Choosing your goalkeeper gloves is somewhat similar to choosing your partner. You should not base your decision on the visual appearance only. Unlike women, however, your gloves will not mind if you have two pairs of them. One pair for training and the other one for matches. Or you can use the older model for training and the newer one for matches.
But how to find the right one? And the left one?
When choosing your goalkeeper gloves, you should pay attention to three things:
- Foam type
Choosing the right size of your gloves is extremely important. Measure the width of your palm and find the corresponding size in the table below. Having too loose or too tight gloves is one of the worst things you can experience when catching.
You can see the approximate dimensions for each size in the table below. Please consider these numbers just indicative as everybody´s hands are unique. If you cannot decide what size is the best for you, feel free to ask us for help. If you happen to make a bad choice though, we will be glad to offer you a free change.
|Palm width||6 – 7 cm||7 – 8 cm||8 – 9 cm||9 – 9,5 cm||9,5 – 10 cm||10 – 11 cm||11 – 12 cm|
Roll Finger (RF)
Goalkeeper gloves come in different cuts, the most popular of which is the Roll Finger. Characterized by seamless attachment of the palm directly to the back side of the glove, this cut is a good option for keepers with larger palms. The Roll Finger is the favorite cut of SK Slavia Prague goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka who says: “The balls are now flying much faster than before and I like massive gloves so I chose the Roll Finger type and I am 100% satisfied with it.” SFC Opava goalkeeper Vojtech Srom also uses this type of gloves.
Negative Cut (NC)
The Negative Cut is usually recommended to younger goalkeepers with narrower palms. The seams are hidden inside and the gloves are tight. Filip Nguyen says: “I prefer the Negative Cut because I feel the maximum certainty in my hands when catching with this type of gloves.” FK Jablonec keeper Roman Vales says: “I like it when the gloves fit closely to the fingers. It allows me to have a better contact with the ball.”
The Hybrid NC is another cut that our BU1 gloves offer. This cut combines the advantages of the Negative Cut with regular gloves. If you don’t know what cut you should choose, the Hybrid NC might be the best option for you. Radek Snozik summed it up when he said: “I didn’t even know there are these cuts. I always base my decision on just how the gloves fit me.”
The foam thickness (stated in millimeters) is important as it, apart from absorbing that powerful shot from behind the box, will also protect your thumbs from dislocating. All of our BU1 gloves contain 4mm professional foam so your hands will be safe and comfortable. Adult-size gloves are available in two types of professional foam, junior gloves are made from the SuperSoft foam.
Highly professional foam with excellent performance in wet conditions and extreme resistance. Although professional foams are not designed to be used on artificial turf, many goalkeepers use this type of foam there. Filip Rada (FK Dukla Prague) and Milos Buchta (SK Sigma Olomouc) are among the goalies who like the Contact Grip foam.
This foam type will give you a nice cushion-like feel. The foam is very soft but at the same time, it offers incredible adhesion. Jan Lastuvka (SK Slavia Prague), Vojtech Srom (SFC Opava) and many other keepers are fans of this foam type.
This professional foam is used in our junior gloves. It has similar properties as Giga Grip but it is cheaper.
You always need to take good care of your gloves. Not only to make them look good but also to make sure that the foam will preserve its properties. If you care for your gloves, they will stick to your hands and you will not drop the ball.