Verdict from 6 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike PhantomVNM Academy Turf soccer cleat brings a comfortable fit, expressed an expert reviewer.
  • Thisl is a budget-friendly soccer cleat.  
  • This soccer cleat delivers good value for money.
  • An expert reviewer shared that since the base material is created with mesh, it feels soft and is relatively.
  • The Nikeskin technology is designed to bring a second-skin-like fit, allowing for a barefoot sensation when controlling the ball.
  • This turf soccer cleat is true to size, expressed a soccer cleat enthusiast.
  • The wearer is afforded a bigger strike zone as the second half of the shoe’s lacing system is encased in mesh.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Due to the limited stretch of the tongue area, this Nike soccer cleat is extremely hard to put on.

Bottom line

The Nike PhantomVNM Academy Turf soccer cleat brings a comfortable and second-skin-like fit through its Nikeskin upper. While it belongs to a budget-friendly price range, it has a premium look and brings good value for money. However, one notable downside for this model is that it is hard to put on.

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Good to know

  • Built for accuracy and power, the design of the Nike PhantomVNM Academy Turf soccer cleat is no accident. The upper is created with a mesh material paired with Nikeskin overlay. This combination delivers a soft sensation and comfortable ride during gameplay on the court. Additionally, this type of construction is designed to follow the contours of the wearer’s foot. Other models from the silo such as the Nike PhantomVNM Pro as well as the Nike PhantomVNM Elite share this feature.
  • Screen printed ridges are placed on the instep area. While this feature only serves an aesthetic value for the Nike PhantomVNM Academy model, the high-tier models from this silo make use of 3D ridges. The embossed version of these ridges is engineered for more precise shots while delivering power for every strike. An interview with the shoe technology’s designer revealed how the form and angle of these ridges are not merely for show. With hours of testing, the 3D ridges that one finds on the Nike PhatomVNM Elite model is tailor-made for accuracy.  
  • For supreme lockdown, the shoe has an asymmetrical lacing system. Half of this feature is covered in a mesh material which gives way to a bigger strike zone.
  • For optimal traction on turf courts, a rubber-based outsole with a non-marking feature is used for outsole construction. The ubiquitous herringbone pattern is used for this Nike cleat.

The Nikeskin upper provides a lightweight, second-skin like fit for its wearers. This element wraps around the player's foot while delivering a barefoot feel. The shoe’s  asymmetrical lacing system promotes fit customization. The shoe is available in men’s standard sizes ranging from 5 to 13. An expert reviewer concluded that the pair is true to size.

The upper of the Nike PhantomVNM Academy turf is designed for precision and control while making powerful shots. Nikeskin technology has been used for the upper’s construction. Said to be comparable to Hyperfuse, it constructed with a mesh material that is covered with a polyurethane film. The resulting feel is akin to a barefoot sensation when handling the ball.

Cushioning comes in the form of a sockliner which wraps around and follows the contours of wearer’s foot.

Fit customization comes in the form of an asymmetrical lacing system placed across the upper area. Half of this feature, however, is encased in a mesh material that also acts as an extended strike zone designed for cleaner shots.

The lateral area of the cleat features a bold print of the Nike brand while displayed across the upper is the silo’s name and logo.

Promoting grip for this turf Nike soccer cleat is a non-marking rubber outsole. The material is a staple among soccer cleats due to its proven effectivity. A common Herringbone pattern is used to promote traction and grip for the pair. Embedded in the outsole’s mid-area is the Swoosh’s logo.

Nike Phantom Venom ‘Inverse’

A colorway only made for the Academy model of the Nike Phantom Venom line, it does as the name suggests. As the whole line uses a red and black color combo with majority featuring the crimson shade, this colorway ‘inverses’ that. The upper is mostly colored in an inky hue with red highlights designated for the elements peppered across the whole shoe. The bold Swoosh logo is also highly visible with its red coloring.

  • Indoor and firm ground models of this Nike PhantomVNM soccer cleat are also made available by the brand.
  • This soccer cleat model is available in the bright crimson/ metallic silver/ black colorway.

How PhantomVNM Academy Turf compares

This shoe: 70
All shoes average: 76
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This shoe: $80
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