The Nike Mercurial Superfly is all about speed and the latest edition of the silo is the most innovative with technological advances that will set it apart from its predecessors.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the face of the Mercurial Superfly silo and it is no surprise that he loves the new cleat.
“It’s like my attitude,” Ronaldo declares. “I’m a straightforward and aggressive player. The stud shape reminds me of my character and performs very well on the pitch.”
“Our approach with the new Mercurial was to challenge all assumptions about speed, merging science with design to build the fastest boot in football,” says Nike Football Design Lead Jeongwoo Lee. “We designed this boot holistically to ensure it was a true speed system, where all of the materials interlock to produce the most efficient package possible.”
The new design starts at the ground and works its way up the cleat. The new sole plate is contoured to allow it to cradle the foot which helps maximize energy return during play.
“We had been working with a flat sole plate, but the human foot is not flat,” Lee explained. “The contoured plate provides a more natural fit, by allowing your foot to be nested within it”.
The Mercurial Superfly V also uses a single-layer chassis for the sole plate. Previously Nike used a sole plate created with overlapping layers of material but a new vacuum forming process made this unnecessary. The end result is a sole plate that is 40% lighter than the carbon fiber plate.
The studs on the sole plate went through an overhaul as well. Nike Football used virtual Finite Element Analysis (FEA) testing and tested various shaped studs – cleats, blades, chevrons, etc, to come up with a stud and configuration that worked best.
“The data-informed pattern we landed upon acts like claws when accelerating,” says Lee, “but has the surface needed to brake quickly. The studs all are the same shape but positioned in different directions — straight on with the heel for braking, angled in the forefoot for propulsion. We also have traction in what used to be an empty space in the forefoot, which will provide a noticeable difference to players.”
The Nike Flyknit upper was re-engineered as well. The new edition has a raised ‘speed rib’ with individual ribs of varying thicknesses from 1 millimeter to 2.5 millimeters in the forefoot. The new textured design provides better control between the cleat and ball.
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