Cold hands when goalkeeping?
From autumn onwards it becomes more unpleasant on the field. Wind, rain and cold then start to play tricks on the goalkeeper. When the temperature also drops, it often becomes difficult to stay between the poles.
At Jeugdkeeper.nl we get a lot of questions about whether we have anything against cold hands. Let's start with the fact that there is no good alternative for goalkeeper gloves. This also makes no sense. The gloves will rub between each other with all the consequences that entails. Of course there are goalkeepers who use latex doctor's gloves under the goalkeeper gloves and/or a special underglove. However, these will sweat and another negative consequence of these types of gloves is that your hands will slip in your goalkeeper gloves. These undergloves often do not fit because you have purchased your goalkeeper gloves custom-made. In addition, you wear goalkeeper gloves to catch balls, if this is prevented by the consequences of "under gloves" there is no point in wearing them at all..., but that is our opinion of course.
There are of course also goalkeeper gloves that are equipped with windbreakers and membranes to prevent wind and cold and/or goalkeeper gloves with some kind of climate control built in (usually in the form of a special piece of fabric). However, these are gloves in the high-end class and are therefore expensive. These are often exclusively gloves that are only available in large sizes. Therefore not suitable for children.
Is there anything you can do against the cold with the other goalkeeper gloves? Still something. We notice that goalkeeper gloves are often worn much too wet. The idea is that the gloves must be worn very wet to have a grip. The answer is no. If gloves are too wet, a kind of aquaplaning occurs. Often the first ball is enough to get the foam to the right moisture level, especially with contact latex. If you use your water bottle or preferably a spray from a bottle, this is no problem. However, do not hold your gloves under the tap!
Also maintain your gloves properly. After cleaning, wrap it in a towel for 1 to 1.5 hours and then place it to dry (not on the heater) with the foam facing upwards. Of course the foam should not dry out, but wet is not good!
You often feel it when the goalkeeper gloves are used and/or stored too wet. The foam then appears to become more flexible and thinner. Just like a wet chamois.
If you take the above into account, we are sure that you will have no or much less cold hands. Even when it rains very hard.
Small tip: take a glove bag with you to the goal during the match with a water bottle and a small towel or guest towel. You can use this to try to remove excess water from your goalkeeper gloves during the match.
Almost all brands carry Aqua gloves. These are goalkeeper gloves with aqua foam that are made to handle a lot of water, mud and dirt. These gloves therefore offer more grip in wet weather, but are not (all) waterproof. When the water reaches your hands, they still become very cold. So keep them as dry as possible.
You can see our winter articles and the gloves that have been made waterproof via the link below. We also supply goalkeeper gloves with windbreakers to order. However, this is only for the larger sizes.