Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_6419The Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik is a relaxed fitting, flat cut goalkeeper glove with a good grip in dry weather. It comes equipped with a latex punching zone, high quality finger protection, a breathable textile body, and SUPERSOFTPLUS latex foam. They’re available to purchase on Amazon.

IMG_6424Tech Specs

Palm: SUPERSOFTPLUS latex foam.

Cut: Ergonomically pre-curved flat cut with breathable textile gussets.

Backhand: Embossed soft latex with SCHOCKZONE latex area for punching. Breathable textile body.

Closure: 5.5 cm wide latex wrist strap set on a 7 cm wide elastic wristband.

Finger Protection: Newly developed & patented BIONIKFRAME technology for advanced stabilization of the fingers and lightweight protection. Designed to mimic the natural arrangement and operation of the musculature of the human hand.

The Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik Goalkeeper Gloves are available in sizes 7-11 for around seventy US dollars on Amazon.

IMG_6429My Thoughts

Palm: When kept damp (as suggested), the SUPERSOFTPLUS latex palm gets a very good grip on the ball and holds onto shots with ease. I did not experience any problems with grip in dry weather. Usually when a glove has a great grip it sacrifices on durability, but that’s not the case with the Eliminator Supersoft Bionik. The durability is pretty good; the latex palms can withstand moderate to intense use without getting any major rips or tears which is impressive. However, this may differ with different players’ diving techniques and the type of grass they’re used on (firm, natural grass is advised; artificial grass, like turf, is more likely to eat up the latex).

IMG_6449Cut: The cut is where I loose my liking for this glove. Personally, I’m not a fan of flat cuts because of the lack of latex compared to other cuts (roll finger, negative, etc.) and also because of the loose fit. I prefer snug fitting gloves in general because of my slim, skinny fingers. If you have wider fingers or have had a good experience with flat cuts in the past, then this glove is a viable option for you. There is a noticeable amount of wiggle room in the fingers making this not the best choice for goalkeepers with slim fingers like me. However, it’s a great option for keepers with larger, wider fingers. The textile gussets add to the breathability and comfort of the gloves.

IMG_6451IMG_6450Backhand: The embossed soft latex on the backhand adds to the flexibility and comfort of the Eliminator Supersoft Bionik, making it more suitable as a game glove than a training glove. The SCHOCKZONE latex area on top of the knuckles is great for punching the ball away with power. The breathable textile body is very flexible and comfy on hand, and it adds to the breathability of the gloves because it’s exposed above the wrist, on the thumb, and in between the fingers ensuring proper ventilation for those hot summer days.

IMG_6446IMG_6432IMG_6436Closure: The 5.5 cm wide latex wrist strap combined with the 7 cm wide elastic wristband makes for a very secure and supportive fit once the strap is wrapped around your wrist. The latex wrist strap connects with velcro at two points so you won’t have to adjust the strap during play; the connection is well secured. I do wish the elastic wristband was wider for an even more comfortable and secure fit, though; it runs a bit too short for my liking.

IMG_6439IMG_6444Fit: The Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik is definitely a relaxed fitting glove. If you have skinny or slim hands, I recommend staying away from these gloves and looking at what else Uhlsport has to offer unless you do want a loose fit. The BIONIKFRAME finger protection is flexible and not overly restrictive; you hardly even notice that it’s there, When a hard, fast shot is flying your way and your fingers need that backup protection, it gets the job done very well. It’s by far the most technologically advanced, comfortable, lightweight, and protective finger protection system I’ve seen equipped on a goalkeeper glove.

IMG_6411Overall, the Eliminator Supersoft Bionik is an impressive game glove for middle or high school goalkeepers. It’s an okay option for collegiate goalkeepers and above, but at that level, I’d recommend some of Uhlsport’s gripper game gloves. It has a good grip in dry weather, a comfortable, relaxed, breathable fit, and an incredible finger protection system. Due to its loose, relaxed fit, it is best suited for goalkeepers with larger, wider hands. You can pick up a pair for yourself on Amazon.IMG_6401


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