Nike Phantom GT Scorpion - 5 reasons to buy
Nike’s Phantom GT has been a revelation since its launch. It now has a sting in its tail, here are 5 reasons to buy the Scorpion.
We don’t need to rabbit on about how good Nike are at making football boots, I think the last five decades can tell that story for us. Instead, we’re here to point out some of the finer details in Nike’s latest release that will have you foaming at the mouth. That’s if the imagery hasn’t already done the job.
The Nike Phantom GT Scorpion is worthy of its name, a lively beast that could strike anything with deadly precision in a split second. And we’re here to tell you exactly why you need these football boots on your feet. Cladded in silver armour, they’re one of Nike’s throwback specials from an era when the game (and advertising) was well, just infinitely better.
1. The nostalgia
What a place to begin, we’ve got the tingles already. Readers of a certain age will fondly remember why The Scorpion is regarded as a legendary symbol, the mark of a true great, iconic. The Scorpion owes its status to a titanic $100m advertising campaign that coincided with the 2002 FIFA World Cup, a campaign which included a memorable advert directed by Monty Python genius, Terry Gilliam. If you haven’t seen it before, what’s wrong with you? If you have, it’s always worth another watch. Goosebumps.
They simply don’t make adverts like Nike’s ‘Secret Tournament’ anymore and if we’re honest, recent efforts wouldn’t be fit to lace the boots of it. We’d imagine that alone, the task of gathering the top names from today’s game in one room to play 3-a-side, would inevitably result in an epic web of contractual nightmares. Our point here is that the Phantom GT Scorpion is doused in both history and pedigree, Nike doesn’t hand out revivals willy-nilly. The ad was so good in fact, they even added an equally impressive follow-up. First to 100 goals anyone?
First to 100 - Nike's secret tournament advert? pic.twitter.com/CxlOaq7pek— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) December 26, 2017
2. The looks
Once you’ve managed to evict the mildly misogynistic Elvis vs. JXL earworm from your brain, it’s time to move on to aesthetics. And why we can’t help but gawp at these boots. We don’t feel the need to overdo the explanation in this section, we’ll let the extra imagery do most of the talking for us. Sleek lines in chrome silver, with Hacienda-style stripe warning tabs on tongue and heel. Scorpion stamp proudly sitting on the upper and soleplate. Revel in the beauty.
3. The technology
When the Phantom GT was released in 2020, it came packed with innovative tech. This all remains for the Scorpion version. Depending on which takedown you opt for (check our Phantom GT Tier Guide for more info), you’re going to get differing levels of technology. We’re going to take a look at the best of the best for the purposes of this article: the Elite model.
The Phantom GT Scorpion Elite has everything you’d expect from a premium boot, and more. You’ll get a silvery FlyKnit upper with revolutionary ‘Generative Texture’ (GT) raised patterning across it; this means more grip, more feel. If that wasn’t enough, Nike’s ‘All Conditions Control’ coating adds extra grab whilst lateral lacing keeps the instep area free from any interference.
Finally, the chassis and soleplate is the same upgraded ‘Hyperquick System’ of the original Phantom GT. This combination of features means you’ll get a flexible forefoot with a stable heel, perfect for support while twisting, accelerating and turning. A perfect all-rounder.
4. The choice
The bottom line is, you can wear these modern classics on almost any surface, except in deep mud it seems (no SG option). The Phantom GT Scorpion is available in a range of surface types, including artificial grass (AG), multi-ground (MG), firm ground (FG), astro turf (TF) and even indoor / court (IC). Giving you chance to rep the Scorpion stamp of approval anywhere you like.
Aside from the huge range of surface types, Nike have included a Dynamic Fit, sock boot version of the Phantom GT Scorpion for those who prefer that style. If you’re more budget conscious, you can grab the Academy takedown model which can be picked up for around a 1/3 of the Elite boot price. There’s plenty of choice to find your favourite.
5. The players
A limited number of professional players have donned the Scorpion pack during game time. The Scorpion is an unique release which will likely be found in a few collectors’ cabinets in the distant future. And most players have opted to showcase them in training for Nike’s PR purposes. Saying that, top ballers such as Chelsea's Mason Mount, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali and Real Madrid’s Rodrygo have all struck a ball competitively using the Scorpion's flamboyant chrome finish.
The original Phantom GT designs are wrapped around the feet of some of the game’s leading stars, meaning all of the tech that’s in the Scorpion passes the test too. Kevin De Bruyne went as far to say, “the boot is the best I have worn in my career”. Big words from a big game player. Aside from Kevin, balls are often nestled in the back of the net via Harry Kane’s boot, which happens to be a Nike Phantom GT too. Grealish, Foden, Kimmich, the list goes on. Could it be you next?