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The Best Hockey Gloves of 2019

We have worn, read about, contacted manufacturers, pored over players reviews, and after dozens of hours of work we have rounded up the best gloves in the game.  After looking at over 30 pairs, we have crowned the Bauer Supreme 1S glove as our champion.

Our Pick

The Best Hockey Glove

An innovative 3 piece index finger design for improved dexterity and an amazing Suede Quattro Palm, Bauer loaded this glove up with all the features!

Bauer has come out with the complete package with their Supreme 1S Glove.  The glove packs protection, flexibility, and fast trying technology all into one lightweight and amazing feeling package.  The Ax Suede Quattro pro palm is probably one of the best feeling palms ever released on a glove, and user reviews confirm this.  Here is what one Supreme 1S user had to say about the gloves after leaving a 5 star review – 

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Runner-Up

Warrior's Best Hockey Glove

Warrior brings a ton to the table for this year’s Covert QR Edge glove, with multiple nylons for a breathable feel, and special attention paid to glove flexibility and top hand protection!

Warrior has been making serious inroads in hockey over the last few years, signing NHL players such as superstar Johnny Gaudreau to their team.  The Covert QR Edge really focuses on feel, with features such as Axyflex thumb and cuff, and a tapered fit to give you maximum mobility.  Warrior has reinforced the glove with Lycra Gussets to give it extra support but still feel like it has been broken in right off the shelf.  

Budget Choice

Lightweight and Budget Friendly Hockey Glove

Slating in one down from Bauer’s top Vapor 1X Lite glove, this glove has many similarities to the non-lite 2017 model.  at almost 30% less money!

Bauer’s mid level Vapor hockey glove has many features that the 1X Lite Pro and 1X Lite offer, while coming in at a great price.  A 2 piece FLEX-LOCK thumb prevents backward movements and akward breaks, while the pro nylon and cable mesh wrap make the glove extremely durable.  The gloves feature Bauer’s Thermo Max liner to keep it dry and smelling fresher.  If you aren’t looking to shell out $200+ on hockey gloves but want a fair share of the top tech, the Bauer X900 Lite may be the perfect glove for you.

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Our Recommendations

When #2 Is Basically As Good As #1

Warrior brings a ton to the table for this year’s Covert QR Edge glove, with multiple nylons for a breathable feel, and special attention paid to glove flexibility and top hand protection

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Our Top Glove of 2019

An innovative 3 piece index finger design for improved dexterity and an amazing Suede Quattro Palm, Bauer loaded this glove up with features so it will feel great and protect your hands too

Buying Options

Excellent Performance, Excellent Price

Slating in one down from Bauer’s top Vapor 1X Lite glove, this glove has many similarities to the non-lite 2017 model.  Coming in at almost 30% less money on average, you can’t go wrong!

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What We Based Our Research On:

Choosing the best hockey glove is something that will have a huge impact on your game every time you touch the puck, and understanding the subtle differences between models is imperative to making the right decision for YOUR game. We are going to be talking about the best gloves released in 2019, for all players and budgets. You should never have to sacrifice protection for feel, as you can’t go bar down if you are injured.  There are gloves that focus on protection to comfort and everywhere in between.  Read on for reviews that break down everything you need to know from manufacturers specs, strengths, possible weaknesses, and overall value to you as a hockey player.

We will be reviewing the best senior hockey gloves from brands including CCM, Bauer, Warrior, True, and Verbero to help you get both performance and protection, so you can light the lamp more often.  We will lay out the best hockey gloves of 2019 and evaluate them on protection, durability, fit, and cost. These gloves will all deliver high performance results and are sure to help your game, and we are here to help you make the choice that best suits your game.  Don’t forget to check out our top of the line hockey skates article for the best wheels for your game as well!

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The ultimate fit combined with lightweight, strong materials make this a best in class offering.

Our Rating:

5/5

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Warrior has offered the ultimate in protection with little additional weight for zero compromises.

Our Rating:

4.8/5

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CCM’s top of the line glove offers an  anatomical fit with top of the line protection and a clarino palm.

Our Rating:

4.6/5

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Lightweight and sturdy, with True’s legendary buttery nash palm

Our Rating:

4.5/5

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All the technology of the Super Tacks but with an open style cuff for maximum wrist mobility.

Our Rating:

4.3/5

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Uncompromised protection with a fast drying fabric at an attractive price point.

Our Rating:

4/5

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Newcomers to the game, Verbero offers excellent materials and low weight at an amazing price.

Our Rating:

4/5

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Extremely lightweight and durable and is a great budget friendly choice

Our Rating:

4/5

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Very lightweight glove that has great durability.

Our Rating:

3.9/5

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A lightweight glove with a great anatomical fit and a price for any budget

Our Rating:

3.7/5

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Comfortable glove that offers enhanced protection.

Our Rating:

3.3/5

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Read on for all our in depth reviews of the best hockey gloves out there.  If you are interested in the parts of the glove and materials involved, as well as how to choose a glove size, scroll to the bottom to see our ‘Gloves Basics’ section!

The Best Senior Hockey Gloves of 2019

1. Bauer Supreme 1S - The Best Overall Senior Hockey Gloves

Specifications and Features:

  • Flexorb Technology – A new proprietary technology from Bauer combines the XRD and GForm materials to create the most flexible and protective glove material in the game, improving impact absorption and hand movement. 
  • 37.5 Fast Drying Fabric – This technology is seen in other 2018 Bauer products to help evaporate sweat also drying at a much faster rate than competitors.  
  • Supreme Fit – Bauer has changed up the design of their newest 1S glove to give a more anatomical and snug fit compared to the classic loose fitting glove. This makes the 1S fit seamlessly on your hand and helps lessen the effect of impacts to the hand.

Advantages:

  • Snug Fit – The Bauer 1S glove offers the closest fit of any glove that I have tried, stepping away from the classic loose fitting style. Once you put the glove on, its almost like putting on latex gloves with how closely they fit.  This glove has next to no movement restrictions thanks to its design and material when stick handling and shooting. 
  • Premium Protection – When you combine the close fit and the Flexorb system, you don’t have to worry about taking a stick or puck off the hands anymore. With loose fitting gloves, even a light impact can cause a bit of pain as the glove itself will impact your hand/wrist. The Bauer 1S has a close anatomical fit to improve the protection, as the Flexorb technology helps to dissipate impacts. 
  • Premium Palm and Liner Materials –The worst feeling before you step on the ice is putting on a pair of soaking wet gloves with a slimy and slippery palm. The 37.5 technology ensure the fastest drying and sweat wicking technology on the inside of your gloves to keep your gloves dryer longer and ensure they are completely dry for your next skate. The AX Suede Quattro palm also features odor resistance and fungal protection technology, improving the grip on your stick late in the game and eliminating the putrid glove hand smell.

Disadvantages:

  • With the new anatomical snug fit, the Bauer 1S will take a skate to get used to if you’re switching from the classic loose style glove. Overall, I found that once you get used to it, it’s hard to go back to a loose glove with how flexible and comfortable the fit is on the 1S. 

BOTTOM LINE:

Having played with gloves using a classic fit all my life, it was an interesting change moving to an anatomical fitting glove, but after trying it out it would be difficult to go back. Bauer has made this glove extremely flexible so it doesn’t take away from puck handling and shooting, and you get improved protection since there is less space for your hand to move around in your glove. The real standout with this glove is how fast it dries and how it prevents the palms of your gloves from being sweat soaked entering the third period. The new 1S is one of the best gloves you can buy, which is shown by this glove being a very popular choice in the NHL with players like Jonathan Toews and Evgeni Malkin picking this over all others to go bar down with.

2. CCM Super Tacks

Specifications and Features:

  • Adjusted Fit – The new CCM Super Tacks glove utilizes an adjusted fit for close comfort, coupled with a three segment cuff to give amazing hand stability and wrist mobility. 
  • Pro Selected Polyester Construction – The Super Tacks features an extremely lightweight and durable pro selected polyester exterior, giving the glove great protection and flexibility. 
  • NHL Clarino Palm – CCM has gone with a reinforced palm for their top of the line model, strengthening material at common wear points ensuring a soft feeling and longer lasting glove. 

Advantages:

  • Flexible Feel – The comfortable fit and flexible construction of this glove make the Super Tacks a dream to play with.  From the wrist to the fingers this glove is designed for puck handling and going bar down. This is definitely one of the best gloves I’ve tried to date in terms of feel for the stick, with the two piece thumb making puck handling feel effortless.
  • Supreme Durability – Everything from the polyester exterior, PE foam, and D30 smart material ensure this glove is going to do its job for many ice times to come. CCM has proved itself in the durability and protection department with the Super Tacks, a hard slash on the hands won’t keep you from going bar down.
  • Enhanced Impact Protection – CCM has put out a superior product with full coverage protection of D30 smart material and PE foam so no part of the hand is exposed. This glove is built for skilled players who require superior puck handling ability in tight spaces.

Disadvantages:

  • Being one of CCM’s top models, the Super Tacks price point is on the premium side but the protection and feel it offers is well worth the investment. 

BOTTOM LINE:

I was really overwhelmed with how good it felt wearing this glove, it was so light and flexible it really helped my puck handling and shooting. The improved palm gives a supple and soft feel, at the same time increasing the durability of the glove. With how light the Super Tacks gloves are, the level of protection they give you is outstanding. While the price is on the higher side, these are one of the best gloves you can chose as a skilled player.  Breakout all star William Karlsson dons the CCM supertacks, scoring 43 regular season goals while wearing them. The performance of this glove really speaks for itself and in my opinion it is well worth the investment to improve your game.

3. Warrior Covert QR Edge - The Best Hockey Gloves For Stickhandling

Specifications and Features:

  • AxyFlex Floating Cuff – Warrior has implemented a significant upgrade over last year’s QRL model with the AxyFlex floating cuff, providing maximized protection and coverage without any restriction of movement. 
  • Exo Protect Foam Package – The QR Edge features a tough, hardened plastic for superior impact protection on the thumb, fingers, and back of the hand. Impact tests show a 26% increase in impact protection from the previous QRL Phantom Foam package. 
  • Smartpalm + – Warrior has gone with a combination of Clarino base layer and Gatorskin Clarino for the palm of the glove, which give you superior durability and a comfortable stretch in the palm for puck handling and shooting. 

Advantages:

  • Professional Feel – Let’s get right to the point, these are some of the best feeling and least restrictive gloves we have seen.  Your hands will be as soft as butter and as smooth as glass when you put these puppies on!!  The re-engineered AxyFlex floating cuff design has improved upon where I thought the QRL was lacking, unrestricted movement when puck handling and shooting. This cuff really provides protection all over the wrist, while allowing free and easy movement for superior puck handling and shooting ability. 
  • Enhanced Durability – Warrior has pushed the boundaries in terms of durability with the QR Edge, specifically in the palm design. The additional Gatorskin Clarino layer over the palm goes a long way in reducing wear, and the vented finger gussets ensure the glove is well ventilated even with the extra material. 
  • Ultra Lightweight Protection – Warriors new Exo Protect foam package has provided a noticeable weight reduction along with a proven increase in protection for the QR Edge glove. This is one of the lightest gloves on the market, and the impact protection tests show that Warrior did not leave anything on the table in the protection department. 

Disadvantages:

  • This glove took me a couple of skates to get used to the thumb, which comes a little stiffer than the previous QRL model, but the reduced weight and increased impact protection make the extra time breaking in the glove completely worth it. 

BOTTOM LINE:

The Warrior QR Edge is a premium glove with all the latest technology and features in the Warrior line.  This glove feels like you have almost nothing on your hand and is a dream to handle the puck in!  The reduced weight coupled with the AxyFlex cuff give this glove a superior feel for when you’re handling the puck, along with an uninhibited shot release. I cannot give enough praise to Warrior for how they have increased protection while shedding weight and increasing mobility, even improving the durability of the glove. The QR Edge is one of the best hockey gloves in the game, and this is proven by the QR line boasting close to 10% usage by players in the NHL.

4. TRUE X-Core Pro - The Most Protective Hockey Gloves

Specifications and Features:

  • 24 mm Pro Grade EPP Foam – True has put protection as its top priority utilizing 24mm of Pro Grade EPP foam along with a 1mm PE shell to protect against high energy impacts.  
  • ZPalm Technology – The most unique feature in any hockey glove on the market, True has engineered an easily replaceable palm using a zipper system with 5 different styles for your game. 
  • TrueFlexx Lock Thumb – The TrueFlexx Thumb is designed for an optimal range of motion when handling the puck or shooting, while preventing any chance of hyper extension. 

Advantages:

  • Breathable Flexibility – The True X-core gloves are designed with a flexible cuff for an excellent  range of motion and the pro liner material gives you great ventilation throughout the game. The fingers are split into three segments to give you peak flexibility when you are dangling your opponent about to go bar down. 
  • Extreme Protection – The True X-core gloves have not left anything to chance going with a 24mm EPP foam design, giving the gloves a thicker look with great protection against any contact to the hand. The TrueFlexx Locking thumb technology also ensures you aren’t going to get injured falling into the boards or the ice. 
  • Price Point – True has come into the glove market with their top of the line model priced in the mid-range of the spectrum similar to the X100. This is an extremely good price for the protection and performance you are investing in. 

Disadvantages:

  • The glove goes with a loose classic fit around the wrists, so it might be a downside on the wrist protection but the flexibility and puck handling are outstanding. 

BOTTOM LINE:

I love the classic look and feel you get from these gloves, while still offering huge upgrades in protection and feel. The True X-core isn’t the lightest glove out there, but going with the 24mm EPP foam makes up for this by offering second to none hand protection. This is one of the best hockey gloves in the median price range, and I am seriously impressed in the direction that True is heading with their equipment.

5. CCM Jetspeed FT1

Specifications and Features:

  • Anatomical Open Flex Cuff – The Jetspeed FT1 comes with an flexible open cuff to give you more mobility at the wrist and maximize puck handling ability.
  • Pro Selected Polyester + Synthetic Leather – The JetSpeed FT1 feature a pro selected exterior combined with lightweight and protective foam offering peak protection and durability. 
  • NHL Clarino Palm – CCM has gone with a reinforced palm for their top of the line model, offering a stronger material at the wear points to ensure a soft feeling and longer lasting glove. 

Advantages:

  • Heightened Mobility – The new flexible open cuff design on the Jet Speed gloves really gives you uncontested flexibility and hand mobility when handling the puck and shooting. This glove truly gives you the freedom to go bar down more often after burning a defender. 
  • Pro Level Protection – The synthetic leather exterior and the D30 and Zotefoam really come together to offer one of the best hockey gloves for durability and protection. There are no concerns taking shots or slashes off the hand and this glove will leave you unphased when driving to the net.
  • Lightweight Feel – The open cuff design and the NHL Clarino palm give you a step up over other players with the increased feel and control of the puck. You feel absolutely no restrictions when handling the puck.

Disadvantages:

  • The open cuff design opens you up to a little more exposed wrist area, but the inner flex cuff does help prevent this and the extra mobility is worth the trade off. 

BOTTOM LINE:

The CCM Jet Speed has gone with the traditional open cuff design and I can honestly say its the best open cuff offering I’ve tried yet. These are some of the best gloves you can buy if you like the open Flex Cuff design and demand supreme puck handling abilities. There isn’t a single weakness in this design, as the protection and durability you get is outstanding and top of its class. This glove is great for any caliber as it offers a combination of outstanding protection and enhanced puck handling ability to have you sniping top shelf. 

6. Bauer Supreme 190

Specifications and Features:

  • 37.5 Fast Drying Fabric – This technology has been added to the 190 model and  is seen in other 2018 Bauer products to help evaporate sweat and also dries at a much faster rate than competitors.
  • XRD Foam Technology – Bauer has used a multi-segmented design with XRD foam technology and plastic layering to give your hand the premium protection you need. 
  • AX Suede Quattro Pro Palm – The new palm technology has created best in class wear resistance and sweat wicking technology to keep your palm dry and lasting longer.  

Advantages:

  • Price Point – Compared to the Bauer Supreme 1S, the 190 model comes in at a more reasonable price without sacrificing much in terms of performance. The real difference between the two gloves is the weight and the foam protection system used, everything else is quite similar. 
  • Smooth and Soft Feel – One of the things I really noticed with this glove is how soft and flexible the new AX Suede palm is when handling and shooting the puck. This combined with the 37.5 fast drying liner make this one of the best gloves in this price range for comfort and performance. 
  • Supreme Protection + Durability – Considering this isn’t Bauer’s top of the line model, this glove offers incredible durability for both the exterior and palm of the glove. The protective features of this glove are no slouch either, with the proven XRD foam technology and PE inserts in the fingers and backhand make sure you won’t be spending any of the season healing an injured hand. 

Disadvantages:

  • This glove weighs a little bit more than Bauer’s Supreme 1S model, but is usually offered at quite a better price point and the protection still stacks up with the best gloves in the game.

BOTTOM LINE:

If you don’t need the absolute lightest glove on the market and all the latest technological features, this glove will not disappoint in any way shape or form.  It provides an extremely comfortable fit with great mobility for puck handling and shooting, and doesn’t sacrifice protection to achieve this. The new AX Suede palm will ensure you aren’t burning a hole in your glove anytime soon, no matter how many shots you are taking. This glove provides some extreme value, giving you almost all of the features seen in Bauers 1S model at a bit better of a price point.  You will not be making a mistake by choosing this glove as your next piece of equipment in your quest to go bar down. 

7. Verbero Dextra PRO II

Specifications and Features:

  • Permadry Palm – Verbero has incorporated a high end Torrey Suede palm that wicks away moisture at a very high rate, while providing great comfort and flexibility.   
  • Shield Floating Cuff – The Dextra pro II line is complete with a newly designed shield floating cuff system, providing optimal wrist protection and unhampered mobility. 
  • Ver-Tec Tight Cross Weave Nylon – Verbero has increased the durability without sacrificing flexibility in the Dextra II model with the new Ver-Tec nylon weaved exterior. 

Advantages:

  • Flexible Protection – Verbero has concentrated on enhanced flexibility and puck control with the anatomical tapered design. This is balanced out with the Shield floating cuff for full wrist protection, while providing uncontested wrist movement to keep you dangling all game long. 
  • Superior Ventilation – The Permadry palm technology along with the antimicrobial liner system keeps your hands and gloves dry and moisture free longer. This is one of the best hockey gloves for players who demand great ventilation long into the game and a continuously supple feeling palm.
  • Price Point – Verbero has designed a very strong performing hockey glove at a great mid-range price. In terms of the sleek look and extremely comfortable feel the Dextra II Pro gloves offer, this is a great investment for every player. 

Disadvantages:

  • If you’re looking for a shiny and flashy glove, you might not find it here as the nylon weave exterior gives this gloves a classically matte look.

BOTTOM LINE:

Verbero has concentrated on the thing that matters to most players, the feel and flexibility when shooting and handling the puck. The Torrey Suede palm is designed with sweat wicking technology to ensure you’ll keep a tight grip on your stick all game.  The Dextra II Pro gloves can even be baked in a skate oven for 2 minutes, almost instantly breaking these gloves in and molding them to your hand. There isn’t a downside to this flexibility and protection, as Verbero has also used 19mm of vinyl nitrate foam with PE inserts to give these gloves the protection you demand for your game. This is one of the best hockey gloves for the price point, and Verbero doesn’t disappoint at all with the performance and comfort of Dextra II Pro gloves. 

8. Warrior Alpha QX Pro

Specifications and Features:

  • Quick Strike & Flex Cuffs – This Warrior Alpha QX Pro has the Quick Strike feature with a great anatomical fit to ensure better puck control and protection of your hands. The Flex Cuffs improve your range of motion leading to better performance.
  • Hybrid Taper Fit – The Hybrid Taper Fit adds to the comfortable feel of the glove while also taking further steps to improve mobility.
  • Phantom Foam – The Warrior Alpha QX Pro has ‘Phantom Foam’ inserts that provides an optimal blend of lightweight feel and protection.
  • Wartech FNC Liners – The liners are powered by polygiene, so the gloves are odor free and dry quickly after every game.

Advantages:

  • Improved Protection – The Warrior Alpha QX Pro is a very durable glove that has all of the needed features to provide maximum protection. The Phantom Foam leads the way in shielding your hands from slashes and shots.
  • Extreme Comfort – The gloves offer extreme comfort through its responsive lycra gussets, and they will feel game ready and broken in as soon you try them on.
  • Enhanced Mobility – The Alpha QX Pro is also highlighted by great mobility features with its Flex Cuffs and Tapered Fit. They promote a high level of puck handling and control when your on the ice.

Disadvantages:

We have talked to some players that say the gloves feel too soft and not quite stiff enough, but this is really a personal preference.

BOTTOM LINE:

The QX Pro offers some of Warrior’s best tech at a budget price.  It has excellent durability thanks for the phantom foam inserts and great comfort thanks to lycra gussets.  With a great suite of features at a great price, the QX Pro is an excellent choice of gloves for players of all skill levels

9. Bauer X900 Lite - The Lightest Hockey Gloves

Specifications and Features:

  • AX SUEDE Grip Palm – The grip on the palm allows for increased performance when controlling and shooting the puck.
  • Pro Nylon Mesh – Pro Nylon Mesh is used throughout the hockey glove to provide breathability as well as durability.
  • Thermo Max Technology – The Liners used for the Bauer X900 Lite have combined Thermo Max technology and an odor resistant treatment to keep your hands cool all game long.

Advantages:

  • More Features – The Bauer X900 Lite features a lot of extras that other gloves won’t usually include. Such as the Thermo Max tech inside of the liners and the Quattro Grip Palm which allows for enhanced play.
  • Great Design – Bauer also made sure that the gloves have a good design which hockey players have reported to really enjoy.
  • Lightweight Mobility – The glove features segmented back pads as well as 3-piece fingers to ensure maximum mobility. It’s incorporates a lightweight design without sacrificing any of the protection.

Disadvantages:

This are an extremely lightweight product so the level of protection isn’t as high as other gloves on the list, but offer top of the line feel.

BOTTOM LINE:

This are an extremely lightweight product so the level of protection isn’t as high as other gloves on the list, but offer top of the line feel.

10. Warrior Covert QRE Pro

Specifications and Features:

  • Quick Release Technology – The Covert QRE Pro Gloves offer Quick Release technology which allows for effortless mobility with a high level of performance.
  • AXYFLEX Cuff – Warrior features full slash protection while providing great mobility in your wrist for shooting and handling.
  • Pro SmartPalm – The Pro SmartPalm in the QRE Pro glove provides a classic feel with a high level of durability with the thicker palm.
  • Exo Protect Foam – Provides extra cushioning and support for your hands to keep them protected from any impacts during the game.

Advantages:

  • Improved Functionality – The Warrior Covert QRE Pro is very functional hockey glove and comes with a lot of mobility and protection features such as the ANYFLEX cuff technology to enhance your game.
  • Lightweight- In addition to its great design and durability, it utilizes a very lightweight design which focuses on minimizing the amount of materials used.
  • Superior Mobility – The glove is designed to feel like a natural extension of your hand. Your wrist will be able to move freely for peak performance when handling the puck and going bar down.

Disadvantages:

The Warrior Covert QRE Pro comes with a cream colored SmartPalm material which some report takes a little getting used to with the thicker material, but these gloves are still top of the line when it comes to breath-ability and mobility.

BOTTOM LINE:

The Warrior Covert QRE is a great budget option for you, when you want some of the top of the line Warrior features but don’t necessarily feel like paying top dollar.  The Axyflex cuff, Pro SmartPalm, and Exo Protect foam all work together well to create a great pair of glovesthat is also easy on the wallet.

11. Sherwood BPM S120 - Best Gloves For Beginners

Specifications and Features:

  • CableKnit and PolyKnit Nylon – These two Nylon materials offer a durable fit for the Sherwood BPM S120 ensuring no wear and tear on your gloves.
  • Clarino Microfiber Nylon Palm – The Palm material is made of clarino which is perfect for adding extra grip to enhanced performance.
  • High-Density Foam – keeps your gloves well protected and is sure to keep your hands’ injury free.
  • Microfiber antibacterial Liner – Perfect for keeping your gear dry and odor free ensuring that the gloves last longer and won’t stink up the car after game.

Advantages:

  • Extremely Versatile – The Sherwood BPM S120 is a very versatile glove and even features a 3D molded shot blocker which provides the ultimate protection for the hardest shots.
  • Dry Comfort – It features proprietary liner technology to ensure fast evaporation of moisture and sweet while keeping the gloves odor-free.
  • Superior Dependability – There’s not much more you ask for in this Sherwood product as it covers all of the basis you would need in a high quality glove.

Disadvantages:

Although the Sherwood BPM S120 only comes in black, it is still a very viable option and you can’t go wrong with selecting it as your glove of choice.

BOTTOM LINE:

The Sherwood BPM 120 gloves are an amazingly comfortable glove that has great protection to boot.  While it isn’t the lightest glove, nor does it have the best feel when stick handling.  However, you need to take into account the price, and this is one of the lowest priced gloves on our list.  When you take that into your assessment, the Sherwood BPM 120s are a fantastic value glove especially if you are just starting out!


Basics of the Hockey Glove

Parts of the Hockey Glove

The hockey glove is comprised of four main parts as shown on our diagram to the right
The Cuff protects your forearm from slashes or pucks.  The wrist Roll / Cuff sits right on your wrist and its sizing and fit will affect your wrist mobility and stick handling.  The back rolls are the meat of the glove meant to protect your hands from impacts.  Finally the fingers are as expected the articulating part of the glove meant to protect your fingers while allowing maximum movement at the same time

Glove length

Typical hockey gloves generally range from 8 to 15 inches.  8 through 12 inches are sizes used for children and teenagers.  Most adult sized gloves will range from 13 to 15 inches in length.  Whats the rule of thumb for finding a starting point for your glove length?  Take the distance from the base of your palm to the tip of you index finger in inches, and multiply it by two.  Another method is to measure from the base of your fingers to your elbow crease and use that distance.  Unless your fingers are a bit longer or arms a bit shorter, both of these methods should end up within a few tenths of inches from each other, giving you a great starting point to select your glove length.
The gloves themselves should extend very close to the bottom of your elbow pads once you have them, in order to minimize the amount of forearm / wrist susceptible to slashes or being hit with pucks.

Glove Palm Material

The glove palm has had many different iterations over the years, but we will break down the three most common palm materials you will see on the market today.  They are all fantastic choices and you can’t go wrong with any to be completely honest.
Nash – The Nash or sometimes Micro Nash palm is a synthetic palm material that comes in all kinds of colors.  It is usually quite thick for great durability and the ability to last you through many games and practices.  If you are not overly rough on your gloves this style of palm should last for a year or more.
Digital – This is a higher end palm material.  It is one of the thinnest palms around, akin to a golf gloves palms.  Since this style of palm is not very thick it breaks down quite easily.  This style of palm is for those who are either easy on their gloves or demand top of the line performance.  During normal play (a few times a week) you can expect most digital palms to last between half a year and a full year before starting to wear out.
Clarino – This is a synthetic palm that is similar to Nash but is usually easier to break in.  Due to its ease of break in, Clarino has started to dominate the palms offered by higher end gloves.  For example, every palm choice offered by True is a version of a Clarino palm.  These palms you can expect to last on par with Nash palms (Roughly a year).


Conclusion

We have talked about some of the best gloves for all budgets today, and really it’s all about finding the best combination of protection and comfort for your game. I have tried all the gloves discussed above and none of them will let you down in the protection department, it all depends on the specific feel you need for your game. These gloves are going to be a valuable investment to keep you from getting injured game in and game out. My personal favorite is the Bauer Supreme 1S.  I am a huge fan of the snug anatomical fit and the feel of these gloves, even if I am paying a premium price. If anyone has an opinion or question on any of the gloves we have talked about, we’d love to hear from you.  Read on for the basics on Hockey Gloves or check out some of our other gear review articles!

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