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How to choose the right goalie gloves

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The right gloves are vital if you’re going to perform effectively between the sticks. Here we take a look at the main types of goalie gloves so that you can choose the right ones for you.

Types of gloves

Many people will only need one decent pair of goalie gloves but if you train a lot it’s worth getting a practice pair and a match pair. Practice gloves have less grip than match gloves but they’re more durable to cope with the high number of saves they’ll be required to make. Match gloves have maximum grip but take a lot more maintaining. They are also more expensive than practice gloves so you won’t want to wear them out during training.

Additionally, ‘weather gloves’ can be a good idea. Designed to be worn only occasionally, weather gloves are intended to protect the keeper’s hands from extreme wind and rain. Their palms are made from a special latex that can actually get ‘grippier’ in wet conditions, reducing the chance of a wet ball slipping through the hands and into the net.

Pricing

Gloves aren’t provided as standard as part of most team football kits so most goalies have to buy their own which makes pricing even more important. Less expensive gloves tend to afford less protection to the fingers and may also have less grip than more expensive ones. Very expensive gloves are aimed more at professionals and aren’t really needed by most amateur footballers. Mid-range gloves, such as those provided by kitking.co.uk, will provide the best value for money.

Sizing

It’s also vital that your gloves fit well. Loose gloves are likely to slip, which can lead to fumbles, whereas very tight gloves can hurt and be a distraction.

To find a great fitting glove, first of all, measure the circumference of your hand at its widest point without your fingers. Use inches rather than centimetres for this measurement. Round up to the nearest whole number. Then, add one to get your hand size for goalie gloves. For example, if your hand measures 6.5 inches, you need a size 8 glove.

If you need to convert centimetres to inches, you can use this page http://www.metric-conversions.org/length/centimeters-to-inches.htm.

Once you have your goalie gloves be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to care for them so that they last as long as possible.

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