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Entering the soccer cleat arena in July 2018, the Nike Phantom Vision is the lineup that replaced the Nike Magista soccer cleat series. With the Raised on Concrete pack as the debut colorway, it is a surprise that Nike has chosen a rather toned down and understated colors to launch the series. It comes with a light grey almost white upper with darker shades of gray in key areas such as the Dynamic Fit collar and the soleplate. A stand out design for the soccer cleat is the bright red triangle found on the medial side.
Precision, instinct, and vision are taken into consideration during the design process of the Nike Phantom Vision series. Despite having several features that are similar to the speed-focused Magistas, Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats are focused on providing the ultimate control and comfort.
Since it was released, these soccer cleats have stirred the curiosity of fans everywhere. Not only because of its eye-catching design, but more so for having features that were never seen in any other soccer cleats from Nike before.
Features of the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats
Phil Woodman, the designer of the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat silo, wanted to create something different from the other soccer cleats in the market. So, he conceived the Phantom Vision from the inside out.
The Quadfit mesh is a proprietary construction that debuted in Nike soccer cleats. Eventually, this feature will soon be adopted in other Nike shoes. It has four axes of fibers that not only conforms to the shape of the cleat but supports it in all directions as well. Likewise, the gaps between the fibers distribute the load and mitigate the friction on the foot.
With the Quadfit inside, the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat provides a customized fit for a broad spectrum of foot widths and structures. Although it adapts to any foot shape, the material used on the Quadfit mesh retains its shape without overstretching.
The Quadfit technology decreases break-in time to almost none because the material used molds instantly to the natural curves of the foot.
Ghost Lacing System
The aptly named Ghost Lacing System is a definite improvement from the traditional laces. With its six lace loops, the touchpoints were minimized to create a one-pull construction. The loops are arranged in a V-shape to ensure balanced tightness and equal tension around the foot.
The Ghost Lacing System was created in response to several player feedback. They opted to have actual laces for the sake of adjustability and optimal lockdown. At first glance, the concealed lacing system looks like a copy of the Adidas X 17+ Purespeed. But the Flyknit upper of the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat is thinner and has more grip compared to its Adidas counterpart.
The Quadfit mesh and the Ghost Lacing System are creatively tucked under the highly textured, paper-thin Flyknit upper. By doing so, the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat effectively hits two birds with one stone. It provides a clean striking surface while also offering the ultimate lockdown and fit.
The triangular textures on the surface of the Flyknit allow the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat to have premium touch and control on the ball. They are denser in the medial triangle compared to the rest of the shoe.
Nikeskin is a complex technology used in high-end, synthetic Nike soccer cleats. It is a breathable mesh layer that is coated with a polyurethane film and treated with All Conditions Control (ACC). Aside from Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats, Nikeskin is also used on Nike Hypervenom and Nike Mercurial Vapor soccer cleats.
Another notable feature on a Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat is the medial triangle. It covers three prominent bones of the foot, namely the calcaneus, talus, and first metatarsal head. Based on the NSRL (Nike Sport Research Lab) data, this is the most critical area for maximum ball control. Thus, it is the area with the most grip. Also, with the help of the ACC, the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat provides a consistent level of grip no matter the weather condition.
Similar to the Nike Mercurial Superfly soccer cleats, the Dynamic Fit collar found on the Nike Phantom Vision Elite Dynamic Fit Firm Ground is made of a soft and stretchy knit material. It provides a seamless transition from the cleat to the lower leg, while at the same time allowing the ankle enough freedom of movement.
This innovation was developed over the course of two years and have been tested on players all over the world. The soleplate is coated with a hydrophilic polymer that is compliant when exposed to water.
Limited edition Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat
Nike Phantom Vision Gold
A limited edition Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat was released on August 14, 2018. It is so limited that there are only 1,000 pairs available worldwide with each pair being individually numbered. The numbers are engraved on the soleplate underneath the heel.
The Nike Phantom Vision Gold has a predominantly white upper with black and metallic gold details. This soccer cleat has a gold soleplate, medial triangle, and Nike Swoosh border. The outsole was dipped in liquid gold for a stunning finish.
The white, gold and black color combination will most likely bring into remembrance another limited edition Nike soccer cleat - the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR7 Special Edition, which was released in 2014.
Frequently asked questions
Which famous soccer athlete wore Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats?
Kevin De Bruyne, Philippe Coutinho, and Leon Goretzka are among the popular soccerers who were seen wearing Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats.
Which Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat can be worn on firm grounds?
Aside from the Raised on Concrete pack, what other colorways are available for the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats?
The Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats are also available in the Stealth Ops and the Rising Fire (Young Blood) colorways. The Stealth Ops comes in all black while the Rising Fire features the Team Red/Dark Grey/Bright Crimson combination.
The Rising Fire colorway is also available in the Nike Mercurial Vapor and Nike Premier soccer cleats.
Are there Phantom Vision soccer cleats for kids?
Kids who want to don a pair of Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats on the pitch may go for the Nike Jr. Phantom Vision Elite DF Multi-Ground and the Nike Jr. Phantom Vision Academy DF Multi-Ground. Indoor and turf variations are also available for kids.
What are the playing positions that are recommended to wear the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats?
This soccer cleat, especially the soleplate, is made with attacking playmakers in mind. But specifically, the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleat is best for players who like to be quick on the pitch.
Can players with wide foot wear the Nike Phantom Vision soccer cleats?
The Nike Phantom soccer cleat has a slightly narrower last compared to its Magista predecessor. Therefore, it is not recommended for players who have excessively wide feet.