Top critical review
How on earth do these have 4 stars? They are slippery, and run small.
on May 2, 2013
The only good thing about these is the durability. They are pretty tough gloves and would work as a practice glove.
The main problem with them is they have NO GRIP, which, imho, is the most imporatnt part of a goalie glove! Drag the back of your hand over the palm of these gloves and you will notice there is no tack and stickiness or even any resistance, your hand will slide across like a duck on water.
As per the instructions, they were rinsed\air dried, then dampened before the game, but they gave me no confidence whatsoever in their ability to grip a spinning ball. I wore these once and won't wear them again unless I'm forced to.
Brine should be ashamed for including this text in the description of the product:
"Superior super-sticky latex foam for sure grip"
Super-slippy is more like it...I wouldn't buy these gloves for anything other than training, these are not game quality gloves, due to the lack of tackiness, but they do offer good protection for the hand with finger saves, and the glove is sturdy so the palm should hold up for long training sessions. Given that the palm can't really grip a ball I'm not sure what good even that is...These are worth 15-20$ max.
Additionally, they run small. I think this is due to the finger saves being stuffed in there, I basically have to cram my hand to get it inside these size 11 gloves, whereas I wear a size 10 in other brands...I'd need a size 12 for these gloves...furthermore, the back of the fingers is very hard and also slick, almost plastic...they should have more padding on the back and something to provide some grip for punching\boxing the ball out.
I bought a pair of Select (master viking) gloves at a local sporting goods store for 40$ and the difference is incredible. The back of my hand sticks to the Select gloves and glides across these Brine gloves (like water off a ducks back).
Again, the only positive note is the sturdiness of the glove...finger saves feel sturdy and after playing for 80 minutes in a short sized game on a grass field had no breaks in the palm...so maybe these would be good for practice gloves if you aren't concerned about grip, but I certainly wouldn't recommend these for use in games.