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We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what football players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A good number of commenters were impressed with the barefoot feel of the ball offered by the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground.
  • Many reviewers lauded the sock-like sensation offered by Flyknit material that wraps around the entire foot.
  • Many testers loved the comfort offered by this low top boot.
  • The heel lining around the heel provided a good lockdown as noticed by various testers.
  • Some players who tried the Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite FG to attest to the efficiency of the sole in supplying aggressive traction on the firm ground.
  • Compared to other Mercurials, the Vapor 360 Elite FG has a more stretchable upper that can accommodate wide feet, said some observers.
  • According to several testers, the upper showed excellent ball grip.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some observers find the split sole construction of the Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite FG to be less durable.
  • Based on the experience of one reviewer, running fast can be an issue with this football boot.
  • A few wearers noticed some chaffing around the heel during initial use of the football shoe.
  • As some observed, the upper came off quite stiff and rigid out of the box.
  • A few wearers have attested that the Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite FG needed some break-in time before achieving full comfort.

Bottom line

Although initially welcomed with some skepticism from Nike fans, the Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground proves its worth with its innovative design. The unique 360 Flyknit wrap was lauded by the majority of wearers for its sock-like fit and impressive ball grip. Shoe enthusiasts also commend the stability and aggressive traction offered by this firm ground football boot. Then again, not many were thrilled about the split-sole innovation on the base and the boot’s out-of-the-box comfort. However, after some break-in period, the latter issue gets easily resolved.

Set to deviate from the normal cleats, the Mercurial Vapor Elite FG is for the bold and daring footballers who needs acceleration on pitch more than anything else.

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Expert Reviews

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91 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Soccer Reviews For You

    It's hard to believe we're on the 12th generation of the Mercurial Vapor, but the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite is here! The first Vapor since the Vapor 3 to not feature a Teijin synthetic upper, instead the boot is entirely constructed from Flyknit, along with a bunch of other new features!

  • 90 / 100 | Soccer Reviews For You

    I think most will agree that Black and Orange looks much better than Orange and Black on the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite! Colorway aside, there are common complaints that many have about the new Mercurials that I don't think are 100% valid given my experience with them.

  • 90 / 100 | Unisport

    Introducing a Flyknit upper, the brand new Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 football boots - and the Superfly 6 for that matter - are made to give you a sensation of the football boots disappearing on your foot thanks to the 360 degree Flyknit upper construction that wraps the foot all around. The new Flyknit construction on the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 football boots is also engineered with a one-piece tongue and a seamless transition from football boot to foot in order for you to feel like the Mercurial Vapor 360 becomes a part of your body.

  • 97 / 100 | lovellsoccer

    As soon as I saw the Vapor, I can't wait to put my feet on them to test them out. they definitely haven't let me down. They're lightweight and comfortable. This is definitley a winner for me.

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Features of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground

  • More than just pretty aesthetics, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground is well-packed with innovative features that help make this boot one dominant force on the pitch.
  • This football boot is the first to wear a full 360° Fit Flyknit construction. The unique design gives a secure wrap around the foot for that second-skin fit. It also removes the gaps between the foot and the soleplate for a more streamlined design.
  • The Flyknit material that lines the upper also employs a micro-texture detail that facilitates a precise touch of the ball. This helps players get better control of the ball especially at high-speed moments of the game.
  • Another feature of this football boot is the Nike ACC (All Conditions Control) for consistent performance in all weather conditions. However, unlike the previous versions of the Mercurial Vapor where ACC overlayed the Flyknit product as a separate layer, this time it is embedded into the yarns. This eliminates the additional skin while preserving the performance benefit.
  • For an enhanced fit, this low top cleat relies on a central lacing system that allows wearers to modify its tightness. It also uses a standard tongue that cushions the areas of the foot that comes in contact with the ball.
  • The outsole of the firm ground version of the Vapor 360 has been equipped with a revolutionary forefoot plate. The plate holds a set of Chervron studs that serve to supply traction on firm ground surfaces to players can easily run past the competition.

Fit and sizing

With its one-piece Flyknit design, the Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground gives a snug, second-skin fit that does not necessarily restrain movement. As much as the Flyknit wraps the foot like a sock, it also offers enough stretch to accommodate wider feet. Known to fit true to size, this men’s low top cleat comes in the standard sizes, from 6 to 12.

Outsole

This Nike football boot utilizes a revolutionary forefoot plate that supplies reliable traction in the needed areas. Its Chevron-shaped studs deliver grip on firm ground surfaces to achieve explosive acceleration alongside smooth, responsive braking in the heel. Instead of the visible soleplate, Flyknit replaces it, resulting in a one-of-a-kind look on the base.

Upper

Engineered with a full 360° Fit Flyknit design, the firm ground version of the Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite promises exceptional ball touch. Its microtextured Flyknit upper allows for touch accuracy to give wearers enhanced control of the ball.

Meanwhile, the ACC technology ensures that the upper performs consistently in wet or dry conditions.

Additional Info

  • This football boot also works well on slightly wet, short grass pitches.
  • Nike has equipped the Vapor 360 with a suede heel lining and the NikeGrip insole that minimizes slipping of the foot.