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What Goalkeeper Glove Features Should You Consider?

Goalkeeper gloves may seem like an overwhelming purchase due to the many variety offered. The differences are in the five major areas of the glove that include the palm, the finger protection cut, backhand and closure systems. It is essential to select the glove with the features you want to your hands.

What exactly is the Palm?

The palm is essential as it helps goalkeepers capture the ball. The palm could be a smooth layer, or incorporate elements of hard ground or be an textured pattern. Hard ground elements can add to the gloves made specifically for fields of artificial grass to make them stronger and more durable, and also have greater “stickiness.” Patterns with a texture are ideal for use in humid conditions since they provide grip and dispersing water off the palm’s surface.

A soft latex layer of 3.5 millimeters to 4 millimeters is the most typical. It is logical to suppose that an elongated palm is typically better quality.

Match gloves feature a more refined palm, with the highest grip, however they sacrifice the durability. Training gloves are more dense palm and are made of more synthetic materials that make the keeper gloves more durable but at the same time, they compromise the grip.

How do you define Finger Protection?

Finger protection is typically made of plastic and placed in the backhand to stop an unnatural bend or flex in the event of saving shots with high impact. For goalkeepers in their early years, fingers spines are designed to prevent injuries while they learn technique and controlling the ball from a new position.

As goalkeepers progress to more advanced levels, the need for finger protection is a personal choice. It is a good option when a goalie has had a history of injuries. It is crucial to remember that finger protection cannot stop all injuries. Nor will it guard against kicked and stubbed fingers.

On our website, product descriptions will indicate whether or not a glove doesn’t have protection for the fingers. This is what we mean by this in more details:

Yes, the glove is a source of fingers protection…

It is either removable or not. Finger spines that are removable can be accessible via the zip or Velcro pouch that is located on the backhand. The ability to remove the finger protector allows goalkeepers to tailor the glove according to their individual requirements. If goalkeepers know they’d like finger spines they’ll be happy with either non-removable or a removable.

Finger protection can comprise spinal spines that cover all 5 fingers and some have the protection of four fingers. Gloves with just four spines do not have the thumb spine.

The spines are separated (stiff) or flexible (bendable). Segmented spines bend forward (but not in reverse) to limit hyperextension of the fingers. The most commonly used kind of finger protection. Flexible spines can bend in both directions and are designed to help protect fingers as well as disperse shock. They are flexible.

No, the glove doesn’t provide protection for your fingers…
The glove is more flexible, giving you better control over the ball. Goalkeepers who don’t wear protective gloves for their fingers are confident in their skills without the need for an additional line of defense.
How do you define the cut?

When choosing your cut it is essential to inquire about the strengths of your wrist and hand. This will help you decide which cut is the one that fits your hand the best. If you have wide or long fingers or the width of your palm are vital aspects to be considered when selecting which cut is suitable for you.

Negative Cut. Attaches one piece of latex from the hand to the backhand through finger Gussets (the inside lining of the fingers which improves the fit of the glove) within the glove. This style creates a comfortable fitting and improves control of the ball that’s in line with the hand.
Who’s it designed intended for… Goalkeepers who have thin hands or who prefer a glove that is close fitting.

The Roll Finger Cut (or gun cut since there is a resemblance with gun barrels). The palm is attached direct to the rearhand with out the need for finger Gussets. It provides a smooth grip and maximum latex contact with the ball.
Who’s it meant to be used by… goalkeepers , who require a more hefty glove or a more loose fitting than gloves with negative cuts.

Flat Cut (or traditional, positive flat cut, expanse, or regular cut). It connects the palm to the backhand by using finger gussets that are located on the outside inside of the glove. Since the gussets sit on the outside (as as opposed to the inside that has cuts that are negative) this cut is more loose. There are seams on the palm and backhand.
Who’s it intended for… Goalkeepers who have larger hands, as flat cut usually provides the most forgiveness size.

Hybrid Cut. A glove made up of a variety different cuts and not one or one specific cut. Each brand of glove has a variety of hybrid cuts that have different variants among them. There are various names that are given to hybrid cuts because of changes and innovations are introduced in the design as models for glove change.

Flat/Roll Hybrid. Flat cut is placed on the middle fingers, while roll finger cut is placed on the index finger, pinky and thumb. This combination ensures the highest contact between ball and latex along areas of your fingers and hand while preserving fingers gussets to allow for airflow.

Negative/Roll Hybrid. Negative cut can be found on the middle fingers, while roll cut is located on the index, pinky and thumb. This lets the middle fingers be snugly wrap around the ball while the fingers on the outside make use of the additional latex-to ball contact for a better grip. This is ideal for goalkeepers that want an even tighter fit, while still maintaining an increased area for catching.

Expanse Hybrid. The Expanse cut is a combination of negative, roll fingers, as well as flat cut. It provides the greatest coverage of latex on the palm yet still maintaining a clean shape. Expanse cut feels comfortable, flexible and conforms to the contour that the palm has.

How do you define the Backhand?

The backhand can affect punching capability as well as cushioning and breathability. The backhand is usually linked to the palm by the glove body or Gussets (the inner mesh lining of fingers that helps improve the fit of the glove).

A few common materials for backhands include the thin or thick padding of foam latex slapped on a breathable or yarn (like that of the adidas Predator Pro) as well as a coating of Neoprene (like the Pure Contact II G3 Fusion). Gloves made of thin foam are typically less expensive and less expensive. The thicker latex makes a stronger glove that will last longer, even due to the wear and tear of artificial turf surfaces. In addition, a knit glove or neoprene for backhand lets a goalie have more of a snug fit, as a second layer of skin, to provide more natural motions.

To enhance the punching power The backhand is often embossed silicon or embossed latex. In order to allow breathing, the backhand could have several mesh or air vents.

How do I get the closure?

The most well-known and most traditional method of fitting a goalkeeper’s glove on your hand is to use a Velcro wrist strap as well as an elastic wrist-cuff. The specifics of the wrist straps that goalkeepers select is determined by the individual preference. Straps for the wrist can be elastic or not, and may be either full-wrap, half-wrap or double-wrapped on the wrist. Double-wrap straps for wrists that are elasticated can be compared to a bandage, and provide the best fitting, but they can be uncomfortable and uncomfortable for some goalkeepers.