Introduction

Soccer gloves are goalkeepers's work tools, and currently the market has a huge variety of brands with different models, multiple colors, different types of cuts and specific palms for each playing field so we can choose a pair of gloves that fits our profile; and every year there are new products that hit the market and constantly change our preferences.

Given all this, this guide will provide you all the information you need to know what kind of glove to buy, and find a product that fits all goalkeeper's needs. So at the time of choosing your pair of gloves, you should review this three cuestions:

Playing field

The playing field is one of the key points on the durability of a glove. For natural grass, a glove with high-quality latex will suffer less wear, but if we use it on artificial grass the wear will be higher, althought the grip performance will remain optimal. For trainning gloves, due to the amount of times they will be used, we recommend it to be a lower quality so it have a higher durability.

For trainning days we recommend you use specific gloves for wet fields, that has AquaGrip latex, a special material for these days, is a latex with more porosity, this means our palm will absorb the water excess to avoid the ball to slide, also the glove body is usualy made of neoprene that helps the glove not to get wet. The main disadvantage is that if the conditions aren't appropiate, the wear is much higher.

Gloves use

When we have to choose a glove is important to know if we're going to use it for matches or during the trainings. The glove's wear during a training is equal to five or six matches. If you have a glove model for training and another model for matches we recomend you to use two pair of gloves for each one, with a different type of palm. A glove with a medium or low quality palm for trainings and the same glove with a high quality palm for playing matches.In this way you will stretch on the efficiency of both pair of gloves.

Others aspects to evaluate

Once we have chosen the type of the palm and the activity we're going to use our glove for (training, compettion, etc), we must choose this one we like more the color, the design, and other very important aspects which make possible the fact that two gloves with the same quality, give opposite sensations to the goalkeeper. That's because not all the gloves are similar.

  1. The equipped level and the back materials: they are an important component if you appreciate the sweating and if you are looking for protection.
  2. The wristband and the fastener are getting increasily more important because it's the part that finishes the glove and it's also the part that is pretend to regulate the fitting strength.
  3. The glove cut (flat. rollfinger, negative, hybrid) is decisive. Is important to point out which cut is better for us. Each one has some qualities that adapts better to the needs and the style of the goalkeeper.

The glove choice will be determinated after answering the three previous questions where you will find the model that will better adapt to your needs ande the style of the game.

You always have to know that the most important component of the glove is the palm, it's the only thing which is between our hand and the ball. It gives us grip, protection and damping.

Types of Cuts

FLAT

Traditional palm cut. It fits the glove to the hand leaving a big surface of latex that is exposed to the contact with the ball. This cut is the most requested by goalkeepers.

Flat cut in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

NEGATIVE

It ends with the sewing inside. This cut loses a little of latex surface because it has the maximum fitting that offers us the sensation of having a second skin in the hand. The main characteristic of this cut is the sensation of contat with the ball, which is supreme.

Negative cut in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

ROLLFINGER

It's a cut that wraps the fingers with latex, that's why it's called Rollfinger. With this cut the sensations are opposed to negative cut, This cut offers a bigger surface of latex and the damping is much better. However, the sensation of contact with the ball is smaller.

Rollfinger cut in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

HYBRID ROLL/FLAT

It combines the traditional cut with the Rollfinger cut. It offers a bigger surface of latex and more comfort.

The external fingers strengthen the gripping (the Rollfinger cut is more equipped) and central fingers give a bigger sensation of contact with the ball.

Hybrid Roll/Flat cut in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

HYBRID ROLL/NEGATIVE

The latex surface that offers to the ball is much bigger than the negative cut, and we reach a bigger fitting than a rollfinger cut. It combines the Rollfinger cut (external fingers) and the Negative cut (central fingers).

Hybrid Roll/Negative cut in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

ERGO-ROLL:

Nueva combinación de este exclusivo corte híbrido, en el cual el guante mantiene las propiedades de ajuste que caracterizan esta gama pero con el añadido del corte exclusivo ERGONÓMICO en los dedos centrales, más ligero y transpirable. Como siempre el Roll finger en los dedos exteriores de la mano, aporta agarre y mayor seguridad durante el blocaje.

Corte Ego-Roll en guantes de porteros N1 Goalkeeper

Types of palms

HIGH QUALITY

They are soft palms with a very delicated latex with grip properties and a maximum damping. The principal component is the Natural Latex but we can find high quality palms with differents percentages mixed with synthetic latex which will always have a smaller percentage.

They are recommended for matches due to the sensibility of latex. The bigger grip, the smaller durability of the palm.

Elite quality Contact Grip of goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

Our range ELITE It's recommended for comepetition, its 4mm Latex ContactGrip palm is the most advanced technology of our colection and it's has been created for goalkeepers who are looking for a glove with a elite level of grip, the best efficiency both dry and wet, very resistant to abrasion.

Professional Giga Grip quality of goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

Our range PRO It's recommended for goalkeepers looking for a competition glove and a Latex with the maximum efficiency of grip in all conditions. Its 4mm Latex Giga Grip palm is the most recommended for natural grass because it's a softer material.

MEDIUM/HIGH QUALITY

They are gloves where the percentage of natural latex beats or is equivalent to synthetic latex. Until very recently it was the best for compete, but now there are palms with more grip, although we have to sacrifice a little the excellent durability that the Supersoft palm has.

The synthetic latex has a slower water absorption capacity so there'are more possibilities of having acuaplaning between the latex and the ball. However, the resistance to abrasion will be higher than in the high quality, because synthetic latex is more resistant than natural latex.

Professional Soft Grip quality of goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

Our range PRO II SOTF It's recommended por training and competition. It has a component with a bigger resistance to erosion than the average. Its 3.5mm Super Soft Latex palm is the best option fr goalkeepers that are looking for durability and a quality grip. We recommend its use with artificial grass and in dry conditions.

MEDIUM/LOW QUALITY

They are gloves where synthetic latex beats natural latex more or less in a percentage of 80% of natural latex and 20% of synthetic latex. The grip efficiency in dry and the damping is similar to the high quality, but we lost it a little in wet.

Training Resistance Grip quality of goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

Our range TRAINNING It's recommended for formation. Its 3mm of Latex Super Low palm is the best option for all the goalkeepers than are begining in the competition and that are looking for a glove with a high durability in the palm, and they don't accept a low quality grip. We recommend to use it with artificial grass and in dry conditions.

LOW QUALITY

In this range the percentege of natural latex is almost non-existent or ,even, it can be a completely synthetic latex palm. Synthetic latex has worse grip properties and damping, especially in wet, however, it has a very high erosion resistance.

A good way for verify the latex quality and the quantity of synthetic or natural latex that it has, it's looking de water absorption of the palm. If we pour a little of water on a natural latex, it will be absorbed quickly. If we pour it on a glove with a mixing of natural and synthetic latex, it will be absorbed slowly. And if we do the same is a synthetic latex palm, the water will be spread for all the palm. These are some of the palms presented by the brands.

COMPARATIVE

  • Carecterísticas de los guantes de portero Elite
  • Carecterísticas de los guantes de portero Elite Aqua
  • Carecterísticas de los guantes de portero Pro
  • Carecterísticas de los guantes de portero Pro II
  • Carecterísticas de los guantes de portero Trainning
  • Leyenda de las características de las distintas gamas de los guantes de portero N1 Goalkeeper

The back

The palm's back and the cut, can be the most important part when we have to choose a glove, because of the material quality and also because glove's back is the esthetic part of the glove.

Backs normally change their materials composition. They can be maded of latex built over high quality textiles that help with the air circulation for Medium and Low Quality models, or they can also be made of PVC with textiles that offers a low air circulation for Low Quality models.There are also other types of technologies that can emphasize the difference at the back, like for example the protection palques for fingers. These models are siutable not only for matches, but also for trainings due to all the blows.

Back sample of N1 Goalkeeper Back sample of N1 Goalkeeper

The wristband

The wristband is, with the fastener, the part which attach the glove to the hand. Although when we're choosing a glove we don't usually give a lot of attention to the back and the palm, it's one of the most important parts that we have to value when we are going to buy a glove. There are two types of wristbands: elastic and neoprene

Elastic wristbands in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

The fastener

It standardize the fitting firmness

We can find some types of fasteners, like it happens with wraistbands.

Two moorings band

In this case the mooring band has two contacts with wraistband's velcro. Elastic wraistband is he most used, like this type of fastener is the most traditional one. It's very common to see this two moorings fastener mixed with an elastic wraistband.

Two moorings band fastener in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

Elastic tape

Two laps fastener that alows fitting the fastener's tension.

Elastic tape fastener in goalkeepers gloves N1 Goalkeeper

Advices for keeping your gloves

N1 Goalkeeper what do you have to do before the firts use

Before the firts use

In order to increase the glove's durability, manufacturers add a thin layer of chemical products to the glove's palm surface. These chemical products do a great job with the conservation of natural latex's characteristics, but they also reduce, momentarily, the grip quality. For this reason, it's very important to clean the glove after the first use to remove these chemical products. Making this, you will be able to use the maximum grip and the maximum efficiency that it offers.

N1 Goalkeeper what to do during the use

During the use

To enjoy the maximum glove's efficiency, it's recommnded to wet the hands palms, before and during the use.

Try to left a wet towel near to you

In addition to securing the maximum grip in a contact with the ball, if we keep the humidity, we will also reduce the premature palms' wear.

You can apply this to natural latex palm's gloves

N1 Goalkeeper what to do after the use

After the use

It's very important to take care of the gloves after using them. We recommend goalkeepers to keep their gloves in a compartment separated from other materials, to avoid an accidental damage. Keep always your gloves cleaned. During the use, some dirty particles will stick on latex, and if you don't eliminate them, latex will become worse faster.


It's very important, as goalkeeper, to have cleaned all our equipment when we're going to play or train; it doen't matter in which category we're. If we don't clean the gloves, they will become worse and the palm will lose its adhesion.

The first thing that we have to do to keep a glove is taking care of it, like we have said before. You also should avoid the following situations which are external attacks that a glove can suffers:

  1. Put th palm on the floor during a fall or when we are standing up.
  2. Put on a glove when we have already put the other hand on. (They will graze with the velcro)
  3. Put your sokcs up constantly
  4. The water is, without doubt, the external agent that damage a glove the most.This damage won't be easily visible, like it happens with the erosion, however, it will affect a lot to the grip. Although it's also the principal activator of palm's grip in Medium and High Quality ranges.

How to clean your N1 Goalkeeper gloves?

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR GLOVES?

NEVER CLEAN THEM IN A WASHING MACHINE!

  1. Put both gloves on your hands and wet the palms under the tap. Pour over the palms a little of detergent for gloves.If yo don't have detergent you can use any other type of neutral soap for hands, but you have to consider that this neutral soap has some substances which are more agressive for latex than the special detergent for gloves.
  2. Rub softly one palm with the other one for espreading the detergent over all the hands and to eliminate all the dirt that will be stick on latex. Once we have eliminated the dirt, we should completely eliminate the detergent from the glove. Rinse the gloves until there is not detergent and wring them out (carefully).
N1 Goalkeeper how to dry and keep your glove

DRY AND KEEP

The glove's drying must be done in shadows and far away from warm sources. If you don't do this, the glove will harden and it will be breakable, so that will reduce its lifetime. Hang the gloves in a dry and ventilate place, and keep them away from direct solar light or from warm sources.

You have to consider that all the previous advices and suggestions mustn't be taken like a substitute of manufacturer's instructions, and we can't be in charge or the advers effects.

Those gloves we will use for playing should be cleaned in order to keep always the best adhesion characteristics. In addition, we will avoid bad smell and we will legthen our gloves's lifetime.

Sizes guide

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HAND?

Thinking about giving to the client the best service, N1 Goalkeeper has in each product page a specific measures board.

each gloves brand/model can suffers variations in its saze measures, due to different cut and models.

The board was developed from measures made in the product. We habe build a board for each available model in our catalog, so the client can be sure that he is going to buy the product in the correct measure for his hands size.

The measure must be taken from the first line below the hand palm to the end of the medium finger. Immediatily, this measure (in centimetres) must be compared with the board to confirm which is the appropiate size.

Gloves size guide
Size1110987654
A2322212019181716
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