Teddy Brita: Grade 8
Today I am going to be bringing you my personal comparison of two of the most popular Nike soccer cleats: the Magista Obra and the Hypervenom Phantom II. I have worn both of the cleats. They are both different but equally high-performance cleats. Often it is difficult to find the right cleat, but hopefully I can help you out.
Durability and Comfort:
I found both cleats very durable, especially when I wore them to games and practices for a season each. The Hypervenom, which I am currently wearing, has not lost any of its quality. I handed down the Magistas to their third owner, and he has had no problems with them. The heel on the Magista, however, can give you blisters before you break it in. The Hypervenom, though, has a much softer off-center heel, which offers more comfort.
Touch on the ball:
The Magista offers a great touch on the ball. I was astounded by how close to the ball my foot was. It remains the best touch I have ever found in a cleat. The Hypervenom has a slightly worse touch due to the stiff upper part of the shoe. This is not to say the Hypervenom has a bad feel, but the Magista is simply brilliant in this area. The Hypervenom, however, feels much better when shooting the ball. Similar to the touch debate, the Magista is not bad for shooting, but the Hypervenom is just superior in this area.
Overall, I prefer the Magista slightly. It has a better touch on the ball and, despite being slightly less comfortable, offers more advantages than the Hypervenom. A notorious downside to both boots, however, is the high price tag of $275. If you are willing to spend the money, I would recommend getting either of these boots. For a striker or winger, perhaps the Hypervenom would be better. If you are more of a creative midfielder or passer, the Magista would be the better cleat. In summary, I would give the Magista a 9.5 out of 10, while handing the Hypervenom II an 8.5 out of 10.