Anyone who’s ever watched a big-time hockey game before has probably seen one or two awe-inspiring glove saves. Whether you’re a tendy who’s already making those saves or if you’re on the market for a better catch glove, here are some helpful tips to consider before purchasing any type of glove.
Types of Gloves
Catch gloves today come in two basic styles: traditional or solid cuff. Not sure which one is for you? Here’s what you need to know.
Traditional gloves have come a long way from their original shape and feel. The major difference between these gloves and other pairs on the market today is the cuff, or the rectangular piece of leather that encircles your wrist. Traditional gloves are constructed with two cuffs, making them more flexible when handling pucks, but also less protective around the bend in your wrist where the two cuffs meet.
Solid Cuff Gloves:
Solid cuff gloves are best for those who want better blocking and wrist protection from their gloves. Unlike traditional gloves, solid cuff (or single cuff) gloves enhance a goalie’s ability to redirect and block shots thanks to their bulky shaping.
All gloves are obviously pieced together with some form of stringing. While some gloves may use softer materials, most gloves are strung together today with nylon. The pattern and style of your strings, however, is often one of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing a glove.
Single T stringing is a popular style amongst many goalies today. This is the more traditional pattern; it only uses one piece of leather to hold the lacing in the pocket together. While Single T stringing generally does not yield a glove that's as deep or protective compared to other options, it’s often preferred by goalies who favor lightweight gloves.
If you’re a fan of extra puck control, Double T is always a solid option. Unlike Single T, Double T gloves are reinforced with additional stringing along the pocket and “T” in the glove. Looking for more stability and puck control from your glove? This is your best bet.
A quick measurement from the heel of your palm to the tip of your middle finger gives you a good idea of where you should start your sizing search. Sizing across the various brands is generally fairly universal, but always make sure to consult a sizing chart for the specific brand of glove you're purchasing.
As far as fit goes, gloves should always provide a snug and comfortable fit. If your hand is numb, it’s probably not the right fit. A brand new glove will always be on the tougher side for the first week or so, but it will soften up as you break it in.
- Looking to expedite the break-in process? Easy tip: keep your glove on for as long as possible. Open and close it, move your fingers around in it, sleep on it (with the glove closed evenly on the “T”), eat with it, etc. You’ll not only get your glove broken-in faster -- you’ll get an arm so strong that it could shatter pucks!