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Need help deciding which of Nike’s brand new Hypervenom boots to cop?
We sent two pairs of boots from Nike’s latest Fast AF pack to Footballboots.co.uk to see what they think. Matt & Tom go head to head in a 3-stage challenge to see which boot reigns supreme – the Nike Hypervenom Phantom Elite DF or the Nike Hypervenom Phantom Academy. Check out their video to see the difference:
The names of the boots are actually a clear indicator of Nike’s intention of who each boot is aimed for. Nike’s Hypervenom Phantom Elite is designed for the Elite footballer – a player looking to gain that competitive edge over their opponent. The Nike Hypervenom Phantom Academy is targeted for the casual player, an academy footballer or those of a younger age.
Fit and Feel
Both boots have a similar design, but they do vary in construction and price. The Nike Hypervenom Phantom Elite have a standard fit that runs slightly wide. This is because it has a full Flyknit upper, which offers a nice level of stretch when on foot. The Flyknit runs from heel to toe with a thin layer of Nike Skin on top. This leads to an incredibly sock like fit, a seamless and lightweight feel, and added flexibility and grip on the ball.
The collar is fitted with a mid-cut Nike Dynamic Fit collar running at an angle down the boot. The soleplate is moulded from Nike’s Hyper Reactive technology, leading to a soft touch around the toe box and a stiff mid section for extra responsiveness.
The Nike Hypervenom Phantom Academy runs slightly thicker and loses the Flyknit, but it still has Nike Skin which offers a soft, flexible feel. The Academy retains an ankle collar, but this one does not have Nike’s Dynamic Fit which makes it feel slightly thicker. It’s still a nice fit and design, and offers a one to one feel. The soleplate on the Academy is more flexible in the mid section compared to the Elite.
While the Elite has a lot more Nike Technology packed into the boot, the Academy does a respectable job holding its own. If you want some expert knowledge on the right Nike Hypervenom for you make sure to visit Footballboots.co.uk for their full breakdown.