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96 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
Despite the way it looks, from the performance standpoint, the materials, the way that this shoe fits, I think it’s the best Superfly Nike has ever made. The upper feels really good.
The Superfly 6 and the Vapor 12 are really that good. I’m not a huge fan of the design of these football boots, however, from a purely performance and experience standpoint, I really do feel strongly that these are the best Mercurials that Nike has ever released.
The Superfly 6 is an absolutely brilliant boot. It’s really no denying it. In fact, it’s so good that if it wasn’t for the Vapor 12, this would easily be one of my favorite boots out there. It is a very good boot not only because it is the best performing Superfly ever made, it’s also a Superfly that can be worn and enjoyed by more people with different foot shapes.
The new Nike Mercurial release follows the new Nike naming pattern with a bit of a twist because while Nike decided to call both of these the Nike Mercurial Elite boots, they also decided to stick with the Vapor name for the low-cut Elite boot. The difference is basically the Dynamic Fit collar and the fact that the upper seems to be a little bit softer on the Superfly when you take it out of the box. But apart from that, the tech is exactly the same on the two boots.
Overall, Nike brought all brand new technology to their Superfly 6 and their Vapor 12. Once it is broken in, I have to say it is quite soft and it does feel quite good on the foot. The internal chassis and the sole plate work extremely well together and are very responsive on field. They honestly might be some of my favorite out of any speed boot I’ve ever tested. At the end of the day, the Superfly 6 and the Vapor 12 are both fantastic boots and they both perform extremely well.
The Superfly 6 is a little bit softer straight out of the box. The Vapor 12 is gonna be a little stiff on the sides compared to the Superfly, but because the upper is untreated on top, it stretches a lot more. It took me a while to get used to the new Swoosh placement. The design is radical and bold, but I’m not really a fan of the launch colorway.
- The Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Firm Ground features a 360-degree construction. This innovative material wraps the foot and creates a second-skin feel.
- The micro-textured Flyknit upper material offers a more natural and less restrictive fit. This elastic material is thinner compared to the previous generation of Nike Mercurial Superfly. Thus, allowing a closer touch and more precise control of the ball.
- It also features the Dynamic Fit collar that provides a compressed feeling around the ankle. This results in a sensation that the soccer cleat is an extension of the foot. This is also seen in other prominent Nike shoes such as the Nike Phantom Vision Elite DF Firm Ground and Nike PhantomVSN Academy Dynamic Fit MG.
- Another groundbreaking feature of this soccer cleat is its Podular Plate System which consists of an internal chassis and the split soleplate. This flexible soleplate system offers responsive traction on firm grounds.
The Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Firm Ground is available in men’s version in sizes 4 to 13. Women who want to wear this soccer can still purchase this cleat with sizes ranging from 7.5 to 14. As in any other Nike Mercurial soccer cleat, the width is tight but can fit slightly wide feet. The length is true to size.
The revolutionary outsole of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Firm Ground features an internal Pebax chassis and two iridescent podular plates. The anatomical soleplate runs through the entirety of the soccer cleat and is covered by the 360-degree Flyknit material. Flipping the shoe, you will find separate nylon pods, one at the heel and another in the forefoot.
Aggressive traction of FG playing surfaces is made possible by the precisely positioned chevron-shaped studs underneath. There are seven studs in the front that slice through the ground for excellent acceleration. Four studs are placed in the rear to aid in braking and deceleration.
The Mercurial Superfly VI Elite FG is the first Nike soccer cleat to feature the Flyknit 360. This elastic material wraps around the foot for a closer and more barefoot feel and fit. It also creates less movement within the shoe maintaining a one-to-one reaction time in terms of responsiveness.
Unlike its predecessors where the Nike All Conditions Control (ACC) technology is applied on top of the upper material, the ACC is embedded directly into the yarns of the Flyknit prior to knitting. This results in a thinner and more flexible soccer shoe while still allowing it to perform even in wet conditions.
The updated Nike Swoosh design found in the forefoot is not without a performance benefit. It has a textured matte finish that enhances control of the ball while sprinting.
The one-piece construction of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Firm Ground transitions from structured Flyknit in the forefoot to elastic Flyknit in its integrated tongue and extends to the collar. In the forefoot area, you can find raised lines running through the length of the shoe. They provide additional texture and grip on the ball.
As part of Nike’s effort to reduce weight and cleat components, this soccer shoe features a one-piece internal lining. This soft material reinforces the Flyknit upper making it responsive even without any support from the Flywire or Brio cables.
The laces of this ingenious soccer cleat use a dual lacing system and run through the center of the shoe. Thus, providing adequate lockdown during play. The glistening effect is more visible on the black colorway than on the orange one.
Another improvement in this soccer cleat is its shortened Dynamic Fit collar that is similar to what Cristiano Ronaldo prefers. It provides the same seamless fit and compressed sensation around the ankle as the previous generation Nike Mercurial Superfly. With the shorter cuff, the ankle now has more freedom and range of motion.
The fully removable insole of the Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Firm Ground has a synthetic suede finish on top and perforations in the heel and forefoot. It is made of durable foam with a good amount of density for an excellent in-shoe feel.
A fascinating point of discussion is the underside of the sock liner. You will find an interesting piece of black foam insert called the Grip Insole technology. Its 3D ridged pattern interlocks with the internal chassis like a jigsaw ensuring that the sock liner does not move around inside the soccer cleat.
- The Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite Firm Ground weighs 7.0 ounces.
- It was launched in February 14, 2018.
- This game-changing soccer cleat is headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo, Philippe Coutinho, and Neymar Jr.
- Nike Soccer Senior Design Director, Jeongwoo Lee, took inspiration from a cheetah’s paw when designing the groundbreaking split soleplate.
- The soccer cleat is also known as the Mercurial Superfly 360 VI Elite Firm Ground.
- This model has a CR7 version in the form of Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 Elite CR7 FG.