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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)
Glove Make & Model : ProGK Revolution Pro Contact (I think? Not in production anymore but updated model now available) Cut : Traditional Roll Finger with wrap over thumb. No bells or whistles. Latex : 4mm Contact Latex Wrist Strap : Standard latex strap Wrist Entry : Traditional bandadge style wrist entry Glove Body : Mesh body for ventilation with a mostly latex backhand Finger Protection : Removable via velcro opening in backhand Price : e.g N/A anymore. Latest update of glove is £39.50 Where from : Available at https://www.pro-gk.com/product/revolution-tekta-contact/ First Impressions The gloves come with a plastic film on the palm, obviously this needs to be removed. The fit was incredibly tight with the spines in, I could not wear the gloves with the spines in for a long time without being worried for the stitching in the glove so I removed all of the spines straight away. Important to note, if you prefer spines, consider going half a size up, thankfully ProGK are one of the brands who offer this option. Use I had been almost exclusively wearing negative cut gloves for a long period before I bought these. They were on sale on the website for a silly price and I think I paid less than £30 in total including p&p which is a bargain! I felt like it was a great decision to come back to a roll finger for these gloves. The fit is a perfect fit for a roll finger, nice and snug but not too tight where they dig in at the base of my fingers which I have had happen with previous roll finger gloves. The contact latex did feel very tacky right after I peeled the palms but as always, I gave them a pre wash and they really came alive. Across a range of conditions ranging from very hot & dry to wet weather, these gloves held up very very well. In the dry and damp I did not notice much difference in terms of grip but as usual with a contact latex, grip decreased but, only ever so slightly, in the wet. The foam backing and internal materials in the glove give a very nice cushioned feel when catching the ball. If I had gone up a size and worn the spines in, I don’t imagine that I’d have had any problems with the spines digging into my backhand when making saves. The latex backhand has a level of embossing that adds some nice detail and character to the glove and the black logo adds a nice classy contrast to the white backhand. Due to it being a predominantly latex backhand the gloves do keep your hands warm so in exceedingly hot conditions this could be an issue. The wrist strap and bandage entry were fairly standard but worked very well and gave me no issues when it came to relying on them to stay tight and strapped up during games. The font used on the personalisation is one of the best that I’ve seen on gloves and really adds a classy professional look to the strap. Ratings (out of 10) Looks – 7/10 – Very classy glove, not trying to be anything that they aren’y. I’ll always have time for a traditional looking glove like these. Fit – 9/10 – near perfect fit. Very comfortable gloves that true to size in my usual size 10 Build Quality – 9.5/10 – one or two threads have come loose around the wrist bandage but nothing has come undone and no wholes have appeared despite very rigorous use. Dry Grip – 9/10 – can’t fault them too much. Quite a thirsty latex so keep a bottle of water handy but when kept damp, fantastic gripping gloves. Wet Grip – 8/10 Durability – very good so far, 9/10 for abrasion. Grip has lost it’s tackiness but still easily comparable to a good giga latex at the moment Overall 8.5/10 (ish) Conclusion Very solid pair of gloves. Happily wore these in several matches and training sessions and will continue to wear them for training. This specific model is not available anymore but the latest range of ProGK gloves features an updated range with great new features and has carried across a few of the best bits from these so I’m sure they will be even better again. Pictures of the gloves available at - https://photos.app.goo.gl/gKyLqqVdcXTpt3pg6
Glove Make & Model : OneGlove Nova Type 2 Cut : Hybrid Cut – a rolled fingertip with gussets where the palm becomes a traditional flat palm at the base of the fingers Latex : 4mm Pro Contact Latex Wrist Strap : Mid-Split strap Wrist Entry : Traditional bandadge style wrist strap Glove Body : Hex mesh body for ventilation Finger Protection : Nope Price : e.g £38.99 plus p&p Where from : Available at a few places including www.great-save.comand www.theoneglove.com- I purchased mine from the latter First Impressions The gloves come with a plastic film on the palm, obviously this needs to be removed. The fit is very snug when first placed on the hand but you straight away notice the quality of the materials used within the glove. The cut creates a very snug feel and takes some getting used to so would recommend wearing these in a good warm up or two or even a couple training sessions before wearing them in a game. Use I have got two pairs of these gloves. The first pair has been worn approx 8-10 times on both grass and 4g surfaces. I wore them for a couple of pre season training sessions before I wore them in a game. Due to it being pre season and the ridiculously hot summer we had in England, these were worn in very warm conditions. The latex performed very well as you’d kind of at least expect for a contact latex in dry weather but what impressed me most was the durability and resistance to abrasion that the contact latex demonstrated. The second pair have been worn through the beginning of the season in a few training sessions and games and have held up well in damp conditions. I haven’t been able to use these in really wet conditions yet but due to them being a contact foam, I suspect the grip will decrease as it slightly did when they were used in light rain. The foam backing and internal materials in the glove give a very nice cushioned feel when catching the ball. As mentioned before, the cut gives an unusual feel if you’re not used to it but after a few uses it feels very nice around the ball. The tips of the fingers roll around the fingers and are stitched onto the backhand as per a roll traditional roll finger cut glove but the hybrid element of these gloves is that the base of the fingers is a more traditional flat palm with a mesh gusset. The thumb wrap adds a nice fit and feel to the thumb. The gloves feature a rubber punch zone across the backhand that add a small amount of protection and extra feel for the ball when punching away crosses or shots. The punch zone is not restrictive at all and still allows full flexibility throughout the backhand. The mid-split stretch strap is a nice touch. It has held up well to my persistent strapping and unstrapping of my gloves and gives a nice supportive feel around my wrist. Ratings (out of 10) Looks – 7/10 – Very nice looking glove and the constellation camo adds a detail not seen in other gloves at a similar price point Fit – 9/10 – near perfect fit. Very comfortable gloves that true to size in my usual size 10 Build Quality – 10/10 – no stitching or faults at all so far so can not fault them. Dry Grip – 9/10 – can’t fault them too much. Quite a thirsty latex so keep a bottle of water handy but otherwise very very good. Wet Grip – cant comment entirely, in the damp grip dropped slightly to 7/10 Durability – very good so far, 9/10 for abrasion. Grip has faded somewhat but abrasion resistance is still good. Overall 8.5/10 – Very good gloves. The price isn’t included within the ratings but I suspect that these will rate highly compared to gloves from the bigger brands available. A very solid glove. Conclusion Would happily recommend these to people as a very good match glove. Worn across many leagues and standards of football and they hold their own in a very competitive market. One of the most progressive brands out there at the moment. For Images of the gloves - https://photos.app.goo.gl/JcmDZ1kZDoWC61F79. - The gloves that have a more grey looking palm are the pair that have been worn numerous times. The other pair still have flecks of grass on them and have been worn 2-3 times