Verdict from 3 experts and +100 user reviews

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 soccer cleat.
  • 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 soccer cleat.
  • A few wearers noticed some chaffing around the heel during initial use of the soccer 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. 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 soccer cleat. However, not many were thrilled about the split-sole innovation on the base and the cleat’s out-of-the-box comfort. But after some break-in period, this issue gets easily resolved.

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Good to know

  • More than just pretty aesthetics, the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground is well-packed with innovative features that help make this cleat one dominant force on the pitch.
  • This soccer cleat 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 soccer cleat 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.

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.

This Nike soccer cleat 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.

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.

  • This soccer cleat for the firm grounds 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.

How Mercurial Vapor 360 Elite Firm Ground compares

This shoe: 88
All shoes average: 80
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This shoe: £200
All shoes average: £160
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