Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in creating new goalkeeper gloves, Aviata Sports have dropped their latest Stretta Maestro collection featuring a unique SideWinder cross wrap wrist strap, a pro-flow ultra mesh body, an ergo-flex punch pad, and a pro long cuff for a second skin fit. The Stretta Oro Maestro V7 sits atop the collection with a professional level Contact latex palm for an outstanding grip in all weather conditions. We put them to the test to see if they’re really worth boasting about.
On the palm, the Stretta Oro Maestro V7 features 4mm of German Contact latex. This latex has a professional level grip and is found on many of the top level adidas, Nike, Puma, Reusch, and Uhlsport goalkeeper gloves, such as the adidas ACE Trans Pro and the Uhlsport Supergrip. Gloves that have Contact latex typically cost upwards of $100, so you can definitely consider these Aviata gloves a bargain.
The cut is negative style, meaning the seams and stitches are on the inside of the fingers as opposed to being on the outside. Due to this, the negative cut fits much more snug than the flat and roll finger cuts; in fact, it’s one of the tightest cuts you can get on a goalkeeper glove. The area in between the fingers, or what we call “gussets,” is made of a breathable mesh material for proper ventilation of the gloves. For increased latex-to-ball contact, the latex thumb is double wrapped, meaning palm latex rolls over the top and bottom of the thumb. The side of the glove is also latex wrapped, but barely; it’s just a small triangle of palm latex wrapping over to the backhand.The body of the glove is solely made of a soft mesh for breathability and comfort. This gives you a close to the hand feel with no excess materials such as backhand latex, a material found on many of Aviata’s previous gloves such as the Stretta Magnetik V6 and Stretta Snow Digital Camo. Instead, you just have a mesh body, an ergo-flex rubber punch pad over the knuckles, and synthetic latex over the fingers to provide structure and protection. This is a very simple, lightweight glove with the bare bone necessities.
Without a doubt, the closure (how you get the gloves on and secure them) is what makes this glove so unique. The new SideWinder cross wrap wrist strap wraps around the mesh wrist area in a unique fashion. It sits higher up on the hand than usual, which is only possible because the glove is just the mesh body. To wrap the wrist strap, you grab it from the outside, bring it towards you, and wrap it around your wrist twice. The first wrap around starts off at a downward angle. You want to make sure that the strap is at an even angle with the gold Aviata design on the backhand so you don’t end up wrapping the strap on top of the latex palm. At the end of the wrist strap, a small but functional rubber pull tab prevents the latex fingertips from touching the velcro on the wrist strap, something that can result in ripping of the delicate latex. The Aviata Stretta Oro Maestro V7 goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.
In all weather conditions, the German Contact latex gets an incredible grip on the ball. Whether you’re making a high pressure breakaway save or jumping up to catch a cross, you feel confident in the grip’s ability to hold onto the ball safely. Before every match or practice, make sure you dampen the latex palms with water to “activate” the latex and achieve the best grip possible. Also, before you wear the gloves for the first time, make sure you pre-wash them to remove the chemicals that preserve the latex during storing and shipping. These glove care activities should be done with all types of latexes, but especially with professional level latexes such as Contact latex. In terms of durability, the Contact latex holds up pretty well. However, as a rule of thumb, the better the grip, the softer the latex, and therefore, the worse the durability. Playing on artificial grass will only expedite this deterioration since turf is harsher on latex palms than natural grass is, so take your playing surface into account before you opt for a professional level latex. Also, since this is a professional latex, durability is not the greatest concern; if you’re looking for a latex with better durability, look into Giga Grip or Super Soft latex. Because of the 4mm of backing foam (the foam directly underneath the latex palm), you don’t feel the sting or pressure of hard shots; this glove does a great job of dispersing shock and impact force.The Stretta Oro Maestro V7 features a negative cut which is both good and bad for a few different reasons. It’s good if you like a tight, finger hugging fit or have slimmer hands, but it’s bad if you care about durability. With the seams on the inside of the fingers, the tightness of the negative cut means the latex rips and tears much quicker than it does on other cuts. This deterioration is most commonly found at the fingertips but also at the bottom of the fingers, too. Therefore, think about what surface you play on, how much you care about durability, and what kind of fit you’d like to achieve to decide whether the negative cut is right for you. One of the reasons I thoroughly enjoy wearing the Stretta Oro Maestro V7 is because of how comfortable and lightweight the glove body feels on hand. Constructed of a plush mesh, there are no gimmicks or extra materials to weigh down the glove; you have a soft mesh body, a rubber punch pad over the knuckles, and synthetic latex over the fingers. That’s it. All of these materials feel lightweight, flexible, and serve their own distinct purpose. Aviata ditched whatever they felt the gloves didn’t need and just kept the necessities. The mesh that makes up the glove body feels far from harsh or what you’d normally think of when you think of mesh; it’s honestly one of the softest materials I’ve seen on a goalkeeper glove. It feels extremely high quality, plush, and soft to the touch, and has just the right amount of soft padding underneath it for a truly comfortable feel. From the moment you slip your hands into the gloves, you won’t want to take them off. They fit, quite literally, like a pair of gloves. Extremely comfortable ones at that. The closure on this glove is different than the closure found on the majority of goalkeeper gloves currently on the market. Instead of an elastic or neoprene wristband (usually measuring 7, 8, or 9 cm wide), the Stretta Oro Maestro V7 has what Aviata calls a “pro long cuff,” which is basically just an extension of the soft mesh body. There is no separate wristband piece; the whole glove is essentially just one piece (the mesh body) extending from the tip of your fingers to the middle of your forearm, with materials (rubber punch pad, synthetic latex, wrist strap) stitched onto it. Because of this, the glove feels lightweight and minimal in its design. The elastic wrist strap is placed higher up on the side of the glove to not only look unique and different, but, more importantly, to provide more support. When the strap is correctly wrapped around your wrist (the first wrap around starts off at a downward angle), it covers more of the backhand than the typical wrist strap set up does, therefore offering more support in the wrist area. When goalkeeper glove companies try too hard to make their gloves look “cool,” they often aren’t very functional or practical in their design; that’s not the case with Aviata, though. They’ve mastered the ability for a glove to not only look innovative and unique, but to be functional in its design, too.The new Stretta Oro Maestro V7 fits true to size and is a snug fitting glove all around; there’s no extra room in any part of the glove to suit goalkeepers with larger, thicker hands. However, this glove doesn’t fit overly tight to the point where it’s squeezing your hand; it fits comfortably snug all throughout. If anything, there’s slightly more room in the thumb than I’d like to have, but this definitely isn’t a dealbreaker.
Aviata have truly hit the nail on the head with their new range-topping goalkeeper glove. Between the grippy Contact latex palm and the extremely comfortable one piece mesh body, it’s hard to find something wrong with these gloves. Goalkeeper gloves are known as the tools of our trade and, well, these are some of the best tools available on the market right now. For $74.99, these game gloves truly are a bang for your buck. Get 15% off your pair (or anything on aviatasports.com and soxprousa.com) when you use our code TSR15. You can purchase these gloves here.
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