Latest Reviews, Nike Soccer Reviews, Tiempo Reviews — February 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

Nike Tiempo Legend V AG (Artificial Grass) Review

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Nike Tiempo Legend V AG (Artificial Grass) Review

The Nike Tiempo Legend V AG brings the Tiempo line into the future. While the Legend 5 maintains a high quality kangaroo leather upper, offering a premium feel, pretty much everything else about the boot is different in comparison to past Legend models.


The fit and overall shape is easily the most noticeable change coming from any of the previous Tiempo Legend models. Nike has implemented the X1.1 last base shape of the Legend 5, borrowed from the very popular Hypervenom Phantom. This gives the Legend 5 quite a unique fit in comparison to any other traditionally styled leather boot currently on the market. The X1.1 last is all about having a more natural fit, where the boot is slightly wider in the forefoot and slightly narrower in the toe box.

From right out of the box, it is very apparent that the Legend 5 needs some break-in time. That’s not to say that the boot is uncomfortable from brand new, but instead the fit is just slightly more snug, allowing the leather to stretch and form to the exact shape of your foot. I found that it took about an hour and a half to two hours of wear-time until I started to feel truly comfortable in the Legend 5, which isn’t very long at all. Also keep in mind that I had no issues whatsoever with discomfort or blistering throughout the break-in process.

Once broken-in, the Legend 5 is suitable for a wide variety of foot types, as long as you don’t mind having a slightly tighter fit in the toe box. I have average width feet and am also slightly flat footed, and found that I was able to achieve a very comfortable fit. Like I mentioned earlier, the X1.1 last is all about providing a tighter, closer to the foot feel, that requires the leather upper to stretch to the exact shape of your foot. As long as you don’t have excessively wide feet, you shouldn’t have any issues wearing the Legend 5.

Sizing is also one of the significant changes coming from past Legend models. The Legend has always been a boot that fit true to size, but the Legend 5 fits half a size small. Instead of wearing my usual size 9US, I needed to go half a size up to a 9.5US for the proper fit. The change in sizing is most likely due to the new shape of the boot, but trust me when I say that this boot runs half a size small, just like the Nike Premier. The leather will stretch width-wise, but the length of the boot is half a size small.

When it comes to overall comfort, the high quality kangaroo leather upper is very soft and extremely flexible, giving the boot a very natural feel on feet. Obviously great comfort is expected from a kangaroo leather boot, but the Legend 5 is not a standard kangaroo leather soccer cleat. The Legend 5 features Nike’s all-new Hypershield liner, which is essentially a thin, honeycomb mesh, similar to what you’ll find as the base layer for Nike’s NikeSkin synthetic. Not only does the Hypershield liner make for a very soft and comfortable fit on feet, it also makes for minimal extra bulk, does not take away from the ball feel and also allows the leather the dry more quickly!

Other comfort elements include a synthetic leather tongue, with a memory foam insert running through the middle. The heel is lined in padded synthetic leather, which is not only comfortable, but also does a good job of keeping your heel locked in place. The insole is fully removable and very high quality, featuring Poron inserts in both the heel and forefoot. I’m also a big fan of the soleplate flexible soleplate, as it gives the boot a very natural feel when running.

Overall, the Tiempo Legend 5 offers the premium feel that you would expect from a “heritage” boot, but doesn’t lack the modern innovation that you expect from a boot in 2014. It’s a great blend classic feel and modern innovation that just works extremely well.


The weight of the FG Legend 5 is pretty impressive, weighing in at 8.8oz, where as the AG model weighs a little more, 10oz in a size 9.5US to be exact. The difference in weight is due to the soleplate and stud pattern. The soleplate is made from a slightly thicker plastic and there is more plastic and rubber used to make up Nike’s AG layout. In all honesty, the extra weight is not something that bothered me, or even all that noticeable, but is does serve its purpose when it comes to performance and durability, something that is extremely important for any AG soccer cleat.


The Legend 5 shares a lot of design elements with Nike’s own Hypervenom Phantom, something that is even more apparent with the AG stud variation. The Ag soleplate and stud pattern of the Legend 5 is identical to the AG stud pattern featured on the top-end Hypervenom Phantom, which is by no means a bad thing. This is my personal favorite AG layout currently on the market, and it suits the Legend 5 extremely well.
With artificial grass, or AG, becoming more and more common nowadays, the type of traction pattern that you use should change too. Just to clarify, AG is the playing surface featuring plastic blades of grass, with rubber pellets scattered throughout, hence the name “artificial grass”. Right now, it is not at all uncommon to see somebody wearing firm ground soccer shoes on artificial grass, but what nobody realizes is that there are so many negatives to doing this. Not only is it potentially dangerous, due to excessive amounts of grip that can be generated from an FG stud pattern on AG that could potentially lead to some pretty severe injuries, but artificial grass will also have a major impact on the durability of your soccer shoes. So much so, that many companies are no longer providing warranties to FG shoes that have been worn on AG. The main reason for the durability issues can be attributed to the abrasiveness of AG, and when using an FG stud pattern on AG you get too much grip, causing your shoes to literally be pushed to the breaking point, generally resulting in premature sole separation. An AG stud pattern is designed to provide the same type of grip on AG that an FG stud pattern would provide on natural grass.

The difference is mainly in the layout of the studs, as they cover pretty much all areas of the forefoot and heel, allowing for plenty of traction no matter which way that you twist or turn, without feeling clingy.
The stud pattern features hollowed out, ring shaped studs. The tips of the studs are made from a firm, yet slightly flexible rubber material, allowing for each individual stud to have a small amount of flexibility to it, which is the main reason why you don’t get that dangerous cling when playing on AG. You’ll also notice that the studs themselves are just a little shorter than your average FG stud pattern, allowing for a more stable feel when playing on shallow artificial grass.

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You get that multi-directional traction and sensation of grip that you would get from an FG stud pattern on grass, but without that clingy feel that can very unsafe and harmful to the boots. If you frequently play on artificial grass, I would strongly recommend investing is a pair of AF cleats. Not only is the performance and feel better, it’s also safer and will allow your shoes to last a lot longer.


One of the most significant changes that you can’t really see, but can definitely feel is the improved touch of the Legend 5. Nike has managed to more or less modify, and arguably “improve”, the already great upper material that is kangaroo leather. The leather on it’s own is great. Not only is the quality awesome, you also get plenty of it, as it spans the entire mid-foot, forefoot and toe box, giving the boot a very uniform touch across the entire foot.

ACC, All Condition Control, is also a present feature on the Legend 5, acting as somewhat of a wet control element for the boot. ACC is a secretive process that Nike has, which improves the performance of the boot in wet weather, mainly by providing slightly more grip on the ball. Its tough to determine whether or not its an actual feature or simply the placebo effect in action, since you can’t actually see ACC, but I personally can notice a difference between an ACC and non-ACC boot. With all of that being said, it’s a nice feature that I’m glad Nike includes, but it isn’t something that is going to make or break your overall experience with the Legend 5.

Another significant change to the Legend 5 is the new layout of the upper. The lacing system is still central, but is now slightly shallower, leaving the forefoot and toe box area free and clear of any laces or extra bulk. This makes for a much more natural, less bulky feel in comparison to past Legend models, which is something that I really enjoyed about the Legend 5. Many, including myself, immediately made the observation that the shape of the Legend 5 isn’t necessarily “all-new”. For those that can remember back, or perhaps even had a pair of the Nike Tiempo Ronaldinho Dois, the overall shape and appearance of the Legend 5 is almost identical, which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion.

The Hypershield liner also deserves a mention when it comes to touch, simply because it does a great job of cutting down on some of the bulk that is sometimes present with traditionally styled leather boots. The Hypershield liner is thin and flexible, and does a good job of not restricting the flexibility of the leather or taking away from the natural, soft feel of the upper.

The Legend 5 is a very refined and well thought out kangaroo leather boot. It offers and ultra-soft, high-quality and uniform feel for the ball. What makes a full leather boot great is the consistency in feel that it provides, and you get just that from the Legend 5. If you’re a fan of that soft kangaroo leather touch, with no extra bulk or “touch modifiers”, than you’ll love the clean, natural feel of the Legend 5.


Striking the ball in the Legend 5 is nothing that you wouldn’t expect. The soft leather upper and memory foam padded tongue provides a nice cushioned feel when striking the ball. There is no additional grip anywhere on the upper, and for the most part, what you see is what you get. The soleplate provides plenty of rigidity through the mid-foot, giving the boot a nice solid feel when striking through the ball, while the bladed studs under the heel offer plenty of stability when planting for a strike. If you’re a fan of the very natural feel of kangaroo leather, than you’ll enjoy striking the ball in the Legend 5.


In comparison to most synthetic boots, the Legend 5 is going to be a fair bit more protective. The natural padding of the leather upper provides some decent impact protection should you get stepped, absorbing some of the blow. The boot also features an internal plastic heel counter, which provides some decent protection against kicks to the back of the heel. Overall, if protection is a concern for you, than you’ll be happy with the Legend 5.


The build quality of the Legend 5 is really solid. Everything is well put together and the quality of materials is great. The simple design definitely lends itself to being more durable in that very little can actually go wrong. You’ll find that the AG model features a rubberized, sand-paper like texturing wrapping the toe and forefoot area at the base of the soleplate, which helps to strengthen the boot and allow it to last as long as possible. I had no issues whatsoever throughout testing with the durability of the boot, and nothing jumps out at me as a potential concern. The Hypershield liner is also an interesting feature when it comes to durability, in that it definitely does allow the upper to dry more quickly. I would assume that this can only help with the longevity of the boot, but of course only time will tell.

Keep in mind that the Legend 5 is made from natural leather, so some maintenance is required in order to keep the upper in optimal condition. It is also worth mentioning that the AG stud pattern is designed for use on artificial grass playing surfaces and nothing else. If you want to get the longest life out of your AG boots, stick to using them exclusively on artificial grass.

The Verdict

The Legend 5 is the first time we’ve seen Nike make some pretty significant changes and forward progress when it comes to technology and innovation with the Tiempo Legend series. The boot still maintains the high quality kangaroo leather upper and classic feel that we’ve come to expect from the Tiempo Legend series, but also introduces several new technologies and concepts that are not only interesting, but are actually effective when it comes to performance.

The new X1.1 last gives the Legend 5 a much more snug fit than the average traditionally styled boot, which will be more appealing to players who are used to the fit and feel of a synthetic boot, but are interested in trying something with a natural leather upper. The Hypershield liner is a very unique feature that not only feels good, but also solves, or at least improves upon a problem that has always existed with natural leather materials. It’s also nice to have the option of an AG stud pattern, especially one that performs as well as this one does.

The Legend 5 might not come across as a particular innovative or exciting boot at first glance, but trust me when I say that the experience is quite unique. If you’re looking for a very pure, no nonsense type of feel and playing experience, than I would strongly recommend the Tiempo Legend 5.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight8 out of 10
Traction10 out of 10
Touch10 out of 10
Shooting8 out of 10
Protection8 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
Overall62 out of 70 or 89%


  1. Hey josh. Some people have told me that the legacy is even better than the legends when it comes to fit. Have you had any experience with the legacy

    • I don’t know who’s telling you that? Most likely if they have the Legacy, they haven’t tried the Legend, so to say the Legacy is better than the Legend seems a little bit silly. I have a pair on the way, so look out for a video very soon.

      • Thanks for the response. I asked him but he said he meant only for the money. He said that the leather quality is also quite good but I agree that it is a bit silly. Also, the upper of my f50 is ripping slightly. Do you think I just got a defective.

  2. Josh I can,t wait on your written review About these shoes . I am A midfielder and shooting and passing is important for me . I am looking forward About how you think About these natters ( shooting . Passing ) . The FG variant of these shoes is A bit heavy ? Is the AG not too heavy on your feet ? . Again looking forward to your comments . You are the best . Love your website kind regards. , Huib Veldhoen ( Holland )

    • If you want a lighter boot you should go for the phatals. They are good, light and have the exact same stud pattern available. If you are worried about them being “TOO” heavy remember this is a new LIGHTER Tiempo Legacy.

  3. Hey josh what sole plate would you use on a dirt field? Would you use firm ground? but what if it rained and the field is really muddy and soft. Would you use soft ground?

    • Ideally you would want an FG boot for when the ground is firm and an SG boot for when the ground is soft. If you’re only able to buy one pair, FG is probably the way to go.

  4. Hi Josh, I am a goalkeeper and I already have a pair of tiempo 5 legacy AG, which I really like. Now I want to buy a pair of tiempo legends. Which would you recommend the SG of the FG soleplate? It’s for normal grass.

    • Is the ground that you’re playing on going to be firm or soft? That’s the difference and how you should make your choice.

  5. Hi Josh, in terms of the fit in the forefoot and toe-box, can you tell me which is tighter: Tiempo Legend V or Adidas Adizero F50 (Messi’s first ever signature edition)? I have the latter, but they are a bit tight for me even after I’ve worn them for almost 5 months. I’m looking to buy a pair of Legend V, but not so sure whether the fit in the forefoot and toe-box is as tight as that on the F50. I look forward to receiving your reply.

    • The Legend 5 is a completely different shoe all together. Unlike the adizeros, the kangaroo leather upper on the Legend 5 will stretch. With that being said, the Legend 5 has a tighter than average fit in comparison to most leather soccer cleats, so it won’t be the widest in the toe box.

  6. Hey Josh, can you tell me how much Hypervenom Phantom stretches compared to Tiempo Legend V? I’ve been watching almost all of your reviews on these two pairs of cleats and understood that both cleats do stretch, but I just want to know stretching potential of the Phantom in comparison with the Legend V. This is because I want to buy either one of the shoes, but the store that I’m planning to buy from only has one size that barely fits my foot from right out of the box. Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

    • They’ll stretch in width, but not in length. Sounds to me like your trying to force your foot into a boot that doesn’t fit you properly. Unfortunately not all shoes will fit all foot types. If they’re so tight where you’re depending on them to stretch in order to fit, its probably not the shoe for you.

  7. I’ve just bought Nike tiempo legacy AG recently. Played 3 matchs and already see rips right at the connecting line between the upper leather and the sole plate after the first match. The rip is getting more and more obvious after 3 matches. I had to put some glue to stop it from getting worst. Have anyone experience this durability problem? I had few pair (Mecurial & T90) before and they were very durable. My new tiempo legacy will not last after a few more matches I think. Is this a common issue? If it is then I will have to switch to a different line. I can’t keep buying non-durable shoes like these.

    • If you just got the shoes and are already having problems, I would either contact the store you bought them from or Nike directly and they should replace them for you. Something like that isn’t normal.

  8. Hi Josh,

    What boots would you say were the best to play on artificial ground?

    Tiempo Legend 5 AG,
    Mercurial Vapor AG or…
    CTR360 Maesrti III AG

    I can’t decide on which to have as I like all of them but in different ways. I need some help please

  9. I normally wear size 8.5US in adidas shoes (Adizeros leather, Adipower and Absolions) and there is a little space in the end of the shoe, but the fit is confortable. If I buy a Legend V going true to size, is the fit going to be too tight?

  10. due to the hypershiled on them would the touch b similar to the hypervenoms ?

  11. josh i realised that they stop producing HG boots nowadays. whats my alternative to HG? is it AG boots? i used FG boots but the studs pressure r too much on my ball of foot and resulting blisters. please advice tqvm.

    • FG is still the way to go, but you’ll have to look for less aggressive stud patterns. Something like the Copa Mundial offers a decent stud patterns for hard ground, amongst other models currently out there.

      • Thanks josh. I read ur review on asics flash ds. N i just bought asics lethal flash2 today since u mentioned that the studs pattern will cater fg n hg. But i have sizing problem now. Got us8. Toe box completely tight with only 1cm space i guess. But on the side of my forefoot is too tight. It squeezed my foot till there’s line under my foot. But i havent use it for game or training. Do u suggest me to get u8.5? Or stick to us8?

  12. Hey josh. I wear an 8.5 in the magista obra model and I was wondering If I should go with a size 9 or 8.5 in these as I also wear an 8.5 in the tiempo legend iv model. Thank you!

  13. Are these good for turf?

  14. In terms of thickness is the k leather thicker than that of the nike premier?

  15. hi josh, whats the best way of cleaning these boots before applying the leather cream? can i use normal soap or wipes or does that ruin the upper, thanks

  16. Hey Josh,

    I heard that the toebox on the AG Legend V’s are a bit roomier than the toebox on the FG version and it was suggested to go up a half size in the FG’s but stay true to size on AG’s. I wish I could try the AG Legends on in a store but I can only find them online. Did you notice a difference in the toebox between the two versions?

    Thanks for your help!

  17. My friend had these shoes but had some problems with them. With 2 months of almost daily use on turf they began to crack and rip from the sole plates. The uppers also turned black from the turf. I’m interested in them, but i don’t know if these are the shoes problem or maintenance problem.

  18. hey josh, whats better in your opinion the tiempo legend v ag or magista opus ag?

  19. Hi Josh! Do you know a good place to buy the Legend’s or Legacy’s in Europe?? Because i’m trying to find an older colourway because they should be cheap now, but I cant find it…..

  20. Hey Josh,

    I noticed that Nike have labelled the soleplate on the Legend V’s as AG-R. What does the R stand for, please, as the Legend IV’s were just simply called AG?

    Thank you.

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