Hi all! Haley Kopmeyer here. For part 2 of my blog installments, I’m going to try and help to answer some of those questions about palm preservation so that your gloves last longer and therefore, you save more money from having to buy pair after pair after pair.
You can read my first installment about finger saves here.
First and foremost, we want to set the expectation that gloves are not cleats. I know that sounds obvious, but they will naturally wear faster than shoes because gloves are made of latex and latex is a soft, porous material. Latex absorbs what it touches and surrounds- water, dirt, sand, turf, dust, sweat- EVEN SMELLS. No matter what brand of gloves you buy, this holds true.
Average number of gloves a GK goes through per year:
Pro: 25-35 pairs
College: 5-8 Pairs
Elite Keeper: 3-6 pairs
Rec keeper 1-2 pairs
ITEMS TO NOTE
With this knowledge, "How can I or my child be at the lower end of those numbers so I’m not buying gloves all the time?"
Make sure you buy a glove that matches your needs and output!
PRO TIP: As you buy new gloves, have them become your game gloves. Wear them in and then drop them down to your training pair.
When I was growing up, I was extremely guilty of finishing a game or training, throwing my gloves in my bag and leaving my bag in my hot or cold garage (depending on time of year) until the next time I left for a training or game. Anyone else do this or see their child do this? Besides the fact that this is not hygienic (and plays a large part in giving gloves that foul odor they’ve become accustomed with), this is terrible for palm preservation!
We know this is a tough one to hear- but simple changes to technique and style of play can have an immense impact on the life of your latex. We recently posted a video of US National Beach Team keeper, Christi Yount, using a fist to push back up from a dive instead of pushing her palms into the sand. Same holds true for a field- dirt, turf, grass can be just as abrasive. It gets both absorbed into the latex and can tear it. Simple changes to technique will go A LONG WAY!
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Every day at West Coast we get questions about whether or not a keeper should use finger saves. This post hopes to help you make a choice, show what some our pros do and explain why every pair of West Coast Gloves comes with removable finger saves.
One of the most common emails we get is concerns wear on the bottom of a palm.
A simple way to make your palms last is to make a fist when Pushing Up from the Turf.