Need help deciding which of Nike’s brand new Hypervenom boots to cop?
We sent two pairs of the freshest nike football boots 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.