NIKE mercurial vapor superfly II NIKE mercurial vapor superfly II
mar 01, 2010

NIKE mercurial vapor superfly II

NIKE debuted their new mercurial vapor superfly II lightweight football boot in london last week with footballer cristiano ronaldo. the new boot features NIKE sense, a specially designed adaptive traction system that adjusts the stud’s height depending on the conditions of the terrain. this boot is the first to use this new technology providing players with more traction in both wet and dry conditions, hopefully giving them better acceleration. the technology reacts to the pressure applied by the player’s foot and adjusts the stud by up to 3mm to dig into the ground when needed.

the designers of the mercurial vapor superfly II developed the idea for a boot focused on traction after measuring the amount of slips in the 2006 world championship finals. they found that there were 845 slipping events over 63 games. with this insight and collaborating with athletes including cristiano ronaldo, zlatan ibrahimovic and alexandre pato, the nike designers developed the nike sense adaptive stud design.

the boot also features nike flywire technology on the upper to provide full support with less weight and a carbon composite chassis. along with the physical boots, owner’s of the mercurial vapor superfly II will also have access to the online service nike football+, which features training insights of the world’s top players, teams and coaches available online and as an iphone application.

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  • Mercurial vapor superfly adaptive carbon composite chassis traction flywire technology system and sense adaptive stud design?

    Blabbity, blabbity, new sneaker with no less than 3 logos on each foot. They should pay anybody (other than cristiano
    ronaldo, zlatan ibrahimovic and alexandre pato) for even considering to wear such scientific mumbo-hype.

    Mushi says:
  • Shame the interesting side of these will always be on the ground. The top is fugly.

    At least if footballers go in for a tackle with their studs showing they can claim it was because they were embarrassed of the design of the tops of their boots…

    Ghostieman says:
  • I think it is very interesting to track the innovative world of sport – not only because of the sense adaptive
    traction technology, it is worth to look at how this technology is dressed – they come in a very flash purple.
    Nike offers with each pair of boots a unique user code that can be used to unlock trade secrets from inside the game and the next installment of Nike Football+, access to the training insights of the world’s top players, …on NikeFootball.com.
    Nike Football+ is also available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch on iTunes®.
    Compared to other ways of product placement I think this is really engaging.

    Marketing and Great Design Observer says:
  • How can I reach the The Nike Sports Research Lab ?
    Is it open for visits or do they have open day events?
    I’m a teacher in design and would love to bring my students.

    Gilberto says:
  • you either love it or hate it

    ipo says:
  • The truly innovating and revolutionary design lies in the adaptive studs that can extend and retract.

    Richard says:
  • Nike will sell them for £225 in april 2010, so it’s only those of you who are earning as much as Ronaldo who are likely to buy a pair!

    Henry says:
  • We will certainly be watching the clock to see how long it takes Ronaldo to hit the score sheet with his latest weapon.

    o-o says:
  • …wonder if they could take a better shot with bare feet.

    sonico says:
  • beautiful shoes!

    gerry says:
  • It is good to see this simple, portuguese and nice Cristiano advertising a huge mark

    Celeste Raposo says:
  • how much will they be in american dollars and wen will they be available in the U.S.?

    b says:
  • there gonna rip like the old ones. predators are stronger. the older superflys looked better. as if you would want to buy those.

    hate nike superfly 2 says:

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