Nike Mercurial Victory II FG Men’s Soccer Cleat
Do the Nike Mercurial Victory II FG Men’s Soccer Cleat benefits exist and perform as Nike describes they should?
|Mercurial Victory II FG|
4) Innovative cleat configuration for better acceleration especially on firm-grounds
Soft, supple synthetic leather for stability, ideal fit and better ball control:
At Tempo- On a scale of 1-10 on supple, I give this synthetic leather a 5. You do get good ball control.
|See the Satin grain look?|
The appearance of the synthetic leather looks like satin. It is as though tiny interlocking fibers are the structure of the material providing it the ability to tug and tighten with every movement of your foot. This satin finish makes the cleat soft but ready to connect with the soccer ball. Like satin, this synthetic leather traps dirt in the fibers of the toes and side of the foot. Also, the material does get creases which are not uncommon for any cleat to develop. However, these creases are stiffer than a kangaroo leather shoe would develop, which means that the way your foot first dictates to the Mercurial to form and bend to your foot the first outing will be the way the shoe will force it to occur for the rest of the cleats life (Picture of these creases is at the end of this review). The fit of the cleat around the foot is snug but not uncomfortable. It hugs your foot which allows your foot to feel everything that your foot touches. You know where the ball is touching your foot which allows for the player to know the next type of touch that needs to be taken for ball control. It is a tight/snug fit so it is important that when you are sizing this cleat that you know exactly what size cleat you are in Nike products. Also be sure to consider if you wear one or two pairs of socks, if you have ankle protectors and anything else that might cause your foot size to be bigger.
Contoured last mirrors the foot shape for a premium fit.
At Tempo- FYI the “last” is the toe area, contoured is the style of a rounded toe to mimic the foot shape.
|Toe: AKA Contoured Last|
|Inside shoe liner. Top is inside the tongue the right is inside the cleat.|
Innovative cleat configuration for better acceleration especially on firm-grounds.
At Tempo- Keeps you on your feet during quick adjustments and provides a quick first step.
Firm-ground (FG) cleats for use on short-grass fields that may be slightly wet but rarely muddy.
At Tempo- Will perform in most field conditions but the cleats are not long enough for mud.
These are a great all purpose cleat. If you are just playing in a recreational league or are not able to have multiple cleat styles then this cleat would be a great all purpose tool. This cleat will perform in short to long grass and will function in the rain. No shoe really “performs” in mud and do not expect this one to. You probably could expect the game to be cancelled if the conditions are in the muddy category. In bad conditions, the heel of the cleat will keep you on your feet but you will lose the quick turn and acceleration benefits of the front cleats. In any field condition besides mud these cleats will be able to provide their benefits to some capacity but the ideal is short-grass.
1) Light weight. Only 8 oz
2) The synthetic material appears durable and the cleat well constructed
3) The color choices for this cleat are bright and noticeable for teammates.
NPR Suggested Adjustment:
1) Make the contoured sock liner something worth mentioning.
2) Have the cleat come in a matching shoe bag.
3) Fix the tongue more to the cleat as it likes to drift to one side.
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|Inside foot view and heel.|
|Creases on synthetic leather|
Disclaimer: These cleats were worn for 1 hour of practice and 1 hour of game play. The pictures were taken without the cleats be clean so you can see actual dirt areas and wear.