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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 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. If you use soap, use a mild liquid detergent. 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.

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