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Glove Make & Model : Edge Goalkeeping AW3 Neo Supreme Contact Cut : T-Rex Cut (Like a flat with rolled fingertips) and a double wrap thumb Latex : e.g 4.5mm Supreme contact latex Internal Latex : Nope Wrist Strap : Double wrap stretch strap with rubber logo. Wrist Entry : Neoprene with side split with material insert for extra give for XL wrists Glove Body : Sublimated Neoprene Finger Protection : e.g Yes removeable protection, accessable via a zipper in the backhand. Black block style spines, very flexible and offer suitable support to those who would use it. Price : $70 Canadian Dollars plus postage & packaging – Approx £40 Sterling Where from : https://edgegk.ecwid.com First Impressions This is my first pair of gloves from Martin over at Edge, he asked me if I would take a look at these gloves for him and pass on my thoughts on them which was very kind and something I took great pleasure in doing. The gloves come neatly packaged in a nice glove bag/wallet with the standard plastic bags with each. The neoprene body feels a tiny bit stiff out of the bag. I tried these on with the plastic still on the latex and the spines in the gloves and they were very tight for me. I wouldn’t wear spines anyway but if I did I’d be tempted to go up a size as the fit was very snug with them in. Once the plastic was removed from the latex, my word was it tacky! It was possibly the tackiest latex that I’ve felt right out the bag from an ‘indie’ brand. I gave the gloves a good pre-wash and even when they were soaking wet the latex would stick to itself and make the familiar tacky sounds that we all enjoy. These feature a rubber punch zone on the backhand of the glove. It’s stitched onto the neoprene so no danger of it peeling off (like some other brands). The punch zone is pretty large and thick so offers ample protection when punching and is a good surface for the ball to connect with. Could maybe have been scaled down a little bit in size or thickness but it’s still very flexible and easy to manoeuvre with it there. The initial wrist entry is quite roomy and makes it very easy to slip the glove on and off. It is paired with a double wrist strap that took some getting used to, to find my ideal fit but after a couple of uses in training I felt like I was there with these (as with most gloves, I try to wear them in training before games just so I can break them in and get used to them). Use So far these have been worn in 3 training sessions on 3G rubbercrumb and 3 games on grass. Each of these wears have been in damp to wet conditions. The latex is what I’ve enjoyed the most about these gloves. It has massively impressed me with its continued tackiness and adhesion to a ball and even in the damp/wet it has continued to grip the ball very well. I’d expect there to have been fairly drastic drop off in tackiness terms from these but that hasn’t materialised much just yet. With it being such a soft latex, I’d be weary of durability issues for those with abrasive technique (in-experienced keepers and young keepers are most prone to durability issues). For me, the latex has held up well and I’d fully expect these to continue for a good few weeks without me worrying about their durability. The fit is one of the next highest positives. It is pretty much spot on when the glove is on hand, there isn’t any negative space in the fingertips and the backhand hugs nicely to your hand. The cut isn’t what I’d typically go for in a glove but I’ve got on well with it and haven’t had any issues. The double wrap thumb is a very nice feature that finishes the thumb off very well. Other than a wrap over and negative thumb, a double wrap thumb is the next best way to finish a thumb imo. After several uses I’ve picked the logo off each wrist strap. I don’t massively dislike it, nor did I really notice it during games. I just felt that I would get a little more flexibility out of the last inch of wrist strap without it. If I was to make a suggestion to improve the glove – my top one would be to change the aesthetics of it. The backhand is obviously very individual and unlike many other gloves but due to the backhand material being neoprene, it has blurred the image somewhat and it lacks a crisp finish with bold lines that would really make this glove ‘pop’. A simpler design would really benefit the aesthetics of this glove and possibly appeal to a wider clientele. Ratings (out of 10) Looks – Due to the lack of clarity in the backhand design I have to reduce my score for these 5/10 – Commendable effort for originality though, Martin has some very imaginative ideas. Fit – Pretty much spot on in my usual size 10 although wrist entry is quite loose – 7/10 Build Quality – No rips or tears so far – 10/10 Dry Grip – Grips like a proper contact – 9/10 Wet Grip – Not much drop off – 8.5/10 Durability – Nothing major yet – 9/10 Overall - 8/10 Conclusion Real solid pair of gloves. I will continue to use them for the next few weeks and then they will become a training pair. For someone who isn’t usually a huge fan of this type of cut it has worked very well for me and I can see why people prefer it. The blurry backhand design is the only thing that I’d really look to improve in the future if I was Martin. The glove holds up well otherwise, especially for the price you are likely to pay. Pictures https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fphotos.app.goo.gl%2FAM42CzdiV1X58fqc9%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2wQ7Zm9EJGoIKllfw8TxqylYvpycONQiIFaBki2YD-spytHoZhg3I1QBc&h=AT2KwoBfi3694wg7caJkyKgn9EwxegPhWQBqlK7bcqtxukyVS1eNASNyMbKfADKLQIKh1Y_kMR1-qfrqQxZKNZBjutQT9d9J4DNgzdqZ75s0A4sNq5kN7ov2j3aIeq9mo_5BEdVB Pictures are from first opening to most recent use (mid November)