Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves Review

Aviata Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Goalkeeper Glove Review

Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewA good-looking, snug-fitting match glove, Aviata presents quite possibly their best goalkeeper glove yet. With an abundance of features such as Contact latex, a rubber punch pad, and, quite frankly, an entire glove that fits and acts like a sleeve, the Solar Burst Maestro V7 could be an excellent contender for your next pair of game gloves. Keep reading to find out if they’re the gloves for you.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves Review

Tech Specs

The Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 is equipped with 4mm of professional level German Contact latex, dubbed “Magnetik Contact Pro” latex by Aviata Sports. Along with that comes 4mm of backing foam for shock absorption. The hybrid cut sees a mixture between a negative cut for the two middle fingers and a half negative/half roll finger cut for the two outside fingers. The gussets in between are made of latex. By combining two different cuts, you can achieve the best of both worlds; a snug fit and maximum latex-to-ball contact. What goalkeeper wouldn’t want that? You can also find latex rolled over and under the thumb and on the side of the glove for greater ball control and even more latex-to-ball contact. Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewvThe body of the glove is comprised of what Aviata calls “pro-flow ultra mesh,” which is really just breathable mesh. Similar to the previous Aviata glove we reviewed (you can read that review here), this glove doesn’t feature a legitimate wristband. Instead, the entire glove is one piece, essentially acting as a sleeve, allowing you to get the gloves on and off easier. Aviata calls this area the “Pro Long Cuff” since it more so resembles a cuff, or the end of a sleeve, rather than a wristband. The backhand is completely bare expect for the latex over the fingers and the rubber punch pad over the knuckles.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewThe wrist strap, titled “SideWinder Cross Wrap Stretch Strap System,” sits higher up on the hand than usual, which is only possible because the glove is just the mesh body or “sleeve.” 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 have to make sure that the strap is at an even angle with the black Aviata design on the backhand so you don’t end up wrapping the strap over 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.

Lastly, let’s talk protection. This glove features five removable fingersaves which can be removed through the zipper entry on the lower backhand. You can take all of them out or just some of them out if you wish; each fingersave is independent of one another.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves Review

The Verdict

Now that we got the tech specs out of the way, let’s get into the fit and performance. 

The Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 is a snug fitting glove, more so when the fingersaves are in. When they’re out, the fit isn’t as snug, and I noticed there’s a little bit of wiggle room in the fingers. Either way, the fit in both the fingers and the glove in general is super comfortable. The hybrid cut between negative and roll finger is one of my favorite cuts because of the comfort and abundance of latex it provides. Featuring an improved design, the double latex wrapped thumb fits more snug and has less excess space than it did on previous Aviata gloves. Aviata achieved this by keeping the thumb normal as if it didn’t have latex wrapping underneath it, and instead stitching on a piece of the palm latex just on the outside of the thumb. This allows the thumb to fit more snug, something I noticed immediately and was very glad to see.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewThe 4mm of backing foam (the foam directly behind the latex palm) does a great job of absorbing the shock and impact of hard shots. The Contact latex, which is a professional level latex that should be used for games, holds onto shots with ease after a pre-wash. A pre-wash is necessary for all goalkeeper gloves in order to get the storing and shipping chemicals washed off of the latex palms; in turn, this improves the grip. Like with all Aviata gloves that feature Contact latex, I felt very confident making saves in these gloves.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewA common theme with Aviata’s latest glove collection, this glove is essentially a sleeve that you slide on to wear. This design seems to have grown in popularity over the last few months with tons of goalkeeping brands implementing it on their own gloves, and while I haven’t tried every other brand’s implementation yet, I can say that Aviata has done it masterfully. It’s comfortable, functional, and lightweight, more so than the traditional wristband stitched onto the glove body, making you wonder why no one created this design sooner. After wearing these, I find it hard to want to go back to the traditional glove construction.

Aviata’s sleeve design, besides being extremely lightweight and comfy, also makes for more possibilities in the closure and structure department. On the inside of the glove, a soft, plush lining extends from the fingertips to the end of the cuff with no interruptions. Having that extra cushioning, especially hugging around your wrist, makes the gloves extra comfortable and enjoyable to wear. Again, this is another reason why you might think twice before putting on an “old” style glove again.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewIn terms of closure, 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, it covers more of the backhand than the typical wrist strap set up does, therefore offering more support in the wrist area. When goalkeeping brands try too hard to make their gloves look “cool,” they often aren’t very practical in their design; that’s not the case with Aviata, though. They’ve mastered the ability for a glove to not only look unique and innovative, but to be functional in its design, too.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewOne last thing I’d like to touch on is the brand new fingersave pouch. I find it frustrating when goalkeeper gloves are equipped with velcro entry to remove the fingersaves because it often requires much more effort to open it up than is needed, and the entry is often too small to fit your fingers in anyway. Zippers are never a problem, so that’s why I’m glad Aviata included a zipper entry for the removable fingersaves on their new line of gloves. It’s integrated so well into the glove body that you hardly even notice it’s there. Not to mention, when you’re wearing the gloves, it’s completely covered up leaving you with just the bold, bright design that this glove boasts.Aviata Sports Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 Soccer Goalkeeper Gloves ReviewThere are tons of new and unique goalkeeper gloves currently on the market, but Aviata continues to innovate and improve with every new glove model they put out; the Stretta Solar Burst Maestro V7 is no exception. How much does a glove like this cost? Eighty dollars. Is it worth it? Considering the incredible grip, comfort, fit, innovation, and design, most definitely; Aviata have yet again hit the nail on the head with providing professional quality goalkeeper gloves for affordable prices. Get 15% off your pair (or 15% off anything on aviatasports.com and soxprousa.com) when you use our code TSR15. You can purchase these gloves here.

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Aviata Stretta Oro Maestro V7 Goalkeeper Glove Review

aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkPushing 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.aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gk

Tech Specs

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.aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkThe 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.aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gk

The Verdict

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. aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkIn 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.aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkThe 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. aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkOne 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. aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkThe 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.aviata sports stretta oro maestro v7 goalkeeper gloves for games contact latex professional level elite affordable goalie gkThe 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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Aviata Black Mamba V7 Goalkeeper Glove Review

aviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesWhile the Black Mamba V7 is a more affordable model in Aviata’s glove range, it comes equipped with features that have trickled down from the top models and is best suited for intermediate players. Some of these features include a flat cut, a 3D breathable mesh body, a double wrap wrist strap, a latex wrapped thumb, and a punch guard pad. They’re available to purchase here. IMG_2064Tech Specs

Palm: 4mm + 3mm German New Soft latex.

Cut: Flat cut with breathable mesh gussets and a latex wrapped thumb. 

Backhand: Soft latex with a punch guard pad on a 3D breathable mesh body.

Closure: Double wrap wrist strap on an 8 cm wide elastic wristband.

Finger Protection: Five removable fingersaves through the zipper above the wrist.

The Aviata Black Mamba V7 goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.aviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesMy Thoughts

Palm: After a pre-wash, the 4mm of German New Soft latex gets a decent grip on the ball. This latex is not as grippy as the latex on the top glove in the Mamba series, the Black Mamba Aero Pro (which we reviewed here), but it has a good enough grip for intermediate players. For advanced and elite players, I would take a look at the Black Mamba Aero Pro instead of the Black Mamba V7 if you’re looking for a top tier, grippy, and comfy game glove. Concerning durability, the German New Soft latex holds up pretty well on natural grass and can get away with only a few minor tears after playing on turf/artificial grass.vaviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesCut: The Black Mamba V7 features a flat cut and a latex wrapped thumb. Personally, I’m not a fan of flat cuts because of the loose and roomy fit they provide, and the cut on this glove holds true to that statement. There is a decent amount of wiggle room in the fingers, but then again, I have skinny and slim fingers; if you have thicker or larger fingers, I’d imagine this flat cut will fit you quite well. The mesh gussets are a nice touch as they increase the breathability of the gloves, leaving me with no complaints there. IMG_2054aviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesBackhand: The soft latex backhand is quite durable which I expected since it’s a tough latex in general, and also because it’s been on a lot of goalkeeper gloves I’ve tested in the past. The “punch guard pad,” which is on top of the knuckles, is basically just an area where the soft latex is thicker than on other areas of the backhand. Combined with the solid structure of the fingersaves, the punch guard pad does a good job of dispersing shock when punching the ball away. In general, the soft latex backhand feels comfortable and flexible on hand and the 3D mesh body is greatly exposed (as on most Aviata gloves), increasing breathability and maximizing ventilation of the gloves.aviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesIMG_2058Closure & Fit: The double wrap wrist strap is something I always prefer on my gloves whenever I play because of the tight, secure, and custom fit it provides. Coupled with the 8 cm wide wristband, the strap provides just that; a secure, supportive, and snug fit. The five fingersaves are removable through the zipper above the wrist and they do a good job of protecting your fingers from overextending. When the fingersaves are in the gloves, the fingers are more structured and the flat cut fits slightly more snug. IMG_2047aviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesFor $49.99, the Aviata Black Mamba V7 is a decent glove option for intermediate goalkeepers considering its decent grip and durability. It’s a comfortable fitting glove but the fit is overall pretty loose and relaxed due to the flat cut so if you’re into that, I recommend picking up a pair. You can pick up a pair for yourself here.aviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper glovesaviata sports black mamba v7 soccer goalkeeper gloves

Aviata Black Mamba Aero Pro Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_1489A promising new game glove from Aviata Sports, the Black Mamba Aero Pro features high quality materials such as 4mm of German Contact latex, a latex backhand with a rubber punch zone, five removable fingersaves, and a neoprene wristband. Compared to goalkeeper gloves from Nike, adidas, and Sells, these gloves are a bargain at a fraction of the price. They’re available to purchase here.

IMG_1497Tech Specs

Palm: 4mm + 4mm German Magnetik Contact Pro latex.

Cut: Negative cut with latex gussets. Latex wrapped thumb.

Backhand: German latex on an air mesh body. Rubber punch zone over the knuckles.

Closure: Elastic wrist strap on a 7 cm wide neoprene wristband.

Finger Protection: Five removable fingersaves through the zipper above the wrist.

The Aviata Black Mamba Aero Pro Goalkeeper Gloves are available to purchase for $79.99 USD here.

IMG_1519My Thoughts

Palm: The Black Mamba Aero Pro is definitely a top-level glove from Aviata Sports, and the latex’s grip and durability can attest to that. Even without a pre-wash, the 4mm of German Contact latex gets a great grip on the ball. With a pre-wash, it gets an even grippier hold on the ball, making this a great glove for games. In addition to being grippy, the latex is quite durable, too. After testing the gloves in several games and practices on natural grass, there are no signs of deterioration yet. Wearing these on artificial grass might tell a different story; turf is much more likely to eat up the latex palms.

IMG_1513Cut: The negative cut fits very snug and comfortable on hand. I have slim, skinny fingers and there is very little wiggle room so if you have larger fingers, I recommend staying away from the Black Mamba Aero Pro unless you’ve had a positive experience with negative cuts in the past. The five removable fingersaves make for a tighter fit when they are in the gloves. I like how Aviata went with latex gussets instead of mesh gussets since, just like with the latex wrapped thumb, they increase latex-to-ball contact.

IMG_1514IMG_1515Backhand: The backhand features a layer of soft German latex on top of a cushioned, comfortable air mesh body. Over the knuckles there is a rubber punch zone for effectively punching the ball away with power and distance, which is a nice feature to have on a game glove. The air mesh body is one of the most padded, comfortable ones I’ve seen in a long time, but because it’s lined with a soft, plush material on the inside to give it that comfort, it sacrifices breathability which is pretty ironic.

IMG_1524IMG_1525Closure & Fit: The 7 cm wide neoprene wristband is comfortable and will fit the majority of goalkeepers. My wrists are on the skinnier side so there is some excess space between my wrist and the wristband, but once I wrap the elastic wrist strap around my wrist and tighten it the way I like, the fit is very tight, secure, and supportive. As I mentioned before, the five removable fingersaves make the gloves fit more snug and tight when they’re in, and not as snug when they’re out. Overall, the Black Mamba Aero Pro is a very snug-fitting glove; if you have slim hands like me, these gloves will fit you great, but if you have thicker, wider hands, they might fit too tight unless you’ve had a positive experience with snug, negative cut gloves in the past.

IMG_1505IMG_1507The Black Mamba Aero Pro come equipped with high quality materials and offers a snug, comfortable fit, making it an excellent game glove at a competitive price of $79.99 USD. Compared to the top-level game gloves from Nike, adidas, Sells, and Uhlsport, these gloves offer just about the same top-notch features but for a fraction of the price. You can pick up a pair for yourself here.IMG_1504IMG_1526