With the brand new Ghost lace, a new collar, a new stud pattern and the high elasticity of, at the very least, living up to the Magista silo, it’s an exciting life for the Nike Phantom Vision Elite Df launch. Add to that such a big release has already enjoyed a major tournament and is now splashing into a new season in the European league, and you have a cleat that faces some hurdles to success, but it’s a good basis for a beginning. With every recent Nike release, we certainly weren’t disappointed, and will VSN hit it off and give Nike a vision of success? Or will it falter out and quickly drop to the bottom of the Nike charts? Let’s find out
Phantom VSN didn’t just start with a single route, as Nike wanted to make sure their latest creation to have a multitude of options available. Nike starts with a blackout color, a gray/bright red color scheme, and a deep maroon/silver color scheme. It makes sure that there is a colorway for everyone. As for the initial launches, most of these colors are quite smooth. The light gray/bright red combination is less of a favorite because it feels like we’ve seen this combination many times. Especially with regard to the women’s color scheme of the HyperVenom Phantom III.
Because of all that build, the dribbling is excellent. That’s right, and it is actually very delightful. The VSN is soft on the inside and smooth on the outside, allowing any slow turn or ball movement to feel right against your foot. The low profile of the cleat only adds to your desire to keep the ball close as you move to execute the killer last pass, hit a defender, or give yourself the honor to score a goal. The interesting thing is that the instep does seem to have little texturing, but it seems to be mainly for the look as the texture do not add any padding or change the grip.
The raised collar is really closer to what we expect from a sock than the FlyKnit collars of the past, and it makes the cleat feel a bit more comfortable and uniform. This cleat is true to size and will be able to accommodate just about anybody that wants to give them a try.
The stud pattern is much more aggressive than expected. Studs on the heel are bladed, while those on the forefoot have a mixture of round and angular shapes, planted in a raised webbed pattern that limits movement when planted. The modern midfielder wearing these cleats will appreciate this cleats as they allow them to move around the park a little easier.
With the innovative features of the Nike Phantom Vision Elite Df, it is expected to receive nods from soccer fans. They provide a comfortable fit straight out of the box. Moreover, it provides the ultimate lockdown without squeezing the foot. The clean, striking surface didn’t fail to impress the soccer players as well. Indeed, this soccer cleat is a good contender for the best control cleats in the market — not only for creative playmakers but also for fast-moving players.