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 2022’s best goalie catch gloves.  To see all the options, don’t forget to check out our full selection of hockey goalie gloves.

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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.

4CCM Extreme Flex 5 ProCCM Extreme Flex 5 ProBuy Now
2Warrior Ritual GT2 Classic ProWarrior Ritual GT2 Classic ProBuy Now
3Vaughn Velocity V9 ProVaughn Velocity V9 ProBuy Now
4Brian's Optik X2Brian's Optik X2Buy Now
5Bauer Vapor 3XBauer Vapor 3XBuy Now
6CCM Extreme Flex E5.9CCM Extreme Flex E5.9Buy Now

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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Overview: The Ritual GT2 Classic Pro is designed for today’s goaltender that is looking for a light glove, encompassed with a deep pocket and snappy closure right out of the box. With the all new thumb shape, goaltenders will find a more traditional feel on their hand. This upgraded feel makes the hand sit naturally in the glove, allowing the goaltender to utilize all of their hand strength to close the glove effectively. the GT2 Pro features a 75 degree closure, which is similar to the other stock breaks that Warrior offers, however the entire palm is laced in and not removable. This 75 degree closure feels like your index and middle finger are pulling right to the tip of your thumb.

Key Features:

  • New thumb shape for a more traditional feel
  • 75 degree closure brings your index and middle fingers right to your thumb
  • HyperComp material in the pal for more protection

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Overview: The Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro has a true 2-piece cuff and thumb mold, contoured to the shape of the hand to maximize surface area. Inside of the cuff and thumb is Vaughn’s carbon material which extends through to the palm further protecting the goalies hand. A full grip interior to give the goalie more grip while still offering the traditional Vaughn feel. A large dual wrist strap is attached to give the glove a completely custom and secure fit. The glove now features an extra wide four piece backhand protector which is designed to give the glove maximum amounts of flex when being closed, but also protect the in any RVH setting or when covering the puck.

Key Features:

  • High Density foams to help protect the hand from pucks
  • Raised finger rails to allow for extra grip
  • Hybrid-esque Double T pocket

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Overview: The Brian's Optik X2 features a one piece cuff design gives a naturally large appearance for better visual representation to the shooter. A redesigned shape on the build with a single T creates a deep large pocket for the goaltender to further help with visual representation and catching surface that will help naturally guide pucks in to the pocket. Topping off the pocket, the same 40 degree break angle from the Optik predecessors is implemented to give the goaltender a closure that is generated by the goalies fingers and finger tips, but has a break that aligns the palm that gives a game ready feel. A floating wrist pad that sits slightly off the base of the glove is utilized to give the goaltender maximum flexibility when reaching toward pucks, along with a nylon strap pulls over top that is easily accessible for quick adjustments

Key Features:

  • 40 degree break angle
  • Internal grip material for extra grip
  • Wrist and hand straps for quick adjustments

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Overview: The Bauer Vapor 3X features a one-piece cuff design gives a naturally large appearance for better visual presentation to the shooter. a 60-degree closure angle allows the goaltender’s hand to sit higher in the glove and provide a full hand closure that feels better than ever. A double-T pocket design creates a wider pocket than the previously offered single-T. A free-flex backhand with CURV Composite technology gives the goaltender the freedom they need to move their hand into any position and reach for pucks no matter the angle.

Key Features:

  • Double-T pocket design
  • Bauer’s connect grip liner
  • Game Ready palm for a broken in feel right out of the box

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Overview: The CCM Extreme Flex E5.9 is manufactured the face of the glove to have a large pocket area that seamlessly transitions in to the one piece cuff design. CCM’s Proprietary “Speedskin” synthetic stamped material that is designed to perform the best out of all materials CCM has to offer. The cuff is built to have easier top corner coverage due to the shape favoring the “thumb” side of the cuff. Nash finger stalls allow for a more comfortable feel and quicker release when wearing this glove.

Key Features:

  • Game-ready palm protected by HD foams
  • Flexmotion Design for optimal flexibility
  • 600 break with a full closure and easier break in

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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.

Find the Best Selection of Hockey Goalie Gloves at GoalieMonkey!

Shop with confidence knowing GoalieMonkey has all the latest lines of goalie catch gloves and experts on-hand to assist in getting you set up to hit the rink.  Be sure to check out our other GoalieMonkey Blog posts and browse our full selection of hockey goalie gloves on


This article was originally published on July 28, 2021, and has been updated with new information.