Who should buy the Nike Phantom GT Pro FG

There is no doubt that the Nike Phantom GT Elite FG is a great performer. Those who love the Elite but don't have that much money to spare will find the Nike Phantom GT Pro FG a worthy alternative. Those with wide feet are also expected to enjoy playing soccer in this model.

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Who should NOT buy the Phantom GT Pro from Nike

The Phantom GT Pro is designed to deliver a sock-like feel. Hence, its upper does not have many skeleton-like rigid materials to give it structure. Those who want their cleats to have more structure are not the targets of this soccer cleat. They are better off with the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Pro FG.

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Those who mind the look and feel of their shoes might not be too happy with the GT Pro. Upon initial look, the Phantom GT Pro and the Elite version look similar. However, upon closer inspection, you'd see that the Pro is made of fewer premium materials. While Nike made sure that this won't have significant effects on performance, it has an obvious impact on aesthetics. Very clearly, this type of buyers is happier with the Phantom GT Elite.

Getting the Pro is like getting the Elite

"You'd have a hard time telling the difference between the two," this is what an expert says about the looks and performance of the Nike Phantom GT Elite FG and the Nike Phantom Pro FG. What's nice is that the Pro is of course cheaper, and an expert thinks that this adds "a lot of value in terms of what you're getting for your money."

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Agility-driven traction

The Phantom GT Pro is equipped with a stud configuration that's better able to support fast runs and quick changes in direction. A soccer player admits that the FG grip of the Elite is still "a little bit more aggressive," but then again there is only a "very minor difference" between the two.

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Enjoy a sock-like fit

The upper is made of a type of Flyknit that an expert describes as "slightly less premium" than the Flyknit used on the Elite. Another expert agrees but clarifies that it's still a "really high-quality upper material." The first expert also points out that the internal liner, however, is just made of "cheap and old-school" nylon that is noticeably softer and less structured.

The material on the Pro is more pliable to the touch, so it fits closer to the skin and adapts to the shape of the foot better. Hence, the Pro feels "arguably a little more sock-like" according to an expert.

Grippy textured upper

Like the Elite, the Pro version is equipped with a technology called Generative Texturing or GT which provides friction for passing and dribbling.  A player points out that though the Pro's actual performance is "maybe not as sharp" as the Elite's, there's still "not a huge difference" between the two.

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Feel light with the Phantom GT Pro

The Nike Phantom GT Pro FG also feels minimal and light. It's around 0.35 oz (10 g) lighter than the Elite, which is pegged at 7.6 ounces or 215 grams.

Wide-footers rejoice!

"This is the DREAM for you," an expert says as he entices wide-footers to go for the Nike Phantom GT Pro FG. He says that this has a wide structure that can comfortably accommodate wide feet.

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Springy outsole

The sole plate is flexible enough to bend to deliver a nice spring back that propels the wearer forward. In fact, an avid reviewer describes the plate as "slightly more flexible" than the one found on the Elite.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 207g
Top: Low
Surface: Firm Ground
Collection: Nike Phantom, Nike Phantom Gt
Lacing System: Laced
BRAND Brand: Nike
Release date: Aug 2020

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Akshay Kumar Malhotra
Akshay Kumar Malhotra

Akshay is a former professional soccer player turned sports journalist. His passion for the sport led him to start writing about it, and he is now a published author across various sports websites, featured on TheSportster and Sportskeeda among others. After he retired from the Singapore professional soccer scene, Akshay formed his own amateur soccer club FC Banterbury, initially just for laughs. Safe to say, soccer is an integral part of Akshay's life, and soccer cleats in particular are an obsession for him.