First I posted about my love for the Nike GS2. My favorite cleats ever. Then I posted one season later showing how well they had performed for me. Next, I posted about their replacement, the Mercurial Vapor IX. Now finally, a simple post comparing these two amazing boots (mostly according to my own personal opinion).
As shown above, both the Nike GS2 and the Mercurial Vapor IX are both skinny cleats. However, I found the Nike GS2 to be the skinnier of the two. The first time I wore the GS2s they were extremely uncomfortable. But, already by the second and third times and onward they were comfortable (enough ;).
Altogether the Nike GS2 had a more extreme form. The shapes and curves were all more intense. If your foot fit the mold then you were in heaven. If not, they were seriously unplayable. The Mercurial Vapor, although similar, definitely lends to a more broad shape and provides a more instant comfort.
The two images above show the most important difference between the Nike GS2 and the Mercurial Vapor IX. The size of the heal. I personally like my heals short and thin. More than comfort or protection, I value speed. You’ll see that the heel on the vapor is both thicker with more padding and taller than the GS2. It was this “hefty” heel that has long kept me from trying any Vapors since my first pair. But my mind is open and my hopes are high ;)
Which cleats are you sporting these days? Which were your all time favorites? Tweet at me and let me know! @garrettgee
ps. Here is the link back to my first cleat post : Unboxing the Nike GS2s
pps. Here is the link back to my second cleat post : My Nike GS2s – One Season Later
ppps. Here is the link back to my third cleat post : Unboxing the New Mercurial Vapor IX