A lot of our gloves offer our removable Endo-Tek Pro fingersaves. The most important thing to realize is that a glove will function the same with or without the finger protection inserted. The main difference between whether you choose to go with finger spines in your gloves or not will come down to how they feel on your hands when the fingersaves are inserted into the glove. Though performance won’t necessarily change you’d be hard-pressed to come to the conclusion that with or without spines you wouldn’t tell the difference. We opted to include this removable design in our gloves to give each goalkeeper the choice or preference on how they want to customize their goalie gloves from a feel and performance standpoint.
Too many glove companies make your first choice be between a goalie glove with finger protection or without forgoing any other features you may actually want in your gloves. How many times have you seen that perfect design to realize it did or didn’t come with finger protection? For our team at Renegade GK, we wanted to give you the opportunity every day to determine how you want to approach each training or game scenario.
The advantage of having the choice derived from the concept that even if you don’t choose fingersave protection day in and day out you will at some point likely come down with a finger injury in this position. Unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable as a goalkeeper and though you can tape fingers that can also create more issues than it prevents. In these preventative scenarios, we opted to allow goalies the choice of adding additional support during times of injury, or even during a training session where you’re merely a target between two posts. During these moments, prevention becomes the focus and fingersaves can be just the safety feature that either return you to full-time training or ensure you remain the number 1. We always advocate for you to maintain the choice, hence we provide removable protection as an option on all our gloves!
There are 3 distinct types of fingersaves available in our market today, the single molded plastic, the 2-molded plastic and the composite style. Remember, some spines can look different due to colors used, potential pattern differences, but the function of them boils down to 3 traditional styles each with their own performance characteristics.
A single-molded plastic fingersave spine is commonly used in most lower end ($20-$40) fingersave goalie gloves. They offer the concept of fingersaves however the minimize the actual forward flexion a keeper has while in reality not protecting against negative flexion during a save. The largest problem with these fingersaves aside from their lack of performance occurs when they break. In most cases, if you are using fingersaves goalkeeper gloves that do not offer removable protection then when a spine breaks the gloves are pretty much useless from a protection standpoint. In every case that a finger spine has broken internally we always suggest discontinuing use as the integrity of the glove’s protection has severely decreased.
The next tier of fingersave protection is a double-molded plastic fingersave which only differs in structure versus the single molded spines. By having 2 separate molds attached together instead of being constructed from a single piece of plastic you gain a bit more strength yet in many cases lose flexibility in shot-stopping. In reality they are very similar to single molded spines and thus we suggest trying to stay away from them if you’re a goalkeeper seeking performance gloves.
Lastly, are composite-style fingersave spines identical to our Endo-Tek Pro spines. These are made of individualized ribs of plastic compressed together to form a single spine adhered together with a 3M backing. Structurally, these finger saves offer the maximum positive flexion during shot stopping while next to zero degrees of negative flexion due to the tight arrangement of the plastic ribs. Soccer goalie gloves with finger protection like these give you the best protection possible while allowing your fingers the ability to respond immediately and without pause when you’re staring down a shot coming in around 60 mph.
Don't forget, even with glove series like the Vortex and Eclipse that don't come with fingersave spines you can always add them. With these two high end glove series we decided to offer players who didn't care for the fingersave technology the option to purchase a glove that didn't include them.
Sticking true to our philosophy that each goalkeeper should still have a choice we decided to continue to include the fingersave zipper so that all keepers have access to all our gloves!
In the first 30 days if you change your mind, or if there’s a problem with your gloves we’ll replace them no questions asked or provide you a full refund.