As a lacrosse goalie, gloves are one of the most important pieces of equipment that you take onto the field. They need to complete a long list of tasks in order to help you perform at your highest level. A good set of goalie gloves needs to have the right balance of:
Below is a list of the top 7 lacrosse Goalie Gloves on the market today. I have not worn all of these gloves. I have spent a considerable amount of time searching Google, lacrosse forums, talking to goalies, and watching YouTube reviews during the research process. My goal with this post is to save you the time and effort of doing the same kind of research.
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The Warrior King III Goalie Gloves feature good overlapping thumb protection coming up from the base of the thumb. Doesn’t have the nook for the thumb like the I or II. The thumb cover is made up of plastic materials covered in leather link material. The back side of the palm is covered in hard plastic vents. These vents allow air to flow while still providing adequate protection from shots.
I did come across a few reviews online that stated they would like to see more grip on the palm; something to be aware of as you decide.
PRO: Good Price
CON: Poor Palm Grip
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Features the new TorqueLoc technology, developed with the help of Kip Turner and Drew Adams, that is intended to allow a goalie to properly grip their stick while preventing the hyperextension of the thumb. Comfortable design with a seamless palm design so the stick rests ready in your stance.
Goalies can face hyperextension because when they assume their stance, their thumb naturally stick upward. Massive thumb guard made up of padding along the base of the thumb and capped off with a plastic guard wrapped in leather material for maximum protection when facing shots.
Drawback can be when the threads begin to wear in the thumbguard causing the guard to just slip out. Goalie gloves with too much padding can make their problem worse because it becomes challenging to fold the thumb down for protection. Up close pictures from Lax Playground.
PRO: Great Thumb Protection
CON: High Price
Check out Rome Lacrosse Goalie Gloves on Amazon.com.
The STX K18 II is an all around solid glove. It features great thumb protection with something that STX calls “Flexible Locking Design”. This is pretty cool; the thumb design stays flexible but “locks” into place when a ball makes contact with the thumb. Kind of looks like ironman, and definitely does the job.
Some reviews sighted the textured rubber mesh palms made gripping the stick awkward. This was sighted as a minor setback in the overall glove design.
PRO: Flexible Locking Design
CON: Awkward Grip
Check out the STX K18 II on Amazon.com.
Gloves are close-fitting and grip the stick well. The overall glove design allows for great range of motion. Cuffs protect the wrist, but the velcro can easily get caught of game jerseys causing them to ruffle and restrict movement. The thumb protection on the Maybach is pretty much an afterthought. The only protection is a thin strip of plastic sewn onto of the thumb to help deflect a top-of-the-thumb shot.
PRO: Still Looking for One
CON: Thumb Protection Stinks
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On a whole the glove is a little bit bigger than other Brine gloves. It kind of looks like the Michelin Man on the tire ads. Tripple leather layered palms should hold up to the wear and tear well. Palm also features four mesh vents to keep air flowing to your hand.
The palm has a reinforced leather strip that runs between the thumb and the pointer finger, down to the base of the thumb to help avoid wear from brushing of the stick. Breathability is one of the key features on the Brine Triumph Lacrosse Goalie Glove. There are four air vents on the palm, three below the pinky finger, one on the side of the thumb, and three on the reverse side of the palm.
Thumb protection is made up of three flexible and very padded sections. There is also extra padding on the side of the pointer finger that will come into contact with your stick.
PRO: Forefinger Protection
CON: Mesh on Thumb Could Rip with Use
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The thumb on this thing is jacked! Seriously, if a truck ran over your thumb in these things you may not feel it (but don’t try that.) It rocks the honeycomb design on the protective back and on the palm of the glove.
A solid plastic shaft protects the thumb from on-coming shots. It is capped with plastic and leather to totally protect the tip of the thumb. Within the confines of the thumb guard, the tip of your thumb still has a decent amount of flexibility.
This allows movement to grip the stick while not sacrificing protection. This feature is pretty sweet, there is a padded strip between the pointer finger and the thumb to act as a shock absorber. If you are looking for crazy thumb protection, check out these bad boys.
A lot of comments in favor of these gloves on the Inside Lacrosse Goalie Forum.
PRO: Massive Thumb Protection
CON: Massive Thumb Protection
Check out Buzzkill Lacrosse Goalie Gloves on LacrosseMonkey.com.
Reebok 10K Goalie Gloves – $160
Sports a very protective thumb protection that extends up the front of the thumb and over the tip. Under the front of the thumb protection there are two sections of shock absorbing gel, much like the Mavrick shark gel.
The palm of the glove features an anti-spin palm padding with a leather strip that runs from the base of the thumb to the space between the forefinger and the thumb. This is designed to help reduce the spin on the stick that occurs with a shot on the plastic of your head. Good Comments on Inside Lacrosse Goalie Forum
PRO: Spin Guard on Palm
CON: Gel on Thumb
Check out Reebok 10K Goalie Gloves on Lacrosse Monkey.com.
If you have any experience with any of these gloves that may help out another goalie who is looking to get a pair, please share your thoughts in a comment!