I’m not always the biggest fan of the high-end goalkeeper gloves, but the Reusch Keon Pro Duo is an excellent glove for the keeper that plays in all conditions, at the competitive level.
What I really liked about this glove was the cushioning. This is the type of glove that you want on your hands while playing at the most competitive level of soccer, because it protects your hands from hard shots. The palm dampens the ball and absorbs hard shots, while the backhand contains extra cushioning for punching. I also really liked the abrasion resistance at the bottom of the palm. It helps protect the palm, so that when I dive, the glove doesn’t get torn up so easily. The pull-down wrist wrap was easy to put on and easy to adjust. This is also a plus, as I like to readjust my goalkeeper gloves after almost every dive.
The one downside to this glove, in my opinion, was the Ortho-Tec spines. I’m a goalkeeper that likes flexibility in a glove. The Ortho-Tec spines definitely limit flexibility, but they are highly protective. You won’t be jamming when you’re wearing this pair of goalie gloves. The shot would have to break the spines in order to break your finger! The good news about wearing this glove during a game, however, is that the fingers are pre-splayed in the ready position, so flexibility is not as important as in some other gloves.
For me, I prefer the Keon Deluxe, which is a similar glove (in some aspects), but does not contain the Ortho-Tec spines. This is definitely a personal preference, however, as I am more prone toward flexible gloves.
Other than that, I’d definitely recommend the Keon Pro Duo. It has great grip in all kinds of weather, it’s durable, and it’s protective. At $150, it is an investment, but remember, these gloves are more durable than most. So instead of buying two $100 gloves within one year, you’re only buying one. It’s a great choice for the competitive goalkeeper, and definitely gets the job done.
Written by: Bonnie Kuhn, goalkeeper guru, soccerprose.com
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