Goalkeeper Glove Care
Check out this in-depth run down of how youth soccer goalkeepers, and even adults or professional goalkeepers, can take care of their goalkeeper gloves to get the longest use possible out of them!
Goalie Glove Rotation:
The best way to get the longest life for your gloves, whether they are youth soccer goalkeeper gloves or adult goalkeeper gloves, is by rotating the use of the gloves. Having a "practice pair" and a "game pair" of goalie gloves allows for less wear and tear on a consistent basis. The great thing about having the two pairs is that once a "game pair" of gk gloves become too worn to suffice as your main pair, you can transition them into your "practice pair" and continue the cycle!
The rotation of soccer goalie gloves doesn't always have to be between a "game pair" and a "practice pair". You can have certain pairs of goalie gloves that you prefer to wear in certain conditions. For example, our Locus Pro Aqua is designed to perform especially in wet conditions. These can be your soccer gloves you use when it's raining or when the field is a bit damp. Maybe you train on turf a lot? It may be better to use our Locus Pro or Locus Pro Blackout as opposed to our Pivot range of goalkeeper gloves. Our Pivot goalie gloves have a negative cut which naturally wears around the fingers more and the rough surface of the turf can lead to even more wear and tear. Think about your training and game conditions and what goalkeeper gloves will work best in those conditions.
Washing Goalkeeper Gloves:
No matter what conditions you are playing in, it is always important to wash your goalie gloves on a consistent basis. As a 9-year veteran professional goalkeeper, I wash my goalkeeper gloves after almost every training session. You may ask, why wash your gk gloves so often? I do this because I know how damaging dirt and other debris can be to the latex of the goalkeeper gloves. Whether it's youth goalie gloves or professional goalkeeper gloves, they need to get the utmost care. Now the question is, how do you wash your goalkeeper gloves?
There are a lot of articles out there that will tell you what temperature you should warm your water to and how many ounces of specifically made goalkeeper glove wash you should use; this article isn't one of them. Is goalie glove wash effective? Yes it is, but so are two hands and a bit of water and that saves you a bit of money. Does temperature matter? I won't say yes or no but what I will say is I've washed my goalie gloves in the shower with me after every training session for the past 4 years and they continue to work for me just fine. Whether it is a hot shower or a cold shower, my gk gloves go in with me and get their cleaning right alongside.
Keep it simple, goalie! You typically shower after a training session or game (well, hopefully) so take your goalkeeper gloves into the shower with you. Rinse the goalie gloves off and use your fingers to gently rub away any dirt or grass that is on the latex. You will quickly find that by doing this on a consistent basis, your gk gloves will maintain their fresh look a lot longer.
Drying Goalie Gloves:
There are a number of effective ways to dry your goalkeeper gloves. There are also a number of ways to avoid when drying your goalie gloves. A lot depends on preference and available drying time for your gk gloves. How do I dry my goalkeeper gloves you may ask? After our shower, I wri