There are many different types of techniques used to produce the gloves. This mainly affects the fit and where the stitching of the glove is located, which in turn affects the durability of your glove.
With the 'roll finger' technique, the foam is literally rolled around your finger. This creates a larger surface area to catch the ball. This technique is popular with goalkeepers with larger hands.
Gloves with a negative cut have the stitching on the inside of the glove, which makes the glove sit tighter around your hand and feel like a second skin.
This is one of the oldest techniques. Gloves with the 'flat finger' technique are looser than gloves with a different technique. Also, the gloves have a large catching surface.
Hybrid gloves contain a combination of several techniques. They try to bring together the best of multiple worlds.
For years there have been goalkeeper gloves with and without fingersave. Fingersave is a piece of plastic behind all fingers, except the thumb. This finger-save serves as protection against your fingers clapping backwards. Nowadays there are also many models available with finger-save that can be removed from the glove.
Goalkeeper gloves without fingersave give your fingers more freedom in the glove to move and do not force your fingers into a standard position. On the other hand, the risk of injuries to the fingers is higher with these models.
Fingersave in goalkeeper gloves significantly reduces the risk of injuries to the fingers. Fingers can hardly fold backwards and bruised or broken fingers are almost never seen. However, the fingersave does restrict your freedom of movement in the glove and can make your fingers "lazy", making them more susceptible to injury when you stop using fingersave.
The goalkeeper's gloves with removable fingersave have an entrance and exit for the plastic fingersave on the back of the glove. In most cases this entrance can be opened and closed with Velcro, this can be useful when you want to train with fingersave but like to play matches without.
Where in the early days all goalkeeper gloves had a wide wristband that could be turned once around the wrist, nowadays there are several variants. The most common is still the single wristband, but goalkeeper gloves with double wristband and without wristband are more and more common.
Most goalkeeper gloves are secured by a wristband with Velcro. This wristband ensures that the glove stays securely around your hand and strengthens the wrist. Nowadays there are also gloves with a so-called "double band", this band can be turned around the wrist twice and gives a firmer feeling.
Nowadays there are goalkeeper gloves without a wristband. With some negative stitch gloves, the fit is so tight that no strap is needed to keep it in place. A goalkeeper glove without wristband provides more freedom of movement and is lighter in weight.
Brands use different types of latex to cover the palm of a goalkeeper's glove, with one type of latex having more grip than another. The only problem is that brands give the different types of latex names that sound as beautiful as they are unclear. In addition, it is not possible on the internet to put on the glove itself, which can make it difficult to get an idea of what you can expect from the grip. That is why we at qeepers have thoroughly tested all gloves. Based on these experiences, we have given the gloves stars. The more stars, the better the grip in dry weather.
Brands use different types of latex to cover the palm of a goalkeeper's glove, with one type of latex having more grip than another. The only problem is that brands give the different types of latex names that sound just as beautiful as they are unclear. Some goalkeeper gloves lose grip when they get wet and others perform best when they get wet. In order to get an idea of what is true for the different goalkeeper gloves, we have extensively tested all gloves. Based on these experiences, we gave the gloves stars. The more stars, the better the grip in wet conditions.
With the advent of artificial grass, the lifetime of goalkeeper gloves has become shorter. The softer the latex (palm) of the glove, the shorter the life span is often in practice. Because it is difficult for you to see how the latex feels on the internet and therefore it is difficult to make an estimation of the life span, we have done this for you. All gloves have been tested by goalkeepers at different levels and have been awarded a number of stars. The scale is, the more stars the longer the goalkeeper gloves maintained their level.