A recent release from Canadian goalkeeping brand NGA Soccer, the Muralis Neon is designed for those who enjoy a tight-fitting, attention-grabbing goalkeeper glove. It comes equipped with top-end features such as Giga Grip latex, memory foam, and inner silicone dots for optimal grip inside the glove. Considering the high quality latex and the $63 price tag, they are intended for games or elite level practices. Keep reading to see if the Muralis Neon is the right goalkeeper glove for you.
The Muralis Neon comes equipped with 4mm of ProContact latex (very similar to Giga Grip latex), an elite level latex found on many mid-range goalkeeper gloves in the $60-$90 range. This glove retails for around $63, making it slightly more affordable than some of its competitors from Reusch, adidas, and Select. While it’s not the best latex available (that title goes to Contact and Supreme Grip latex), Giga Grip latex still grips the ball very well; however, for this reason, it lacks durability. As the rule of thumb goes, the better the grip, the softer the latex, and therefore, the worse the durability. At the bottom of the palm, NGA have included a latex abrasion zone in the area that wears away the fastest to reduce this quick latex deterioration. Giga Grip latex is wrapped over the top of the thumb for increased latex-to-ball contact. As for the glove cut, the Muralis Neon features a negative cut with widened latex fingertips. The negative cut connects the backhand to the palm with use of gussets, in this case, mesh gussets (they can also be made of latex), for a super snug fit. Negative cuts typically hug your fingers snugly and leave little to no wiggle room in the fingers. The latex fingertips seem to be slightly wider than what’s typically found with negative cut goalkeeper gloves, allowing you to get more latex on the ball.
The Muralis Neon also features memory foam padding on the inside of the backhand for a comfortable and plush feel on hand. In the fingers and palm area on the inside of the glove, there are silicone dots that prevent your hand from sliding around inside the glove. This is an extremely helpful feature that is also found on the Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper gloves, yet not many other goalkeeper gloves on the market have this feature. In regards to closure, this glove boasts a double wrap elastic wrist strap set on an 8 cm wide elastic wristband. At the end of the wrist strap, there’s a rubber pull tab to help you wrap the strap around your wrist easier. This feature, while commonly found on many goalkeeper gloves, is also extremely helpful because it prevents the latex fingertips from coming in contact with the velcro on the wrist strap, something that could result in ripping of the delicate latex.
As for the backhand, the Muralis Neon features soft synthetic latex on top of an air mesh body; while this latex isn’t as soft as German Super Soft latex (commonly found on top-end $100+ game gloves), it’s much more durable, lasting you much longer than German Super Soft latex. What’s unique to the Muralis Neon is the latex flap on top of the wrist area, which gives you entry to put in or take out the five removable finger spines. Normally, there’s just a zipper of a strip of velcro above the wrist for entry to the finger spines. The NGA Soccer Muralis Neon goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.
After a necessary pre-wash, the Giga Grip latex comes to life and becomes very grippy. Although the grip isn’t super sticky as if it was Contact or Supreme Grip latex, it still gets a great hold on the ball. I had no problem holding onto shots and crosses, and parrying the ball around the post or over the crossbar during high intensity game situations. The latex abrasion zone on the lower palm really does help lengthen the life of the latex palms; it’s made of a harder compound that doesn’t rip or tear as easily but still gives you a good grip on the ball. The reason why it’s there is because, due to one’s technique or just the nature of some saves, the lower palm rubs or slides against the ground which tears the delicate latex. On turf, this deterioration is much worse since the artificial grass and rough rubber pellets eat up the soft latex. That’s why NGA stitched on a harder latex piece to allow the latex palms to last longer and give them more durability in the area that needs it most. Negative cuts are notorious for having the latex fingertips tear, and the Muralis Neon definitely holds true to that. Within the first few games, the latex fingertips already started tearing. Playing on turf only accelerates this deterioration, so if you play primarily on turf, I’d recommend staying away from the negative cut unless you don’t mind buying new gloves more often. This negative cut fits super snug on your fingers, hugging them tightly and leaving no room for your fingers to wiggle around. The mesh gussets in between the fingers are soft and allow for good ventilation of the fingers.The soft synthetic latex backhand is very durable, unlike German Super Soft latex backhands which are commonly found on top-end $100+ game gloves such as the Nike GK Premier SGT. It’s not as soft to the touch, but it still feels very flexible and comfortable on hand, and is comparable to its similarly priced competitors. The air mesh body is comfy, lightweight, and allows for decent ventilation of the gloves considering it’s only exposed above the thumb crotch area. The memory foam lining on the inside of the backhand drastically enhances the comfort of the gloves and allows you to punch the ball away without feeling any stinging. The inner silicone dots do an awesome job of preventing your hands from sliding around inside the gloves; this is a feature that’s extremely useful and that I’d like to see on all goalkeeper gloves. The double wrap elastic wrist strap allows you to choose how tight you want your fit to be, although, from my experience, the first wrap around is quite loose in order to match up the velcro on the wrist strap with the velcro on the latex flap. However, you can make up for this looseness with the second wrap around which offers a much tighter and more secure fit. The elastic wristband is soft, stretchy, and fits comfortably on my wrist. As always, the rubber pull tab at the end of the wrist strap is extremely useful so I was glad to see it on the Muralis Neon. When the latex fingertips are already fragile enough due to the nature of the negative cut, it’s important to take precautions to keep them in tact, and the rubber pull tab allows you to do just that.Lastly, the Muralis Neon is a very snug fitting glove, especially with the finger spines in; if you have bulkier or thicker hands, I recommend staying away from these gloves as you’ll have trouble fitting your hands inside them. The negative cut definitely adds to the snug fit considering it leaves no wiggle room in the fingers, but this glove is quite snug all throughout.
For around $63 (converted from CAD), the NGA Soccer Muralis Neon goalkeeper gloves are incredible game gloves equipped with many top-end features that make them worth every penny. However, we somewhat hesitated to say that since the durability is a bit lackluster. They’ve held up well for us on natural, firm grass, but if you play mostly on turf, the latex will get eaten up pretty quickly. While that’s the case with all goalkeeper gloves, negative cuts are more prone to latex tearing, so just keep that in mind. You can purchase a pair for yourself here.