If you are I would like to show you my top picks; before you’ll see what to consider before making your purchase.
How To Pick The Perfect Gloves
There’s a few points to keep in mind before making your selection and they are:
- Get the proper fit and size
- Know the differences in grips and padding
- Your own skill level
The most important thing to get right is the size. Take a tape measure and measure around your palm, just under your knuckles – add an inch to whatever you get and you have your size. You want your glove to be a little big (around 1/2 inch past your finger tips), this way they last a little longer.
Next, you should consider the grip of the product. Tackier and stickier gloves are more expensive and better quality; your odds of making a save increases too. Also, soft palms give you a better feel and improve your odds of stopping a shot. They tend to wear out a little faster, though, because of the thin padding.
Lastly, you need to consider your own skill level and the skill level of your competition. If you are an elite level high school or college player, you need to spend a little extra to get a high performing glove. If you play in an intramural league or as a hobby you won’t need to spend as much.
So now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at my top picks.
Reusch Reload Supreme G2
You are going to see a lot of Reusch products on this list. They are well known and make some of the best soccer equipment on earth – their Reload Supreme G2’s are premiere goalie gloves. They’re not cheap, however, and will cost around $149. That may seem high but not when you consider all the top features, like:
- G2 Ultra Soft Foam that maximizes grip in all weather conditions
- Air Vent System that leaves your hands dry and comfortable for the entire match
- Shock Shield Advanced that protects you when punching the ball
- Maintains mobility so you can make unbelievable saves
This is a very comfortable and high performing glove. If you are an elite level talent you must think about purchasing this item.
Umbro Rift Star Fade
You just saw one of the most expensive gloves on the list and the Umbro Rift Star Fades’ are one the cheapest (will cost around $29) Do I think these are on the same level as the Reusch G2’s? No, I don’t. But that doesn’t mean they are low quality, they’re just lesser quality. You’ll still enjoy:
- The adjustable latex strap that gives a nice, snug fit
- Eva backhand that minimizes the impact of a hard shot ball
- Flat palm that maximizes surface area of the glove, leading to more deflections
This may not be your first choice if you are a top performer; everyone else will get good use out of these.
Reusch Soccer Pulse Prime S1
Here we have another Reusch product and this one, the Pulse Prime S1, is more affordable than the first one you saw; it will cost between $79 to $85. Not bad when you consider it’s top features, like:
- S1 Super Soft Grip that performs really well on grass fields
- Mesh side vents to reduce sweating and dampness
- Designed to keep fingers in the best position to make saves
The Pulse Prime S1 is a glove every goalie can wear from beginners to more advanced. It takes care of all skill levels.
Select America 99
Select is another company that excels at making goalie gloves – there’s a ton of them on this list. Their America 99’s are one of their best and I know you’ll love:
- The insert-able and removable inserts that allow you to customize your fit and feel
- Flat cut palm for added flexibility and mobility
- Ultra comfortable and durable
Its cost is what you’d expect for such a quality and well made product (around $89). It will aid you in stopping shots, though, and is worth every penny.
Adidas Ace Trans Pro
You’ll find Adidas gear all over the pitch and their Ace Trans Pro’s are perfect between the posts. Certainly not cheap and will cost over $100, this is a superior product. Some top features include:
- Stretch Strap that gives you an awesome fit
- Improves mobility of your hands
- Has a natural feel to it
These strike a balance between protection and performance; there’s just enough foam to do both. If you decide on the Ace trans Pro, you’ll be happy you did.
Reusch Pulse SG
The Reusch Pulse SG is very affordable and will only cost around $39 – not bad for Reusch quality. These may not be the first choice of high performers but they still have a lot going for them, including:
- Very breathable design which keeps hands dry and minimizes bad smells
- Full strap wrist band to keep gloves securely on your hands
- Soft Grip Foam that keeps you from injuring your fingers
If you are on a budget, this will be a good product for you.
Puma EvoPower Super 3
Puma is a great company and I own a ton of their gear – they’re always very comfortable and durable. This applies to the EvoPower Super 3’s too. What I like best about these are:
- Their ability to remain tacky, even in the rain
- Added protection against hard shit balls
- Latex strap for a secure fit
There are a lot of good gloves on this list and the EvoPower’s are one of them. Definitely worth considering.
Reusch Receptor Ortho Sleek Pro X1
The Receptor Ortho Sleek Pro X1’s are one of Reusch’s premiere products. This makes them must haves for any high level and serious goalkeepers. These are one of the more pricier gloves, at around $150, but worth it if you can afford the cost. Some features you’ll love are:
- The grip is the same in the rain as it is on a sunny day
- Can customize the fit and remove inserts to get the perfect feel
- Advanced air vent system to control odors and remove all moisture
- Made to last and endure the whole season
These are made for players with more narrow hands. If this sounds like you I would definitely consider the Pro X1’s – definitely a top 3 choice for the year.
Select 88 Brilliant
Add the Select 88 Brilliant’s to the must have list for top goalkeepers. This product is made to perform and is very enjoyable to wear. You’ll like that they come with:
- German Nova latex palm that gives you elite level grip
- Lightweight and won’t slow your hands down
- Latest technology that improves your ability to catch and throw
This is the type of glove professionals wear. It will take care of every single need you will have and put you in the best position to make some awesome saves.
Puma Fluo Protect
The Puma Fluo Protect’s should only be used by people who play for fun or maybe in men’s/intramural leagues. Anyone that’s serious or plays at a high level won’t get the protection or play making ability they need. Some nice features include:
- Velcor strap to keep these locked in place
- Pretty comfortable and durable
- Helps air flow through to keep hands dry
Again, goalkeepers looking to be their absolute best should look elsewhere; everyone else will have fun with the Fluo’s.
Select America 66
The America 66’s are one of the cheaper gloves offered by Select. These certainly aren’t a top 3 pick but they’re not bad either – in fact the 66’s are pretty well made and durable. Some top features include:
- Removable finger inserts to customize fit
- Soft padding on the palm so you can catch the ball better
- Straps so you get a snug fit
If you are looking to save a few bucks on a pair of gloves, these can work for you. Just don’t expect the performance of some of the better products listed here.
Storelli Exoshield Gladiator Elite
Storelli isn’t as well known as some of the other companies on this list; they make pretty decent gloves though. Their Exoshield Gladiator Elite’s are worn by many goalies – most of which enjoy:
- The breathable mesh that reduces sweat build up
- Added protection against finger jamming
- The durable materials used
This product is on the brink of high performing; not quite what professionals wear but you’ll still see them on good players.
The last product on the list, the Umbro Arturo, is an affordable option for anyone on a budget. This glove will cost under $29, so it’s important to manage expectations with them; they won’t blow you away. They do a decent job in a lot of areas and some features include:
- Adjustable wrist strap for a custom fit
- Latex palm
- Pretty nice grip
The Arturo’s are best used on the practice field. If you wear these in game you can run into a few problems.
Don’t Play With Low Quality Gloves
The difference between a save and a good effort is minimal – it can come down to what’s on your hand. The last thing you want is to let your team down because you cheaped out on gloves. The products on this list, no matter your budget or skill level, will work for you and improve your game.
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Are you ready to make some unbelievable saves this year?