nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hart

Nike GK Premier SGT Goalkeeper Glove Review

nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartWorn by some of the world’s best goalkeepers, the Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper glove features a laser-etched latex palm among other unique features and is intended for match play. They’ve been on the market for a few years now so you can easily find a pair online for a discounted price; but before you go snagging a pair on sale, let’s find out how they perform to see if they’re even worth purchasing.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hart

Tech Specs

Diving into the technical side of the glove, the Nike GK Premier SGT comes equipped with a unique laser-etched latex palm. Nike calls this “SGT,” which stands for Sipe Grip Technology. The sipe grip grooves, which are thin slits cut across the latex palms, allow the palms to spread and flex and supposedly provide the ultimate grip in all weather conditions. The palm is 4mm thick and constructed of Contact latex, which is known to be one of the grippiest latexes you can get on a goalkeeper glove. The fingers feature a flat cut with mesh gussets for breathability. On the inside of the gloves, Nike have included their Touch Tactile Nodes to enhance the feel and prevent your hands from slipping inside the gloves. Pre-Curved Bio-Align Technology, another unique technology found on this glove, positions the hands in the catch ready position to reduce stress on the hands. In regards to the backhand, there’s a layer of soft latex on top of a breathable air mesh body. Lastly, the closure is comprised of a 5 cm wide latex wrist strap set on a 7 cm wide elastic wristband for a secure and supportive fit. You can purchase a pair of the Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper gloves on Amazon here.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hart

The Verdict

Palm: Featuring a 4mm Contact latex palm, the Nike GK Premier SGT offers an amazing grip; this was expected since Contact latex is one of the grippiest latexes you can get on a goalkeeper glove. I didn’t know what to expect with the Sipe Grip Technology, though, so I was excited to see how it would fare on the pitch. After intensive testing, the SGT has proven to work quite well. I found that in all weather conditions, the grip of the latex was great and I had no problem holding onto shots.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hart This glove also has great padding so you don’t feel the sting of super hard shots. In terms of durability, the Contact latex is surprisingly very durable; I only found minor tearing of the latex palms after a full month of use on mostly natural grass but some turf here and there. However, since the latex already has slits it in due to the SGT, this could cause the durability to be worse than other gloves.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartCut: Personally, I’m not a fan of the flat cut simply because it fits loose on the fingers, but this flat cut feels slightly more snug than other ones I’ve tried. There’s still a bit of wiggle room on the sides of the fingers when your hands are in the gloves, but then again, I have slim, skinny fingers so of course there’s going to be some wiggle room.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartThis didn’t really affect me while playing though; I was still able to hold onto shots just fine because of the Touch Tactile Nodes (grippy silicone dots) that successfully prevented my hands from sliding around inside the gloves. The mesh gussets are a nice touch as they increase the breathability and comfort of the gloves.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartBackhand: The latex on the backhand is embossed so there’s a great amount of flexibility and comfort while wearing the gloves. However, there isn’t much protection. The GK Premier SGT is a simple, no-fuss glove with a latex palm, a latex backhand, and a mesh body. It doesn’t feature any protective elements like a rubber punch zone or extra padding over the knuckles—there’s just one level of thickness across the entire latex backhand. This isn’t a dealbreaker as I was still able to punch the ball away on crosses, but I would’ve felt more confident clearing the ball if there was a rubber piece over the knuckles for extra power. The air mesh body is lightweight, comfy, and ventilates the gloves well.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartClosure: The closure on the GK Premier SGT is okay, but it could be better. There’s three points of velcro contact the wrist strap makes with the wristband to ensure a super secure and supportive fit. Moreover, the elastic wristband feels comfortable on my wrist. The problem, though, is that there’s no pull tab to grab onto when wrapping the strap around your wrist; this would prevent the delicate latex fingertips from tearing when it comes in contact with the velcro on the strap. I’ve seen this feature on several other gloves and it works great—too bad Nike hasn’t implemented it on their gloves considering how expensive the top gloves are.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartFit: The GK Premier SGT fits comfortably snug on my hands—it doesn’t fit tight but it doesn’t fit loose either. I could see this glove fitting just about every goalkeeper whether you have skinny hands or large hands. The flat cut definitely helps make this a glove for just about every goalkeeper since it’s not super snug like a negative cut is.nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hartThe Nike GK Premier SGT goalkeeper gloves perform very well on the pitch making them a great game glove option for any goalkeeper. You feel like you can easily grab onto and control the ball while wearing these gloves. If you’re looking for a simple, grippy, and comfortable glove with new technologies packed in, this is definitely the glove for you. Even better, you can find this top level match glove on sale from most online retailers. You can purchase a pair on Amazon here. nike gk premier SGT goalkeeper glove review goalie glove review nike gloves Joe hart

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Reusch Prisma Pro G3 Fusion Evolution LTD Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_2087Designed for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Reusch’s new limited edition goalkeeper glove features a bold colorway and G3 Fusion latex with durable and wet weather latexes sprinkled throughout. They also feature an evolution cut, a new wrist band area, breathable mesh, and a striking design for this summer’s hottest tournament. They’re available to purchase here.IMG_2090Tech Specs

Palm: G3 Fusion Ultra Soft latex with hard ground and wet weather condition latexes randomly sprinkled throughout.

Cut: Evolution cut with air mesh gussets and Ergonomic Support System (ESS). Latex wrapped thumb.

Backhand: Pro latex. Pro Flex technology increases flexibility and Air Vent System increases breathability.

Closure: Asymmetrical slip-on cuff and extended breathable mesh wrist area. One piece half wristband velcro closure. Pull loop stitched onto the cuff.

Finger Protection: None. The Prisma Pro G3 Fusion Evolution Ortho-Tec LTD is the same glove but with finger protection, and they’re available to purchase here.

The Reusch Prisma Pro G3 Fusion Evolution LTD goalkeeper gloves are available to purchase here.IMG_2142My Thoughts

Palm: The G3 Fusion Ultra Soft latex excels in dry weather when kept damp but it works well in all weather conditions. It’s very grippy right out of the package and it remains grippy the more you wear the gloves and when the gloves are properly taken care of (washed regularly and kept damp). I was more confident making saves knowing that the grip wouldn’t fail me. The hard ground and wet weather condition latexes randomly sprinkled throughout are a great touch since they make the latex much more durable and better equipped for wet weather; this is a feature that I don’t see on many other goalkeeper glove models so I was glad to see it on this one. Overall, the grip of the latex and how long it remains grippy for is very impressive; that’s why these gloves are intended for advanced and pro level goalkeepers.IMG_2130IMG_2115Cut: While testing these gloves, I really enjoyed how well the evolution cut fit on my fingers. It fits snug but not overwhelmingly so; it’s very comfortable on the fingers and true to size, and the mesh gussets in between the fingers increase breathability. The latex wrapped thumb increases latex-to-ball contact; this is a feature that seems to be on most goalkeeper gloves nowadays. The Ergonomic Support System (ESS) uses a pattern that helps the fingers to be pre-splayed, enhancing the glove’s comfort and supporting the hand’s natural catching position. This feature makes a noticeable difference while playing in the gloves; having the fingers be pre-splayed feels much more natural and comfortable than having them not be pre-splayed, and it makes me feel more prepared for shots coming my way since it supports the hand’s natural catching position. If I had to pick a pair of game gloves and had a choice between pre-splayed fingers and non pre-splayed fingers, I’d definitely go with pre-splayed.IMG_2132IMG_2138Backhand: The Pro latex found on the backhand is a very soft and high quality latex, which I expected since this is a $135 Reusch game glove, after all. It’s embossed, meaning it has natural flex grooves that allow for a flexible fit on hand. You also get flexibility from Pro Flex technology, a horizontal four-way stretch insert that keeps the backhand flexible in all directions. The Air Vent System, which basically means an air mesh glove body, does a great job of providing maximum ventilation inside the glove. IMG_2128IMG_2135Closure: The asymmetrical slip-on cuff and extended breathable mesh wrist area is something I’ve never seen on a goalkeeper glove before; it serves as a testament to Reusch’s dedication to constantly innovating and improving their goalkeeper gloves. Because it’s asymmetrical, the slip-on cuff or “wristband” extends further down the forearm, making for a more natural and comfortable feel on hand. Just like Nike’s Dynamic Fit Collar is designed to offer a seamless transition from leg to foot, Reusch’s asymmetrical slip-on cuff is designed to offer a seamless transition from arm to hand. In addition to the ESS pre-splayed fingers, this is another reason why I would prefer to wear these Reusch gloves in a game over a pair of gloves without these features. These small details really add up to make a big difference. I was uneasy about the one piece half wristband velcro closure at first since I didn’t know if it was going to provide enough security. After wearing the gloves in several games, this concern quickly went away. Once you wrap the half strap around your wrist and secure it to the velcro, it does not come undone and it actually provides a very secure and supportive fit. The pull loop stitched onto the cuff is a great feature seen on previous Reusch gloves that I’ve reviewed, and, years later, I still love it just as much. It can handle an impressive amount of tugging and pulling without worrying if it’s going to rip off or not, and it really helps with getting the gloves on quickly and easily. IMG_2141IMG_2140It’s one thing to make goalkeeper gloves and another thing to make them equipped with the most useful technologies, super grippy and durable latex palms, and a natural and comfy fit like no other; without a doubt, Reusch makes some of the best gloves on the market. Their combination of the latest technologies as well as their own innovations is tangible with all of their goalkeeper gloves, and especially with the Prisma Pro G3 Fusion Evolution LTD. Not to mention, they’re undeniably good-looking. If there is a glove I highly recommend purchasing, it’s this one. You can purchase a pair for yourself here.IMG_2085IMG_2086

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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

reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protection

Reusch Pulse Pro A2 Ortho-Tec Goalkeeper Glove Review

reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionThe Reusch Pulse Pro A2 Ortho-Tec is a quality match glove with an impressive grip in all weather conditions. It features high quality materials such as A2 Aquatech foam and a neoprene wristband, and it comes equipped with Reusch’s popular Pro Flex technology and Ortho-Tec fingersaves. They’re available to purchase on Amazon.reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionTech Specs

Palm: A2 Aquatech foam for a superior grip in wet and dry conditions. Because of the additives, this foam lasts longer than Reusch’s softer foams. 

Cut: Flat cut with a latex gusset found on the inside of the pinky finger and a latex wrapped thumb. Ergonomic Support System helps the fingers to be pre-splayed for a better hand position on the ball. 

Backhand: Super Softi embossed latex and Reusch’s stretchable P.U. backhand material makes for a more comfortable fit. Reusch’s Pro Flex technology found just above the wrist offers great flexibility.

Closure: The 5.5 cm wide latex wrist strap is set on a 7.5 cm wide neoprene wristband. Reusch’s Pull Loop system allows you to get the gloves on quickly and easily. 

Finger Protection: Five Ortho-Tec fingersaves are removable through the zipper above the wrist.  

Extras: The 3D Thumb Crotch between the thumb and the index finger eliminates any seams that can bother the keeper in an area that takes a lot of stress. 

The Reusch Pulse Pro A2 Ortho-Tec Goalkeeper Gloves are available to purchase on Amazon. 

My Thoughtsreusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionPalm: After soaking the palms in warm water for almost an hour before my games, the additives in the foam activate, making the A2 Aquatech latex extremely grippy and sticky. The latex gets a great hold on the ball not just in wet conditions, but in dry conditions, too. Because it’s not as soft as Reusch’s other foams, it can withstand a bit more abrasion, making it more durable and less likely to rip or tear. The latex will still eventually deteriorate with use, just not as quickly as a softer foam would. reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionreusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionCut: I’m not a big fan of flat cuts because of the loose and relaxed fit they offer; however, while there’s still a little amount of wiggle room in the fingers, the Ortho-Tec fingersaves help the cut feel tighter and more snug on my fingers. The latex gusset found on the inside of the pinky finger is there to keep latex on the ball until the very last moment when distributing the ball. Whether this little addition of latex makes a difference is hard to tell, but I guess it’s the thought that counts. I like how the Ergonomic Support System makes the fingers pre-splayed/spread out so I can get a better hand position on the ball; this was a feature I wasn’t expecting to make a big difference during play, but to my surprise, it actually does. reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionIMG_4989Backhand: The Super Softi embossed latex is extremely soft and noticeably high quality, and is great for punching the ball away with power. Reusch’s stretchable P.U. backhand material makes for a flexible and snug fit which feels great on hand. I found this P.U. material to be effective since it doesn’t allow water to seep into the gloves when playing in wet weather, but on the other hand, it makes the gloves lack breathability. Since this is a wet weather specific glove, I don’t see it as being much of a dealbreaker. Reusch’s Pro Flex technology, found just above the wrist, increases the flexibility of the gloves.IMG_4970IMG_4979Closure: The 5.5 cm wide latex wrist strap coupled with the 7.5 cm wide neoprene wristband makes for a very snug, supportive, and secure fit. Once you wrap the strap around your wrist, it stays put throughout the duration of play and doesn’t need to be readjusted or redone. The Pull Loop System stitched onto the wristband is a feature I’ve seen on a handful of other goalkeeper gloves, but it’s exceptionally well implemented on this one. It’s simply a nylon pull loop that allows you to get the gloves on quickly and easily. The neoprene wristband adds to the comfort of the gloves. reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protectionFit: When the Ortho-Tec fingersaves are in the gloves, the Pulse Pro A2 Ortho-Tec fits more snug on hand. When they’re not in the gloves, the fit is more relaxed and less snug, fitting like a traditional flat cut goalkeeper glove would. The 3D Thumb Crotch between the thumb and the index finger eliminates any seams that can bother the keeper in an area that takes a lot of stress.

Overall, the Reusch Pulse Pro A2 Ortho-Tec is a quality wet weather match glove for elite goalkeepers. Its impressive grip in wet and dry conditions, durable latex, availability of protection, and comfortable fit makes it a great option worth looking into. You can pick up a pair for yourself on Amazon.reusch pulse pro a2 ortho tec goalkeeper gloves wet weather soccer with finger protection

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Lupos Armored Goalkeeper Glove Review

lupos armored goalkeeper glovesThe Armored is the latest glove model from Lupos, a new goalkeeper glove brand seeking to provide high quality game and practice gloves at a low price. Equipped with Giga Grip latex, a roll finger cut, a 3D punch zone, and breathable mesh, the Armored is a viable and affordable game glove option for just about forty five US dollars. They’re available to purchase on Amazon. lupos armored goalkeeper glovesTech Specs

Palm: 4mm of Giga Grip latex +3mm foam backing. 

Cut: Roll finger cut. Latex wrapped thumb.

Backhand: 4mm of soft embossed latex on a breathable mesh body with 8mm of cushioning foam. 3D rubber punch zone over the knuckles. 

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

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

The Lupos Armored Goalkeeper Gloves are available for around forty five US dollars on Amazon.lupos armored goalkeeper glovesMy Thoughts

Palm: After a necessary pre-wash, the 4mm of Giga Grip latex becomes very grippy and gets a great hold on the ball. However, I did find that the latex had the most grip when it was kept damp. Giga Grip latex is not as grippy as Contact latex, but it’s still grippy enough to work great in games or even elite practices. The 3mm of foam backing reduces the pressure from hard shots without feeling too padded or thick.lupos armored goalkeeper gloveslupos armored goalkeeper glovesCut: The roll finger cut offers a super snug and comfortable fit on hand. I prefer the roll finger cut over the negative cut because the glove palm is attached directly to the backhand of the glove, resulting in a rolled effect around the fingers and therefore creating a larger surface area to make contact with the ball. With the fingersaves in the gloves, the cut fits much more snug than without them in, but as long as your fingers aren’t too large or thick, this cut should fit you well. lupos armored goalkeeper glovesIMG_1604Backhand: The 4mm of soft embossed latex combined with the breathable mesh body makes for a very cushioned and comfy fit. The 8mm of cushioning foam lining the backhand makes the gloves feel like plush pillows on hand, but with all the cushioning, I wasn’t sure if air was able to pass through the mesh for ventilation purposes. The 3D rubber punch zone spans all four fingers on the backhand and allows you to safely punch the ball away with power and distance.IMG_1610lupos armored goalkeeper glovesClosure & Fit: While I love how the elastic wrist strap allows you to customize how tight you want your fit to be, I wish it had a rubber pull tab to grab onto at the end of strap so the latex fingertips don’t come in contact with the velcro when wrapping the strap around. This isn’t a dealbreaker, especially since the Armored only costs about forty five US dollars, but it would’ve been a nice addition. The 7 cm wide elastic wristband fits snug and comfortably on my wrist. The four removable fingersaves make for a snugger fit when they’re in the gloves, and they do a good job of protecting your fingers in play. As you can see in the photo, the thumb of the Armored is oddly curved and shaped; when the gloves are on your hands, it feels like the thumb wants to turn inwards. Also, there is some unnecessary excess space in the thumb but you don’t realize notice this while playing. Overall, the fit is comfortably snug so unless you have much larger or wider hands, the Armored should fit you well. lupos armored goalkeeper glovesIMG_1608If you’re looking for an affordable but high quality goalkeeper glove for games or even high level practices, the Lupos Armored is a great option to look into. For just about forty five US dollars, you get a grippy latex palm, a rubber punch zone, and great cushioning among other features found on top goalkeeper gloves from major brands. You can pick up a pair for yourself on Amazon.

Adidas Classic Pro Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_5639The Adidas Classic Pro is a snug fitting all-weather goalkeeper glove featuring grippy Nova Latex, a negative cut, a latex backhand, and a snug neoprene wristband. They’re an affordable and comfortable option suitable for games or elite level practices. They’re available to purchase on AmazonIMG_5642Tech Specs

Palm: 3.5mm of Nova Latex with 4mm of cushioning foam.

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

Backhand: Embossed latex on a neoprene body.

Closure: Adidas stretch strap on a close-fitting neoprene wristband. Pull loop system stitched onto wristband.

The Adidas Classic Pro Goalkeeper Gloves are available for around eighty US dollars on Amazon.

IMG_5654My Thoughts

Palm: The 3.5mm of Nova Latex with 4mm of cushioning foam offers a very good balance of grip and cushioning. The Nova Latex offers a good grip and gets a solid hold on the ball once you pre-wash the gloves. The 4mm of cushioning absorbs the impact of hard shots very well, and you can noticeably feel this cushioning when stopping shots. After several matches wearing these gloves on natural grass, there are no rips or tears to be found in the latex palms yet. Wearing these on artificial grass might tell a different story, though; turf is much more likely to eat away at the latex palms. IMG_5651IMG_5656Cut: The negative cut is ideal for goalkeepers with slim hands, or goalkeepers who prefer a tighter fitting glove. This negative cut is snug but not overwhelmingly so; there is a tiny bit of wiggle room in the fingers but then again, I have pretty slim fingers. The latex gussets make the cut feel seamless and they increase latex-to-ball contact which is always a good thing. Because of the addition of latex gussets, the cut isn’t all that breathable and your fingers can get pretty hot inside the gloves sometimes.

IMG_5657IMG_5653Backhand: The embossed latex backhand feels comfortable, lightweight, and flexible on hand. The latex over the knuckles feels thick enough to punch the ball away with plenty of power. Because the latex is embossed, there are plenty of natural flex grooves that make the gloves very flexible, although I would have liked to see some exposed neoprene for extra flexibility on this glove. IMG_5649Closure & Fit: The adidas stretch strap allows for a secure, custom fit when wrapped around your wrist. However, there is a minor flaw with it. I wish adidas would’ve included a rubber tab at the end of the stretch strap to prevent the latex fingertips from coming in contact with the velcro on the stretch strap, since the velcro has the ability to rip the delicate latex. The close-fitting neoprene wristband fits very snug on my wrist. In fact, it’s probably the most snug wristband I’ve ever experience on a goalkeeper glove, so if you have larger wrists, you might have trouble getting your hands into these gloves. The pull loop system stitched onto the wristband is helpful in getting the gloves on and adjusting the fit. The Classic Pro is an all-around snug fitting glove so if you have larger hands, I recommend staying away from these gloves. IMG_5645IMG_5648For around eighty US dollars, there are better glove options from smaller brands with more features; however, these aren’t terrible when it comes to its value. They fit comfortably, they have a good grip, they can serve well as either game gloves or elite practice gloves, but they lack breathability and they’re priced on the higher end for what they offer compared to other gloves we’ve reviewed. You can pick up a pair for yourself on Amazon.IMG_5661

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

Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_6419The Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik is a relaxed fitting, flat cut goalkeeper glove with a good grip in dry weather. It comes equipped with a latex punching zone, high quality finger protection, a breathable textile body, and SUPERSOFTPLUS latex foam. They’re available to purchase on Amazon.

IMG_6424Tech Specs

Palm: SUPERSOFTPLUS latex foam.

Cut: Ergonomically pre-curved flat cut with breathable textile gussets.

Backhand: Embossed soft latex with SCHOCKZONE latex area for punching. Breathable textile body.

Closure: 5.5 cm wide latex wrist strap set on a 7 cm wide elastic wristband.

Finger Protection: Newly developed & patented BIONIKFRAME technology for advanced stabilization of the fingers and lightweight protection. Designed to mimic the natural arrangement and operation of the musculature of the human hand.

The Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik Goalkeeper Gloves are available in sizes 7-11 for around seventy US dollars on Amazon.

IMG_6429My Thoughts

Palm: When kept damp (as suggested), the SUPERSOFTPLUS latex palm gets a very good grip on the ball and holds onto shots with ease. I did not experience any problems with grip in dry weather. Usually when a glove has a great grip it sacrifices on durability, but that’s not the case with the Eliminator Supersoft Bionik. The durability is pretty good; the latex palms can withstand moderate to intense use without getting any major rips or tears which is impressive. However, this may differ with different players’ diving techniques and the type of grass they’re used on (firm, natural grass is advised; artificial grass, like turf, is more likely to eat up the latex).

IMG_6449Cut: The cut is where I loose my liking for this glove. Personally, I’m not a fan of flat cuts because of the lack of latex compared to other cuts (roll finger, negative, etc.) and also because of the loose fit. I prefer snug fitting gloves in general because of my slim, skinny fingers. If you have wider fingers or have had a good experience with flat cuts in the past, then this glove is a viable option for you. There is a noticeable amount of wiggle room in the fingers making this not the best choice for goalkeepers with slim fingers like me. However, it’s a great option for keepers with larger, wider fingers. The textile gussets add to the breathability and comfort of the gloves.

IMG_6451IMG_6450Backhand: The embossed soft latex on the backhand adds to the flexibility and comfort of the Eliminator Supersoft Bionik, making it more suitable as a game glove than a training glove. The SCHOCKZONE latex area on top of the knuckles is great for punching the ball away with power. The breathable textile body is very flexible and comfy on hand, and it adds to the breathability of the gloves because it’s exposed above the wrist, on the thumb, and in between the fingers ensuring proper ventilation for those hot summer days.

IMG_6446IMG_6432IMG_6436Closure: The 5.5 cm wide latex wrist strap combined with the 7 cm wide elastic wristband makes for a very secure and supportive fit once the strap is wrapped around your wrist. The latex wrist strap connects with velcro at two points so you won’t have to adjust the strap during play; the connection is well secured. I do wish the elastic wristband was wider for an even more comfortable and secure fit, though; it runs a bit too short for my liking.

IMG_6439IMG_6444Fit: The Uhlsport Eliminator Supersoft Bionik is definitely a relaxed fitting glove. If you have skinny or slim hands, I recommend staying away from these gloves and looking at what else Uhlsport has to offer unless you do want a loose fit. The BIONIKFRAME finger protection is flexible and not overly restrictive; you hardly even notice that it’s there, When a hard, fast shot is flying your way and your fingers need that backup protection, it gets the job done very well. It’s by far the most technologically advanced, comfortable, lightweight, and protective finger protection system I’ve seen equipped on a goalkeeper glove.

IMG_6411Overall, the Eliminator Supersoft Bionik is an impressive game glove for middle or high school goalkeepers. It’s an okay option for collegiate goalkeepers and above, but at that level, I’d recommend some of Uhlsport’s gripper game gloves. It has a good grip in dry weather, a comfortable, relaxed, breathable fit, and an incredible finger protection system. Due to its loose, relaxed fit, it is best suited for goalkeepers with larger, wider hands. You can pick up a pair for yourself on Amazon.IMG_6401

Mauer Obenkrieger Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_2876The uniquely named Obenkrieger from Mauer Athletics is not only an affordable goalkeeper glove, but it’s a durable and comfortable, too. Designed by a goalkeeper tired of spending hundreds of dollars on goalkeeper gloves a month, the Obenkrieger delivers on everything one could wish for in a pair of gloves. These $55 goalkeeper gloves, suitable for games or high level practices, feature a Quartz latex palm with an abrasion zone, a negative cut, a latex backhand, and an elastic wrist strap for an all-around snug and ergonomic fit. They’re available on mauerathletics.com.

IMG_2878Tech Specs

Palm: 4mm of Quartz latex. Abrasion zone strategically placed on the lower palm to protect against wear and tear where the latex typically rips the fastest.

Cut: Negative cut. Perforated latex gussets.

Backhand: Embossed Super Soft latex. Air mesh body.

Closure: Elastic wrist strap on a 7 cm wide elastic wristband. Pull tab stitched onto the elastic wristband.

Finger Protection: 4 non-removable fingersaves are optional.

The Mauer Obenkrieger Goalkeeper Gloves are available in sizes 7-10 for $55 USD on mauerathletics.com.

IMG_2877The Rundown

Palm: After several months of testing, the 4mm of Quartz latex has proven to be very durable and has held onto its good grip in both dry and wet weather. Despite working well in both types of weather conditions, the grip performs better in dry weather than in wet weather. The 4mm of latex never felt too thin nor too padded when catching the ball. The strategically placed abrasion zone on the lower palm serves its purpose well; it effectively protects the underlying Quartz latex from frequent wear and tear. When diving to make a save, especially on turf, the lower palm is the area most prone to serious latex deterioration and damage since latex material is generally very delicate. The abrasion zone, which is composed of a much tougher latex, counteracts this easy wear and tear by covering that most delicate area.

IMG_2886IMG_2895IMG_2896Cut: This negative cut fits just like any other negative cut; snug and with minimal wiggle room. If you have slim, narrow fingers like me then this isn’t a problem for you, but if you have fingers on the thicker side, I would recommend staying away from this cut unless you’ve had a positive experience with it in the past. In terms of durability, there are several miniature tears in the latex at the tips of the fingers after several months of use, which is very common with negative cuts. The more you play in the gloves, the worse it gets, but I haven’t had any significantly sized chunks of latex come out yet. The perforated latex gussets increase latex-to-ball contact providing a more seamless feel when catching the ball, and the mini holes on both sides of each finger increase air flow and breathability so your fingers don’t get too hot and sweaty inside the snug negative cut.

IMG_2892IMG_2894Backhand: The embossed Super Soft latex backhand adds to the flexible fit and comfortable feel of the Obenkrieger. Not once did I feel like I didn’t have free motion or flexibility while testing these gloves. The exposed air mesh body on crucial parts of the backhand allows my hands to breathe and prevents them from getting too hot at any given point, however, I would have liked to see a bit less latex and a bit more exposed mesh on the backhand. The embossed latex flex grooves over the fingers increase the flexibility of the fingers and make them easier to bend.

IMG_2885IMG_2903Closure: The elastic wrist strap is a nice feature since it allows you to adjust your own personal fit. It’s guaranteed to fit just about everyone since you can stretch it and wrap it however many times you like. I would have like to see Mauer Athletics add a rubberized tab to the end of the wrist strap to grab onto when wrapping the strap around your wrist, however, it’s not a dealbreaker. The 7 cm wide elastic wristband is comfortable, stretchy, and fits nice and snug on my wrists. The pull tab stitched onto the elastic wristband makes getting on the gloves much quicker and easier, but I can’t help but wonder when it’s going to snap off. In the few months I’ve been testing the gloves it hasn’t ripped off, but it’s a thought that occurs in my mind every time I put the gloves on. The nylon tab feels thin and cheap, which is understandable since the gloves don’t cost $100+ USD, but I would prefer a more secure, durable pull tab.

IMG_2879IMG_2884Fit: Primarily due to the negative cut, the Obenkrieger is an overall snug-fitting goalkeeper glove. There’s not much excess space inside the glove so if you like a snug, hand-hugging fit, this is the glove for you. From the closure to the fingers, the Obenkrieger is designed to hug your hand and offer you the most snug, comfortable fit possible.

IMG_2898Final Thoughts

The durability, comfort, and great fit is what you’re paying for with the Mauer Obenkrieger. The Quartz latex holds up very well and offers a good grip in all weather conditions while the negative cut and latex backhand aids in the comfort of the gloves. Additional features such as an abrasion zone, a pull tab, exposed mesh for breathability, and flex grooves for flexibility make this glove even better, and at a price of $55 USD, the Obenkrieger is an all-around great bargain that is worth looking into if you’re in the market for a new pair of affordable game or top training gloves. For more information or if you’re interested in purchasing, visit mauerathletics.com and check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.IMG_2874IMG_2904

HPG Jon Busch Goalkeeper Glove Review

IMG_3126Designed and endorsed by MLS veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch, these goalkeeper gloves from High Performance Goalkeeping aren’t just for the pros. Featuring a grippy Contact latex palm, a negative cut, a lightweight latex backhand, and an extended latex palm, these gloves are well-qualified for match play. They are available for $84.95 USD on hpgoalkeeping.com.

IMG_3133Tech Specs

Palm: Green professional Contact latex.

Cut: Negative cut with latex gussets, a latex wrapped thumb, and an extended latex palm.

Backhand: Black soft german latex on an air mesh body.

Closure: 4.5 cm wide soft latex wrist strap on a 7.5 cm wide elastic wristband.

Finger Protection: None.

The HPG Jon Busch Goalkeeper Gloves are available in sizes 7-11 for $84.95 USD on hpgoalkeeping.com.

IMG_3149IMG_3150The Rundown

Palm: Although High Performance Goalkeeping has not specified how thick the palm latex is, I would estimate it to be about 4mm thick, the thickness of most glove palms. The palm doesn’t feel too thin nor too thick when catching the ball; it feels just the right amount of thickness to feel confident when making a save. Contact latex is one of the best and highest quality latexes you can buy, so I wasn’t surprised to see it on these $84.95 match gloves. In addition to providing a great grip in all weather conditions, the Contact latex holds up very well, too. After several months of testing, there are very few signs of latex deterioration; only minor tears on the lower palm and at the top of the negative cut fingers which is very common.

IMG_3153IMG_3155IMG_3151Cut: This negative cut fits perfectly on my slim fingers. There is very little wiggle room in the fingers which is great if you like a finger-hugging, snug fit. If you have thicker fingers, I recommend staying away from negative cuts unless you’ve had a positive experience with them in the past, but just note that this one is pretty snug. Having latex gussets instead of mesh gussets make catching the ball a much more seamless and confident catch knowing that you’ve got 100% latex coverage. However, because the gussets are latex and not mesh, you compromise on breathability. HPG makes up for this on the backhand, though. Lastly, the latex wrapped thumb and extended latex palm increase latex-to-ball contact, therefore increasing confidence when making saves. Getting as much latex on the ball as possible is crucial to making a save, so it’s great to see HPG keep that in mind while designing these gloves. Also, since the gloves cost $84.95, I expected to see features like those on these gloves.

IMG_3156IMG_3147Backhand: The soft german latex backhand is noticeably high quality and adds to the comfiness of the gloves. For gloves costing $84.95, I wouldn’t expect to see anything other than a high quality latex backhand. The multiple flex grooves across the backhand (over the main four fingers, near the wrist, on the thumb, and at the base of the knuckles) not only make for a very flexible fit, but they eliminate excess, baggy backhand space inside the gloves as well. The air mesh body is exposed a decent amount just above the wrist, allowing for not just air flow and ventilation of the gloves, but also flexibility. However, I would have liked to see more exposed mesh across the backhand as my hands sometimes got pretty hot inside the gloves.

IMG_3140IMG_3148Closure: While the 4.5 cm wide soft latex wrist strap does a decent job of providing a secure fit, it takes several times of re-wrapping it to get the level of tightness that I want. This could be in part due to the 7.5 cm wide elastic wristband not fitting completely snug on my wrists: there is a small gap of room between my skinny wrists and the wristband. The pull tab at the end of the wrist strap is a great feature as it allows me to quickly and easily wrap the strap around my wrist without having to come in contact with the velcro on the strap itself. Again, I expected to see this feature on these gloves considering the $84.95 price tag.

IMG_3135IMG_3158Fit: Overall, these gloves fit snug and very comfortable. There is minimal excess space or bagginess throughout the gloves, especially in the negatively cut fingers and the flexible backhand. They are far from feeling heavy or bulky on hand; they feel very flexible and lightweight yet still protective.

IMG_3146Final Thoughts

Committing to spending $84.95 USD on your next pair of match gloves is not such a bad thing with these HPG Jon Busch goalkeeper gloves. With an abundance of useful features, a grippy Contact latex palm, and a very lightweight, comfy fit, the price is well-justified. I highly recommend picking up a pair of these grippy, durable, and snug match gloves; they have served me well game after game, and I’m sure they will do the same to you, too. For more information or if you’re interested in purchasing, visit hpgoalkeeping.com and check out High Performance Goalkeeping on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterIMG_3125