Pitch is pretty good 3g, black rubber, no sand. Proper 3g pitch but still find my Messi's have worn the toes down since i started playing on it, but i suppose they are a year old as well. Thinking of picking up a pair of AG ones and FG ones for my summer league as it's played on 3g weekly, at least then i'll have AG ones either way.
Yeah don't think i'll be buying the mercury pack tbh, silver just isn't for me, though i didn't know the Messi ones have laces under the sock thing.
New nike pack is out the end of the month, might try see what they're like in person before buying anything.
Love these in the new nike pack: