Nike Lunar Vapor Ultrafly Review

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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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Pebax plate for speed

Flywire technology

Engineered mesh

Lunarlon foam

Asymmetrical tongue

Cons

Highest size is 8

Outsole

Outsole

Since this is a cleat and not your typical sneaker, the outsole of the shoe is not your typical outsole. Well, for one, you won’t find studs on a typical sneaker, but since this is a shoe used in the game of baseball, the outsole is adjusted to accommodate the terrain on which it’s played on. Most notably grass and dirt. So, some adjustments had to be made, and the inclusion of the Pebax plate on the bottom of the shoe. The plate is in fact made out of Pebax elastomers. Powerful polymers designed specifically for high speed and high-performance shoes, like track and field shoes, or in this case baseball shoes. The innovative Pebax elastomers have much higher performance rate than the usual choice in the making of such shoes - the thermoplastic polyurethane. The Pebax technology as it’s commonly known in Nike also provides the shoes with much higher energy returns and extreme lightweight feeling. Traction swirls are also molded on that plate, white a traction wings (funny name right) are inserted on the sides of the cleat. Both the swirls and the wings help with the traction of the shoe, and its good thing that all sides are included. If the traction was solely focused on the bottom of the plate, the traction wasn’t going to be satisfactory.

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.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is your basic padded midsole that allows the player to feel the comfort a lot better. There’s nothing special about the midsole, but it’s worth mentioning that although the padding in the midsole is responsible for the comfort it also provides most of the balance. How? Well, you have a shoe that has metal and TPU cleats on the bottom it’s bound to have issues with the balance. In comes the padding, since it adds plenty to the balance maintenance and the overall comfort. You’ll find that the padding helps tremendously.
Upper

Upper

If you thought that the bottom part of the Vapor Ultrafly model was impressive, you’ve yet to find out the details about the upper. It’s equally impressive and intricate as the outsole. It’s beautiful and it’ hard to single out which segment is more beautiful than the rest. But let’s try, shall we?

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.
Comfort

Comfort

The Vapor Ultrafly model by Nike is a baseball style shoe. It’s not meant to be worn every day or all day long. But regardless of the time that these shoes will have to be on your feet, it’s paramount that you have to experience some sort of comfort. And the Flywire technology used in the upper is responsible for that. And what is Flywire technology you might ask? Well, it’s a special kind of high tech thread, that’s developed and highly used by Nike. It’s mostly used in the design and manufacturing of the upper, and luckily the cleat has that type of thread.

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.
Support

Support

What this cleat would be without the Lunarlon foam and the presence of the asymmetrical tongue and lacing system? You probably know a thing or two (by now) about the asymmetrical tongue and lacing system, but the Lunarlon foam is something quite different in the support portion of the shoe. It’s a special type of cushioning system that’s actually inspired by the astronauts on a space-walk. Well, have you noticed how aeronauts bounce when they’re completing their space walks? It’s due to the lack of gravity, but also because of the presence of the Lunarlon foam in their shoes.

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.
Durability

Durability

It’s hard not to take the durability of the Vapor Ultrafly model seriously when you have so many intertwining technologies helping the making and the preservation of the cleat. Add to that the fact that the shoe is made with the strongest, and the best possible materials and you have one tough cookie of a shoe. A cleat that’s durable and a shoe that’s bound to be with you for a long period of time.
Flexibility

Flexibility

You’d be pleasantly surprised by the flexibility that's hiding in the Vapor Ultrafly model. But bear in mind that this is a shoe used in the game of baseball. It’s also a shoe that’s built on a thick plate with 8 distinct metal studs. It’s a little tricky to maintain flexibility when you have all of that at the bottom of the shoe. Luckily the upper is made with a sock-like silhouette, and furthermore the entire upper is just a mesh accompanied with skin overlays. The mesh of the upper is probably the most flexible part of the shoe, but that very statement can’t be said about the other parts of it.
Stability

Stability

However, the opposite is true when it comes to the stability of the shoe. The Midsole with the Lunarlon foam and the light padding that’s already in the midsole, offer plenty of stability to the shoe. But the stability isn’t provided solely by the midsole. Luckily some of the stability comes from the upper. Yes, the upper is quite stable as well thanks to the Flywire technology used in this particular part of the shoe. So, yes. The stability is present, but not from the places you’d expect.
Airflow

Airflow

But the airflow does come from all the places you’d expect. Namely from that fantastic upper that sits on top of the cleat. Nike is aware that the airflow is important, but aside from having a synthetic smash upper, the skin overlays that are present on the upper enhance the breathability significantly. Yes, the airflow shouldn’t be that big of a concern when you’re choosing the Vapor Ultrafly model by Nike.
Color

Color

We’re happy to report that the Vapor Ultrafly model by Nike comes in more than 20 different color options. 24 to be exact, each more exciting and colorful than the previous. There’s plenty of options to choose from, and the variety is diverse enough to satisfy even the pickiest of athletes. You’ll have no trouble at all finding the right pair of baseball cleats.
Price

Price

With a price tag that could go all the way up to 140 dollars, the Vapor Ultrafly model isn’t that cheap, but it’s a great investment for the baseball-loving person in your life. It’s a shoe that’s made with the best technologies and the best materials, so when Nike is offering the best, you just know that you’ll be getting nothing but the best in return for that high price tag.
Bottom line

Bottom line

There’s something to be said about a well-designed, meticulously made baseball cleat that just begs you to be worn. Nike has put a lot of effort, time and planning in designing the perfect cleat, and this is one that’s the closest to perfection. It has balance, traction, durability, breathability and even flexibility. It’s a cleat destined to make you fall in love with the sport of baseball all over again. With 8 studs in the bottom part of the cleat, and highly engineered upper on the top part of the cleat, the Vapor Ultrafly model by Nike is truly something special. With plenty of color option sot choose from it’s up to you to make the best pick. And to enjoy a great game of baseball afterward.