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  2. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Its not the end of the world, but annoying enough for me to notice when putting the gloves on. Have you used the other KA gloves you bought? The orange pair. How do they feel compared the light version?
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  4. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    I had an issue with an old pair of Kaliaaer's years ago where the inner lining came away from the palm. Wasn't major but it used to bunch up on my fingers.
  5. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Quick update on this glove. Have used them in around 4 more games and I still really like them. The latex still grips really well, the durability is decent! Still not 100% sold on the wrist area, I don't have to adjust during a game, but due to its construction I don't feel like it offers the greatest support. Having retired from 11aside last year i'm only playing 7's so folk are shooting from much closer and with much more frequency, for this reason i'd prefer if the glove had a little more stopping power. One annoying thing I've noticed is that the lining on the back hand has partially separated from the body of the glove, which will prob cause an issue down the line. I honestly believe its due to cut and the internal latex. After wearing these during a game they are really really hard to take off (The combination of warm hands and the silicone gel inside make them stick like glue), I think the friction of this has caused the lining to pull away from the backhand itself. I think i'm going to buy another pair of gloves from KA which feature this cut, but i'll opt for the more traditional ones with a proper wrist strap, no internal silicone and what looks a thicker backhand.
  6. https://www.amazon.co.uk/adidas-TPU-Studs-Silver-Metallic/dp/B0185VLJDW/ref=asc_df_B0185VLJDW/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310655423436&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16878825675184350971&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006702&hvtargid=pla-470112922245&psc=1
  7. They do. But you can still buy the tpu ones, but they only fit Adidas boots.
  8. Only thought Adidas gave you replacement mental studs. :/
  9. Not too sure. They used to sell them everywhere but they are a struggle now. Thankfully Adidas give you metal and tpu studs still. I thought one of our lads had some last season but turns out they still had metal tips.
  10. Where can you grab those FG stud replacements for SG boots? Been meaning to grab some for a long time.
  11. They are absolutely beautiful boots, and I have heard only good things about Mizuno. Like I say when they drop in price I may revisit it, but I need some training gear and both pairs of trainers I currently have are knackered so had to prioritise for now.
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  13. Wyatt got a pair of Mizuno's late last year. He never wore them since they felt narrower to him them his Addidas predators and the Nike's he was wearing. I have to say they are really nice boots though, super soft and they come with a care kit that includes leather food for the uppers.
  14. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Well Wyatt is in the homestretch for the end of the season as he gets ready to head out to the DA showcase in California Wednesday. They got the schedule for showcase, Wyatt starts off facing the club and most the team he will be playing for next season in his first game. He is a little nervous about that, but ready to show them what to expect from him next year. After that they face two other independent programs, Cedar Springs Academy Monmouth and Los Angeles United Futbol Academy. So far it appears that the odds on them training as a team for the showcase or pretty slim to non-existent. They were supposed to train Sunday, but some overnight showers closed the fields, and this week looks like not much is going to happen since most the boys are leaving today and tomorrow to get to the showcase by Wednesday evening. Club training wise (since there isn't team practice anymore) Wyatt did 2 open practices a week before last, and one last week. He went to a second one last week, but when only the lower division players showed up he opped to not get mixed up with them. For the 3 he did make he has been banished by the coach to the limbo of workign a goal for which every coach needs one for their tryouts for the boys a year older then him. IN those sessions he pretty much typically had to make one save a session, and then just worked on trying to explain to the back line what they should be doing to work as a unit. So two weeks back he did skills training every morning with the club skills trainer. Mixed group of kids joined them throughout the week. Primarily they worked on striking and finishing as well as a lot of passing under pressure (receiving and moving the ball quickly with purpose). He managed to get in two keeper sessions with his regular keeper coach as well, plus one with the new guy who works for the other independent DA in town. Those sessions focused on lots of general stuff as they were focusing on getting the keepers prepped for the various tryouts they are attending. This last week he did a 4 day camp with his regular private keeper coach. Each day they focused on one or two specific skill sets. Monday was positioning and basic catching technique. Tuesday was angles and blocking, Thursday was high and low dives, as well as working with walls, Friday was crosses and then some fun competitions. Wednesday he got a session in with the club trainer that focused a lot of things to work on while he was gone and to continue to work on as he started out at Barca in Arizona. Wyatt also got in to regular private keeper sessions, with the one Sunday focusing exclusively on crosses and corner kicks. This week before he heads out he has two half days with the private keeper coach getting tuned up for showcase, then he is off with his mother to the showcase. She is supposed to stream the games for me so his sister and I can watch him play.
  15. Yeah that's the one. I decided not to get the Mizuno boots for now. I might revisit them when they drop in price, but I have the Silver Adidas Predators and I also have my Adidas X 19s that I have only worn twice too, plus I needed some exercise / running gear so thought the money could be better spent elsewhere (oh and the new England ODI cricket shirt!).
  16. When you say interchangeable studs, do you mean SG to FG?
  17. I've been back for a couple of seasons now so decided to break away from the Bucks Returns thread. Getting myself fit and in shape ready for pre season training to start in a few weeks. Got three kits for this coming season which I will post up later in the week, also got a good selection of gloves to try out this season including: • New Adidas Predator Hybrid's with the removable strap. • Two pairs of the new Kaliaaer gloves with the tipped fingers. • The One Glove Geo Auroras. I also have the matching Silver Adidas Predator 19.1 boots in a soft ground model (interchangeable studs), but I am deliberating whether to get these Mizuno boots as they are absolutely stunning, and if I do whether to get the pure firm ground model or the mixed sole ones? 🤔
  18. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Some delay in getting around to posting, been busy with life outside of youth soccer. Since last time Wyatt finished up his season, started tryouts, and decided on where he will play next year. For starters of the two games scheduled they got in one, played San Antonio FC is a dumpster fire of a season finale. Started off with a coaching change as Wyatt's coach was in San Antonio playing coaching the U14s versus the same club in an away game, so the U17/U19 coach was at their game. This is the same coach who was replaced by the current coach halfway through the season last year. So while he knew most of the boys, he didn't really have a real connection with them. The club added a new player, a winger/forward to the roster for the game and post season. He has been training with them all season, but finally got to join them on match day. They brought up the U15 ECNL keeper again as well to backup Wyatt if needed. Also, the protesting player was back on the roster since the coach wasn't going to be there for the game. Now SAFC is in the running for the wildacard slot for the playoffs, so they came up ready to play. Out boys has started tryouts the week leading up to the game and hadn't had a team practice since the indoor one the week before, so they were not really ready to play. Coached started the 3-4-3 and it looked like it took SAFC offguard a little, but they quickly adjusted and started exploiting the fact that the front half of the team and the back half weren't closing up and usually left the midfield wide open. SFC's stud forward would just park in there and wait for balls then either drill into the defense to get a shot or let the wingers try and come in from the sides looking for crosses or passes into the box. Wyatt had his hands full. He spent a lot of time collecting crosses and passes, loose balls, and quick shots on goal. Coached ordered him at the start to punt it long to lift pressure and get the forwards moving, so he sent a lot of things down field, but was pretty accurate with his punts and goal kicks. He did vary things up some with a pass, throw, or roll here and there. In the first half he came up big 5 or 6 times with what he likes to call highlight saves, as well some more routine stuff. Figures that he would probably have the best game of his season save wise and the club film guy wasn't there. He made a nice big hand deflection on one shot that the forward thought was in the bag, then followed that with a couple really nice high dives to push balls out, then a really nice low dive to his right to deflect a cheeky shot at the lower near post. Didn't all go his way though. First goal against was the result of his centerback deciding to back pass to him from about 15 yards out with a SAFC player right on his back. He made a light touch to Wyatt who was yelling at him to clear it out, then dropped off and let the kid race past him to go 1v1 with Wyatt. Wyatt came out and got big, forcing te kid to dribble him, but then the kid cut hard and popped a shot back behind him to make it 0-1. After that the team started panicking and the lack of control in the center started setting up shots left and right for the stud forward. He managed to put 3 in on Wyatt before the half. One came in from his right low at the far post, Wyatt got caught between trying to cover it from an on-rushing mid and a back post player, and opted to try and dive at the last minute, missing it by a hair. Next the kid got a really nice shot off that Wyatt flew for and got a piece of, but wasn't able to push out, and finally the same kid followed a shot hard shot in the Wyatt dove on and got with a big hand, and cleaned up the rebound since no one was covering him. Wyatt also contended with lots of back passes, he did a good job with most except the one that led to the goal, and did get to show off some other skills on another one. The holding mid tried to play a ball back to Wyatt, but it turned into a bouncing shot to his chest with the SAFC stud forward right next to him (not sure why the mid thought it was a good idea to pass it back to him at that point). Wyatt tried to clear the ball, but the SAFC guy was close enough to deflect it and sent it arcing up toward the left winger. Wyatt charged after it and the kid slowed down, waiting for it to come down outside the 18. It hit and took a big bounce and as he was getting ready to settle it, Wyatt got up and made a really nice header sending it to his left back who pushed it up the field. The winger looked really surprised to see Wyatt do that. Second half the team comes out with energy and some purpose despite being down 0-4. Coach had a a go at them on the bench about the fact the only players doing anything were Wyatt and the defenders, so the rest of the team needed to get into the game. Wyatt was still pretty busy in the back, but the defensive half of the team parked the bus and made it really hard for SAFC to get a lot of nice stuff on frame for a while. They did get another goal of a quick transition from a corner kick that caught alot of Wyatt's team walking back to his side, leaving him in bad spot for a nice shot into the far side of the goal. After that the boys seemed to rally again and managed to get one back to make it 1-5, and were looking to get another when they got caught out again on a counter in the last minute of the game. Winger finally got free and came in on Wyatt and bent a really beautiful shot into the near side under Wyatt to end it 1-6. Coach didn't stick around after the game to say much to the boys, so lots of grumbling from the team as they headed home. The Monday game got canceled late the evening before. Some of the boys played up with U17s and one with the U19s (he actually scored the only goal for the team in that game). We were already up there by time they canceled so Wyatt got a little mini-vacation and some down time. Practice wise the last week and this week there hasn't been and team practices, instead the boys are going to open tryout seasons. First one, the director offered Wyatt a spot on the U17 DA playing up a year next season as the reserve keeper. Solar, the other independent DA club in town also was interested in him playing up in the U17 DA as well. Wyatt gave it a lot of thought. He decided that he needed a change from the Texans. He really liked the DA keeper coach at Solar, but decided that he was going to go with the offer to play for the Barca Academy residency program out in Arizona. He told the director at the club this week, and he took it well, leaving the door open for him to come back if he wanted to in a year or so. He did ask Wyatt to stick to his commitment to the club and his teammates to finish out the season, including the DA showcase in a couple of weeks out in California. So at this point not sure if the team is going to train together before they head out. So far they are broken up between 2 different tryout times 4 different groups with those times, so not really getting much group play in to get ready. Added to that is the fact that their coach resigned, and we aren't sure who will be coaching them at showcase and also whether Wyatt will be the only keeper going. Outside of the tryout schedule, Wyatt has been doing skills training with the club trainer last week and this week. Mostly just ball control and striking and finishing. He did get in a private keeper session last Friday with his regular keeper trainer and another one with the new trainer yesterday. The club skills trainer leaves for home next week, so this is the last work he will have with him until he comes home for breaks. Next week he will be doing a keeper camp with his regular keeper trainer, and possibly some other sessions with the new one as well. Then its off to showcase. Not sure who they will be playing yet, but based on the way they pair up the teams, should be team with records similar to theirs.
  19. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    It was a poor move by KA. They never mentioned anything about these new models following on so closely to the original lite. I used them again for the 5th time last night, they still fit fairly tight but i'm noticing because of the thin backing they don't have much stopping power and cushioning. I've been struggling to catch hard driven shots as it stings and feels a bit slappy.
  20. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Cut feels the same really. It's a difficult one to answer as obviously I went down a size on these. I think if the 8 didn't have the internal latex they would fit loose. The best part about these compared to the Lite model though is the palm fits properly, it's cut to the hand and doesn't have a load of baggy excess latex flopping about. I think Kaliaaer rushed that model out unfortunately. If they had been made the same as the other models but with a light backhand and better wrist strap, and internal latex I think they would be on to a winner. Unfortunately I cannot endorse the Lite model, I think apart from the Internal Latex they are crap and I wish I had known about the other models coming out as I would have waited a couple of weeks and bought them instead. 🤷‍♂️
  21. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Nice! Seriously tempted to pick up a pair. KA are normally fairly generous when they have sales so Might just hold off and finish using the current gloves I have in rotation. Does the cut still feel decent? Feels great with the internal latex but does it feel lose and oversized without it?
  22. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Initially I thought it was a plain strap, but there is a little elasticated bit that is barely noticeable that enables me to just do them up that little bit tighter.
  23. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Wow they look really nice. Have to say, KA dont do a great job with the photo's of their gloves. The pictures on the website never do them justice, every pair i've owned look so much better in person. How is the wrist strap on these bad boys? Is it elasticated like the One Glove's wrist straps or a simple strap like most gloves. May have to pull the trigger on the volt yellow pair. Always loved the look of Volt yellow gloves.
  24. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Wyatt agrees 100%. He loved his time in Germany because they would train in rain, sun, snow, whatever. The club keeper coach is from England, played at South Hampton I think, and he said if they didn't play in the rain in England, they would never play soccer.
  25. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Just found this in the glove bag as I was putting the gloves away. A really nice touch that. 😍
  26. Kaliaaer XLR8AER

    Orange gloves have arrived. It is a shame Kaliaaer don't make a 7.5 size as I would definitely be that. As I said I went for the 7 and the palm is slightly short! But I'd rather that than how baggy the 8 is, so all round the 7 is a much better fit for me. The whole wrist entry / strap is so much better on these gloves too than on the Lite. If I had known they were releasing other models I'd have probably waited.
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