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Storelli Sports Review: Goalkeeper Gear to Improve Your Game

I’m old enough to remember playing goalkeeper when there weren’t gloves. My friends in the local park would smash a ball at me as hard as they could, and I often performed a diving mid-air save to block the shot. The repercussion was that my hand would be stinging like hell for at least a few minutes afterwards.

Then in the late ’70s, goalkeepers (and the average child on the street, like me) began wearing gloves to help eliminate the sting, but more importantly to allow a better grip on the ball especially when it was difficult to handle such as when the ball was wet or muddy.

The evolution of goalkeeper gloves (and goalkeeping gear) have come a long way since then, so I was interested when Storelli Sports approached me to review some of their merchandise. They sent me a pair of goalkeeper gloves in addition to goalkeeper shorts.

The results were pretty revealing. And if you’re a goalkeeper or know someone who plays the position, definitely read on.

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BodyShield Ultimate Protection GK Shorts

The first item I received was a black pair of BodyShield Ultimate Protection goalkeeper shorts. And it was something completely different than I’ve ever seen before. The custom gradient-molded EVA foam provides protection from impact against all type of surfaces. I only wish these were around when I was playing in my local park, and later in my life when I was playing indoor soccer. While the shorts do feature great padding, they are still very flexible and feature a proprietary V-Flex design that maximizes the range of motion.

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The shorts are also comfortable and feature a moisture-wicking compression fabric, so they don’t get weighed down even in wet conditions.

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When reviewing this item, I sought the input of my nephew (pictured) who is a goalkeeper for a soccer team in South Florida. He was impressed by how snug the fit was, as well as how good the design looked. He’s looking forward to testing out the shorts in the upcoming season.

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The suggested retail price for the shorts is $64.99. Colors available are black.

XRB-1 GK Gloves

In addition to the shorts, Storelli Sports also sent me a pair of their XRB-1 goalkeeper gloves to review. The gloves are comfortable to wear, are well-padded and are well designed. They feature a technology called aXorb that combines controlled energy release urethane with Extragrip latex form. The aXorb technology provides greater levels of shot absorption and grip than competitor gloves, allowing keepers to control even the hardest shots.

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The glove features 6mm of a dual layer aXorb foam, so the glove feels a little bulky when you first slip it on, but the glove is anatomically designed to fit tightly, providing a second skin feeling.

I tried the gloves on and used them in a practice session. They add some peace of mind knowing that not only do they protect, but they also help absorb shots. If I was a goalkeeper, they would definitely give me a confidence boost if I was between the goal posts.

While the XRB-1 GK Gloves are definitely not child’s play, I had my son model the gloves so you can see different shots of the gloves in action.

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The suggested retail price for the gloves is $139.99 and $159,99. Colors include grey/red and neon green/black.

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Without a doubt, the collection of goalkeeping merchandise from Storelli Sports focuses on quality. If you’re serious about goalkeeping, Storelli Sports is definitely one brand you will want to check out. The gear is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. And if you’re searching for high quality gear, Storelli Sports may be the solution you’re looking for.

Special note to EPL Talk readers: Storelli Sports are offering a 20% discount on their product line as part of their launch this month. Browse their complete range of products in more detail on www.storelli.com and take advantage of this special one-time offer.

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8 Responses to Storelli Sports Review: Goalkeeper Gear to Improve Your Game

  1. Joseph says:

    Do they wear cups/groin protection now a days? I remember when I was younger my biggest fear at goal was getting a blast right at the family jewels. It really did give me a huge psychological disadvantage because I was less willing to make more adventurous saves or dives for the ball then say if I knew I had protectio0n down there. Basically I was more worried about protecting my groin then I was about protecting goal.

    • trickybrkn says:

      You have a better change of taking one to the old huevos in the field then in goal. I was playing left back and put my leg up to stop a cross and over extended taking the follow through where you least want it. I could barely breathe, yet got right back on the post to defend the corner. Why I hate these players that roll around on the floor like there was a sniper in the stands. get on with it, and run it off.

      • Dave C says:

        Yeah I have to agree that getting a whack in the balls is probably more of a risk for an outfield player. But if it makes you feel safer to wear a cup, and you can find one that fits appropriately, then do so.

        I used to play in goal as a kid, and my personal “thing” was that I had to wear long tracksuit pants/jogging pants. I didn’t like the prospect of getting my knees cut up from wearing shorts (although again, it’s probably not a fear based in reality).

    • The KGI says:

      Joseph,
      This is not a decision you make depending upon whether other keepers are doing it. The answer, unequivocally, is yes, wear a cup. Goalkeeping is about brains and confidence. The simple fact you noticed the diff in your attitude regarding getting stuck-in is enough to support wearing a cup, but beyond that, testicular trauma is not funny. The size, mass and density of a soccer ball is not such that the risk for significant trauma is great, but I’ve seen testes swollen to the size of an orange, with the poor suffering sod wishing he was dead and puking his guts out. In extreme cases, emergency surgery may be indicated. Here’s the deal with protective equipment and goalkeeping…you cannot wear too much. Make the decision for YOU, though, and don’t let anyone take this piss. If you keep clean sheets, your teammates won’t mind if you wear a clown suit.

  2. The KGI says:

    Regarding the young keeper in the poolside photos…like, those Storelli’s are at least one, if not three sizes too big for you, dude. Compression shorts are called compression shorts because they are designed to compress, eh? They should be skin-tight! There should be zero slack, or gathering of fabric anywhere. If there is, they are too big.
    Man, seeing this kind of stuff makes me wince.
    Yet another situation where a keeper should have consulted the KGI…

    • Dave C says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I just didn’t say anything, because it felt a bit creepy leaving a message on the internet discussing the fit of an adolescent boy’s shorts.

  3. The KGI says:

    This one’s for, The Gaffer,
    I give you high marks, for qualifying your comments by letting us know you aren’t a keeper; I’m very sensitive to the burgeoning glut of goalkeeping poseur’s on the web.
    I am presently evaluating both XRB-1 models as part of GluvLuv3. The KGI Road Test and Professional Subjective/Objective Evaluations are in process; live updates start posting this week. Please have a look at the ‘qualifications’ page of my site. KGI…helping goalkeepers best understand what they most need to know.

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