Chelsea 17/18 away Vapor £90 - Chelsea 17/18 home Stadium £60
The big debate when buying a new football shirt, do you stick with the tried and tested £60 replica or do you plunge for the £90/100 player issue version.
Hopefully in this post I’ll be able to help make this decision a little easier for you with my opinion of the two shirts.
Lets start with the basics, what are the main differences with the shirts.
Firstly the £90 Vapor shirt (On the left) that Nike sell is the closest thing you’ll get to what the pros actually wear, there are some very subtle differences but its almost 99% the same whereas the Stadium version is your classic replica shirt, designed to look like what the players wear but made from cheaper materials but will still feature some tech similar to what the pros have.
The biggest difference between the two shirts is usually the fit, last seasons Vapor and Stadium kits were worlds apart when it came to sizing, I wear a medium in the Vapor shirt but the same size in the Stadium fitted like a tent.
Good news is that Nike has sorted out the sizing this season and in both my Chelsea 17/18 shirts a medium is perfect, with the Vapor shirt being a touch tighter.
After you get past the sizing the next difference is the tech used, the Vapor kits are at the cutting edge of kit technology and feature the Aeroswift tech we saw hit the market last season.
The Aeroswift tech is designed to make the shirt more breathable than the Stadium version, making it nice to wear and also lighter.
There has been a slight redesign from last year after some criticism it was the same template again, this is more noticeably on the sleeves of the shirt and also on the chest.
The last differences between the two are the smaller details, there is very minimal stitching on the Vapor Shirt, the Nike Swoosh is rubberised as is the Chelsea FC Badge and there are even some nice touches inside the sleeves which you wont find on the Stadium version.
Another clear difference is inside the collar, the Vapor shirt has a piece of material running down the material covering a seam, moving the sizing information over to the right hand side.
Overall I would recommend the Vapor kit despite it costing £90 just based on the improved fit and extra detailing, my only caveat to this would be if you plan on wearing this kit multiple times a week for games.
In that case stick with the £60 kit as it’ll last you longer and if it gets damaged the cost isn’t as much of an issue.
Check out Sports Direct where you can pick up the Stadium Shirt for £54.99, and Nike.com for the Vapor Shirt for £90.