GOALKEEPER - ADVICE
There are three different cuts for goalkeeper gloves. The outer seam cut, the inner seam cut and the roll finger cut. We'll introduce you to them below.
Outseam cut: The outseam cut is the conventional variant. Here another layer is inserted between the upper material and the adhesive foam and this is sewn with extra grip and upper material. A kind of mesh is often used as drawing material, so that good ventilation is provided and the glove is breathable. With this material, the finger is left a lot of space in the goalkeeper glove and a relatively large catching surface is created. The mobility is very high here and is well suited for goalkeepers who still wear something under the glove or who want to tap their fingers. One of the disadvantages is that the feel of the ball suffers from the wide cut and there is a seam directly on the grip of the goalkeeper glove, which is sometimes noticeable when catching the ball.
Inner seam cut: In the case of the inner seam cut, an extra layer is incorporated between the upper material and the grip, similar to the outer seam cut, which also offers excellent air circulation in this cut. Unlike the outer seam, the intermediate part is sewn inside with the adhesive foam, which means that the seam is on the inside. This no longer interferes with catching the ball. Furthermore, the goalkeeper glove is closer to the fingers, which offers more feel for the ball and a better fit. However, the catch area of the glove is reduced with this cut.
Roll finger cut: This goalkeeper glove cut is probably the most modern. He does without the drawing material and the adhesive foam is rolled around the finger and sewn directly to the upper material. With this cut, too, the glove is very tight on the fingers and the encapsulation of the adhesive foam provides a consistently good grip and cushioning on the fingers. Due to the lack of the intermediate layer, ventilation cannot be given to the same extent as with the other cuts. A greater amount of maintenance can be considered here if you want to protect your goalkeeper gloves from bad smells.
Advantages and disadvantages:
Which cut you choose is a matter of taste. However, it is good to think about it in order to find the perfect cut for your preferences and your game. Mixed forms of cuts have also recently been created. Therefore, check the product descriptions of the goalkeeper gloves carefully and pay attention to the exact names of the manufacturers.
Our recommendation: We recommend a goalkeeper glove with an inner seam cut. On the one hand, this offers a balanced mixture of all advantages and disadvantages and, on the other hand, it convinces with an increased feel for the ball, which is particularly important when catching.
Proper care of goalkeeper gloves is an immensely important area that a good goalkeeper should be trained in. With the right care, you can not only increase the lifespan of the goalkeeper gloves, but also guarantee a constant optimum grip. So if you want to get a few percentage points out of your goalkeeping game, there is no getting around this lesson. It also has a very positive side effect: it prevents an extremely unpleasant odor development, which once it is there can hardly be remedied.
It is important for proper care that it is carried out continuously. Because the right care of the goalkeeper gloves not only helps your goalkeeping game, but also distinguishes it on a level next to the pitch. In the following, we have listed the most important, everyday steps of good care, so that you are not only one step ahead of your competition on the pitch.
Washing the goalkeeper gloves
The correct washing of goalkeeper gloves is not that easy. Not least because there are a few different opinions. If your goalkeeper gloves are really badly soiled and you cannot clean them completely with normal means after a game on the natural grass or ash field, for example, then it is time to give your goalkeeper gloves a thorough cleaning. In any case, it is advisable to use this type of cleaning every two to three weeks, depending on use. Do not use conventional chemicals for this, just use a specially made cleaning agent. With the help of this, the grip of the goalkeeper glove is also restored.
Drying the goalkeeper's gloves
Drying goalkeeper gloves is not a great art, but it is crucial for good care. There are some NoGo's that should be considered. Never put your goalkeeper gloves on the heater, dryer or blow dryer. This will inevitably dry out the grip, make it porous and brittle. And then the great joy is over. Instead, keep them out of the sun and hang them up somewhere like normal laundry or lay them out well. Drying the goalkeeper's gloves is a process that cannot or should not really be sped up. The only thing you can do is hang it up with your fingers up to prevent water retention.
Storing the goalkeeper's gloves
You should store your goalkeeper gloves away from the sun and in a dry place. Ideally, it should be room temperature, as temperature fluctuations can damage your grip. It is important that you never store your goalkeeper gloves on top of each other, because the grip of both goalkeeper gloves will stick together and it will be completely destroyed when you loosen it.