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Best Goalie Gloves

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.

Reusch Magno Deluxe M1 Ortho Tec Goalie Glove

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).

Brine King Premier 6X Goalie Glove

Brine King Premier 6X Goalie Glove

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.

Marc Gottlieb
I'm a rabid sports-aholic who's been to Super Bowl XXI, the Indy 500 and witnessed Doug Flutie's hail mary pass to Gerard Phelan live in Miami. Sundays are sacred in my household and I'm a two-time back to back champion of my fantasy football league. I played a lot of sports in high school; football, soccer, tennis, lacrosse and I was on the school ski team. I even tried my hand at racquetball in college. I've jumped out of two perfectly good airplanes and bungee jumped off a construction crane. Since then I've worked for one of the top product placement companies in Hollywood, coordinating with most of the major sports apparel labels to get their products featured in films and TV. But it's a life-long obsession with music and film that has given me years of experience with the latest technologies and innovations in electronics. If they've built it, I've tried it and likely bought it. Laserdisc, DVD, Bluray players; I own multiple units that cater to all of these formats and more. A misspent youth immersing myself in pop culture meant I craved the hottest devices through which to enjoy it all, and at the highest possible quality. What I learned over time though, is that the most expensive items aren't always the best.
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