Nike Mercurial Rugby Boots
All Nike Mercurials for Rugby are lightweight and offer optimum acceleration, they are particularly targeted at quick back players like wings, centres and fullbacks. There are different grades of Mercurial boots available; Elite, Pro, Academy & club, with the cheaper versions perfectly suitable for the club player.
The Mercurial Superfly 7 and Vapor 13 are the latest boots from the Nike Mercurial series and are jam-packed with technological innovations designed to make the boots comfortable, lightweight, responsive, and to boost your speed on pitch.
Superfly 7 Elite Rugby
Soft Ground Elite SG-Pro AC
Designed for the muddy & wet pitches; anti-clog technology keeps mud from sticking to the sole
Firm Ground ELITE Superfly FG
For better condition grass pitches and firmer ground, pro level speed merchant boots
The Superfly 7 & Vapor 13 boast a 360 degree fully knitted upper using the latest construction of Flyknit. Interwoven with Nike’s high tenacity yarn (a derivative of Flyknit) that provides the boot just the right amount of structure so as not to restrict the movement of the soft base along with the foot. The high tenacity yarn secures lockdown of the foot, by tightening up during the it’s movement, by interweaving the yarns, the Elite Mercurial avoids the bulky feeling of having multiple layers of materials and it more lightweight too.
Coating the Flyknit yarns is the thinnest ‘Nikeskin’ overlay ever, introduced to enable both precise, barefoot sensation-like, grippy touch and Nike's All Conditions Control performance for wet conditions. Because of it being ultra-thin, the ‘Nikeskin’ overlay does not in any way impede with the pliability of the Flyknit upper.
Vapor 13 Rugby
The latest from the Mercurial features a central lacing system with an elasticated Flyknit tongue that seamlessly integrates to the upper. The lacing reinforces the snug fit provided by the high tenacity yarns and allows the boot to offer a lockdown like no other. The Dynamic Fit collar on the Superfly 7 gives out a sock-like transitional feeling from the boot to around the area above the ankle.
The internal liner is also ultra-thin and is perforated to give an extra amount of breathability. There is an added padding around the heel liner for better cushioning and lockdown. The removable insole is powered by Nikegrip technology which involves the insole having a mesh surface and sitting atop a foam layer with a texturing that locks on perfectly to the soleplate base. Both mesh surface and textured lock are designed to prevent internal boot foot and insole slippages respectively.
Soleplate-wise, the Mercurial gives energy return through its forefoot Aerotrac spine. The Aerotrac is available in both FG and SG PRO version. The SG PRO-Anticlog, on the other hand, offers a full forefoot plate equipped with hydrophobic coating for easy removal of dirt and moisture, ideal for muddy rugby pitches.
The Nike Mercurial range of rugby boots has been worn by such top players as Ugo Monya and Cory Jane and the latest boots are available in multiple colourways, varying depending on the models and soleplates that you require, they can be found across Nike's recent Flash Crimson, Daybreak and Black x Chilli releases.
Cheaper Academy Mercurials
Nike has provided cheaper options for the Mercurials by way of their Academy and Club levels. The Academy have a synthetic mesh-based upper plus a 3D embossed texture whilst the club have a more plasticky synthetic upper with tactile grippiness. A Neoprene sock collar forms part of the Superfly 7 Academy for those that want ankle support in the cheaper mercurials.
These takedown models have multiground variations for natural pitches, but we recommend the soft grounds, for use on muddy rugby pitches, with the the Academy coming in the SG PRO anticlog sole, offering a combination of metal removable conical studs and a few moulded blades, with Nike's anti mud and moisture technology that prevents outsole dirt accumulation.
The Mercurial also has Jr. options of both the Academy (cheaper version of those above) and the Elite models (professional level boot), those looking for children's boots should look at these below:
Kids Mercurial Superfly & Vapor
Superfly Kids Elite FG
Child size Superfly Elite, with the premium features of the adult version for grass pitches
Superfly Kids Academy SG
Soft ground metal studs, child's size Academy Mercurial Superfly boots, perfect for kids school and club rugby
Vapor Kids Academy SG
Low ankle, with screw-in metal studs, for muddy pitches, ideal for muddy kids club and school rugby
For an in-depth review of the Mercurial, click here.