The T1TAN Alien Electro is an innovative, unique goalkeeper glove intended for game use. It features professional level materials such as Gecko Grip latex, a neoprene body, a latex abrasion zone, and more for an affordable price of around $70 USD. We put them through their paces to find out how they hold up in goal.
T1TAN’s Alien Electro goalkeeper gloves feature 4mm of Gecko Grip latex on a negative cut with latex gussets (the material in between the fingers). The thumbs are double wrapped with latex, meaning latex wraps over the top and under the bottom of both thumbs for greater ball control. On the lower palm, a latex abrasion zone made of tough latex protects the soft palm from abrasion and makes it easier to put on the gloves.The glove’s body is made of neoprene and is completely exposed on the backhand. Over the knuckles, you can find a lightweight, silicone punching zone that gives you extra grip when punching the ball away. T1TAN went with silicone that was transparent so you can still see the unique design of the glove through the punching pad. Talk about attention to detail!For the closure, a shortened elastic wrist strap allows you to adjust the fit of your gloves while an extended length neoprene cuff and latex tab make it easier to slide your hands into the gloves. This elastic wrist strap is not what you’re probably used to seeing, though; it only wraps around the wrist once, but it’s still plenty stretchy and decently adjustable.
The T1TAN Alien Electro goalkeeper gloves are available in sizes 6-11 for approximately $70 USD or £54.99/59,99 € here.
After several weeks of testing T1TAN’s Alien Electro goalkeeper gloves, I must say I am very impressed with them. For the remainder of this review, I’d like you to keep in mind that these gloves cost just $70 USD (not $100+ like the big brands charge). For a game glove with the amount of professional materials and the amazing construction that it has, this glove truly is a bang for your buck. I know $70 is not exactly “cheap,” but in comparison to the Adidas Predator Pros (which are extremely similar to these gloves and cost $50 more), they are quite affordable for the value they provide.In terms of the grip and durability, the 4mm of Gecko Grip latex performs very well. I found it to be extremely similar to contact latex, a professional level latex found on many top tier gloves from adidas, Nike, and Puma. The grip is incredible; you always feel like you a have a secure hold on the ball when making a save. This latex is quite durable, too. I haven’t noticed any noticeable rips yet (I’ve only worn these in games on natural grass) and the latex abrasion zone protects the most rip-prone area of the latex palms, the lower part of it, so that’s a plus. It’s impressive to find a feature like that on a $70 glove (it’s not rare as several other independent glove brands include it, but it’s still an awesome touch, and this one is actually more intricate than the others).Once you peel the protective plastic off of the palms, it’s best to pre-wash the gloves to wash off any chemicals put in the latex for storing and shipping the gloves; this will help improve the grip and the life of the latex palms. You should also wash the gloves in lukewarm water after every game to get the dirt off and prolong the life of the latex.In terms of the cut, the negative cut fits very snug on your fingers. It’s not too tight or uncomfortable, though. I noticed that the fingers are a bit longer in length on this glove than on the Blue Beast glove; I’m not sure why, but it’s not very noticeable during play (it’s only noticeable when putting them on). The latex gussets and double wrapped latex thumbs are a nice touch as they increase latex-to-ball contact. Those are two more subtle yet important features that make this glove even more of a bargain than it already is.As for closure, the elastic wrist strap is shorter than what you’d normally expect, but it’s still very stretchy and allows you to adjust your fit (if you like wrapping it loose, though, that’s not really possible since the shortened strap must meet both points of velcro to be considered as “wrapped around,” and the loosest fit achievable, where the strap meets both velcro points, is quite snug, albeit comfortable). The extended length neoprene cuff, essentially an extension of the neoprene glove body, fits very comfortably on my wrist and paired with the helpful latex tab stitched onto the end of the cuff, makes getting the gloves on very easy. These gloves are easy to put on and take off, although not as easy to put on as the Blue Beast gloves since the neoprene isn’t as stretchy as the Mechano material found on the Blue Beast gloves.The backhand and glove body material, neoprene, offers a very snug, comfortable feel on hand. There’s a lot to love about this glove, but the neoprene glove body takes the cake for me; it’s lightweight, flexible, and extremely comfortable on hand. The silicone punching zone is a nice touch as it allows you to punch the ball away with extra grip; this is the grippiest silicone I’ve ever come across on a goalkeeper glove—it feels squishy and sticky, almost like gel.In terms of the fit, the Alien Electro offers a close to the hand, second skin fit. The fit is snug but not overwhelmingly so, so as long as you don’t have very thick hands, these should fit you well (just note that neoprene is not very stretchy). These gloves fit extremely similar to the adidas Predator Pro gloves that cost a whopping $120 USD.
After recently reviewing T1TAN’s Blue Beast glove and now the Alien Electro, it’s clear to me that T1TAN is pioneering a new generation of goalkeeper gloves. They are far from “traditional” goalkeeper gloves with simple designs and full latex backhands that have flooded the market for years. These gloves are a breath of fresh air for young and old goalkeepers alike; I highly recommend checking them out if you’re in the market for a new pair!
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