A top-of-the-line game glove from Elite Sport, the Black Real features a roll finger cut, grippy Contact latex, and five removable finger spines. This goalkeeper glove is intended for use in all weather conditions and should be worn by those who want as much latex-to-ball contact as possible; but before you drop $85 on them, let’s find out how they perform between the sticks.
The Elite Sport Black Real goalkeeper glove is a quality option from Elite Sport, featuring 4mm of black German Contact latex and 4mm of backing foam for cushioning and shock absorption. Elite Sport is known for using some of the best latexes on their goalkeeper gloves and selling them for a fraction of what the big brands’ gloves cost, and the Black Real is no exception. Contact latex is an extremely grippy latex found on some of the most expensive and best performing goalkeeper gloves on the market, so paying $85 for the Black Real is simply a bargain. When you peel the protective plastic off the latex palms, you’ll know you’ve got a top level, elite game glove.
Moreover, this glove features a roll finger cut which provides great latex-to-ball contact. The latex is rolled around the fingers with no use of gussets, making it slightly less snug than the negative cut which uses gussets for a super snug, finger hugging fit. While it does provide a comfortable feel, some may view the roll finger cut as a slightly “bulkier” cut because of the latex being rolled around the fingers. The Black Real also features a latex wrapped thumb for even more latex-to-ball contact.A striking gold and black design covers the latex backhand, and breathable mesh underneath helps with air flow and comfort. Regarding closure, the Black Real features an 8 cm wide elastic wristband and a 6 cm wide latex wrist strap with a customization window. At the end of the wrist strap, there’s a rubber pull tab for securing the strap safely; this prevents the delicate latex fingertips from coming in contact with the velcro on the wrist strap, which could cause the latex to rip or tear.
Lastly, the Black Real comes equipped with five removable finger spines. Because they’re removable, you get to decide whether you want all of them in, none of them in, or just a few of them in, giving you a truly custom fit. These gloves are intended for games or elite level practices and are available in sizes 7 through 11. They do run slightly small so you may want to size up if you’re at the top end of your current glove size. You can purchase a pair of the Elite Sport Black Real goalkeeper gloves here.
It’s no surprise that Elite Sport offers high quality, game level goalkeeper gloves for low prices, but I’m still amazed every time I give their gloves a run. The Black Real delivers on everything a goalkeeper looks for in a goalkeeper glove: comfort, grip, flexibility, and finger protection. Let’s dig down deeper to uncover exactly what this glove is all about, and if you should spend $85 for a pair of them.
Firstly, the black German Contact latex did not disappoint while I was testing these gloves. Because of its incredible grip in all weather conditions, it held onto every shot with ease, leaving me confident in my abilities to hold every ball that came my way. When I went up into the air to catch a cross, the Black Real was easily able to get a secure hold on the ball. However, as the rule of thumb goes, the better the grip, the softer the latex, and therefore, the worse the durability. The contact latex did start to tear after playing a handful of matches on turf, which was expected since turf is harsher on latex than natural grass is. This tearing was minor, though, but just keep in mind that opting for the best grip possible means sacrificing durability. If you’re playing strictly on natural grass, however, these gloves should last you longer before you start to see some damage.While we covered arguably the most important part of the goalkeeper glove, the grip, it’s important to note how they fit and feel on hand to see if they’re right for you. Throughout my intensive testing, I found the Black Real to be an extremely comfortable glove; I often found myself opting to wear these over other gloves because of the grip, stealthy look, and comfort they provide. As for the fit in the fingers, this roll finger cut fits on the tighter side; it’s definitely not as roomy as you might expect it to be. However, it’s not overly snug like a negative cut—there’s just slightly less wiggle room in the fingers. I didn’t mind this, though, since it still felt very comfortable on hand. As a whole, this glove fits pretty snug, and in terms of sizing, it does run a little small so you may want to size up if you’re at the top end of your current glove size.The Black Real’s full latex backhand and breathable mesh body feels very comfy and flexible on hand. However, since the mesh body is barely exposed on the backhand, the ventilation of the gloves isn’t all that great. In the summer, your hands are likely to get pretty hot inside the gloves, but in the winter, they’ll stay quite warm. The 3D Shock Zone, which is just extra latex padding over the knuckles, takes the sting and pressure out of punching the ball away. It’s nice to see Elite Sport paying attention to minor details like this on their top-of-the-line game glove.In terms of closure, this glove provides a secure and supportive fit because of the wide latex wrist strap and elastic wristband. Once you wrap the strap around your wrist and connect it to the two points of velcro, it stays put for the entire duration of play without any need for readjustments. The elastic wristband is stretchy, so if you have thicker wrists or forearms, entry into this glove should not be a problem. However, the glove becomes quite snug and narrow as you start to slide your hand into the glove itself, but this could just be because I stayed true to size instead of sizing up. I don’t regret staying true to size, though; I enjoy the snug fit I get from my usual size 7.Lastly, the five removable finger spines allow you to decide whether you want finger protection or not. I left the finger spines out while testing the Black Real because they made the gloves fit much more snug, to the point where my whole hand couldn’t even fit inside the glove. I guess I didn’t have much of a choice whether I wanted finger protection or not, because my hands couldn’t have fit inside the gloves anyways. That being said, if you plan on leaving the finger spines in, definitely go up a size for the best possible fit.If you prefer a tighter fitting goalkeeper glove and are looking for the best grip possible, the Elite Sport Black Real is the glove for you. Better yet, you don’t have to drop a buck fifty on them like you’d have to if they were adidas or Nike. For just $85, you’re getting a highly equipped game level (or elite practice) glove with supreme grip in all weather conditions and a comfortable fit. Not to mention, this gold and black design looks pretty incredible. You can purchase a pair for yourself here.