A glove review.
The number 12, specifically “12s”, makes me automatically picture the Jordan 12 shoe and they would probably be the Taxis. Best Jordans ever made. Jordan 11 Space Jams a close second. Nothing from the Jordan Brand have been as memorable for me since the 12s. Nothing since the 14s have actually looked good.
Lacrosse gloves certainly don’t have the same rabid following. No one will ever spend Yeezy money on Limited Edition Rabil gloves. You could argue that there are more Instagram pages for stringers than their are for custom gloves. But…no new equipment drop draws as much attention from an aesthetic stand point as gloves.
This post is an ode to the designs that have withstood the test of time. Now that Warrior and Brine began releasing two high end gloves a year for the past several years, gloves from all brands have blended together. Consequently, you’ll notice that older gloves dominate the list.
Chances are high if I showed you a flash card with the name of the glove from this list written on it, you would be able to picture them in your mind, even if you’re a little younger. True gear heads know and respect the past.
Like John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity sorted his albums, these gloves are organized autobiographically. (Kind of.)
Maverik NXT Glove
College and MLL teams embraced the middle finger design scheme. Almost all of them went with a two color glove instead of taking advantage of three zones meaning the majority of the NXT gloves worn in 2014 looked the same. The middle finger is really tough to miss.
Synonymous with the creation of the MLL, Great Atlantic, a.k.a. Lacrosse.com, not having new merchandise to sell for an entire year but still shipping monthly catalogs meant you got a full serving of these
Josh Coffman. Michael Springer. Mike Powell. Syracuse was one of the first lacrosse teams I encountered. Concordantly, Brine X Factor gloves were the first lacrosse gloves I saw on television. The split color between the middle finger and ring finger design is timeless.
Mention STX Ignitors and I’ll immediately think about Georgetown great Steve Dusseau who I once called the greatest lacrosse player to ever come out of Ohio. (That ruffled some feathers.)
STX K18 IIs
Initially, I hated these gloves because they came out during the early days of white helmets for no reason. The middle zone was also limited to white, black, and maybe silver. As such, there was a good chance a college team in Maryland had the same design as a club team in Colorado. The creativity restrictions annoyed me to no end. However, there is no denying these gloves when it comes to rapid identification much in the same way you could see Jordan 12s across the street and know they are 12s.
These gloves were peak STX and are the most iconic gloves ever made.
The Prep K18s
Despite being an inverse of the public design, these Georgetown Prep K18s are perhaps my most favorite team glove of all time. I am unwilling to claim them as my favorite custom gloves of all time because I don’t know how much their availability, or lack of availability, is skewing my judgement. I’ve always been swayed by the rareness of custom equipment.