Lacrosse Gloves Buying Guide

Lacrosse gloves are an important part of any lacrosse player’s gear set-up. Not sure what style or size is best for you? Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect pair of gloves on SidelineSwap.

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Lacrosse glove anatomy


Thumb

The thumb of your glove is a lot more important than you may think. It’s crucial that your dexterity isn’t compromised by your lacrosse gloves. That’s why when it comes to shopping for gloves, you’ll want a pair that is flexible and comfortable but still provides adequate protection. Without sufficient padding on your thumb, you’ll wind up in a lot of pain after your first check to the hand.

Palm

The best gloves available today will offer the best palm lining, either in a suede or mesh material. As with most gear, you get what you pay for with gloves: the more you’re willing to spend, the more durable your palm liner will be.

Ventilation

While you might not think that your hands are prone to overheating, you’ll quickly learn after your first game that proper glove ventilation is key to your overall comfort. Traditionally, gloves are equipped with vents on the backhand, but many today offer cooling ventilation in the palms as well. Keep in mind: more vents means more stitching, which produces a less-natural fit. If you’re not a player that tends to overheat, try to find a pair with minimal ventilation (this is also handy for those early Spring games).

Grip

Many manufacturers today offer gloves with enhanced grip in the palms. While this isn’t universal, it’s a nice touch to help improve your stickhandling skills.

Liner

A good liner goes a long way in helping your gloves stay fresh over repeated use. Most liners today come in the form of Nylon or other sweat-wicking materials; this helps prevent your hands from slipping.

Sizing

Not sure which size glove to order? Glove sizing usually ranges from sizes 8” - 13” and in some cases, 14”. Here’s how those sizes compare to common measurables:


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Once your gloves arrive, make sure to take note of how they feel when you try them on and wiggle your fingers around.

The spacing of your fingers in your glove tends to come down to personal preference. Some players may prefer a skin-tight feel while others opt for a looser, more flexible fit. With that being said, your gloves should always feel securely attached to your wrist, not like they’re about to fall off when you reach for a ground ball.

Finally, check to make sure your palm is fully covered by the palm liner. The start of your liner’s cuff should be sitting over your wrist, not on your palm.

Other Tips

Nike and STX gloves tend to fit a little more snug on the hand.

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