best goalie gloves

When we imagine a highlight-reel goalie save, chances are it’s a glove save.  The goalie’s glove is an integral part of the position, one that has many different functions.  Not only does it catch the puck, but it also serves as additional blocking surface, a way to “freeze” the puck from play, and serves as the goalie’s second stick hand when playing the puck.  In this article we’ll get right down to it and cover 2021’s best goalie catch gloves.  To see all the options, don’t forget to check out our full selection of hockey goalie gloves.

List of the Best Hockey Goalie Gloves

Here’s our picks for the top goalie catch gloves for 2021.  Remember, no matter who you are shopping for, each of these models of gloves are available in a full line of Junior, Intermediate, and Pro sized gear, as well as specific price point models depending on your budget and level of play.  The general design and features of each model will appear throughout the entire model line.

RankNameImageTop Benefit 
1True L20.1 ProTrue L20.1 ProA cult classic Lefevre “60 degree” or “590” model design adored by the masses and copied by many. Now under the True name, the L20.1 is proudly designed and manufactured in Canada with the feel that is known and loved.Buy Now
2Brian’s Optik 2 ProBrian’s Optik 2 ProPremium materials and the revolutionary BOA strapping system make for an excellent all-around glove. This underrated glove is easy to fall in love with.Buy Now
3Bauer Vapor Hyperlite ProBauer Vapor Hyperlite ProFurther pushing the boundaries of innovation, Bauer’s Hyperlite Pro glove features state of the art materials and CURV composite to create a glove that is both lightweight and exceptionally protective.Buy Now
4CCM Extreme Flex 5 ProCCM Extreme Flex 5 ProBuilding on the success of the Extreme Flex line, the E-Flex 5 Pro glove is available in multiple configurations to suit every goalie’s needs. Paired with D3O foam in the palm and SpeedSkin exterior, this glove will feel familiar to past E-Flex users.Buy Now
5True 12.2 ProTrue 12.2 ProBased on the popular ‘600’ model break, this natural feeling glove features a large, deep pocket. Designed and made in Canada by Lefevre.Buy Now
6Warrior Ritual G5 ProWarrior Ritual G5 ProThe only glove with interchangeable palms to adjust the break angle, the Ritual G5 line has a cult following for its light weight and innovative design work.Buy Now

True L20.1 Pro Goalie Glove

Overview: At its core, the True L20.1 Pro catch glove is everything it needs to be.  Based on the Lefevre 590 model break (sometimes referred to as the 60 degree break), this glove has been a cult favorite of both professional and amateur goalies for over a decade.  The L20.1 is an open, blocking style glove with large surface area and a deep pocket.  Lefevre has retained the features that made it so popular, including the Suregrip palm and 1-piece construction, while advancing the design of the strapping system for ease of use.  For goalies familiar with the 590 glove, the True L20.1 is a no-brainer.  

Key Features:

  • Traditional Lefevre “590” break
  • Suregrip palm
  • Manufactured in Canada

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Brian’s Optik 2 Pro Goalie Glove

Overview: Brian’s has made tremendous strides in the refinement of their glove models since the introduction of the Subzero line in 2011.  The Optik 2 is the latest in the line of open-faced blocking style gloves that began with the Subzero, yet features an exceptionally deep pocket to snag a highlight-reel save.  The Optik 2 builds on the success of the Optik 1, adding new materials to the backhand to improve breathability.  Like the Optik 1, this glove features the revolutionary BOA strapping system for quick adjustments on the fly.  The Optik 2 feels very natural on the hand and with its Game-Ready palm is an easy glove to fall in love with.  

Key Features:

  • BOA strapping system
  • Fully-open backhand access
  • Lightweight E-Foam technology

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Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Pro Goalie Glove

Overview: The Buer Hyperlite continues the trajectory of innovation that has made Bauer gear so popular.  The Vapor Hyperlite goalie glove is packed full of advanced technology, from the Poron and CURV composite in the palm and backhand, to the CatchGrip material internally for greater control.  Like the Vapor 2X Pro glove, the Vapor Hyperlite features an open, 60 degree style break and a double T pocket to ensure pucks stay in the glove.  For the goalie looking for the latest in glove innovation, the Vapor Hyperlite is the way to go. 

Key Features:

  • Poron foam and Curv Composite protection
  • CatchGrip material internally
  • Double T pocket

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CCM Extreme Flex 5 Pro Goalie Glove

Overview: Building on the tradition and success of the Extreme Flex line of gloves, the CCM E-Flex 5 keeps the updates simple with new graphics and an updated strapping system.  Unlike other brands, the E-Flex glove is offered at GoalieMonkey exclusively in multiple break models and palm reinforcement.  GoalieMonkey offers the ‘580’, ‘590’, and a ‘600’ style breaks, as well as three palm protection options of ‘Game Ready’, ‘Pro Palm’ and ‘Practice’ palm.  Goalies who have used the E-Flex line of gloves will feel the familiarity of the natural ‘600’ break and large, deep pocket for a “baseball glove” type feel.  The palms are reinforced with D3O cross linked foam for exceptional protection and finished in CCM’s proprietary SpeedSkin material for lightweight durability.  

Key Features:

  • GoalieMonkey exclusive break and palm options (580, 590, 600)
  • D3O crosslinked palm protection
  • SpeedSkin exterior

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True L12.2 Pro Goalie Glove

Overview: As a compliment to the True 20.1 glove with the 590 style break, the L12.2 glove offers goalies a second option of the ‘600’ style break.  Like the CCM E-Flex 5, the ‘600’ style break is based around a more natural feeling break and a larger, deeper pocket.  Add in Lefevre’s Canadian-made manufacturing and quality and the 12.2 is yet another winner from True. 

Key Features:

  • Traditional Lefevre “600” break
  • Suregrip palm
  • Manufactured in Canada

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Warrior Ritual G5 Pro Goalie Glove

Overview: The Warrior Ritual G5 builds on the cult following of the Ritual line by refining one of the lightest gloves on the market.  The Ritual G5 glove comes standard with a 75 degree break palm, but can be swapped out for optional 60 or 90 degree break palms to tailor the feel to each goalie.  Warrior has developed the CoverEdge+ design platform to maximize the goalie’s size in net and reduce open net space to the shooter.  The Warrior Ritual G5 is not a glove that should be missed.  

Key Features:

  • Replaceable internal palms to customize break angle
  • CoverEdge+ design platform
  • Lightweight, bindingless design with full-open access backhand

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How to Choose the Right Size Goalie Glove

Choosing the right size of goalie glove is important so that the goalie has full control over his/her movements in net.  A goalie glove should fit snug across the backhand and fingers should reach near the end of the finger stalls.  Goalie gloves come in 3 main sizes: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.  Custom Senior gloves often have the option of a smaller palm for a tailored fit. 

Gloves come in a variety of styles of closure feel some gloves will have the break (or crease where the glove folds) over the palm, while others will be nearer to the fingers.  Some gloves have more of a flat overall surface for blocking pucks, while others have a deeper, curved for directing pucks into the pocket.  For a complete guide to sizing goalie gloves, check out our comprehensive Goalie Catch Glove Buying Guide

Also, check out our complete selection of:

Senior Goalie Gloves

Intermediate Goalie Gloves

Junior Goalie Gloves

Youth Goalie Gloves

Best Goalie Gloves by Category

Goalies often are most particular about their glove when purchasing equipment.  The different styles and feels of each model can play a factor when selecting the right glove.  While no one glove is right for everyone, we’ve picked a few of our favorites:

Best Youth Goalie Glove

Bauer GSX Prodigy:  Bauer continues to impress with their youth Prodigy line of gear for one reason: simplicity.  New goalies can learn the tools of the trade through their easy to wear gear with limited strapping and light weight.  Just the right features for the young goalie.

Best Goalie Glove for Catching

True L12.2 Pro Goalie Glove:  For the goalie looking for the closest glove to a baseball mitt, the True L12.2 is it.  Featuring the 600 model break, this glove folds near the fingers with a long, deep pocket for exceptional catching ability.

Lightest Goalie Glove

Warrior Ritual G5 Pro: Its no surprise Warrior is making some of the lightest gear on the market.  Featuring a bindingless construction, the Ritual G5 glove is simple enough for the task at hand, yet cuts down on weight unlike any other glove.

Best Budget Goalie Glove

CCM Extreme Flex E5.5 Goalie Glove: Like the Pro model of the E-Flex 5, the E5.5 features the same easy-to-catch ‘600’ model break and great feel at a budget friendly price.

Most Comfortable Goalie Glove

Brian’s Optik 2 Pro Goalie Glove: Brian’s is on top of their game with their gloves.  The attention to detail and the use of premium materials (Hex Air cuff, MSH3 liner), makes for an exceptionally comfortable ‘pillow-like’ glove.

Best Goalie Glove Brands

GoalieMonkey is the go-to retailer for all the best goalie catch glove brands.  We ensure the latest gear is available to you, so you can play your best.  GoalieMonkey carries the full range of all the major manufacturers, including a wide variety of GoalieMonkey exclusive color combinations and feature offerings,, so you can look and play your best out on the rink.

Bauer Goalie Gloves 

Bauer has taken the latest in material technology and applied it to both their Supreme and Vapor lines of goalie catch gloves, bringing sleek design to the forefront of their offerings..  Features are focused on reducing weight of the glove and agility of the goalie in net.  The Supreme and Vapor lines offer two distinct style gloves to suit any goalie’s needs. 

True Goalie Gloves

True is powered by goalie equipment designer Lefebvre, renowned for his breakthrough designs in the early 2000s that took the position of goalie to new levels.  The extensive use of the 590 model break (origins from the Koho 590 glove) and the 600 model break in many other company’s model lineups are a testament to the popularity of the Lefevre design.  Now under the True name with sleek graphics and Canadian-made craftsmanship, the True goalie gloves are already an overwhelming success across the NHL. 

Brian’s Goalie Gloves

Brian’s equipment is defined by a legacy of creating high quality gear with generations of refinement that has translated into gear with an incredible attention to detail. In both their mid-level and pro line of gloves, Brian’s attention to design and material detail set them apart from the rest.  Brian’s has cemented its success through the use of Hex Air cuff padding and the extensive use of the revolutionary BOA Fit System

CCM Goalie Gloves

CCM continues its reputation of being a premier equipment manufacturer with its Axis and Extreme Flex series of gear.  The Extreme Flex glove retains the 600 angle break it introduced 5 generations ago while the Axis line is based around the legendary 590 angle break.  Either way, you can’t go wrong with a CCM glove.  

Vaughn Goalie Gloves

Vaughn has been a mainstay in the goalie equipment world for many years, focusing strictly on goalie equipment rather than branching off to skater’s gear.  Vaughn has found success in it’s Velocity XP Pro line of gloves, with a similar feel to the Lefevre 590 break and the use of Vaughn’s legacy materials. 

Warrior Goalie Gloves

Warrior made a big statement when they entered the Goalie equipment scene in the early 2010’s.  Led by legendary equipment designer Pete Smith, Warrior gloves quickly became the hottest on the market with the revolutionary interchangeable palm and break system.  The Ritual line continues to be a popular option for its light weight and advanced features.

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