In our glove guide you will find general information regarding our gloves. At the top of the page you will find information regarding different types of gloves, and what makes them different form each other. Further, we will advise you in how to take care of your gloves so that they will last the longest, with the best quality.
What goalkeeper gloves fits me the best?
There are the basic categories for goalkeeper gloves; Flat Palm, Roll Finger and Negative Cut. There are also three different adaptations to these categories. Your decision should of course be influenced by your own taste, but maybe by reading your guide you will learn some more and this will make your choice easier.
The Flat Palm Cut
The flat palm cut was the traditional cut for goalkeeper gloves when they were invented. Flat palm gloves have the gussets (or seams) stitched on the outside (rather than on the inside like negative cut gloves). The flat palm is probably the most popular glove cut internationally, although this has been more and more rivaled by the increasingly popular roll finger cut. Because the gussets on the flat palm cut are stitched on the outside, it makes each fingers look like a box. Another name used by some goalkeepers for the flat palm cut is the ˜box cut . The back hand is stitched to the palm of the glove by attaching two side gussets either side. The flat palm cut usually doesn t give as tighter feel on the ball as the roll finger cut, as it has less of a contact area with the fingers. The fact that the gloves are slightly looser than other cuts, is why this cut is the most popular cut used for finger spine gloves, that usually make goalkeepers have to go up at least a half size if not a whole size. Gianluigi Buffon ( Juventus), Rune Almenning Jarstein (Viking FK), Pepe Reina (Liverpool FC), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Victor Valdes (Barcelona FC) and Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moskva) are goalkeepers who use Flat Palm Cut.
The Roll Finger Cut
The roll finger cut has become more and more popular over the last 5 years especially in Britain, but is now an internationally recognized cut. This style does not use gussets unlike the other 2 main cuts (flat palm and negative cut) and in fact the palm is directly attached to the backhand, wrapping the latex palm around the fingers giving a better all round ball contact and feel on the ball. This cut is definitely a more snug fit (or tighter fit) than the traditional flat cut palm. Due to this, goalkeepers get a better contact and feel on the ball especially when catching or throwing. David de Gea (Manchester United), Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United), David James (Portsmouth FC), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers), Robert Green (West Ham United) and Ben Foster (West Browich) are goalkeepers who use Roll Finger Cut.
A popular glove cut choice in Europe, especially in Germany. The negative cut is very similar to the flat palm cut in that the palm is made of a single piece of latex and that there are gussets between the palm and the backhand. The difference is that the stitching that attaches the latex palm to the gussets is done so that the seam is on the inside of the goalkeeper gloves. As a result of this glove style fits snugger than a traditional flat palm, many consider it offer better ˜feel when catching and throwing. It fingers are not prone to twisting which results in better latex to ball contact when catching. Those with thinner hands may prefer this cut. In fact, this style has been known to be marketed to the women s market as it fits slimmer hands better than the traditional flat palm cut goalkeeper gloves. Having said this more and more of the male goalkeepers in the premier league are beginning to use this cut as their preferred choice. Edwin Van Der Sar (ex Manchester United), Iker Cassilas (Real Madrid C.F.) Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munchen), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma) and Petr Cech (Chelsea FC) are goalkeepers who use Negative Cut. Children and Youth can benefit from using Negative Cut, by giving them a better technical grip. If you have a good technical grip, this will also give a clear advantage also in wet conditions.
The different suppliers use different terms for this. A ”spine” in each finger compartment in the glove protects the finger from being bent backwards. Our gloves with this technology has a zipper that makes it easy to take the ”spines” in and out after need. If wanted it is possible to take the ”spines” out and don’t play with them.
It’s up to each and every goalkeeper to choose the preferable type of glove, either with this technology or not. A lot of younger goalkeepers prefer this type of technology, because it creates support and safety while the fingers grow stronger and longer, somehting that eventually will give fewer injuries. Some say that the fingersave gives less mobility, something that might cause worse grip and ball control. Goalkeeper gloves are always an individual choice.
Types of latex:
Suppliers use different terms for their types of latex; GIGA, SOFT or SUPERSOFT. These terms describe a soft type of latex where the goalkeeper will experience that the softer the glove is, the better the grip and softer impact the ball has. Be aware of that the a soft glove, usually, has a shorter lifespan than a hard glove.
More and more goalkeepers practice and play games on artificial turf. The traditional latex-types usually wear out much faster on this kind of surface than on for instancea grass field.This makes it very important to take good care of your gloves (read more about this in a seperate article on the website).
The manufacturers of goalkeeper gloves have started to work new types of latex that will withstand more friction caused by the artificial turf. KLA uses the latest technology in their products and uses long time to create new glove models. KLA has also been an active partner in creating new types of latex in countries like Germany, especially two of them that are called WGS3 and AWG1.
There are many different types of Glove latex, but the 3 most common are Super Soft, Mega Grip and Giga Grip. Also it is important to note the THICKNESS of the latex. Many companies will use a particular latex, however the thickness will vary. 4mm Latex is generally ideal, while 6mm Latex is often perceived as too thick and gives the feeling of pillows on the hand. Thinner latex can give a better ball contact (for example, 3 mm), which is a benefit for children. It helps to provide a better technical grip and increased ball control. As a general note many cheap gloves contain 2mm latex - its important to check the thickness, as this is directly tied to how the gloves will wear and how long they last!
Super Soft: Are generally the standard latex used in most gloves, the thickness varies greatly. Its a good latex and has less chemical treatment than others. It is made from a harder compound and can stand up well, even though it is called 'super soft', but does lack stickiness of other latex gloves. It also does well without needing to be dampened, thus making it a good middle of summer latex.
Mega Grip: This is the most common 'high performance' glove latex. It performs well when lightly wet and is a bit harder than Giga Grip. It is a good latex, and performs well and is usually easier to find and more cost effective than Giga Grip. It does well with a bit of dampening and does undergo a chemical treatment.
Giga Grip: This offers amazing gripping properties due to a combination of natural softness along with its chemically enhanced treatment. This is a professional quality latex and is the preferred latex by many professionals for day in and day out wear. When kept slightly damp it provides the best overall performance for almost any situation for Goalkeepers today. Most keepers feel given the choice, there isn't a better latex out there today!
The ventilation in a goalkeeper glove is important! A badly ventilated glove creates discomfort in both warm and cold weather! Regardless of the ventilation, a glove will always be moist/wet after use, caused by both inner and outer causes (i.e. sweat and humidity). Proper cleaning of the gloves is therefore important to hinder reduced quality and hinder smell.
Goalkeepers with eczema may experience an increase of discomfort becuase of the latex in the glove. Our gloves have a type of inner material that are made to reduce this problem. Are you extremely troubled with eczema, you may want to use an extra inner glove.
What to look for when buying Goalkeeper Gloves
Obviously there are many features that you must consider when buying Goalkeeper gloves other than just price. In this article I will try to tell you what you should look out for in a match glove for a professional or elite player and in a training glove or a junior s glove.
There are 3 main types of glove cuts called roll finger, flat palm and negative cut.
The most popular type of glove cut in the UK is the roll finger cut. Flat palm is still the most popular glove cut in the European market. Negative cut is becoming more and more popular especially with Premier League goalkeepers with keepers such as Edwin Van Der Saar of Manchester United wearing negative cut Goalkeeper Gloves. There are other features that are available such as an extended palm which means that the Latex is extended over the top of the wrist strap. It would usually stop above the wrist on a traditional glove.
There are popular types of back hand (i.e. not the palm side) that are available on the market in today s market. Firstly a number of professional goalkeeper gloves have a ˜soft latex on the back hand of their gloves, similar to that used on the palm of the gloves. This gives the goalkeeper a lot more protection than the other main types of material when punching a ball. Other types of material include mesh which is suitable for use in hot conditions as it allows the goalkeeper gloves to breathe. The disadvantage of this material is that it does not give as much protection to the Keeper. The third type of material used by a number of brands is embossed PU. This is a much thinner material than soft latex and does not give as much protection.
You will often find that more expensive goalkeeper gloves will wear more quickly as they use more expensive and softer professional latexes. These more expensive goalkeeper gloves will offer better adhesion and gripping properties on the ball when catching, but will last less which is why you should only use them in a match situation where you are using them less regularly. Expensive professional latexes include Mega Grip, Giga Grip, Contact Lite, Aqua Foam and SuperSoft foams.
You can get a half strap or a full strap. Full straps wrap around 360 degrees of the glove, where as half straps only wrap around 180 degrees. The reason behind a half strap may be because the goalkeeper gloves have an extended palm. There are many other types of straps designed for specific brands. The thicker the strap generally the more support it gives to the wrist.
The most popular wrist type is the bandage wrist that literally wraps around the whole of your wrist like a bandage. Other types include PU and mesh. Some wrist straps have openings in order to allow the goalkeeper to get into their goalkeeper gloves more easily.
Fit is the one of the most important factors that you can consider in buying gloves. A fit that is sloppy will only result to slipping on the hand while catching a ball. Do not go for a sloppy fit just to make sure that your glove is too large. Some sloppy fit moves a lot on the hand and wrist because the glove is too wide at the palm or in the fingers. Some gloves can also be worn very tightly in order to keep the fingers from extending and spreading which makes catching very hard to do. Gloves that are well-fitted should be at the top of a goalkeeper’s list of importance.
These closures have a quite loose opening with a ribbon of elastic stitched around the entire closure. This is normally easier to insert and remove. However, it is not as supportive as bandage closures are.
Due to the change in weather, there are also various kinds of goalkeeping gloves out there. Almost all gloves are made out of polyurethane or PU, which is another kind of imitation leather. But today, goalkeeping gloves are made out of fleece, latext, mesh, synthetic, waterproof materials and the most commonly used PU.
The fleece material is usually used in cold climates because they provide protection to heat and water. Latex glove bodies offer very little effect in climate control but they can form your hand into a customized fit. Gloves that are made out of mesh are usually preferred by most goalkeepers because of its lightness. They also offer breathability to hand which makes them ideal for warmer climates. Most companies create their own brand of waterproof material in glove bodies. They usually hinder water absorption into the glove body and keep the glove light in rainy or stormy weather which makes them ideal for cool temperatures. However, these gloves will not offer breathability as much as the other kids of gloves and they have to be dictated by the weather where the goalkeeper is playing his or her match. Fleece gloves are really not a good idea to buy for the weather that is predominant playing condition is usually hot and humid. Always choose to purchase a glove that not only fits a particular weather condition but it also offer all around temperature inside and outside the glove.
Goalkeeper Gloves that cost a bit more are superior
When discussing shots in games, teammates always do what they can to get them, while opponents do as much as possible to prevent scoring from occurring. For a football game, this is where you need goal keeper gloves. Since Goalkeepers are so important, it's critical that they have the right tools and enhancements.
Goalkeeper Gloves are a very big part of assisting the goalkeeper to pick up the ball. Keep in mind that the ball reaches the net with such velocity that it can damage the goalie's hands. Strikers kick balls towards the net with huge force so that teams do not miss scores. The gloves thus provide the function of protective gear which is no less important than allowing a better hold of the ball.
There are a lot of different designs of Goalkeeper Gloves available each of which is developed to match differing weather conditions or the skill level of the goalie. It is not unusual to see goalies with two pairs of this equipment, one for training and another one for the actual game.
Generally it is believed that goalkeeping gloves that cost a bit more are superior. To some extent this is true, and because of this, many goalkeepers use their inexpensive gloves during practice, and wear the better quality, more expensive pair during games. The best products are always created from dense, fine textured latex. They should be comfortable, not constraining.
Goalkeeper Gloves Are The 'In' Thing
A Goalkeeper is thought of as one of the main players in a soccer or football game. This is the player position that rescues the day by preventing the opponent from scoring. The goalkeeper catches a football aimed into the goalpost; usually, he or she does this by catching a ball kicked into the net.
This is a very important reason why goalkeepers put on Gloves so they can grip the ball better and shield their fingers, palms and wrists so they won't be injured by a fast moving ball. Balls kicked by strikers especially are delivered with great speed and intensity. To shield their hands from being injured when they attempt to grab the ball it is necessary for goalkeepers to have gloves with the best possible fit. There are a few kinds of Goalkeeper gloves to choose from. The type you choose depends on pockets, level of skill, and the weather conditions. It is a common practice for goalkeepers to use one pair of gloves for training and practice and another pair exclusively for the main game. Experienced players have two sets of gloves, an old pair for practice and a new and better pair for the game. Goalkeeper gloves are made of smooth latex because this gives the best grip. You can also get gloves that are made from dimpled and textured latex; these may last longer but they are not as good as the latex ones. It is generally recognized that the thicker the latex, the finer the gloves work. Since the wrists and fingers are better protected, they are less likely to get injured. Goalie gloves should be snug but still provide flexibility. The hand should feel comfortable inside the glove with no room for excessive movement. The gloves should have adequate padding and mobility so the ball can be utilized. A goalie should make sure his gloves fit properly. One strategy used by some goalkeepers is purchasing slightly larger gloves, so that the bigger surface area offers the possibility of stopping the ball without much effort. Glove size corresponds with footwear size. Bear in mind that when you buy an expensive pair of goalie gloves, you won't get as much wear out of them because they are made of materials that are not as strong as the those used to make less expensive gloves.
Each manufacturer of goalkeeper gloves has their own patented formulation. Gloves manufactured by KLA™ offer excellent grip quality and fit.
Top 10 Tips to make your Goalkeeper Gloves last longer
Are you finding that you are getting through too many pairs of goalkeeper gloves in a season? Want to find a few ways to keep the amount of pairs you through down to a bare minimum and save yourself some money? Here I give you a few tips about how to do this.
1 – Pre wash your goalkeeper gloves – One of the first things that you should do when you get a new pair of goalkeeper gloves is always to prewash them. Unpack your goalkeeper gloves from the packaging and wash them gently in lukewarm water. During the manufacturing process, chemicals are put into the latex to preserve it. The only way to get rid of these chemicals is to pre wash them. I personally recommend goalkeepers to wash their gloves twice prior to using them. The latex will only function properly if these chemicals are removed.
2 – One thing that a number of goalkeepers do after a game is they forget to take them out of the kit bag after a game or training. Especially if they are wet and dirty, do not leave them wet in your bag. Take them out of your bag and store them in a cool dry place – not next to any direct sunlight and not next to a radiator – before you get a chance to wash them.
3 – Wash them again in lukewarm water after a match or training. Especially if the gloves are dirty, then it is important to wash the latex, otherwise it will become impaired and therefore will not last as long.
4 – Improve your technique – goalkeeper coaching by experts such as Just 4 Keepers will help you to catch the ball using the right technique. If you are not catching the ball using the correct ‘W’ shape then you may well find that you are pushing the ball away more than you need to. This means more wear and tear on the latex palms.
5 – Learn about using the right latexes for right circumstances. There are many latexes that are designed for different conditions. For instance you can buy goalkeeper gloves with an aqua foam latex palm that are designed specifically for wet conditions. You can also buy goalkeeper gloves with a contact lite or contact foam palm that are designed specifically for dry conditions. The most widely popular type of latex is called Supersoft latex – and this can be used well in both wet and dry conditions. Flat palm cuts are recommended by some professionals during the summer months as they can prove to be more durable.
6 – Buy a pair of goalkeeper gloves for training and a pair for matches. Many goalkeepers buy a pair of goalkeeper gloves for training and a more expensive pair for match play. When training you nearly always use the palms of your goalkeeper gloves more than in a match situation. You will often find that more expensive goalkeeper gloves will wear more quickly as they use more expensive and softer professional latexes.
After you have been using your match gloves for a while, you can switch them over to your training gloves – and get a new pair for matches.
7 – Do not wash your gloves in the washing machine. Goalkeeper gloves are not designed to be washed in a washing machine – and doing so may ruin a number of features on the gloves. They certainly will not last as long as if you hand wash them in luke warm water. On the same note do not dry them in a tumble dryer as they may shrink.
8 – Do not dry or leave your gloves in direct sunlight as it will cause the latex to crack.
9 – Do not dry or leave your goalkeeper gloves on or near to a radiator as this will also cause the latex to crack and they will lose their functionality.
10 – Store your goalkeeper gloves in a cool dry place – with the palms not touching on the back (i.e. not the palm side).
Take Proper Care of your Goalkeeper Gloves
Dedicated goalkeepers think goalkeeper Gloves are just as vital as cleats. goalkeeper gloves help the goalie control a shot while they also offer protection and comfort. If you want to be a good goalkeeper, you have to take good care of your protective equipment.
1. Proper Care of your Goalie Gloves
One must be aware that gloves do not last forever. Realistically when one pays more money for a glove, the grip will potentially be superior though the glove will age faster. Extremely Soft and sticky latex palms contained in expert standard gloves have a sturdy grip but are not durable at all. Game gloves that are extra tacky and have plenty of grip wear out quickly and may get flaky right off the bat. The problem isn't a matter of quality but rather related to the softness of the latex. You will have to give up some grip if you buy a glove with more durability. Match gloves generally will hold up for a dozen or so games prior to relegating them to the practice field. Some might last longer than a season, depending on how well a keeper treats the gloves, how they dive, how much stress they put the gloves through, and the type of playing surface used. It's up to you to find the right gloves within your price range.
2. Buy the Correct Size
Poorly fitting gloves can hurt performance as well as put extra stress on gloves. When gloves aren't the right size the hands can make the latex and bindings wear out prematurely. As you figure out your glove size, your fingers should extend from a quarter to a half inch within the glove's tip. It would be too much to have an inch or more.
3. Learn about palm latex
Buy gloves according to the playing area, temperature, and what you can afford. Be familiar with what type of glove and latex works optimally according to the climate, wetness, and game surface material. Soft and tacky top quality latex palms are suitable for all climates or in dry conditions, ought to be kept moistened during games. A wet weather glove needs to be cared for correctly. By soaking the glove before a match and again at the half-time point you extend the longevity of the glove. Only a glove made for wet weather is effective in the rain. Gloves intended for soil, turf or solid ground aren't water permeable, thus you shouldn't drench them in water since that just leaves them too slick. A very soft tacky glove will break apart on harsh indoor areas and on bad ground. Higher quality latex costs more and grips better, yet it is at the expense spectrum of sturdiness. Longer lasting gloves have a lesser grip.
4. Caring for gloves in a game
For soft latex gloves you should keep the palms moist with a little water. Spit can only do so much. Palms made of extra soft latex may get too slick if they are moist. Determine the right balance before your team plays so you don't have to wear sponges when you desire gripping strength the most.
5. Have gloves to train with
To guarantee that you re game gloves are in very good shape don't use them for training. Purchase a training glove which is less expensive relative to others, so that it will withstand the beating it will get in training. For games, always use gloves in good condition and keep replacing them as they get worn, using old ones just for training. You should have a pair for games and a pair to train with.
6. Clean Your Gloves
* Perspiration and dirt cause a glove's latex to deteriorate. Soil will dehydrate the gloves and strip them of subtleness and softness. Over a period of time, the glove will be dried out by the toxins in your sweat. Saliva, sweat, and grime can be rinsed off the gloves after a game.
* Proper cleaning - Clean your gloves using water that is luke-warm. Remove the extra water by wringing the gloves, though please note that wringing cause rips at the seam. A delicate detergent can be use to get rid of the odor or for very messy jobs but it is unnecessary. Reusch manufactures a soap created for sensitive latex. Hang them to air dry. Absolutely, under no condition, should you ever speed up the drying process by using a blow dryer, the sun or a dehumidifier on your gloves. Avoid leaving gloves in a sunny, warm vehicle as all these things will suck the natural moisture out of the gloves, making them dry or brittle.
7. Appropriate storage
Once the match is over, never toss your gloves in a sack and leave them there till you need them again. If you are planning to play tomorrow, then just remove any surface dirt with a damp glove towel. Washing them before the next day s game could mean the gloves will be too wet to use. If this is the situation, wrap up your gloves in a damp cloth so they can remain slightly moist for the next day's game. The last thing you need is to have your gloves dry with dirt and sweat still in the palm. Eventually dirt and Perspiration will soak up the normal moisture and the glove will become dry, flaky and peel. Your gloves will begin to smell and grow fungi, if stored for more than a day. When you are not using your gloves, you need to store them properly, with the palms facing away from each other, so that they don't stick together or tear when you separate them. A glove bag is the best solution for storing your goalkeeper gloves. The latex needs to be exposed to the air.