Latest Reviews, Mercurial Reviews, Nike Soccer Reviews — May 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Nike Mercurial Vapor X Review

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Nike Mercurial Vapor 10 Review

We’re now 10 models deep with Nike’s flagship Vapor line, and for the tenth edition, Nike has given us a complete redesign compared to the Vapor 8 and 9. In comparison to the last couple of Vapor releases, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 10 did not see nearly as much attention, mainly because it was released alongside the long anticipated Superfly 4.

While the Superfly 4 has seen much of the attention for this year’s Mercurial line up, the MVX is still a fantastic boot, and in my opinion, a good improvement over all past models. Just keep in mind that while the Superfly 4 is widely considered to be the “top-end” boot in the current Mercurial line, the Vapor 10 is not a takedown, and does not compare to the Superfly 4. They’re two stand alone, high-end Mercurials, both with something unique to offer, depending on your preferences of course.

Comfort/Fit

From Vapor 1 to 9, the general shape of the upper hasn’t really changed much. It’s always been pretty straight forward, with the tongue and laces positioned right down the middle of the boot. The big change with the MVX is partly the lacing system, but mainly the one-piece upper, with Nike eliminating the standalone tongue. Obviously the Superfly 4 and Magista Obra share a similar one-piece upper design, but instead of being made from FlyKnit, the Vapor 10 is made from Teijin Synthetic, a material that has been used in the Mercurial line since the Vapor 3.

When I first saw that the upper was one-piece, it worried me a little, an initial impression that many still have. One-piece uppers haven’t been done too many times, especially not with laces, so I had my doubts. I had imagined something like Lotto’s Zhero Gravity lace-less models, which didn’t fit many people very well, and were somewhat difficult to put on. With all of that being said, once I actually had the opportunity to slip the shoes on my feet for the first time, all of my doubts and concerns were gone. Not only does the MVX fit great, it’s also the most comfortable Mercurial Vapor that I have ever worn.

Nike has done a couple of different things in order to make this new one-piece design work. The first difference coming from the MV9 is the thickness of the Teijin synthetic upper. While the MV9 was quite thin, the MVX is even thinner, and also a little softer. In order to compensate for the thinner upper, Nike has implemented an internal support cage fused to the inside of the shoe. The support cage runs from the base of the sole, up the lateral and medial sides of the boot and into the lacing system. This allows the Teijin synthetic upper to be extremely soft and flexible and maintain a quality barefoot touch on the ball, while still allowing for the same responsive feel that you expect from a pair of Mercurial Vapors.

Another reason why the one-piece design works so well is the slightly stretchy Teijin synthetic material where the tongue would normally be. The stretchy synthetic allows you to put the shoes on and take them off pretty easily, and also gives the one-piece design a tighter fit and more natural feel. You’ll also notice that the top of the “tongue” is not directly attached to the sides of the shoe at the top two lace holes, again making for a more natural fit and feel.

Another misconception, similar to what I’ve heard a lot with the Superfly 4 and Obra, is that the one-piece upper doesn’t really require laces, but that couldn’t further from the truth. When you slip the shoes on your feet, they fit great and surprisingly snug, but it isn’t until you pull the laces tight that you get that locked in fit. The one-piece design, internal support cage and lacing system all work together to make for the most seamless, comfortable Mercurial Vapor experience that I have ever had. For those that are skeptical of the one-piece design, don’t be, because it really is that good.

The soleplate and stud pattern is also all-new with the MVX, and despite its “cheaper” look, as I’ve heard many describe it, I actually prefer it over the Glass Fiber soleplate featured on the MV8 and MV9. Instead of being Glass Fiber, the new soleplate is made from Compressed Nylon, essentially a more flexible and thinner variation of the Glass Nylon soleplate found on the Hypervenom Phantom. As opposed to being Carbon Fiber like the Superfly 4, the compressed nylon soleplate on the MVX may not look as nice, but actually feels nearly identical to the soleplate found on the Superfly.

The compressed nylon soleplate is fairly thin, but still stiff enough to not allow for any kind of stud pressure. In comparison to the MV9, the soleplate is much more flexible, making for a much more natural feel when running. It lacks the same responsive feedback that you might get from a more rigid soleplate, but because of the more flexible feel, the MVX is just so much more comfortable. The more flexible feel is also makes for a much less severe break-in period, and better “out of the box” comfort overall.

The new stud pattern sees Nike go back to a more “traditional” Mercurial layout. The firm ground variation now features four studs under the heel, getting away from only two studs found on the MV9, which makes for a much more stable feel, but at the expense of less aggressive traction. The layout in the forefoot also features a slightly modified layout, with the major difference being that there are a few extra studs, and the studs themselves are also a little wider in comparison to the MV9. Again, the trade off is better stability, for slightly less grip, but if you’ve worn Mercurials prior to the MV8, the MVX will provide a similar level of stability.

Other notable elements include the heel liner and insole. The heel liner is nicely padded, and features a smooth, synthetic leather material, not too far off from the previous model. The insole is also fully removable, being made from a single piece of perforated foam, lined with a smooth mesh material, again, very similar to that of the MV9.

In terms of overall comfort, I was really impressed with the MVX. The Vapor models have always been pretty comfortable despite their lightweight and ultra-thin design, but the MVX takes it to the next level. The seamless, one-piece design, perfect wrap around your foot and ultra-soft Teijin synthetic upper just makes for an extremely comfortable fit. There is almost no break-in time required, as they fit and feel great from right out of the box, and I have had no issues with discomfort or blistering at all.

When it comes to fit, as you might expect, the Vapor 10 has a tight, slightly narrow fit. At this point, I think it’s pretty well known that the Mercurial line is not well suited for wider foot types, and the same statement remains true for the MVX. When you put the shoes on, especially due to the one-piece design, the upper has tight, but still comfortable fit. I have average width feet and am slightly flat footed, and fit quite comfortably in the Vapor 10, but with very little room to spare. In comparison to the MV9, the MVX fits very similarly, but I would say is a touch wider through the mid-foot.

One complaint that I have heard a couple of times with the new Vapor 10 design is that the top part of the upper, where the tongue would normally be, can fold over itself if your foot is too narrow. I did not have that issue at all, and for 99% of people, this will not be an issue. As long as you’re wearing the proper size, and not a pair that is too big for you, the narrow cut of the shoe, the center portion of the upper will be under a good amount of tension, and stretched out flat. Again, its entirely possible that your feet are just extremely narrow, and if that is the case, than you may experience the center part of the upper folding over itself, but again, this is extremely unlikely.

As far as sizing goes, I wore my usual size 9US in the Vapor 10, just as I did on the MV9, and the fit in the length was perfect. So, just like pretty much all past Mercurials, the MVX runs true to size.

Weight

One of the more significant changes coming from the MV9 to the MVX is the decrease in weight. In a size 9US, the MV9 weighs in at 6.9oz, where the MVX weighs only 6.3oz, which isn’t what you might call significantly lighter, but when you’re talking about shaving weight off of an already lightweight shoe, it’s pretty impressive. This pushes the Vapor 10 that much closer to the 5.8oz Adidas F50 adizero, pretty much to the point where they feel very similar weight-wise on feet. The MVX is even lighter than the Superfly 4, which weighs in at about 7oz, so the MVX is currently the lightest Mercurial experience Nike has to offer. The MVX is ultra-light, very comfortable and feels really solid, what more could you ask for?

Traction

As mentioned earlier, the new Mercurial stud pattern is much more stable, at the expense of being slightly less aggressive.

For me, the biggest change is the heel studs. As opposed to having two studs, we’re back to four, maintaining the standard bladed shape. The two-stud layout was very aggressive and performed great when it came to digging into the ground, but weren’t the best when it came to stability. If you were playing on very well kept natural grass, firm ground playing surfaces, the stud pattern performed great, but if the ground is a little harder, which it often is for the average Joe, two studs in the heel doesn’t work so great. Going back to four studs allows for a little less grip, but significantly better stability, a change that I believe is better for most people and playing conditions.

In the forefoot, the changes are more of a tweak as opposed to a complete redesign. The FG layout is still very similar, with the major change being one extra stud. You’ll find two bladed studs on both the lateral and medial side of the forefoot, with one arrow shape bladed stud in the middle, one stud at the tip of the big toe and one additional stud just behind the one at the toe.

In terms of how the new layout impacts the overall performance, like I mentioned, the major difference is stability. The studs themselves seem to be a little less sharp and narrow this time around, so they don’t dig into the ground quite as easily. With that said, on most natural grass playing surfaces, even ones that are slightly softer, the overall performance is up to the usual Mercurial standards. You get solid grip when accelerating into a sprint, and rarely slip when making hard, quick cuts at high speeds. It keeps you on your toes, and just feels great.

To put it simply, if you’ve been a long time fan of the Mercurial series, you’ll enjoy Nike’s latest stud pattern.

Touch

Just like its predecessor, the MVX features a Teijin synthetic upper, but with its own new twist of course. In comparison to the MV9, the upper feels just a little thinner, and because of that, a little softer as well. The Mercurial line is all about providing a high quality barefoot feel, and that’s exactly what you get with the MVX. There is no extra padding to the upper whatsoever, so you feel every bit of the ball.

The seamless one-piece upper also makes a huge impact on the overall touch of the MVX. Since there is no overlapping material, especially across the top of the foot, you get a much more pure barefoot playing experience when wearing the Vapor 10. Since there’s no tongue, nothing on the upper can move around or slide out of place, so what you’re left with is an upper that wraps your foot like a second, single layer of skin. It’s a great sensation and easily one of my favorite features of the new Vapor 10.

Texturing is something that Nike played around with quite a bit on the MV9. Through its entire run, the MV9 was made available with either a smooth, leather grain texturing or the golf ball-like, dimpled texturing, called Speed Control. Both offered a slightly different feel, either more or less grip, and it’s was honestly nice to have the option to choose between the two variations. With the MVX, so far at least, there’s only one upper variation available. The MVX features its own unique texturing, that I would describe as the middle ground between the Speed Control texturing and the smooth option available on the MV9.

Described by Nike as a micro-texturing, from a distance, the upper comes across as completely smooth. Up close, it’s easy to see and feel the very subtle texturing across the entire upper, which provides a very slight grip on the ball. It reminds me a lot of the very subtle texturing found on Nike match balls. It’s nothing too crazy, but its just enough to give you some kind of grip on the ball, as opposed to just leaving it completely smooth, and at the same time doesn’t add any bulk to the upper.

Just like all of Nike’s other top-end models, ACC (All Conditions Control) is also included as part of the package. 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 Vapor 10.

The Vapor 10 is at this point in time, one of, if not the thinnest boot currently on the market. If you’re looking for a seamless, barefoot feel for the ball, the Vapor 10 is awesome, and in my opinion a nice improvement coming from the Vapor 9.

Shooting

Shooting the ball in the Vapor 10 is great, but nothing that I wasn’t expecting. The ultra-thin upper provides no extra padding between your foot and the ball, so you feel every part of the ball when shooting. The ultra-thin upper makes for a feeling of precision when curling and chipping the ball. The lack of cushion also creates a very responsive sensation when striking through the ball, something that I’m personally a huge fan of. The texturing also provides some minor grip on the ball, but nothing too crazy.

Another great aspect of the MVX when it comes to striking the ball is the lightweight, yet rigid feel when connecting with power. The upper stays tightly wrapped to your foot and the compressed nylon soleplate provides plenty of stiffness.

Again, while the MVX is technically all new, if you’ve worn Mercurials in the past, or just thin shoes in general, the MVX will provide a similar experience.

Protection

In order to achieve a premium barefoot feel for the ball, the upper has to be thin. The thinner the upper, the less protection that you’re going to have, and being that the MVX is one of the thinnest boots around, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they provide very little protection. Aside from an internal plastic heel counter, the Teijin synthetic upper provides next to nothing in the way of impact protection. Should you get stepped on or take any kind of blow to the foot, you will feel every bit of that impact. To put it simply, if you value protection, stay away from the MVX, but if you don’t mind leaving yourself exposed in exchange for a barefoot feel for the ball, then the MVX will do that better than almost any other boot around.

Durability

For a shoe as light as the MVX, it feels surprisingly solid, something that can be said about most of the high-end Mercurial models to come out over the years. While the Teijin synthetic upper is thin, it still feels very durable, and strong enough to handle just about whatever is thrown at it. If the soleplate cracking was a concern for you with the MV8 and MV9, it won’t be a worry with the MVX either. Going from 2 studs under the heel to 4 studs should also extend the lifespan of the boot for use on firm, natural grass playing surfaces. After 25 plus hours of wear time, I have had no issues whatsoever when it comes to the structural integrity and general wear of the MVX.

This a boot that should easily get you through an entire season worth of play, if not much longer should you take good care of them.

Please keep in mind that the firm ground version of the Vapor 10, or any FG boot for that matter, is designed for use on firm, natural grass, and nothing else. Using any FG boot on artificial grass/turf will result in premature durability issues with your shoes. For the best durability, stick to using your boots on the playing surface that they are designed to be used on. Also keep in mind that the MVX is also available in soft ground and artificial grass stud variations, so you’re pretty much covered for all types of playing surfaces, its just up to you to buy the right model.

The Verdict

While all of the attention was on the Superfly 4, the Mercurial Vapor 10 is still a very impressive boot. It’s a simplified version of what we got from the MV9, and while it could be argued that it doesn’t look as “premium”, the final product, in my opinion is a great improvement.

They’re thinner, lighter, more comfortable and completely seamless, along with a stud pattern that is better suited for a wider variety of natural grass playing surfaces. Many people are trying to decide between the Superfly 4 and Vapor 10, and the simple truth is that they are completely different boots. If you’re looking for something that is all new and never been done before, the Superfly 4 is the way to go. But, if you’re looking for that classic Mercurial Vapor experience, I would argue that the Vapor 10 is the boot for you. If you’re a fan of the Vapor series, you’ll love the MVX.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight10 out of 10
Traction10 out of 10
Touch10 out of 10
Shooting9 out of 10
Protection5 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE62 out of 70 or 89%
Joshua Vujovic (1052 Posts)

My goal is to provide the most detailed, in-depth reviews on all the latest soccer gear. Its very easy to get caught up in all of the hype around the latest soccer equipment, but we're here to point you in the right direction. As a product tester, I always give my honest, unbiased opinion on everything that gets tested, ensuring that you're always getting the most accurate information possible


176 Comments

  1. Is it the same finish as the vapor ix.

    • And is it the same teijin synthetic as the vapor ix

      • no, and no. The upper teijin material is even thinner, and the finish isnt as aggressive as the past vapor. There is micro texturing on the upper for grip and control, which makes a very minimal difference, but it’s a nice addition. They are basically just little raised dots on the teijin

  2. The real question is vapor 10 vs magista vs super fly vs hypervenom who would win?

  3. Whats your take on the durability of this boot? Also, if I wear 8.5 in a vapor IX would I as well in this one?

    • I just got them, but the overall construction of the boot is very similar to that of the previous Vapor model, so I would expect the durability to just fine. Also the sizing is the same as previous Vapors.

      • I live in England and will pre-order from a U.S website on the 5th of June (my birthday) and they aren’t available until the 12th of June. When would you guess I will receive the boots as the website says nothing about pre-ordering items

        • Your item most likely won’t ship until the 12th, that’s normally how pre-orders work. Depending on what kind of shipping you paid for should let you know how long it may take. That’s something that you should discuss with the place that your ordering from.

  4. Will this boot, as well as the superfly model will be available in the SG-Pro model, because i really need SG boots

  5. Hey Josh if I have a size 10.5 hypervenom phantoms what size would you recommend for the vapor x

  6. Hey Josh, I’m a fan of your reviews and my dad is finally letting me purchase a high end soccer shoe. I was really set on the MV9’s in the 02M colorway, and then i saw this video. The MV10’s look really cheap, just because of the fact that when the MV9’s came out, I got vortex’s, and this upper, although teijin synthetic, looks very similar to that of the vortex. Also, I’m probably the largest fan of the speed control technology in existence, and I’m livid with the fact that there’s no option for SCT (That I know of) on the MV10. I’m really stressing over the upper, and I’m not sure if I should preorder these or if i should stick with the MV9’s. So my question is, is the upper of the MV10 better than the SC upper of the MV9?

    • I prefer the upper of the MVX over the MV9. Its a touch thinner, and much softer from right out of the box. Overall I really do prefer the MVX over the previous model. I’m going to be making a comparison video very soon, so look out for that if you’re interested in more info.

  7. Hey josh, love your videos and reviews! I just wanted to ask what is the cleat(s) you would recommend right now? Thanks!

  8. I usally wear us size 7.5. But hypervenom phantom, I wear us size 7. At first, it was bit tight. Now, it is my best cleats ever. What size do you prefer? Isn’t its length bit long? Hope to see your reply. And thank you for good reviews.

  9. Hey josh, do you prefer the MVX or hypervenom overall

    • I’m really liking the MVX right now. For me, its a nice improvement in comparison to the MV9, and just feels a lot more natural. They’re both great shoes, and are still quite different from each other when it comes to feel. The Phantom is still more unique, but the MVX is really solid if you’re looking for a pure barefoot feel on the ball.

  10. Hey josh. Can you recommend a boot that costs under 75 dollars (indoor football) that provides a really good amount of underfoot cushioning.

  11. Hi Josh,

    I was just wondering how much of a difference the extra two studs on the Vapor X make. I’m returning from a ACL injury and I currently have Vapor IX, so would like to know whether it is worth upgrading for the better grip to lessen the likely hood of injury my knee. I do understand the boots only wont stop me from reinjuring my knee but looking for every bit of help where I can.

    Thanks!

    • Honestly, if I was returning from a serious knee injury, I would personally stay away from Mercurials or any boots with bladed stud patterns for a little while. I would go for something with conical studs, or at least mostly conical studs, just to have that extra maneuverability and freedom to pivot while planted. Going with a boot that will provide as much grip as possible would put you at a bigger risk of re-injuring your knee as opposed to something with less grip.

  12. Hi Josh.Sizing is always a problem for me.I had incredible issues with the Hypervenom Phantom in the toe box area,which should fit true to size,and I bought a size 7.When I tried on a 7.5 it was a bit too large,considering that I I always like no extra room,and although the Nikeskin is quite stretchy the toe box did not expand.should I try to buy a 7.5 or is just that the x1.1 last is toe narrow in the toe box for me?otherway round when I tried on a Maestri 3,which should fit half a size larger in a size 7 it fitted me better than the hypervenom at the store.Can you give me some advice?

  13. Hey Josh, if I am looking for a new cleat which is not too expensive,is the Mercurial Veloce a good choice?Is it similar to this Vapor X?

  14. If i can fit in a pair of hypervenom just find can i fit in a pair of MVX? Since i cant try them on store

    • You should be alright.

      • Should i go for a pair of older color hypervenom phantom for $45 less than a pair of MVX and get a pair of trusox or go for the MVX instead for $45 more than a pair of hypervenom?

        • It just depends on what you want. They’re both great shoes, but at the same time are quite different from each other. I’ll be making a comparison video between the two shoes in the next week or two, but in the meantime, check out my comparison video between the Phantom and the MV9. While the MV9 is not the same as the MVX, the same recommendations I make in the video will still apply to your situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdkW6Ka9IO0

          • In terms of comfor and feel for the ball which one offer a better experience this time?

          • In terms of comfort and feel for the ball which one offer a better experience this time?

  15. Would you prefer Evopower 1 or Mercurial Veloce 2 in terms of comfort and feel for the ball.Most importantly,durability and protection!

  16. Hey josh! I was just wondering what is the fit like compared to the vapor 9. Is it the same mold to your foot fit?

  17. Do you think Evopower 1 is worth its price or will the Mercurial Veloce be a better option in term of price then?

  18. Hi Josh, do you have the Magista Onda? I want to watch the video.

  19. Hey Josh! I watch your videos daily and I love them. I was just wondering if you could make a comparison video of the Nike mercurial vapor X and the Nike mercurial veloce II? Thanks!

  20. Hi Josh! I am consider buying the mvx. But i have one question. I had a pair of f50 adizero synthetic(the newest ones) and I did not really like it, beacuse I did not really like the upper. So my question is how this vapor x upper is compared to the F50s is there any similarities?

    • Its going to be a similar feel to that of the F50, maybe even a touch thinner. They’re pretty much the same style of shoe, and if you didn’t like the F50, you most likely won’t like the MVX.

  21. Hi josh! I also had a pair of the new f50 synthetic. And I loved everything about the shoe. But I did not really like the feel of the upper it felt it did not feel natural to me. So my question is. Is the mvx even an opption for me or is the feel on mvx that smililar to the F50? beacuse in my opinion the feel of upper on the mv9 is not similar to f50. Is the feel of the upper more like f50 or mv9 ?

  22. Hey Josh1 Which shoe would you compare the mvx to,the new F50,mv9 or mv8 ( in terms of touch and ball feel)?

  23. Hey Josh! So I’ve decided that I want to invest my money in the Vapor 10’s, because I think skill wise I’m ready for a top end, but my dilemma is that I’m a freshman in High School. I don’t know if my feet are going to grow anymore, and right now I wear a size 9.5US for a nice fit to my toes. I don’t know if, to let the shoes last longer, I should go half a size up to the 10’s, or if I should stay true to size but not have them last as long. It would be great if you could get back to me soon!

    • Part of the reason why you buy high-end shoes is to have a premium fit. If you buy them intentionally too big, it somewhat defeats the purpose of buying a high-end boot. If I were you, I would stick with a 9.5US

  24. Hi Josh. Should i buy a pair of veloce x or a pair of hypervenoms that costs 45 dollars more, what would you recommend?

  25. would it be safe to go a half size up in order to have some “wiggle room”?

  26. is the sizing with the vapors the same with the Superflys ?

  27. Hi josh. I play at the high school level and I have extremely narrow feet. Which boot would fit my feet the best.

    • You’ll fit into most shoes, so its more a matter of what you’re looking for in terms of feel, rather than what shoe will fit you. Read some of the reviews on my website of any shoe that interests you, that should help you better understand what your looking for, and hopefully allow you to make a more educated decision.

  28. I’m 14 my feet are still growing so I would not give too much for shoes because next year I need new shoes I’d veloce II or for vapor

  29. I want to get a pair of vapor 10’s but the vapor 9’s were to tight for me in the toe box, while the mid foot and forefoot felt nice, I went true to size and have average-narrow width feet, will the 10’s have a bit more give since the upper is thinner? Or is the feel in the toe box identical to the 9’s?

  30. what is the difference between the vapor 10 and the veloce?

  31. Hey Josh, I have a question. How would you say the durability is on this shoe? Also, do they make this shoe in a size 14 or only 13? Thanks for your time and keep up the videos!

  32. Hey Josh. I have a couple of questions for you. First of all, how good is the durability on this shoe because it’s so thin? Second, does this shoe go up to a size 14 or only a size 13? Thanks for your time and keep up the videos. They’re awesome!

  33. Oops sorry about my second post. I didn’t realize that the First one sent my bad!

  34. hey Josh i juss wanted to know if with these vapors or the superflys or magistas since they are one piece upper do the tend to fold when tied tight with the laces

  35. Hey josh i play in hard ground pitches but they are in really bad condition. I tried f50s and felt a lot of discomfort and the pressure of the studs . Is the m10 a good option? or will i have the same problems? if so what shoe do you recommend me ?

  36. Hey josh,

    Big fan of your videos. I have been playing with predator LZ’s and LZ 2’s for the past 2 years now and I decided I wanted to change. I am currently think of getting hypervenom’s or MVX and I just can’t decide which to get. Also, I was wondering how much of a change it would be to switch from Predators to hypervenom’s/MVX? So my 2 question’s are: Hypervenom or MVX and How much of a change is it to switch from preds to Hypervenom/MVX

  37. How much longer until the review everyday i check 🙂

  38. Hi Josh, I’m waiting for the written review of these, and I’m just curious, if you were to give a rough estimate on the overall rating (out of 70) would these be higher or lower than the 90% of the Hypervenom Phantoms or close to the same?

    • Working on finishing it up this week. The score at the end means very little. I could give a Copa Mundial and a Vapor X the same score, but at the end of the day they’re still completely different shoes. The score is there simply to summarize good or bad, and not much else. The details are what’s important when it comes to any review, that’s what let’s you know about the specific, important aspects of a product.

  39. Hey Josh was wondering what you thought was a decent shoes for about $50-75 price range

    • Check out the Super Deals section on my website. There are tons of higher-end models on sale within your price. You might be surprised at how different models you can get.

  40. Hey Josh when are you going to have the full written review on the veloce’s im thinking about getting vapors but i just got to mens foot size and my mom says its dumb to but only half a size up for that much more money, also she wont let me buy more than 100$. so i was thinking about the veloces becuz with ur cupon codes they sometimes go down under 100$. But i just ordered a pair of phatals for $61.99 so i have to wait about a year. do you think in about a year (maybe less) will the veloces cost less from discounts or more. If you reply thanks SO MUCH.

  41. Hey Josh , I am only 13 so my feet are still growing. I play at club level youth and am wondering if I should get a top end cleat and grow it out or buy a medium tier cleat for my size currently. What would you recommend

    • High-end shoes are better quality, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need them. You’ll be fine either way, it just depends on what you have the budget for and what you want to wear. If you’re on a budget, check out the Super Deals section on my website, you might be surprised by how many different high-end models you can get for the price of a mid-tier takedown.

  42. What’s the sizing like on the vapor x? I wear 9 in superfly and have some room. I tried on the veloce and size 9 were too small length wise. The size 9.5 were good and even felt less room than the size 9 superfly. I’ve worn 9 in previous vapor and have had perfect fit. I always have same size as you even though my feet are prob smaller because I like some room in my shoes but was surprised when you said veloce 9 were a good fit in 9.

  43. When are your written reviews for these and the predator instinct’s going to be done?

  44. Hi Josh, does the Vapor x come in kids sizes. Like a size 3,4 or 5. Thanks

  45. Hi Josh is the Vapor X sizing the same as the Victory 5 sizing. For example if I wear a size 4 in the Victory 5, would I get a size 4 in the Vapor X.

    Thanks, I love your videos.

  46. Hi If i fit a mercurial victory in size 5.5 will a vapor fit me in the same size or not

  47. Hi Josh,
    Just one quick question, The vapor X or the Adidas F50 ? Which one do you prefer?
    Is the Vapor X more comfortable to wear?
    Thanks!

  48. Hey Josh, I can’t decide between the Mercurial Vapor X or the F50 Messi Battle Pack cleats. I juat wanted to know what you would recommend or what would be the best option. Thanks and keep up the videos!

  49. I just bought a pair two days ago. The toe box pushes down a little on my big toe. Do you think it will stretch at all or should I buy a half size up?

  50. Hi there,

    How is the MVX in comparison to the f50 2014 in shooting. Considering the different scores and quite similar description.

    Have a nice day

  51. Compared to the Hypervenom Phantoms, which boot has a thinner upper?
    By the way, love your reviews!

  52. In terms of grip and overall performance, which boot would you rather go with? The Magista Opus or the Mercurial Vapor X?

    • I personally prefer the Opus, but you’re comparing two very different shoes when it comes to the feel that they provide. They’re both great options, it just depends on what you’re preferences are when it comes to feel.

  53. Or which just has more grip and better overall performance.

  54. I like a little more grip

  55. which has more grip though? the MVX or the Magista Opus

  56. In terms of grip and overall performance. mercurial vapor VIII vs nike mercurial vapor X.

  57. ACC version of the vapor VIII retro. sorry about having to ask in two different comments.

  58. Which shoe in has the best touch IN YOUR OPINION

  59. I want to buy a pair if Vapor X’s but want to be safe with the sizing before I get a pair. I tried on a pair of the Veloce II’s in my normal 11.5 and they were snug and I couldn’t flex my foot a whole lot. I tried on the 12 and they were a little more spacious. Should I stick with a 11.5 in the Vapor X’s or go to a 12? I currently wear Predator LZ 1’s in an 11.5 and have had Hypervenom Phantoms in 11.5. Thanks.

  60. HEY JOSH , why do i always feel that mercurials fit me longer in length than other shoes? is it true?

  61. Hey Josh, if I remove the laces to clean them, will I still be able to put them back on without damaging the upper and ruining the support cage inside? If not, do the laces clean up nicely after being worn in muddy conditions? Thank you.

  62. Hello Josh. Im wondering witch do you prefer the MVX or the Superfly 4. Thank you.

  63. Hey josh is there a big difference between the vapour x and the veloce

  64. I have never tried out a vapor before, and your review got me to order one, but now I am also interested in an Under Armour Blur Carbon III. Should I stay with the vapors or should I change my order to the Blur Carbon III. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  65. Which shoe would you recommend me to get; nike vapor 10 or nike hypervenom phantom?

  66. Hey josh are these cleats suitable for a goalkeeper? thanks keep up the good work!

  67. Hi Josh!
    As you wrote in the review the MVX won’t give you much protection at all. Do you think that if you use a pair of Metasox the protection will be better when you shoot and so?
    And if you recommend using Metasox should i go with my normal size 9,5 US or go half a size up to 10?

  68. should I get the superflys or vapor?i have watched ur comparisons but still cannot make a decision.Any other small details that you think may help me?

  69. I tried these in a size 9US, which is my normal size but the “tongue” folded down the middle, what does that mean?

  70. Hey josh I really want the mvx but not sure about sizing, if you could help thatd be great. The thing is I wear a 9.5 in LZ 2’s so I have no idea for mvx. Any idea how the shoes translate in size?

  71. In your personal opinion which do you prefer, the MVX or the latest F50’s and why ?

    I am contemplating buying one of them.

  72. Hey Josh,
    I waited a while to post this comment because the problems i had only happened after a couple of months, i’ve previously worn the vapor 8, in both of the synthetics that they brought them out in (the really thin suedy one and the one with a leathery feel) and both of them began to tare at the join between the upper and the soul plate… Did you have any issues with this after a month or so of use and if there any way i can prevent this from happening?

  73. Josh could you do a comparison video of the vapor 10’s Vs the hypervenoms

  74. If the tongue on this shoe doesn’t fit and it wrinkles. Would that effect the way it performs.

    • I can’t imagine that it would, but you shouldn’t be having that issue in the first place. The only time that I’ve seen that as an issue is when you’re wearing a size that is too big for you.

      • i have the same issue with my size 13 vapor. i wear a 12.5 but its too hard to find. any suggestions on how to fix it? maybe thicker socks? if so what socks are thick and good for soccer?

  75. F50 adizero or the vapor x?? Cant decide!

  76. I’m 14 and my feet are still growing. I know a size 7.5 fits me but should I get an 8 to grow in to? I can only get a top of the line boot once a year

  77. I play on both artificial and firm ground surfaces equally but I want a pair of firm ground shoes. What FG shoes could I get that would be ok for AG fields without the studs breaking too easily

    • That shoe does not exist. If you’re playing a lot on two different playing surfaces, the best thing you can do to get the longest lifespan out of your shoes, as well as the best performance, is to have a pair for each playing surface with the appropriate stud pattern.

  78. Hello thanks heaps for the review but i have a question to ask
    Would the mercurial vapor 10 be good for long periods of running?

  79. Hey josh, I was wondering if you could compare the width of the mvx and the predator instinct.

  80. Hey Josh, after using the mercurial vapor 10 (hyperpunch colourway) for almost 2 weeks now, i noticed that the Nike swoosh on my soleplate turn from green to white…. Does this happen to all vapor 10 hyperpunch colourways or is it just mine?

  81. Hey Josh, which one do you prefer? Nike Mercurial Vapor X or adidas Predator Instinct? Also, I love to have control boot, but the predator instinct is heavy. And which one is more durable? Thanks!

    • I much prefer the Predator Instinct personally, but you’re comparing two very different boots. They’re both great shoes, it just depends on what type of feel that you’re looking for. The Pred would the more durable option of the two by the way.

  82. Is it more is the material of Vapor X CR7 much thinner and has less grip than the material of Vapor X normal ones….?

  83. Hi Josh! I just got a pair of vapor 10s that I ordered online. I got a size 10 which is my normal size and lengthwise, the cleats fit great. My problem is that when I tie the shoes snugly (not even really tight) I get a crease in the tongue material. Does this mean my feet are just too narrow to wear this cleat or is there some way to tighten up that extra material so it doesn’t crease over. In your video, it looks like the tongue material should wrap snugly around the top of your foot. Please help me decide if I can fix this or if I should return them and look for a different type of cleat. Thank you so much!

    • It’s definitely possible that your feet a “too narrow” for the shoes, but extremely unlikely. How much room do you have at the end of the shoe?

      • Very little, probably an eighth of an inch or less. I tend to like just a little extra space in the toebox. If it’s too tight in the toebox, it’s very uncomfortable for me. The crease in the tongue is only a little uncomfortable but it is definitely aesthetically weird. Do you think I should just look for a different kind of cleat? I’ve always been a vapor guy but the new tongue is causing me problems. Thanks for your advice and keep up the great work on your site and videos. You’ve helped a lot of people over the past few years!

  84. Hey Josh,I’m thinking about getting the mercurial vapor 10 or the mercurial veloce 2,but does the tongueless upper on the vapor 10 affect your play in any way?

  85. Can you safely go a half size up in the mvx?

  86. If i easily fit in the hypervenom phelon can i fit in easily in the mvx?

  87. I’m a 10.5 US in Superfly 4 and there is about 1-2cm of toe space, should I consider dropping to a size 10?

  88. Hey Josh,which one do you think has narrower fit, the mercurial vapor x or the f50 adizero ?

  89. I have a question, Why does my Vapor 10’s tongue or where the tongue originally is folds? I hope you understand what I mean…

  90. Hey Josh! I was wondering if there is anything like the MVX in terms of the upper because I really enjoy the upper on these but now I want to try something new but still want the thin and soft upper

  91. hey josh which boot do you think is better the vapor 10 or the hypervenom phantom?

  92. Hey Josh, i would like to ask abt the durability. Does the upper stretch alot? Bcos im really loving the tight fit and im afraid that will be lost.I use a shoe tree to keep the shape of the boot idk i shld continue doing so. Pls reply me asap. Thx

  93. What is the indoor soccer shoe that’s most similar to the Vapor X that can also be used in concrete?

  94. Hey Josh! I was wondering which boot in your opinion is the best for speed

  95. Hi Josh, I bought Mercurial Vapor 10 FG, do you think it will be okay if I use that on AG as well?

  96. Hey Josh,
    From your experience, which of the following football boots is most durable?
    Nike mercurial vapor 10,nike hypervenom phantom or mirosar10.1?
    (I’m talking about using them in firm ground playing surfaces with the fg stud pattern.)

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