Nike’s Elite level football boots leave footballers (amateur and professional) with an important choice to make – do they go for the speed, acceleration and agility of the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II, or the first touch and close control of the Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite?
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II
From the Soccerlens Superfly II review:
The Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II features the unique NIKE SENSE adaptive traction system where designers created a pair of adaptive studs in the forefoot that can extend and retract by up to 3mm, based on ground conditions and pressure exerted by the player.
Directionally positioned blades maximize cutting and allow for quick changes of direction, while secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for those first critical steps. The result is a boot that enables greater speed in all directions.
Nike Flywire, a lightweight composite that forms the upper, increases range of motion while locking the foot to the sole plate, ensuring maximum transfer of energy from the foot to the ground. The carbon composite chassis keeps the player close to the ground for improved stability and responsiveness.
If your game relies on pace, acceleration and sharp turns, the Nike Superfly II is the ideal football boot for you.
Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite
From the Soccerlens CTR360 Maestri II review:
The design of the boot is spectacular. Its two-tone design with the tinted red finish makes the boots eye catching which will aid teammates in their peripheral vision to seek a pass. The colours are very distinctive and highly beneficial to a player and his peers who instinctively recognise them on the field.
It has a carbon re-inforced chassis that provides strength along with the bladed studs for optimal traction and stability. This is fantastic for keeping balance, especially when in possession of the ball when you continuously look up whilst on the move to pass to a teammate or play a spectacular cross-field pass.
First-touch is a vital aspect for a footballer, in particular those in midfield. Nike realise this and have implemented dampening pods into the footwear. These are cushioned zones on the lateral forefoot that give spectacular first touch control. A receive pad on the instep of the boot also optimises superior ball trapping when receiving the sphere to feet. This is then utilised as a pass pad that leads to precise distribution. This has been inspired by a golfers back spin when a ball is hit by a golf club. It is such an innovative and clever feature that’s only going to benefit those midfield dynamos.
If your game relies on close control and accuracy, pick up a pair of Nike CTR360 Maestri II Elite and you’re set.
Speed or Control?
Nike’s Elite level product range is a cut above other football boots and general football gear available to amateur footballers – it allows fans to experience and use technology hitherto reserved for elite footballers and gives them the same advantages on the football pitch. Whether you opt for pace or close control, you can’t go wrong with either the Superfly or the CTR360.