Lotto Goalkeeper Gloves – underrated range formerly worn and developed by Petr Cech.
England 2, Czech Republic 2. Another game that will see England players and boss pilloried in the press, with the usual bitterness and bias that we all expect. But from a goalkeeping perspective, the game saw a decent performance from Czech stopper Petr Cech, who made some solid saves in a first return to the big international stage since his confidence-shattering mistake in his country’s catastrophic exit from Euro 2008, after he dropped an 88th minute cross… Cech, in spite of recent lapses, is still a man mountain, a goalkeeping extraordinaire, keystone of the Chelsea defence and still generally rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We looked at England’s David James’ latest HO SOCCER gloves last week, and so this week we take the chance to look at his opposite number Petr Cech’s old goalkeeper glove sponsor, Lotto.
Cech was in Lotto gloves from 2004 – the year of his outstanding 2004 European Championship performances in which he won goalkeeper of the tournament – and the year he signed for Chelsea. In 2005 he beat Dida and Buffon to the famous IFHHS World Goalkeeper of The Year award, and also set a Premiership record for 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal. He also appeared in Lotto goalkeeper gloves at the 2006 World Cup in Japan, before moving on to his current sponsor adidas at the beginning of the 2007-08 season.
Cech’s time with Lotto draws attention to something that has often been overlooked: the professional standard Lotto goalkeeper gloves are a really well produced, excellent quality range. Featuring only 3 models, it’s a very focused range, but each glove is very different from the others, and all are well constructed with high quality materials and include some interesting technologies.
Surprising claims? Well, probably they shouldn’t be. Lotto’s current ‘pin up’ keepers include Roma’s Brazilian international goalkeeper Alexander Doni, and Sevilla’s Italian international Morgan De Sanctis, who travelled to the Euro 2008 tournament as backup to Gianluigi Buffon. All the Lotto keepers have an involvement in the design and production of the gloves, which in part explains the very interesting diversity of technical features in the current Lotto range.
What’s striking about all the Lotto gloves is how well constructed they are – the materials used and quality of production really is excellent. We look at the top three Lotto gloves and examine some of their key features.
Lotto Drago goalkeeper glove
Brand new top level release from Lotto, worn by Morgan De Sanctis with the Italy squad at the Euro 2008 championships. De Sanctis was the Lotto keeper most closely involved in the design and development of the gloves.
The Drago is a hugely padded, protecting glove, with a real focus on support, solidity and protection. The padding in the upper backhand really is extensive! As a result, it’s probably not for goalkeepers who prefer lightweight gloves. But for those concerned about hand protection and support, it’s a very good option. The Drago glove still offers the flexibility of being able to choose the desired level of protection, and the thermoplastic finger supports (“ESO-Frame”) to support the fingers, and the gel inserts in the wrist area (“G-Force”), which add additional support to the lower hand, are both removable.
Lotto G-Force Evo goalkeeper glove
The glove made famous by Petr Cech, and developed with extensive input from him, now with some slight updates for the 2008-2009 season. The negative cut of the glove was a request from Cech, and Lotto are proud that instead of releasing a flat cut version to the general public and keeping the more expensive negative cut style only for their pro keepers, they made the negative cut version available to the public. This gives the G-Force Evo gloves a very slim fit, snug on the hands, which is exactly what Cech specified in the glove’s development stages.
As well as the G-Force technology – hand protection in the lower backhand and wrist area, as opposed to the more common finger area – Cech placed huge emphasis on the development of lightweight gloves. So unlike the Drago model, the G-Force model is a slimmer, lighter weight glove, without the finger protecting plastic inserts in the backhand.
Lotto Neo Concept goalkeeper glove
Our pick of the range. The glove first developed by Lotto for Cech’s first two seasons with the brand, and was very much inspired by Cech’s demand for a lightweight and flexible glove. A very traditional, flat cut glove, but well constructed, super lightweight, and extremely good value. The Neo Concept goalkeeper glove features extensive use of lightweight mesh fabric in the backhand, as well as stretchy black neoprene fabric around the thumb area, keeping the glove really flexible and light.
Roma’s Doni also wore the Neo Concept during the 2007-2008 season, in spite of the option to wear or develop more expensive models, as he liked its simple design and super lightweight construction so much. A glove developed and worn by some of the world’s top keepers, at £29.99 RRP? Definitely worth a look.