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How to make goalkeeper gloves last longer
Goalkeeper gloves are a Keeper's most valuable and important bit of kit. A decent pair of goalkeeper gloves gives you better grip in goal, more confidence, and comfort to perform your best. The only issue is, constantly making saves & diving around means goalkeeper gloves take a lot of impact and damage. Goalkeeper glove palms are delicate and thus, can rip, tear and scuff within only a handful of games. A lot of the time, this means goalkeepers are unwiling to spend too much money on gloves, as they know they will eventually get damaged. However, there are a few easy ways to make goalkeeper gloves last much longer, keeping their grip and helping you save money, too.
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Remove your gloves properly
The way you take off your goalkeeper gloves after a session or game can seriously affect your palm latex. Gloves can be difficult to remove, especially after a wet game or if you're sweaty. By pulling at the latex, the friction will definetely cause rips & tears on both goalkeeper glove palms.
Instead, you should use your body to protect the delicate palm and put more of the friction on the goalkeeper glove backhand.
Wash your gloves after each use
Goalkeeper glove latex is like your skin. It has pores which get clogged if you don't clean them! And clogged pores in the latex means less grip. You can wash goalkeeper glove palms really quickly after each game - It doesn't have to be a deep clean everytime. Don't always worry about the backhand of the glove - The most important thing is that you wash the palms after every game or session.
Store your gloves properly
How you treat your goalkeeper gloves BETWEEN games determines how long your gloves will last. It's vital that you avoid the latex palms from each goalkeeper glove touching eachother. Latex can easily rip when it rubs against itself, so never place goalkeeper gloves 'palm-to-palm'.
Instead, place the gloves so that one of the palms rests against the backhand of the other glove, or place them back-to-back. In general, avoid anything potentially harmful touching the delicate latex. For example, you should carry your gloves and boots in seperate bags.
Avoid turf contact
This sounds impossible, but what we mean is avoiding excessive contact of goalkeeper glove palms with turf. The easiest behaviour to change is when pickking yourself up off the floor. Don't use your palms to push off the floor, instead use your closed fist. You can also develop your diving technique to avoid your palms sliding along the turf.
Different turfs can damage goalkeeper gloves more than others, such as artifical turf, where you must be even more careful.
Make goalkeeper gloves last longer
4 quick tips
How long do goalkeeper gloves last?
The average goalkeeper replaces their goalkeeper gloves after just 3 months. However, we at gloveglu don't agree! We know that with proper goalkeeper glove care, plus following these tips, goalkeeper gloves can easily last a season, or longer.
But they won't only last longer, your GK gloves will perform better too.