Field Hockey gloves have become more and more popular in the sport over the years, as the game has become faster and more competitive.
First things first though, what are field hockey gloves and what do they do? Gloves for field hockey players are very different to other gloves worn in sports like Ice Hockey where both hands are fully enclosed. Typically these gloves are only worn on the left hand, but only half the fingers are covered and are padded on the outside. Some players of course choose to where gloves on both hands however the extra grip on the right hand is not necessarily always wanted as the right hand needs to have the shaft of the stick twist in it smoothly when the left hand turns the stick. This is also often why players tape the area between the gripped part of the stick and the main shaft.
What do they do? These gloves have two main functions. The first is to protect the players knuckles from skin abrasions and being squashed while tackling or doing slap hits. You can see in the image here where Michelle Kasold of team USA is taking on a player from the New Zealand national women’s team with her Dita stick, notice how the New Zealand player ‘s hand is protected from abrasion from the turf by he glove. The other secondary benefit of using gloves is a better grip on the handle of the stick. Generally this stick grip should take care of this, however gloves can help out a bit too, especially in wet weather if the grip is not performing.
There are several types of field hockey glove which can be categorized by how much coverage they have on your hand, this ranges from a full glove, half finger glove, half finger glove with no thumb, all the way down to just a knuckle guard.
Who should wear Field Hockey Gloves?
Any player on the field can wear a field hockey glove and you see them being used by elite players in each different position. However the most position that uses gloves are defenders as they tend to be making the big low down tackles most often out of anyone on the pitch. Something else to consider is what type of surface you are playing on. A well maintained natural grass pitch probably doesn’t warrant a glove as much as AstroTurf as it tends to cut up the knuckles not quite as bad. This being said tough hard, dry grass can be pretty abrasive too. The worst surface for you hands is a synthetic sand turf, these bad boys will take the skin of your knuckles or hands as easily as cutting butter. Best-fieldhockeysticks.com would strongly recommend any one who plays on this surface to use a glove of some description.
How much do Gloves for Field Hockey cost?
Typically these are not too expensive and generally range from as cheap as $5 all to a max of $50. See here for the full range of prices.
The large variance in price is due to a two main things. 1. The quality of materials used and 2. The amount of materials use, e.g. small gloves that only cover a bit of your knuckles are going to be cheaper that a full glove with full padding.
Keep reading for individual glove reviews and our top picks for players.
Indoor Field Hockey Gloves
For Indoor hockey players gloves are even more of a necessity than those that play outdoor. As you might imagine the most common surface an indoor field hockey is player on is a hard solid wood (like a basketball court) or concrete flooring with a special coating. Both of these surfaces do not have any cushion on them so if your hand is pushed down on them hard, there isn’t going to give in it. Ouch! A lot of indoor players tackle flat and down low, this means a lot of opportunities for not only abrasions from the floor but fingers being squashed by the oppositions sticks too. This is one of the reasons that it is more common for indoor players to actually use gloves
on both hands.
Best Half Finger Field Hockey Glove – with Thumb Protection
STX Stallion Field Hockey Glove
This is an excellent all rounder glove that will give any player good protection for most situations. It has a large raised pad that sits on the back of your hand as well as padding over the knuckles, covering half the fingers. This glove also has good flexible cushioning on part of the thumb which is nice too in a squash situation. STX has made a great light weight non-bulky design that still delivers great protection to the hand and fingers without getting in the way. Ideal for most outdoor field hockey players.
Best Full Finger Field Hockey Glove
Our #1 pick in this category is the TK T1 glove. This particular glove is a cut above the other brands in regards to quality of materials and construction. It has strong seem stitch work and soft cushioning that can still take a beating. The glove itself is surprisingly flexible and light weight despite full hand coverage. This glove is ideal for indoor field hockey players or those turf players that get into a lot of tackling situations such as fullback in defense. The TK T1 is well priced despite being the top pick for a full glove, it even just pulls in cheaper than its main rival the Harrow Double Down glove which is more expensive but not quite as high quality as the TK.
Our top glove in this category is the Harrow. The main reason for this is value for money. This half finger no thumb glove is one of the cheapest in its class while still offering good quality and most importantly good protection. The glove partially covers the four fingers with an open hole for your thumb which has reinforced seems to ensure it doesn’t tear easily. It also offers good heat and air ventilation for your palm. This type of glove is very common as it offers great finger and knuckle protection but more control and flexibility for the thumb which is critical when holding a stick, if you are not too worried about having your fingernails squashed or thumb damaged this is a great choice.
Knuckle gloves are a great lightweight protection for your hand. They are the cheapest type of glove because they are extremely simple, essentially just a highly abrasion resistant fabric that just covers half of your fingers. The beauty of these types of gloves is they do not restrict finger or thumb movement at all and are extremely lightweight. They don’r really have any proper cushioning so your aren’t protected from finger squashing or jarring but they will protect you against most abrasions. For example if you are worried about scrapping the skin off your knuckles from slap hits on a sand turf these types of gloves would be ideal. Our top pick in this category is the Gryphon Knuckle Guard which is a great price and very durable. It also comes in both pink and black.
Notes for Buying: Remember with field hockey gloves they are usually only sold as one glove. Make sure you know what hand you want, left or right (most are just left handed) and whether you are want a glove for both hands or just one. Really important that you check this before checkout so you don’t end up with one when you wanted two or a right hand glove when you needed a left.