Nike Launch Under The Radar and New Lights Phantom
Now, Nike have been changing it up with their latest drops and whilst these boots are still connected through a couple of different packs, the Swoosh has gone a bit old school and split up the release dates to give each boot their own time to shine. So today it’s the turn of the Phantom series for the up close and personal treatment, and we’re starting with the ‘Under The Radar’ duo.
‘Under The Radar’ for all intents 2019’s version of the much loved Academy pack, Nike’s black out drop. ‘Under the Radar’ has already made its debut earlier this year as first we got the Tiempo 8, then the new Mercurial Superfly 7 and Vapor 13 already seen with the stealth paint job.
Of course, it’s not the first time we’ve seen either Phantom coming out with a mainly black colour, and it’s the addition of Nike’s signature Volt that sets this release apart. The Vision embraces the colour the most, using the flourescent pop to outline the Swooshes before featuring a full-on Volt soleplate. The Venom tones it down, keeping the outlined swoosh but using the accent colour sparingly in contrast. The outer swoosh on the elite models keeps the polygon treatment, this time with just a hint of iridescence when under the right light. It’s the more subtle of the two for sure.
What you might struggle to see is the graphic designs that were introduced on the new gen Mercs. Yes, those big, bold ‘Just Do It’ logos and classic Swoosh icon are on the boots, but you’ll have to go looking for them on the ‘Under The Radar’ drop. But on the New Lights Phantoms? Subtle is not the look here…
The Vision and Venom New Lights don’t just feature Volt, they are covered in it. Where ‘Under The Radar’ is dark, stealthy and subdued, ‘New Lights’ takes it a full one eighty – bright, loud and statement making. On the Venom, those call outs and graphic logos take on more presence than even on the Mercs, wrapping around the rear two thirds of the boot. There’s block logos, text, and model call outs all over this part of the upper, leaving only the toe box and vamp area clean. The Venom goes inverted under the radar with Black as the secondary colour, used tastefully for filling in the Swoosh, the lining and decorating the sole plate.
The Vision doesn’t quite have that same first impression, the Volt dominates the boot and with the use of white as the secondary colour brings a much, much brighter overall look. Despite this, the logo application is slightly more reserved than on the Venom and actually fits the silhouette of the Vision much better as a result. With the clean white sole plate adding volt tipped studs, this boot has got summer drop all over it.
Now you’re not going to see the pro’s lacing up in ‘Under The Radar’ colours, that’s reserved for the ‘New Lights’ drop as we enter the new club season. But do you know what? It kind of makes sense seeing how vibrant they are and attention grabbing they’ll be on pitch. There’ll be no trouble in spotting these from the stands or on tv. However, unlike ‘Under The Radar’, the full ‘New Lights’ pack is only at 75% with the reveal of these two Phantoms. We’ll leave you to work out which is yet to come to complete the set, but by now you should know where you can see it first – Pro Direct Soccer.
Alright, so both Phantom Venom and Vision will get a choice of sole plates and different price models, including Anti Clog SG, FG, MG, AG and hard-court options to suit your game surface. You know we’ve got you when it comes to your boot choices, whatever your level.