The five big upgrades Nike have made to the Phantom VSN II
The new Nike Phantom VSN II has finally landed and there’s no disputing it looks incredible. But as well as looking good it has to do the business on the pitch. So, we decided to break The Swoosh’s latest drop down and take a look at five key areas where Nike have taken the VSN to the next level.
Reduced Dynamic Fit collar
More streamlined than on the OG, the II’s Dynamic Fit collar still offers that secure, seamless feel at the ankle but in a more refined way. It’s only a small tweak but less material means fewer distractions, a sleeker look and less weight.
Nike listened to feedback from their VSN-wearing pros like Kevin De Bruyne to help them improve the sequel. One of the key requests was to up the feel on the ball and The Swoosh responded by taking layers out of the upper to bring the foot closer to the ball for heightened touch when the pressure is on.
The reduced collar, fewer layers and redesigned upper all combine to deliver a boot that is lighter than its predecessor. For a boot built for the players who look after the ball, the ability to showcase those nimble feet in tight areas is essential so any reduction of weight is a winner.
We rated the look of the OG but the VSN II takes it to the next level with what Nike call a faster aesthetic. And, when you think about it, it makes sense. The triangle zone on the forefoot has been made larger and extended over the heel so the boot is literally pointing in the direction it wants to go in. The Swoosh has also moved forward and the reduced Dynamic Fit collar makes the boot more compact.
Nike’s athletes wanted more comfort in the second version of their precision boot and they’ve delivered. An overall reduction in material has produced a boot with more flexibility and less restriction on the foot through every directional change.
There’s plenty of upgrades in the new VSN but with the tech spot on in the OG, those changes focus on the feel and form of the boot to make it look and perform better at the top level.
Experience the progression in the Nike VSN II football boots from the Kinetic Black and Future Lab packs which are available from prodirectsoccer.com right now.