Best Goalkeeper Gloves 2019 (GK Glove Buying Guide)

Looking for a new pair of goalkeeper gloves? Unsure what to buy, or how much to spend? You’ve come to the right place.

In this goalkeeper glove guide I explain what features you should look out for when shopping for gloves, and list my current top ten pairs for 2019.

 

What to Look for in Goalkeeper Gloves

One general rule of thumb to remember is that the the big players — Nike, Adidas, Puma, Under Armour, Umbro — don’t dominate goalkeeping like they do in the rest of football.

The goalkeeper gloves produced by many smaller, specialist brands offer equal (and often better) specifications — without the premium price tag.

Whatever brand of GK gloves you decide to buy, look for the following attributes.


Performance

The performance of your goalkeeper gloves is determined by the materials used to manufacture them, and how they’re put together. I’ve written two posts to help you:

  • Goalkeeper Glove Latex Types. It’s the single most important feature of your gloves. The quality of the latex palms influences how much grip and control you have of the ball.
  • Goalkeeper Glove Cuts. This describes the way the materials — the latex palms and backhand — have been stitched together. Your glove cut can impact your level of comfort, flexibility and “feeling” of the ball. But it’s mainly a matter of preference.

Comfort & Fit

Comfort is subjective. Goalkeepers tend to prefer a cut type offered by a specific brand, in a particular size (which isn’t necessarily the one recommended by the size guidelines).

Generally, premium priced goalkeeper gloves feel softer, more padded, with noticeably higher quality inner materials. However, some glove lines won’t ever fit your hand shape correctly, no matter what size you try. So the perfect ‘feel’ is not always linked to price.

Finding the perfect glove is really a matter of trial and error. Check product comments, try out your friends’ gloves, and watch YouTube review videos to get an idea of the gloves you’re about to buy. Of course read my articles here on Top Goalkeeping — they’ll save you some time!


Value for Money

Value is determined by the performance of your gloves in relation to their durability. Striking this balance is the key to getting a good deal.

The general advice I give is to shop within the £25-40 price bracket. This way you’ll be able to dodge:

  • Low quality ‘flat cuts’. These are the entry-level gloves (such as the Nike FA16’s) typically sold in sports shops. They’re made from cheap materials, offering weak grip and minimal hand protection. They’re also prone to ripping and wearing out pretty fast.
  • Over-priced specs with little payoff. Expensive gloves provide an upgrade in performance that’s somewhat negligible unless you play at a very high level, under consistent conditions. Furthermore, that hefty price tag doesn’t guarantee the gloves will last any longer than slightly cheaper models.
  • Hyped up new lines. Every year glove brands release new designs to help capture their share of the market. But the fact is, there’s often next-to-no difference between many new models and their predecessors. You’re often better off buying last years line (and the same goes for football boots).

There’s certainly some expensive goalkeeper gloves that do perform outstanding well — such as the Reusch Prisma G3’s. But be cautious, as some high-end innovations — like the Nike Mercurial Touch Elite’s — have started to gain a reputation for poor durability. Price and brand doesn’t guarantee quality.

So here’s the top 10 goalkeeper gloves I can recommend based on this criteria. The following list is by no means extensive — but it’s sure to give every goalkeeper an option within their price range.

 

1. Rectrix 1.0 Premium — £29.97

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Pros

  • High quality Contact latex offering pro-level grip
  • Maximum comfort from the premium Negative cut
  • High durability (fully tested over 20+ games on artificial and grass surfaces)
  • Designed to provide unrivalled value for money. Performs like £40+ gloves
  • Suitable for all ages. Comes in sizes 4-11.
  • Classic, traditional look
  • Glove bag included
  • Free delivery.

Cons

  • Only one colour option (black, silver & white)
  • Simplistic look compared to other more “daring” backhand designs.

 

2. Renegade Vortex — £29.99 – £40.99

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Pros

  • Decent quality latex
  • Various hybrid cut variations to choose from
  • Many positive accounts of an excellent fit (particularly from the USA)
  • Funky, eye-catching designs
  • Free delivery.

Cons

  • Not as durable as some other gloves
  • All gloves are ‘loud’ looking, which isn’t for everyone.

 

3. GK Saver Passion Black — £26.99 – £30.99

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Pros

  • High quality thick Giga latex offering near pro-level grip
  • Offers fingersave finger protection as an option
  • Blackout design means dirt does not show
  • Excellent comfort from the premium Negative roll hybrid cut
  • Decent durability
  • Free delivery.

Cons

  • Blackout designs aren’t everyone’s preferred look
  • Only comes in black/yellow

 

4. Precision Heatwave II — £9.55 – £14.47

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Pros

  • Excellent budget option for casual or junior goalkeepers
  • Decent grip for the price
  • Superior value to comparable entry-level gloves
  • Full range of sizes to choose from
  • Includes a roll thumb, unlike the majority of other Flat cut gloves.

Cons

  • Looser fitting and less comfortable than more expensive gloves
  • Not ideal for use in competitive adult games.

 

5. Sells Silhouette Aqua Campione — £55.00

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Pros

  • High quality thick Supreme latex offering pro-level grip in the most adverse conditions
  • One of the very best all-weather gloves available
  • Maximum comfort from the premium Negative cut
  • Simple, classic design
  • Free delivery.

Cons

  • The flat-looking, bobbly backhand isn’t for everyone
  • High price tag.

 

6. Precision Elite Quartz / Elite Giga — £35.41 – £39.33

Limited sizes available in European countries.
See the ‘Giga’ alternative below.

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Pros

  • High quality thick Quartz and Giga latex offering near pro-level grip.
  • Maximum comfort from the premium Negative cut — without gussets on the outside fingers.
  • Silicon injection moulded punch zone built into the back hand
  • Lightweight, breathable micro-mesh backhand
  • Provides soft cushioning of shots
  • Decent durability
  • Free delivery.

Cons

  • Offers little more than similar, cheaper alternatives
  • Thumb is particularly tight fitting, which might be uncomfortable to some

 

7. Reusch Pure Contact II G3 — £68.18 – £88.85

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Pros

  • Unique hybrid latex balances grip and durability (black dots = durability, blue dots = grip)
  • Utilises Reusch’s “Evolution” Negative cut — a variation on a Negative Roll hybrid — which provides excellent control
  • Extremely sticky palms! The strongest grip in the Reusch range, which extends from the palms down over the wrist
  • All-weather performance
  • Better durability than other soft latex gloves
  • One-piece backhand design goes underneath the strap. This provides exceptional comfort
  • Perforations to increase airflow
  • Free delivery

Cons

  • Very expensive. It’s only economical for advanced goalkeepers
  • Many cheaper gloves are equally as durable
  • Daring yellow spider-man-like design isn’t everyone’s style. There’s no other colour variations.

 

8. Uhlsport Next Level Super Grip — £65.62 – £106.66

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Pros

  • Patented Super Grip latex offers excellent balance of grip and abrasion resistance (durability)
  • Maximum comfort from the unique Uhlsport Negative Roll hybrid cut
  • Features a wrap-around index finger for maximum latex grip
  • Breathable lightweight backhand
  • Well-designed 3D embossed area for punching the ball
  • Excellent fitting gloves that stretch to your hand shape
  • All-weather performance
  • Free delivery

Cons

  • Very expensive. It’s only economical for advanced goalkeepers
  • Red/black scaley design isn’t to everyone’s taste. There’s no other colour variations.

 

9. Adidas Predator Pro — £50.87 – £115.55

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Pros

  • Adidas’ highly sticky, pro-level “EVO zone” latex offers two types of (separated) latex on the palms — providing excellent grip for all conditions and thick cushioning of shots.
  • Innovative durable, seamless backhand, designed to provide maximum flexibility as well as power in punching the ball
  • Maximum comfort from the premium Negative cut
  • Excellent fitting gloves. It hugs the hand, and feels both light and natural
  • All-weather performance
  • Comes in various designs — both simplistic as well as bright & loud.
  • Free delivery

Cons

  • Very expensive. It’s only economical for advanced goalkeepers
  • Many cheaper gloves are equally as durable
  • Latex loses stickiness fairly quickly (like most other Adidas gloves).

 

10. Reusch Prisma Supreme G3 — £73.86 – £119.00

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Pros

  • Unique hybrid latex balances grip and durability (black dots = durability, blue dots = grip)
  • Maximum ball-to-hand contact provided from the unique Reusch “dual rolled expanse” cut
  • Includes an effective abrasion resistant zone called the “Duraloop” which protects the bottom of the palm and wrist strap
  • Well-designed backhand area for punching the ball
  • Wide fingers help to wrap around the ball
  • Very easy to slip on and off
  • All-weather performance
  • Free delivery

Cons

  • Very expensive. It’s only economical for advanced goalkeepers
  • A looser and less comfortable fit than other gloves within this price range
  • Less sticky latex than other comparable high-end gloves.

There’s literally hundreds of comparable goalkeeper gloves that could have made this top ten list. I selected current, varied, well-received gloves to offer you some potential options. If you can recommend a particular pair of gloves, please suggest it in the comments section.