When all else fails, there's the goalie who is the last remaining member of the team who can prevent the opposition from putting the ball in the net. Grace under pressure, the leader of the defense who must also inspire confidence when things look bleak. You have one prime directive: stop the ball.
Luckily, you can use your hands while everyone else on the field cannot so a pair of goalie gloves is probably the most important piece of gear the position requires. That means you want them to fit right, function well, and protect your hands at all costs.
The leading soccer gear manufacturers have built their gloves with these necessities in mind and with so many brands out there, one of them is bound to be the right pair for you. Keep in mind you will want to try on a number of different pairs before deciding. The gloves should be the right size, first and foremost. Your fingers need to be able to move and spread so that you can catch the ball effectively. Some gloves are cut differently than others, offering a snug or loose fit at the palms and fingers. A poor fitting glove will not perform well during the game and the result could be a check in the loss column for your team. So when you're ready to slip on your goalie gloves, check out these five brands first. You just may find what you're looking for among these picks, each one chosen along specific criteria.
To start with, the gloves must be comfortable and each of these picks provides absolute comfort for the hands in both warm and cool weather with materials that are breathable and allow good air flow to battle wetness from sweat. Ergonomic construction helps the gloves fit better on each hand for a snug fit so that they feel more like a second skin than a bulky glove. The quality and durability of the materials that are used in the construction of the glove, both inside and along the exterior, are crucial for shock absorption from the ball hitting the hand as well as making sure the glove is tear-resistant in the heat of action.
Grip and palm feel are also important and went into the consideration of each pick we selected so goalies are able to feel the ball more accurately which means they can stop it more effectively. Most importantly, these picks provide strong finger and backhand protection to keep fingers from getting hyper-extended and hands properly guarded when punching the ball away from the goal. All of these elements combined make up the ideal pick for a spot on our list. Check out the five gloves we've selected below and see if any of them are right for you.
For the player who's got money to spend, Uhlsport offers a pair of gloves that makes the top of the list for its superior grip in any weather, moisture wicking and heat dissipation, and exceptional finger protection. They've got that ergonomic shape many goalies prefer and a snug fit that doesn't feel constrictive. Comfort is definitely a strong selling point here but be warned, these fall on the higher end of the price spectrum. Read Full Review
They're not cheap, but Uhlsport's Absolutgrip Bionik+ goalie gloves are yet another impressive example of the type of highly advanced gear the company offers the expert player. The ergonomic shape reflects the curve of the ball and has a wider stopping area that utilizes the company's ABSOLUTGRIP plus foam to provide the player with top notch gripping properties in all weather conditions. That's important because the way these gloves perform when damp is simply excellent.
They also employ the "Bionikframe" finger protection system which is meant to prevent hyper-extension by working with the natural movement of the musculature in the human hand. That ABSOLUTGRIP material has also been added to the backhand (particularly around the knuckle area), providing extra shock absorption which will come in handy for saves requiring punching of the ball away from the net. These gloves also breathe well and they're very durable, but that also means they will require a longer break-in period than many other brands on the market today.
Reusch takes the number one spot with their Magnos. Is it possible for a glove to have everything? How about we start with excellent finger protection, total flexibility, wider catching areas, and lasting durability? If there's anything else you need, these gloves probably have you covered. Read Full Review
Goalie gloves need to work with you, not against you, in order to be totally effective. Fortunately the Reusch Magno Deluxe M1 Ortho-Tecs have been built to do just that. The palm of the glove features their M1 Mega-Grip foam; a fully flexible and resilient foam padding that’s ultra soft and keeps a firm grip on the ball in any weather condition. So flexible that it moves with you to stretch your fingers out further and faster to maintain a wider catching area with your hands.
The rolled cut of these gloves and their ergonomic styling allows for full spreading of every finger for maximum width so you can make a play on the ball with confidence. Duraguard foam patches help keep the palms from tearing if (and when) they come in contact with any type of playing surface. Latex wrist bandages wrap around to give the glove tighter fit and more control, so your hand isn't moving around inside of it. But best of all, the Ortho-Tec stays in nestled into every finger, including the thumb, offer complete protection along the knuckles while Reusch's Advanced Shockshield along the backhand keep them safe from when punching the ball (or from trampling, kicking feet).
Gain complete Confidence with these gloves from Nike. Designed for a customized fit along three specific areas, these are not only comfortable they've also been built for full contact around the goal. Their curved ergonomics combine the best of both worlds in a highly-effective pair of goalie gloves. Read Full Review
Nike comes up big yet again with their GK Confidence glove. Fine-tuning is what these gloves are all about. Three vital points on the hand (fingertips, palm, and the wrist) have been outfitted with micro adjustment capabilities so the glove can fit exactly the way you want. The 6mm of foam grip on the palms is fully articulated and absorbs impact, so you can stop and catch any shot safely and securely. The space between the forefinger and thumb is ventilated and flows through to the backhand so you'll stay cool throughout the game. That backhand also comes built with protective plates to make punching and clearing the ball a cinch. You've got two color combos to choose from, white and green or white and pink.
Brine's Premier 6X gloves provide excellent protection along the fingers to prevent from hyperextension while keeping them stiff enough to make those fingertip saves. That's just the beginning of what makes these so terrific and worthy of inclusion on the list. Not only is that finger protection sturdy and reliable, it's also fully customizable. Shock absorption is a big selling point here as well, while still remaining comfortable and effective in all conditions. Read Full Review
The King Premier 6X's marries the best of both worlds when it comes to protection. You want something that's going to keep you from injury but you also need it to be flexible and work with you so your saves are unhindered by gear that's too stiff and restrictive. These gloves provide BACKBONE system finger spines that prevent hyperextension while still remaining entirely flexible on your hands. So while your hands are well taken care of, you also want the glove to protect the goal and with Brine's sticky latex4mm German SUPERSOFT Latex foam palm you get plenty of grip to stop the ball from its trajectory.
They've also added memory foam padding along the backhand too for additional comfort, especially when punching away shots. The 6X's are durable and offer plenty of cushioning including around the thumb area, a region of the hand that sometimes gets overlooked by even the best manufacturers. Here they've made the thumb a priority with the addition of their King Cage protection. Of course, you want your glove to stay comfortable and the company's NASA developed OUTLAST material absorbs, stores, and distributes heat as needed, so even cold days on the field won't affect your game.
Adidas rounds out the list with another in the highly popular Predator line. Their Fingersave gloves have been a best-seller for the company because of the protection that they provide in those critical areas where the hand is most vulnerable. But the fingers aren't the only area where these gloves excel, they provide excellent grip to keep control on the ball and they've been designed to stay comfortable in any type of weather. Read Full Review
Coming in among the most affordable pair of gloves on the list at just around $50 with most major retailers, the Fingersave Repliques are well suited for all players at any skill level. They're equipped with Adidas' FINGERSAVE spines along the back of each finger, designed to stiffen and resist pressure when pushed backward for more effective ball deflection and better protection of the hand. They've also given these the AllAround latex grip for durable padding that offers control while providing total comfort in all weather conditions and with just 3.5mm of padding between you and the ball there won't be any sacrificing feel on the ball. The wrist strap at the back of each glove lets you adjust the tightness and keeps the wrist fully supported throughout the duration of the game.