Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Academy Review
Some call it football. Some call it soccer. Some even call it association football. But we the fans, like to call it „the beautiful game“. Because it is. It’s the most democratic sport of them all. Meaning you don’t have to be built in a certain way to play it or to be good at it. The sport is very forgiving and basically, everyone can play a game of football.
Tall, short, skinny, muscular, fit people can play football at any time, at any place. And you don’t even need fancy equipment. A soccer ball, some sneakers and lots of love for the beautiful game.
And speaking of sneakers, Nike has a special shoe that will allow you to excel in this game. A shoe (a cleat technically ) that will help you to bring out your best moves on the pitch. The Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Academy sneaker is the subject of this review. And we hope you’ll like it.
It’s a great sneaker (cleat) but for the specifics, details, and everything else, look in the post below.
Podular system on the plate
Circular studs located on the outsole
Outsole wrap on the toe area
Too narrow fit
You name it, and the Mercurial Vapor 12 Academy will be able to handle it. The chevron and conical studs found on the surface of the outsole are also there to help with the multi-functionality, with the traction properties and to provide you with a better grip on the surface that you’re on. Once those studs sink their spikes into the surface you’re in good hands. Pardon in good shoes.
But what are the studs so important here? Well, because a high amount of pressure occurs when you’re running on artificial surfaces. Yes, that’s way more pressure even when you’re running on oh, let’s say on natural surfaces. So, the studs on the micro ground speed system (or MG for short) are specially designed and strategically placed to distribute this running pressure equally around the soleplate and studs on that particular soleplate.
The outsole is designed specifically to help you with your acceleration while on the surface. Oh, and at the same time, it allows you to change your direction in a much easier way regardless of the type of terrain that you’re on. Oh, and last but not least, the high wrap on the toe area enhances the durability of the outsole and to the entire cleat. Yes, this is one hell of an outsole.
That’s all due to the lack of enhanced cushioning in the midsole, but the padding tries to cover some of the comforts and allow you a better experience while wearing these cleats. That light cushioning can really come in handy especially if you are on much harder surfaces. Artificial grass also poses a great challenge, and since this is a multi-ground system type of a shoe, you’ll need all the help you can get. And in the midsole, that help isn’t that exceptional, but it’s always to have some cushioning than none at all.
Think about it. Every single thing counts, and every aspect of the upper’s aeration properties helps. But if you take a good look at the upper’s surface you’ll notice vertical ridges that grace the surface. Well, there’s a reason for the ridges being there, and it has nothing to do with the aeration. The ridges are in fact there to help your performance on the pitch. How? Well, the ridges offer optimal control of the ball, and control is essential in this game. The ridges are located at the forefront of the upper, where most of the ball contact occurs. That’s right the ball gets controlled better with the front of the cleat, and the ridges are strategically placed in that particular area. Think about that next time you’re going for a great pass on the pitch.
Oh, and last but certainly not least, the lacing system is amazing as well. The laces of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Academy cleat offer full face adjustability. Meaning you can tie them very tight or very loose because there are two separate lacing perforation sets on the surface. One is for the tight lacing option, while the other is for the more loose lacing option. It’s up to you to find out the best, and the one that’s more suited for your feet. You’re going to love this lacing system, especially because most of the customer review comments have expressed concern over the tight fit on the toe area. That way you can ease the pain, and make more room for the feet to move in the cavity of the shoe.
The Micro-textured upper composes the entire surface of the upper, and besides being in charge of the moisture wicking prosperities and the aeration, the upper gives away most of the comfort. Bonus points about the micro-textured strong upper are the fact that it provides you with very precise touch at very high speed. So, not only the upper will allow you to have a little more comfort, breathability, it will also help you to improve your precision at high speed. Nice.
The ridges are designed to give you a better ball control and you’ll love every single one of them. Yes, these cleats are rather expansive, but they’re a great investment to make if you’re looking to improve your skills on the pitch. They come in several color varieties and there are very few flaws about them. One of those flaws being the too narrow fit in the toe area. However, the adjustable lacing system and the anchored tongue are there to lend a helping hand and deliver comfort, stability, and lots of movement.