So what’s the reason behind the changing names? Well it’s to make it more easy and simple, so you don’t get lost in a jungle of different names and models. The most significant change is that they are going from different names for each silo and tier, to just having one common name for each tier on all silos. Names such as Mercurial Veloce and Victory, and Hypervenom Phatal and Phelon might be some of them you remember. To simplify this, Nike will now only have following four: Elite, Pro, Academy and Club. Seems simple right?
Before we jump in to a more in-depth explanation on what boots are going to be called and why, we just have to clear a quick change for the Magistas. Let’s take the Nike Magista Obra II and Nike Magista Opus II as an example. The main difference between these boots is the Dynamic Fit collar, which also was understood by the way the named the boots with Obra being the DF version, and the Opus as low-cut version.
From now on the will both be called Obra 2, this makes sense thus it’s the same silo! But the change will go on through all tiers, so all boots are going to be called Nike Magista Obra 2, instead of Magista Orden and Onda and so on. But then you might ask “How do I distinguish the high-end with the take-downs?”. Well this is when the name changes kicks in.
The Obra with Dynamic Fit will be called Nike Magista Obra 2 Elite DF, while the old Opus now will be called Nike Magista Obra 2 Elite. Going a tier down to the affordable boots, the old Orden will now be called Nike Magista Obra 2 Pro DF, and the Onda will be called Nike Magista Obra 2 Pro.
Let’s give it a try with the new Mercurials. Top tier level is now called Mercurial Superfly 6 Elite and Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite. Going down to the Pro tier, the boots will now be called Mercurial Superfly 3 Pro and Mercurial Vapor 12 Pro, instead of the Mercurial Victory DF and Mercurial Victory.
One rather small change, with a big meaning, still confused? Then take a look at our Nike Fast AF football unboxing video with JayMike and PWG, and see how they solve the riddle! Or run through this overview and find your boot and see the change it got!
Nike Hypervenom Phantom DF -> Nike Hypervenom Phantom DF Elite
Nike Hypervenom Phantom -> Nike Hypervenom Phantom Elite
Nike Hypervenom Phatal DF -> Nike Hypervenom Phantom DF Pro
Nike Hypervenom Phatal -> Nike Hypervenom Phanton Pro
Nike Hypervenom Phelon DF -> Nike Hypervenom Phantom DF Academy
Nike Hypervenom Phelon -> Nike Hypervenom Phantom
Nike Hypervenom Phade -> Nike Hypervenom Phantom Club
Nike Tiempo Legend -> Nike Tiempo Legend Elite
Nike Tiempo Legacy -> Nike Tiempo Legend Pro
Nike Tiempo Ligera -> Nike Tiempo Legend Academy
Nike Tiempo Rio -> Nike Tiempo Legend Club
Nike Magista Obra DF -> Nike Magista Obra DF Elite
Nike Magista Opus -> Nike Magista Obra Elite
Nike Magista Orden DF -> Nike Magista Obra DF Pro
Nike Magista Orden -> Nike Magista Obra Pro
Nike Magista Onda DF -> Nike Magista Obra DF Academy
Nike Magista Onda -> Nike Magista Obra Academy
Nike Magista Ola -> Nike Magista Obra Club
Nike Mercurial Superfly -> Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite
Nike Mercruial Vapor -> Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite
Nike Mercurial Veloce DF -> Nike Mercurial Superfly Pro
Nike Mercurial Veloce -> Nike Mercurial Vapor Pro
Nike Mercurial Victory DF -> Nike Mercurial Superfly Academy
Nike Mercurial Victory -> Nike Mercurial Vapor Academy
Nike Mercurial Vortex -> Nike Mercurial Vapor Club