For most amateur and professional goalkeepers, the palm foam is the most important thing when it comes to goalkeeper gloves. Features are nice but at the end of the day, the grip is what it comes down to. To help you pick the best adhesive foam, we tried and tested the top palm foams of all our Varan6 goalkeeper glove models.
What is the structure of an adhesive foam?
An adhesive foam consists of a foam layer and a latex layer. The foam is responsible for shock absorption (a.k.a damping), the latex for the grip. How these are developed vary. To guarantee optimal grip, we recommend a latex thickness of at least 3.5 millimeters.
Shock absorption - more important than grip?
The thicker the foam layer, the better the protection against impact. On the other hand, a thinner layer grants you more flexibility and thus better ball control. Since our palm foams are developed in close cooperation with pro goalkeepers we use damping lamination layers that have been tested at the highest level and found to be very good.
Find the perfect grip
The basic principle is the softer the latex, the better the grip. The better the grip, the shorter the lifespan of the palm. Sounds complicated? It is not! Every contact with an external force (ball, finger, Velcro fastener, cord, etc.) contributes to the abrasion of the latex. The wear and tear is higher if your glove has a softer mixture of plastic particles and a water-like liquid. In return, your glove will last longer with a harder latex layer. it is similar to how brakes on cars work: there is friction and abrasion between the tires and the road surface.
Discover all palm foams of our Varan7 models and check out our best picks for you!
1. Grip for pros
Goalkeepers have to make the right decision in a split second. A ball at close range with a speed of over 100 km/h has to be fended off. The 4mm Super Glue makes you prepared for even the hardest of shots. No restrictions ensured!
2. Perfect balance...
... between grip and durability has to be achieved. Grip automatically means abrasion: the higher the grip, the greater the wear and tear on the adhesive foam. Affordable professional adhesive foam with improved grip properties for the general public is now available.
The 4mm Super Glue is a high-quality professional foam with additional integrated grip elements. The best grip in all weather conditions is guaranteed! It has the right balance between grip and durability. Featured in our Varan7 Hero NC Blackout. The additionally incorporated grip elements on the palm offer the perfect balance between grip and durability. You will immediately fall in love with this glove - guaranteed!
Always keep the palm slightly moist to get an optimal grip.
Excessive testing with the help of both amateur and pro goalkeepers and thorough development made this project possible. Professional and amateur keepers have contributed to the development of our masterpiece, the brand new adhesive foam: the 4mm Supreme Claw. It is an extremely sticky pro palm foam. The 4mm Supreme Claw grants you the best grip directly OUT OF THE BOX! You'll get goosebumps, it's so good! Featured on the Varan7 Champ NC Whiteout
The Super White Claw has an extremely soft particle mix and grants you the best grip we have to offer. Pro & amateur goalkeepers reported them to be surprisingly durable as well when taking into account that this is a premium quality, extra soft & thick adhesive foam.
The 4mm White Claw is an abrasion-resistant adhesive foam, especially in dry conditions. On the other hand, the palm foam has also a great grip in damp and wet conditions.
The 4mm Black Claw shares the trait of the 4mm White Claw in its purpose. It is specially designed for dry conditions and is an excellent choice for intensive training sessions or competitive matches. Many professional goalkeepers pick this palm foam for its durability and good grip.
The 4mm Aqua Claw - the choice of many KEEPERsport professionals! A really good grip feeling, especially in wet conditions. This is because the abrasion-resistant foam works wonders in wet conditions. Has very good durability. Not suitable for artificial grass.
Tip for dry conditions:
To get the most out of this palm foam, always keep the palm slightly moist.
The 4mm Claw is a surprisingly high-quality adhesive foam that can withstand severe conditions. Its robustness contributes to its durability.
The 3mm Resist Claw is the perfect equilibrium of durability and grip. Designed to withstand the challenges faced in artificial grass and hard court, this palm foam is the ideal choice for these kinds of surfaces.
The 3mm Claw excels at training sessions, no matter how intensive they get. The price/performance ratio makes it a very affordable yet sturdy palm foam. Due to the lack of pro grip properties, goalkeepers will have to rely on their catching techniques.