I’ve highlighted the cut, the latex and the glove closure. Today I’ll be checking out the last aspect of goalkeeper gloves that could influence your choice of glove. It’s time to look at the backhand…
Alright, you might be able to find some other things that influence your choice of goalkeeper gloves, but nonetheless the four aforementioned elements are the most central. The backhand plays an important role for the goalkeeper in many different ways. For the younger generation it is particularly the protection that appeals, while older keepers want ventilation and power.
The protection comes thanks to a great number of different techniques. The most used is traditionally called fingersave. Fingersave is developed to resist the pressure from hard shots, så your fingers don’t bend backwards and cause injury. Lots of people feel Fingersave limits their movability and therefore dislike it.
Most goalkeeper gloves are made and developed with a combination of different materials to give the best possible ventilation. What exactly makes something the best is hard to say, because all the brands obviously have a different take on it. They do however all make sure to have some form of ventilation, so the comfort remains.
The final aspect that is important to the backhand, is the ability to punch the ball out of the area. This element is central to goalkeeping, which is why the materials are all made with this in mind. The brands have many different names for their own technology, but honestly a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Shockzone, Power-Punch, Punch Zone are just some of the names and again it’s tough to say which is better.
The selection is great and it can be a jungle to figure out. I’ve therefore tried to help you on the way, with a series of blogposts that focus on different aspects. Now you just have to make a choice. What is your final goalkeeper glove pick?