Soccer is a classic outdoor sport. As such, it is prone to being exposed to rain. And moist
weather conditions make a goalkeeper’s job even tougher.
In the rain, the conditions under which a ball has to be caught, change drastically. Water diffuses
into the glove’s adhesive latex foam. The foam saturates, loses its grip and deminishes the
goalkeeper’s chances of catching a ball substantially. Reusch’s Aqua Tech™ system stands up to
the slip hazard.
The glove’s palm material is made of a special adhesive latex foam, which is “hydrophilated“
in a unique process developed by Reusch. The latex is enhanced with millions of so-called
Hydrograins™. When getting in contact with water, these grains move to the foam’s surface, where
they deploy and unfurl countless tiny little latex “hairs”. The surface of the foam thereby expands
considerably and becomes soft and handy, which results in the critical adhesion between ball and
glove under wet conditions. This effect is enhanced by the fact that the Hydrograins™ form a delicate system of gaps in the palm’s surface. The water cannot form a closed unit and is better displaced at impact – aquaplaning on the palm doesn’t even occur.
Rinse with warm (30° - 50° C.) water one to two hours before the game to activate the “hydrogain”
thermo granules and assure an optimal grip in wet or humid weather. Warm water accelerates
the reaction of the Aqua Tech™ palm and makes the glove a real ball-magnet. Thanks to the
co-operation of AC Mailand’s goalkeeper, Nelson Dida, the Aqua Tech™ palm is available since
2004 in Reusch’s patented Duo™ construction for even more grip between glove and hand – and
therefore better control of the ball.