfly has a Dynamic Fit Collar whereas the Vapor lacks the collar hence why it's more expensive than the Vapor. It depends on how you like your boots around your ankle.

Who wears the Nike Vapor 13?

From strikers Anthony Martial & Erling Haaland, wingers Neymar & Christian Pulisic, midfielders Bruno Fernandes & Frenkie De Jong to fullbacks Ben Chilwell & Kyle Walker, the Vapor 13 is the most popular boot of choice for pros.

Vapor 12 Elite Review

5 Things About the Vapor 12 You'll Want to Know:

  1. They are narrow fitting (not the best for wide feet)
  2. They are extremely snug and responsive
  3. They're very comfortable for a lightweight boot
  4. The chevron studs provide very aggressive traction
  5. The low cut ankle design is preferred by many pro players over the similar Superfly
I'm Ready to Buy My Vapor XII

Expert Vapor 12 Elite Reviews:

To help you, we've mixed our opinions on the Vapor 12, with some of those from trusted voices on Football Boots on YouTube, to save you time! You can find video reviews of the Elite Vapor 12 FG and their main points below:

Unisport's opinion on the Vapor 360:

  • They are very comfortable for a lightweight speed boot
  • The silicon Nikeskin coating offers you a very high performing fit
  • The upper has a lot of give and stretch
  • Wide footed players can wear this boot
  • The soleplate provides very aggressive (sharp) and responsive traction
  • The upper is super thin and provides a barefoot strike on the ball
  • Nike's '360 degree' upper seen on the bottom of the boots does not improve performance

SR4U's Vapor XII thoughts:

  • The Vapor provides a super tight and snug fit
  • The upper provides a very 'barefoot' touch on the ball
  • It has the thinnest Flyknit upper of any Nike boot
  • They are more responsive than the Vapor XI (It's Predecessor)
  • The upper texture provides minimal grip
  • The studs provide super aggressive traction
  • The Vapor is slightly wider in the forefoot and toe box from previous Vapors

Your Questions on the Vapor Answered

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Your Vapor Questions Answered:

Raul - Belfast: I'm curently looking to get a new pair of football boots, i'm a big fan of the Nike Mercurial Vapor, but im still not sure what to get. Im a winger but i also play in midfield, so i want a boot that can help me in both situations, any suggestions?

    The Vapor is massively popular with pro players and for good reason, it is so versatile, probably the ultimate boot on the market right now.
    Worn by Modric, Hazard, Neymar, Frenkie De Jong, Tammy Abraham, Martial, Eriksen list goes on... I don't think you need to consider anything else really, just what color you want.