We compare the totally new Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots vs first-gen Hypervenom. While Nike claims that "every component of the original Hypervenom evolved into something better for Hypervenom II", we are putting both boots side by side and compare the upper, the sole plate and the price.
“Players loved the original Hypervenom, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do even better. We’re not afraid to make as many changes as the boot needs to be the best. The kind of players who wear Hypervenom would expect nothing less.” – Max Blau, VP of Nike Football Footwear
Revealed on May 21, the next-gen Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2015-2016 Cleats were debuted this weekend with a bold Wolf Grey / Orange launch colorway. While players such as Rooney and Kane opted for the low-cut Nike Hypervenom Phinish Cleats, most Nike athletes sported the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots.
NIKE HYPERVENOM 1 VS HYPERVENOM 2
Move the slider to compare the Nike Hypervenom 1 and Hypervenom 2.
The most obvious difference between the two generations is that the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots feature the revolutionary Dynamic Fit collar, also known as high-top boot design. Made for better lockdown, the Dynamic Fit collar is designed to offer enhanced comfort and a sock-like fit.
Even though the Dynamic Fit collar is reported to cause distractions for some players, it offers an iconic look and the sense of wearing a revolutionary product. Players like Robert Lewandoswki and Paul Pogba prefer the Dynamic Fit collar, while Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane opted for the low-cut design (Nike Hypervenom Phinish).
So it's a matter of a taste whether you prefer the Dynamic Fit collar or the traditional low-cut design, while there seems to be no fundamental advantage of the included sock.
The Nikeskin upper of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Cleats features Flywire for better lock-down. Flywire is the first of many enhancements developed throughout the design process of the upper.
"EVERY COMPONENT OF THE ORIGINAL HYPERVENOM EVOLVED INTO SOMETHING BETTER FOR HYPERVENOM II"
The Flywire is integrated in the new mesh upper of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots, which is designed to amplify touch, equipped with ACC and Nikeskin. But only time and extensive testing will tell if the upper of the Nike Hypervenom 2 Boots outperforms the NikeSkin honeycomb upper of the first-gen Nike Hypervenom.
NIKE HYPERVENOM SOLE PLATE
The sole plate of the first and second generation of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom Boots are almost identical, designed for agility on Firm Ground surfaces with conical studs. For added comfort, Nike uses a softer compound for the sole plate than the original Hypervenom for additional comfort, while Nike also added a stunning graphic to make a bold statement on the pitch.
NIKE HYPERVENOM PRICE
The next-gen Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots will retail at 275 USD (275 Euro, 230 GBP), while the first-generation Nike Hypervenom Phantom Boots are now available for less than 200 USD (200 Euro, 160 GBP).
If you are looking for a replacement for the Nike Hypervenom Phantom I, Nike also offers the low-cut Nike Hypervenom Phinish. The cutting-edge Nike Hypervenom 2 Phinish Cleats offer the same technologies as the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots without a Dynamic Fit collar, and retail at a recommend retail price of 200 USD (200 Euro, 160 GBP).
When it comes to choosing the Nike Hypervenom 2 or the Nike Hypervenom 1 it comes down to personal preferences. If you prefer the Dynamic Fit collar, there is no alternative to the Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Boots. If you are looking for a lower-priced Nike Hypervenom Boot with all the latest technologies, we would recommend the Nike Hypervenom Phinish.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2, Nike Hypervenom Phinish 2 or Nike Hypervenom Phantom 1? What's your choice?