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Ultimate Goalkeeper Glove Guide│Find the perfect gloves

29.04.2017

Written by Katrine Abel

Every time you buy new goalkeeper gloves there are a lot of things to keep in mind. In this goalkeeper glove guide, I’ll take you through the most common things to consider in the process.

Which glove cut should you choose?

No goalkeeper glove guide without mentioning glove cuts. When you’re trying to decide on your new goalkeeper gloves, you have to choose from a vast number of glove cuts. Below, you will see a few rules of thumb regarding each cut:

Flat cut is a traditional cut where the seams are on the outside of the fingers and the palm is completely flat. This gives a large catching area with spacious fingers. If you want a looser fit, this cut is an excellent choice.
Negative Cut is a newer cut where the seams are on the inside of the glove. This cut provides a tight fit and a great ball control as if you were catching bare handed.
Roll Finger Cut is a popular cut where the latex is rolled around the fingers, causing a larger amount of latex and a better latex-to-ball-contact. This cut also gives a tight fit and great ball control.
Hybrid Cuts are very different but they all have in common that they combine different glove cuts to improve the grip.

Choosing the right cut is a matter of preferences and you might have to try the different kinds to really know what you prefer.

Read the full guide on how to choose the right glove cut here

Which glove latex should you choose?

The latex is a very important feature in goalkeeper gloves, but it can seem like quite a jungle to navigate through the many different types.
Important rules of thumb are:

  • The softer the latex, the better the grip
  • The harder the latex, the better the endurance
  • The thicker the latex, the better the protection
  • The thinner the latex, the more ball control
  • Often latex types are divided into Soft Grip, Super Soft Grip, Mega/Giga Grip and Contact/Supreme Grip.

    The Soft Grip latex is mainly for starters and juniors. The latex is durable and comfortable but doesn’t provide the best grip. This however can help the young goalkeepers work on improving their catching skills.
    The Super Soft Grip latex is the natural upgrade from the Soft Grip. It’s suitable for ambitious beginners and advanced goalkeepers. The grip is way better than that of the Soft Grip and the comfort and durability is just as good.
    The Mega/Giga Grip latex is an elite latex used in the top models and many of the best takedowns. Again, the grip is way better than the Super Soft Grip. The latex is very sticky and comfortable but not very resistant.
    The Contact/Supreme Grip has the absolute best grip available and the latex is sticky and very comfortable. This latex is naturally the most expensive but also the least durable. Some brands add granulates to the latex to enhance the grip even further.
    The Aqua Grip latex is amazing when the rain is pouring, and it’s a great idea to add a pair of Aqua Grip Gloves to your glove collection.

    Choosing the right latex depends on your level and your budget - read our full guide on latex for goalkeeper gloves here

    Should I choose fingersave?

    Fingersave is a feature that is available in some goalkeeper gloves, most often Flat Cut-gloves. Fingersave comes in different shapes, but common to them all is that they help to prevent your fingers from bending backwards.
    Fingersave adds great finger protection but it comes at a price. Gloves with fingersave are less flexible and you might feel like you’re missing some control and flexibility.
    Some goalkeeper gloves have fingersave systems that can be removed if you prefer. Some gloves even allow you to only have protection for some specific fingers. That way, you can choose exactly where you want protection and regain some of the ball control.

    Want to know more about fingersave? Read our big guide here

    Which gloves should I choose for artificial grass?

    It’s no secret that artificial grass is not a goalkeeper glove's best friend. The hard surfaces can shorten the lifetime of your gloves. Therefore it’s important to take good care of your gloves and wash them to keep the latex soft and clean. That being said, there are some important things to consider when you buy new gloves. If you often play on AG, you should consider buying two pairs of goalkeeper gloves. One pair for matches and one pair for training. Depending on your budget, you can choose two identical pairs of match gloves or a good pair of match gloves and a less expensive pair of training gloves.

    Do you spend a lot of hours on artificial grass? This guide gives you the solutions you need.

    How do I take care of my gloves?

    It’s very important that you take excellent care of your goalkeeper gloves. Gloves aren’t like boots that you can wash when they’re dirty. They need to be washed very often and preferably every time you’ve used them. Make it your most important habit to bring the gloves to the shower after training, wash them gently with something like Glove Glu Wash and Prepare, and let them dry on a hanger until your next training session. That way, you keep them fresh, damp and ready to perform for a very long time.

    Read our full guide on how to take care of your goalkeeper gloves here.

    What accessories do I need?

    Need to have or nice to have? Except from gloves and boots, a goalkeeper doesn’t need anything else. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any accessories that are nice to have. For instance it is always a great idea to bring a towel to the pitch in case of rain. Sells Technical Aqua is a stroke of genius for this purpose. Other useful accessories are finger tape, glove bags and Glove Glu.

    If you want to know more about the most handy goalkeeper accessories, check out this guide.