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Time to awaken the Phantom. That's the message we gave to our Pro:Direct Academy Elite Squad as they got to experience the all-new Nike Phantom VSN football boots months before anyone else. One of Nike's most innovative boots to date and the Academy players got an exclusive first hand look and feel at this new boot.

But it wasn't just about getting a first look for the Academy - this was a session where they could slip on the new VSN Elite boots and get to be amongst the first in the world to play in the new boots.With enough boots for the whole team to rock, the Academy players could put the new Phantom through its' paces and deliver a verdict on this hotly anticipated release.

Hailing from a long line of Nike boots aimed at the creator, the maestro, the game dictator, the Phantom VSN is delivered in stealthy triple black colourway - a paint job that has its' roots in Academy colours. Featuring a host of tech and innovations that elevate the VSN to a new status above rival precision and control boots. 

To create something different and better, Nike's designers took to thinking of this boot from the inside out. This resulted in a new internal Quadfit mesh sock-like liner that conforms to fit most any foot, but retains its shape and doesn't overstretch. The Quadfit contains the foot without constricting the foot, meaning a fit right of the box. So while not visible from the outside, the impact is immediate on the inside - no more breaking boots in.

To further improve upon traditional lacing, the Phantom VSN features a lacing style called 'Ghost Lace', actioned by a one-pull construction implemented for equal tension all the way down the foot. The laces can then be discretely tucked away to provide an super-clean striking surface.

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Nike Phantom VSN Pro Direct Playtest
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One of the key visual elements of the new Phantom VSN boot is the multi-layered Flyknit that takes pride of position on the instep. This triangular shaped section includes highly texturised Flyknit designed to provide premium touch of the ball. On this Stealth Ops release, the design is much more subtle but expect Nike to make big use of this area to make the Phantom VSN stand out on pitch. 

What does all this mean for our Academy playtesters? First off, the opportunity to provide feedback on a boot months before anyone else will get to try them. Secondly, this excluisve session means the Academy Elite players are ahead of the curve so when the Phantom VSN drops, they already know what to expect.

Let's be honest - who wouldn't want to know about the hottest new Nike boot before anyone else?!

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