Nike Unveil Mercurial Touch Elite Goalkeeper Gloves

In celebration of the cats who stalk the uprights; Nike have looked to reinvent the goalkeeper glove for the next generation of shot-stoppers.

Goalkeeper Gloves

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They are often the unsung heroes of any team, but we all love a great goalkeeper; the one who happily goes in between the sticks at 5-a-side, donning the gloves and clawing shots out of the top corner when called upon. Almost brings a tear to my eye.

It seems a shame that, with brands throwing so much into new boot and kit designs, goalkeeper gloves are essentially the same as they were 20 years ago. Nike are looking to change that with the introduction of the new Mercurial Touch Elite, a glove which is being heralded as the ‘most advanced goalkeeper glove ever’.

Goalkeeping gloves have stuck to the same format for generations now. We always expect the bulky design and Velcro strapping; the same padded back hands and squared fingers. Throwing away these elements and asking what keepers actually need from a glove in the modern game, Nike have developed the future of goalkeeping gloves to take the best keepers to the next level.

On first appearance, they look like gloves the shelf stackers wear down at Aldi, but don’t be fooled, the new sleek design with high-grip palm, flexible wrist cuff and reduction of the stiffness of traditional mitts meets all the needs of a modern goalkeeper.

The gloves are essentially a mash-up of designs from a huge array of different sports. Nike have taken the best aspects from surfing, baseball, golf and American football gloves, and applied them to the beautiful game. The result: we have a goalkeeper glove that takes out everything they didn’t need and replaced it with everything they do.

They look, fit, and feel different to traditional gloves. The Velcro strap has been updated to a wrist cuff that provides more flexibility to deal with incoming shots, yet retains the stability so your hands won’t end up in the back of the net with the ball. Nobody wants that, do they? Removing the padding from the backhand means it weighs in 33% lighter than its predecessors. The backhand now includes punch prints on the third and fourth knuckle to provide a barrier without bunching up.

Jack Butland has been part of the development process of the new gloves, making sure they perform at the highest level. Of course, he might not have had the best of weekends away to Leicester City, but we’re sure these Nike innovations will bring out the best in him eventually. The Nike Mercurial Touch Elite gloves are available from May. Let us know what you think about the new gloves in the comments. Or visit FOOTY.COM to compare prices on all kinds of gloves, kits and football equipment.

Chris is a huge Manchester United fan and an avid Draft Fantasy Football player.