A goalkeeper glove consists of many different elements. I have previously looked at the cut and the latex, which influences the fit, grip and durability. In this part of the series I will be turning my attention to the gloves closure and strap, which you would think is just a small detail, but actually plays a bigger part.
The closure on a goalkeeper glove plays the same role on a pair of gloves, as laces do on a football boot. Unless you’re that old Diadora boot from 10 years ago, which was made without laces, you can’t live without them. They ensure the hand sits as it should and if you have any experience with gloves, then you also have your preferences here.
The glove closure is basically the same on all gloves. An elasticated bandage with a strap, which can be adjusted with velcro. There are however three different types of closures, which are…
Hook & loop is probably the most used and traditional. It usually comes with an elasticated bandage and latex strap. No nonsense, just like many of us know and love it.
Bandage can in many ways be compared to how you would wrap in a sprained ankle, or something along those lines, with bandage. Here the strap is longer and often elasticated, so you can adjust the very tight fit further.
V-notch is a type used to keep your hands cool, thanks to a ventilated wrist bandage. This is far less commonplace than the two above, but some keepers, even at the very highest level, swear by it.
The closure in the end means how close a fit you get - some like it extra tight and therefore go for the Bandage Cut, while others prefer more traditional fits, which the hook & loop provides. I’d recommend you try a few out and find your favourite.
This was the glove closure. The preferences here are many. Personally I like the bandage cut, as I feel the glove sits even closer to my hands, which I like. Next time we will check out the backhand. An area, which is very important when it comes to protection.