Gloves For Cricket

Cricket gloves are incredibly advanced nowadays. Each part of the glove is designed to give the very best in terms of comfort, safety and performance. So what should you look for when choosing a pair of batting gloves? Check out our handy guide below.

Side Bars

Side-bar padding offers protection for both the lead hand and the index finger of the lower hand.

High-Density Foam

High-density foam provides a better level of impact protection than the more traditional raw cotton, as well as a significantly lighter glove. Some gloves may be constructed from a mixture of raw cotton and high-density foam.


Inserts and Finger Castings

At a higher pace of play, even high-density foam may not offer the level of protection required to protect the hands. Strong plastics and other stiffer materials may be used for inserts, which serve to spread the ball's impact. Most batting gloves will have tunnels or castings of this nature over the first two fingers of the lower hand, as this is where high-speed impacts are the most common.

Smart Fabrics

Many cricket gloves now incorporate smart fabrics, such as D30. This material feels very much like rubber and is very pliable and soft in its normal form. However, on impact it will become rigid like a hard plastic. The benefit of this is a highly flexible and responsive glove with a very high level of protection.

Comfort

Cricket gloves are now more comfortable than ever. Ventilation, feel and flexibility will all contribute to the level of comfort for the wearer.

Flexibility

As a general rule, the more flexible the glove, the more comfortable it will be. The difficulty here, of course, is finding the right balance between flexibility and protection. Many manufacturers overcome this issue by designing the gloves with multiple sections of padding on the back of the hand, fingers and thumb, allowing each section to move independently.

Feel

The feel of cricket gloves will vary according to the type of material they are constructed from. Cotton or PVC gloves are fine for shorter periods of play but can become uncomfortable if worn in warmer conditions or for any length of time. Leather is highly durable and tends to be more comfortable than the more basic cotton options. Calf-skin leather is very soft but can prove less durable than Kangaroo or Pittards leather, as well as heavier.

Ventilation

Keeping the hands dry is essential to prevent slipping and maintain maximum grip and control over the bat. When choosing gloves, look for a pair with features that maximise airflow, such as mesh materials and perforated palms.

Sizing

As with the majority of products, sizing can vary between brands and manufacturers. Measure hand length, from the tip of your longest finger to the beginning of the wrist, and refer to the manufacturer's guidelines to determine the correct size.

In general, the more you spend on gloves for batting, the better quality the product will be in terms of comfort and protection.

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