Nike Lunar Vapor Ultrafly Review
It’s shouldn’t come as a surprise that Nike has shoes practically for every sport imaginable. Football, basketball, athletics, tennis, and baseball.
However, things have changed greatly from the early days of Babe Ruth in the game of baseball. And so have the shoes. Cleats as they’re predominantly known, have evolved greatly.
But it was up to Nike to make them better and better with each passing series. And that’s because baseball is not just popular in the US. It’s an immensely popular sport in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan. And plenty of talent exports come to play in the Major Baseball League from precisely those countries.
But the thing is, although baseball is wildly accepted American sport, the origins of the sport can be traced back to pre-medieval Britain. The first written proofs of the existence of the world baseball in Britain were documented in the 1700s when the Anglican bishop by the name of Thomas Wilson who expressed his disdain about the playing the game of baseball on Sundays.
But back to the more modern times. Nike has a whole selection of baseball cleats that you can choose from. However, let’s take a closer look at the Lunar Vapor Ultrafly cleat.
Pebax plate for speed
Highest size is 8
By having those wings on the side, the traction is much more fantastic. And it makes sense really. Most of the baseball players, slide, rub, sump on that pitch, and imagine the amount of traction is needed when there’s so much action. Those wings engage with the ground in the most pivotal moments of every baseball game, and it’s good that they’re included. For traction and safety purposes. And last but not least, the traction pattern mentioned in this segment has 8 separate cleats attached on the surface of that plate. Six of them are studs made out of metal while 2 of them are studs made out of TPU.
Well, besides being a one-piece style of bootie, the upper is beautiful and practical at the same time. For one there’s the high tech computer-generated pattern in the upper. The computer-generated style of stitching is present in 2 separate areas of the shoe. The midfoot and the heel areas. Why? Well aside from providing the strength and better fit of the shoe, the pattern with the specialized stitching has the job optimize the containment as well. The upper just below the lacing system is, in essence, a mesh upper, but it does have skin overlays on some areas. Those overlays allow the breathability to be more enhanced and the airflow to fluctuate without interruptions.
But if you take a close look at the cleat, you’ll notice something quite different with the tongue and the lacing system. The tongue and the lacing system of the shoe are asymmetrical. The asymmetrical detailing in the tongue and laces allow the lateral side of the shoe to be more secure and protected. It’s not put there for no reason. Every single part, the material, the pattern has a function in this cleat, and it’s up to you to feel that functionality on your feet.
Created by, the director of innovation at the company, Jay Meschter- the Flywire thread is something special. The specific thread is used in the specialized machines that use long stitch in order to create a special type of upper. The long stitches help with the support the foot in several key areas while maintaining the lightweight feeling to the foot. Which is where the comfort of the cleat really comes from. The special thread that makes the entire upper. Yes, it’s high-tech, and tricky to produce, and it’s mostly found in athletic shoes, but the end result and the satisfaction with the customers make it all worthwhile.
And Nike wanted to make the most of that technology and implement it into their own designs. Namely in their athletic shoes. The foam reduces the shock and absorbs the impact of the ground on the shoe itself. That’s what gives you that bouncy, light feeling. And you know the other special thing about this foam? It can be found both in the outsole and midsole as well.
Yes, most of the companies would input the foam in the midsole and call it a day. But not Nike. The designing team behind the athletic style shoes loves to put small amounts of the foam in the outsole, just to make the impact of the shoe to the hard ground a lot more bearable. Oh, and let’s not forget about the stitching pattern. Its computer generated and it’s located on two key areas of the foot. The pattern helps the shoe to optimize the containment and to give you the best possible support.