Nike knows what you’re after
Players seeking speed, take a knee. The Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 cleats have been restructured to limit energy loss so you can gain electric speed on the field. To build them, Nike took a step back and studied what it is speed players are after with their cleats. Here’s what they learned:
Many speed-position players wear a low-cut cleat and then spat before games. Here’s the issue, the low cleat gives you a lightweight feel, but then you bulk it up with tapes, wraps, or braces to add support and you’re left with a heavier system than if you had just gone with a mid or high. With the Vapor Untouchable 3, Nike reenergized what a speed cleat was all about. They tossed the term lacing up out the window and replaced it with locking down. During the design process, they purposely blurred the lines between athlete and equipment, creating a cleat that fits like a second skin. They wanted to give the fastest athletes on the field the feeling of instant propulsion and stick-and-go traction. They succeeded.
Yes, it’s high, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t light. The Elite weighs in at one ounce lighter than its predecessor and its height is for good reason — the king of Nike’s speed line boasts a full-knit collar that fits tightly around your ankle giving you a taped feel and look. The collar securely hugs the cleat onto your foot and supports your ankle as you come down off a big leap or make lateral cuts at high speeds. Both sides of the collar feature two mesh windows to add breathability and maintain just the right amount of flexibility. The collar provides consistent lockdown as you play, whereas tape can loosen and need to be redone throughout games and practices. The Vapor Untouchable 3 Elite eliminates this problem.
The lockdown is enhanced with supportive Flywire cables that have been integrated into a Flyknit upper. With lighter-weight yarns woven together in a tight knit, this high-tenacity upper blends with the movements of your foot for a connected feel every time you step into the cleats.
We know it’s got a different look but trust us, this cleat performs. Check it out here and stay tuned in the coming months, there are exclusive colorways to come as the season draws nearer.
Just as with the Elite, Nike hit the drawing board to revamp the Pro. It features a circular knit cuff with high flexibility to allow ease of entry and a free, unrestricted fit. This cuff transitions into a lightweight and durable upper with an integrated tongue that limits distractions on the field. The Pro’s plate is built of a lightweight carbon fiber weave. Carbon fiber retains its shape while allowing flexibility — this allows the plate to propel the foot forward every push-off, snapping back into place after flexing.
Overall, the Vapor Untouchable 3 Pro is still a fast, low-cut cleat but now with a sock-like cuff. It fits slightly wider than the previous model and, just like the Elite, it’s one ounce lighter. The Pro will be coming to Eastbay in a variety of colors to match your team look so keep your eyes open.
There you have it, everybody. Nike Vapor Untouchable 3 cleats are ready to dominate the 2018 season. Stay strong, speed players. Be powerful, run hard, and enjoy the speed.