A recent release from Portuguese goalkeeping brand Insanity Gloves Co., the Chaos II comes equipped with a plethora of top-end features such as a rubber punch zone, memory foam, windstopper mesh, a Super Soft latex backhand, and internal silicone dots. They’re intended for games or elite level practices and cost around $51 per pair, already making them a bang for your buck. We put them through their paces to see how they hold up in goal.
The Insanity Chaos II comes equipped with 4mm of Supreme Giga latex on a hybrid wrapped negative cut. This latex offers a semi pro grip, meaning it’s not as grippy as top-of-the-line professional Contact latex, but it’s still grippy enough to get a good hold on the ball in all weather conditions. The hybrid cut combines a negative cut with mesh gussets for the two middle fingers and a roll finger cut for the pointer and pinky fingers. On the lower palm, Insanity Gloves Co. have stitched on a latex abrasion zone in the area that wears away the fastest to reduce this quick latex deterioration. In addition to a double latex wrapped thumb (latex is wrapped over the top and bottom of the thumb), latex is also wrapped around to the back of the pointer and pinky fingers for increased latex-to-ball contact. The body of the glove is made of windstopper and hydrophobic mesh, a mesh that stops wind from entering the glove and repels water from the glove’s surface. A rubber punch zone lays on top of the knuckles on the backhand for power when punching the ball away. 3mm of Super Soft latex make up the backhand with 3mm of memory foam lining the inside of the glove for optimal comfort. Ergonomic Backhand Control enhances the flexibility of the glove by utilizing flex grooves on the backhand. On the inside of the fingers and palm area, silicone dots grip your hand to prevent it from sliding around inside the glove. As for the closure, the Chaos II features a 6 cm wide latex wrist strap on top of a 10 cm wide neoprene wristband with a stitched on nylon pull loop to help you get the gloves on easier. 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 very 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. The Insanity Gloves Co. Chaos II goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.
When kept slightly damp (necessary for best performance), the Supreme Giga latex performs well in all weather conditions. Although it’s not as grippy as Contact latex, some of the best latex you can get on a goalkeeper glove, it still gets a great hold on the ball after a much needed pre-wash. Without a pre-wash, the latex barely has any grip, so you definitely need to pre-wash these before you play in them. As for the durability, it’s not amazing, but it’s better than what you’re going to find on big brand $50 goalkeeper gloves. When you opt for the best grip possible, you sacrifice durability because a better grip requires softer latex. However, these gloves strike a happy medium. The latex did start to slightly tear after a few games on turf, but if you play primarily on natural grass, these should last you a full season (given that you wash them regularly). The hybrid cut offers a snug fit in all of the fingers, but more so in the two middle fingers that have a negative cut. The negative cut fits more snug because it connects the palm to the backhand with use of gussets, the material in between the fingers, for a super snug fit. On the Chaos II, the gussets are made of mesh for good ventilation of the fingers. On hand, I noticed the pointer and pinky fingers point slightly outwards; on Reusch goalkeeper gloves, this is called pre-splayed fingers, which gives you a better hand position on the ball. The fingers on the Chaos II are definitely wider than the fingers on gloves I’ve reviewed in the recent past. Whether that’s a good thing is up for you to decide; it all depends on your personal preference. As a whole, the Chaos II fits pretty snug but not overly so; if you have larger or thicker hands, you should be able to wear these gloves without a problem.The windstopper and hydrophobic mesh body feels very comfortable and lightweight on hand. The rubber punch zone over the knuckles helps get a good grip on the ball to punch it away powerfully. As for my favorite feature on the Chaos II, the inner silicone dots, they work very well. I wish all goalkeeper gloves had this feature to prevent your hands from sliding around inside the gloves. Regarding the closure, the 6 cm wide latex wrist strap and the 10 cm wide neoprene wristband make for a very supportive and secure fit once the strap is wrapped around your wrist. The rubber pull tab at the end of the wrist strap makes wrapping it around easier and safer so you don’t end up ripping the latex on the fingertips. The nylon pull loop on the wristband is an awesome feature that makes getting the gloves on much easier; you simply pull it towards you and the glove slips right on. Because the neoprene wristband is so wide, slightly wider than what’s typically found on goalkeeper gloves, it makes the glove feel like a sleeve where you don’t feel the difference between your wrist/forearm area and the beginning of the glove. It makes for a seamless transition from hand to arm, just like Nike’s Dynamic Fit Collar makes for a seamless transition from foot to leg.After extensive testing, the Insanity Gloves Co. Chaos II goalkeeper gloves have proven that they’re worth every penny. For a price of just $51 (converted from EUR), they deliver on everything goalkeepers look for in a pair of gloves: comfort, flexibility, grip, premium materials, durability, breathability, and convenience. If you’re in the market for an affordable pair of game gloves, the Chaos II is an excellent option. You can purchase a pair for yourself here.