Nike Phantom Vision Elite DF Firm Ground review
After Nike retired Magista model and replaced them with the Phantom model, many players, including myself were a bit disappointed, but at the same time very curious about what the new model brings into the game.
After a very successful chapter with Magista models, Nike had to put a lot effort to make a new model, which will outrun previous one in terms of quality, comfort, durability, and others, which they actually did.
As a player, I found myself most comfortable while wearing Nike Tiempo and Magista models. And, by realizing I won’t be able to get a bit sharper version of Tiempo with Dynamic Fit Collar (Magista), I was not that happy.
However, by trying the newest Phantom Vision Elite, I could confirm that not having Magista on the market anymore is not a big deal.
Since the Phantom Elite Vision model is marked as a replacement for the Magista model, I will mostly compare those two models.
When it comes to the look of the shoes, what Nike did with Magista was very good. I liked the concept of the boost, the design, the features, the various color options, etc.
However, the new Phantom Vision Elite model does not miss any of that. Nike put a lot of effort and made these boots looks very powerful in any direction.
When they just got released, I was not a fan of the design itself. The first grey-orange version did not buy me, and I had no sympathy toward the boots at all.
By realizing that collar fit has no effect as it has on Magista and Mercurial models, I did not predict a good future for these shoes. However, everything changed after using them for some time.
After releasing some colorway options for these shoes, they really got more and more attractive. The design seemed to look just perfectly updated compare to the concurrent models.
As someone who really pursues comfort when buying new shoes, I can honestly say that this model passed the test easily.
When I touched material for the first time, it felt so thin and let’s say comparable to Adidas X15.1 model, which has not stood as a comfortable model for me, so I was not very optimistic.
However, after only 2-3 training session, I felt like the break-in period is done. The shoes are very comfortable, and I have zero complaints about them. There were no stiff areas in my experience, and my toes fit perfectly.
In my case, I can say that model is completely true to size, and if you have been wearing Magista Obra 2 or Tiempo 7 Elite model, you can feel free to stick to your previous size.
Some users are complaining about the struggle of putting the shoes on and taking these off. And, I can tell you that it’s nothing more complicated than all previous versions of Magista and Mercurial models.
It’s just based on your preferences. So like before, you are still able to get yourself sock-less versions.
This model brings some new features into the game. One of them is the lacing system, which is very interesting because it makes the shoes look laceless on first sight.
Amazingly, the new lacing system worked perfectly for me all the time. I had no problems with comfort, my foot was secured all the time, and most importantly, I never had to check my laces during the game.
What makes them special is their material quality as well. When it comes to touch and grip, these shoes are providing everything. The material is so grippy that it made me laugh when I held them in my hands for the first time.
All these features will help you when it comes to grip itself, but nothing extraordinary. Some reviewers say it’s not the best shoes for shooting or passing, and that it is made for this or for that. But, I will tell you that in every aspect of the game, I felt more than comfortable.
I felt good while passing, even better while shooting, so it had no big impact on my game. What had an impact is a new style, which made me very happy to be able to wear them.
The soleplate has been slightly updated compared to the previous models, but traction is more than excellent. The soleplate itself looks very aggressive, so it is the perfect one to choose if traction is something you are seeking.
Sharp turns, sprinting, stability in the mud, with FG version, everything was good. Also, it shines and becomes visible on the sun, making it all even more special.
Overall opinion & rating
In my opinion, these soccer cleats are great for any player. If you find yourself comfortable while wearing them, I see no reason why defenders won’t be able to wear them. Note that Sergio Ramos was spotted wearing them for a while.