8 types of goalkeeper gloves
While shopping around for the best pair of goalkeeper gloves there is no doubt you will hear a lot about “glove cuts”. So what are goalkeeper glove cuts? And what types of goalkeeper gloves are best for you?
In lay man terms, goalkeeper glove cuts define the way the materials, that being the latex palms and backhand — have been stitched together. Simple.
Your glove cut will have a direct impact on your level of comfort, flexibility and feel of the ball. However, the cut you choose is largely a matter of preference. The trick is to test until you find the brand/cut combo that feels right for you.
In this feature we explain the various types of goalkeeper gloves, and what they are designed to do.
Various types of goalkeeper gloves
1. Roll finger goalkeeper gloves type
Roll finger goalkeeper gloves are traditional and very popular. The latex is curved around the fingers which offers comfort and a great feeling within the gloves. The backhand is attached to the palm without the no gussets used. That’s where the name ‘roll finger’ was coined from.
A glove that is looser fitting than Negative cut gloves or hybrids with Negative cut features, it is a reputable, well-liked cut that typically commands a price tag of £20+.
Roll Finger goalkeeping gloves have definitely stood the test of time and are still to date worn by many goalies today. Most significantly, they are comfy and guarantee an excellent grip. They are an astute choice for keepers who want or prefer a loose fit.
2. Negative cut goalkeeper gloves type
Negative cut goalkeeper gloves are recent and classily designed. They have become more and more popular in recent years.
Akin to Flat Palm gloves in that they use one piece of latex attached to the back-hand using gussets. Unlike regular flat palm gloves in that the stitching for the gussets is on the inside of the glove and cannot be seen from the exterior.
It provides a tighter and a lot more natural fit compared to other glove makes, ensuring maximum control of the ball.
3. Negative roll goalkeeper gloves type
The Negative Roll cut is another modern Hybrid glove style that combines both Negative cut and Roll Finger characteristics to boost comfort, fit and feel. The narrow design aims to provide better flexibility and feeling.
Fingers are rolled similar to a Roll Finger cut, while the inner of the palm is stitched alike to a negative cut. This means an even tighter fit than regular Negative cut gloves.
In some respect the Negative Roll is in the conversation for most advanced goalkeeping glove cut. It conforms to your hand rather than forming the usual mitt shape associated with all other goalkeeping glove cuts.
Still, for all these benefits, the narrow/tight design with that spacing between fingers means less surface area and subsequently less latex contact on the ball than regular Negative or Roll Finger gloves. Whether it is worth it is for you to decide.
4. Hybrid cut goalkeeper gloves type
A Hybrid cut is simply a blend of various cuts. It does not refer to a specific cut type. Goalkeepers have the option of testing varying Hybrid cuts to decide on one that matches their preferences. Prevalent Hybrid cuts include Roll Finger-Negative or Flat Palm-Roll Finger combos; the idea is to seek a- best of both world- glove.
Hybrid options will come at a higher price since they are a lot more difficult for manufacturers to get right from a design and manufacturing standpoint. But perhaps that added investment is all worth it once you have found ‘the one’.
So keep in mind that while your gloves will help you achieve more grip of the ball, no new cut variation can turn you into a better-rounded goalkeeper
5. Flat palm goalkeeper gloves type
Flat Palm is a classic beginner-level cut that arose when goalkeeping gloves first hit the scene. It consists of a single piece of latex attached to the back of the glove, with stitched gussets in between the fingers and palm.
Gussets located on the outside of the glove give it a loose feel around the hand, unlike Negative Cut gloves that are stitched on the inner.
They normally do not come with a wrap-over thumb. This also happens to be the cheapest glove cut and typically commands a price tag in the £10-20 area.
Flat Palm gloves are a lot easier to manufacture compared to other more modern cuts reviewed in this post. This makes them generally cheaper to purchase. They are best suited to those looking for casual goalkeeping gloves for use in the playground, over the park, for fun or as standbys.
6. Ultra-flat goalkeeper gloves type
The UltraFlat is a distinctive hybrid cut that really brings the traditional flat palm into the modern age. It combines a flat palm that is pre-curved for enhanced ball retention capability, with negative stitching and internal non-slip silicone.
This combo gives you the standard flat latex coverage the palm should have, while also providing a far truer and snug feel on the inside. This leaves the glove feeling like an extension of the arm rather than an addition.
7. Medius Cut goalkeeper gloves type
A Medius Cut is a Hybrid Cut that brings together negative and roll finger to form another one of a kind feel and style. The two middle fingers are negative while the outer fingers are rolled.
This was crafted to bring a cosy and true feel for the middle fingers as they wrap around the ball while the outer roll fingers give that additional latex to ball contact enhancing grip
8. Hyla cut goalkeeper gloves type
Another Hybrid Cut first introduced in 2014 with the release of the Nova Type 1. It combines stitch-less roll fingers and flat palm to form a one of a kind comfortable feel that gives the goalie adequate ball control.
It comes with a pre-curved shape developed to aid ball catching plus control. It is a very cosy fit and is a firm favourite among pro goalkeepers. Those used to a looser or spacious glove are advised to try going one size up. For keepers used to a snug comfortable feel, you will be right at home.
We hope that this guide has given you an insight on the various types of goalkeeper gloves that are available. Choose the type that best suits your fingers and you’ll be good to goal, or rather, good to go.