Friday last week, Nike revealed the brand new Nike Mercurial SuperFly IV, which introduces the Mercurial series to Flyknit. We have managed to get our hands on a pair of the new SuperFly, and naturally our photographer couldn't keep away from it. The result is obvious – this bad boy does the business!
Superfly is back an ready to bring the speed – explosive speed that is. Nike have spent four years developing the Mercurial Superfly, and the result is surely impressive; a football boot weighing in at at mere 193 grams and is made to both give you the optimal fit, the most precise ball feel, as well as an incredibly aggressive acceleration.
Once you get this football boot in your hands, there is certainly no doubt that Nike are truly onto something here. The upper is made with Nike's Flyknit material and is a three layer knitted upper. Yes – knitted. Because it is made from yarn, it will provide a unique and snug fit around your foot – similar to a sock – and the result is therefore a very personal fit.
In addition, the use of Flyknit has allowed Nike to leave out the tongue on the Superfly, as well as introduce the Dynamic Fit Collar on the Mercurial; hereby you will get a football boot that is not just a part of your foot, but actually both a part of your foot, ankle and calf. The result is unique feeling of an upper that is not just sitting on your foot, but that it is actually a part of it. This feeling is so cool that some of us couldn't stop smiling when we tried the Superfly. It is that cool.
The comparison of the Nike Magista Obra and the Nike Mercurial Superfly is inevitable due to the Dynamic Fit Collar, but the fit actually differ quite a bit. The Magista is made over the Nike GF13 last, while the Superfly, as the mercurial Vapor IX, makes use of the V12 last. Therefore, the Superfly is also a bit slimmer and longer than the Magista, and in relation to size it may be recommended to use half a size smaller for the Mercurial, in order to get the perfect length.
The upper on the Nike Mercurial Superfly is, just as the Magista, treated with NikeSkin – a 0,1 mm thin silicone cover with ACC, which ensures that water is kept out, as well as giving you a consistent touch on the ball, regardless of weather conditions.
Furthermore, you will find the so-called Brio cables that are woven into the upper on the Superfly and move from the holes for the lacing and all the way down to under the sole, where they are attached. Hereby, the Brio-cables keep your foot in place in the Superfly football boot and makes sure that the fit is tight and reacts to your every little movement in order to take optimal advantage of your speed. Moreover, it also serves to keep the upper from collapsing...
No Nike mercurial Superfly without a carbon fibre sole that is made of a light and rigid material, which ensures a good and aggressive acceleration. This time around, Nike have gone with a two-layer carbon fibre, unlike the old Superfly, which had a three layer sole. The reason? Direct feedback from the Nike players, who where asking for a more flexible sole. And that is what they got.
Actually, the sole on the Nike Mercurial Superfly is flexible enough in some areas to follow the natural flex of you foot, and hereby Nike have made sure that you have the rigidity and the flexibility right where you need it. The game has become faster and with more explosive direction changes, and that is exactly what the Mercurial Superfly provides – speed in all directions.
But it doesn't stop here. Not even close. The stud configuration on the Mercurial Superfly has also been altered from the one we saw on the Vapor IX; after two years with just two studs on the heel, we are back to four in order to give more stability and better comfort. In addition, Nike introduced an extra stud under the forefoot after speaking to, among others, Cristiano Ronaldo; in order to give as much grip as possible in all directions – as this is the area where the most pressure is applied when you accelerate.
In other words, the Nike Mercurial Superfly is tailored for speed. It is not the lightest football boot on the market, but instead it focuses on the synergy of all the elements – weight, fit and pitch grip. The Superfly delivers in all areas, and there is no questioning that the Mercurial silo, now on it's 16th year, is entering a new era. Flyknit is the name. Welcome to speed.
It wont be long before players like Ronaldo, Ribery, Hazard, among others, will get their hands on the new Superfly, and it will surely be well displayed at the World Cup – and who knows, maybe we are lucky enough to see them even before? It would definitely look good to see Cristiano on the pitch in a pair of Superfly's for the CL final...
What are your thoughts on the new Nike Mercurial Superfly, now that you have gotten a closer look at it? Is it something for you, and what do you think of the Flyknit upper, as well as the comeback for the carbon fibre sole? Take your football passion to a social level and share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter.