Brine King Superlight Lacrosse Gloves
Brine has relaunched the Superlight series, but this time as a glove. Boasting an innovative lightweight approach to glove design, the Brine King Superlight lacrosse glove really lightens the load. But does this light weight approach still deliver on the protection and durability, or is it robbing Peter to pay Paul? Let's take a closer look and find out.
The Brine King Superlight lacrosse gloves weight about 6oz, which does make them light. Brine has reduced the weight by substituting core materials for lighter ones and using a dual density foam.
The gloves do feature a floating cuff which provides a broad area of protection for the back of your wrist. But it's a little unremarkable to justify it being on its list of features. The low profile design means they don't extend much further past the cuff, but this seems to be the norm for most modern gloves. There's not much chance of them impeding your wrist movement.
As with all new gloves, these feel great when you first put them on. They take very little time to break in and are pretty much good to go. You may find that the thumb is a bit stiff at first but a bit of manual manipulation will soon loosen it up.
The King Superlight's features two main ventilation areas. The mesh inserts in the palm allow for a reasonable amount of air flow to keep your hands dry. The fingers also feature mesh sections to promote further air flow.
Inside the glove, Brine has included a moisture management liner designed to absorb excess sweat. This technology is great and is a common inclusion in gloves. It may get a bit stinky, as these fabrics do, but what gloves don't? Nose peg anyone?
So nothing revolutionary here, but nevertheless these are features you'd expect from a glove these days.
The Brine King Superlight gloves have a number of quality protection features. Your little finger is nicely looked after from the extra pad on the side and the cuff is nice and firm.
The main point to talk about is the padding on the back of the hand and fingers. The Superlight’s offer good protection for these areas. You'll feel checks and if you're in a league that slashes hard, you're going to know about it. This may be a trade-off to lessen the weight, but that's only a guess.
They don't run much further past your wrist, but that's not much different from most other gloves.
Continuing with the great features theme, the grip on these gloves is really good. The palm was soft and pliable and ready to go from the outset. The grip was exceptionally good with a taped shaft. In fact they were a little too good at times. A shaft with subtle grip features is all you need for these gloves.
The palm fabric also worked well in wet conditions. To be honest, we couldn't fault it.
General Wear and Tear
The palms and finger insets do feel thin. We didn't see any visible wear and tear, but the top line gloves don't have the same fabric and the price point is lower. That says to us it's probably going to wear a little quicker. How long is really up to you.
The Brine King Superlight gloves do offer a lot of grip, so you don't need to go over the top with the grip tape on your shaft. If you do, you'll greatly reduce the life of these gloves.
We saw some part of the King logo on the thumb wear off, but whatever.
Now we know we've give these gloves a pretty good wrap because they are just that; good gloves. But they’re not great. They didn't really set the place alight with top line protection nor life expectancy. We just can't honestly say they'll offer enough protection for the contact you're likely to get in higher leagues.
Trying to pick the ideal player for these gloves is difficult. Who did Brine have in mind when they made these? The smallest size is 12" which means they're not targeted at kids. High school players and maybe defenders who don't tend to get too much contact.
But nevertheless, the Brine King Superlight lacrosse gloves are comfy, light, hold the stick well and effortlessly break in. You're going to love wearing them, if nothing else!
The best gloves I've ever wornGood:durable, tough exterior, palms feel so good, padding is great, fit really well.Bad:can't fault themOverall:These gloves can withstand anything. When you go through a season like I just did and your gloves are like the day you bought them, they're good gloves. Everything about the gloves was awesome. The palms are still in tact and so soft, the the fit so snugly, and all the padding is still keeping my hands safe. I'm good for next season.
No need for the expensive gloves, these are the bombGood:the price, break in quickly, flexible, light asBad:some small things that irritate in thefinger slots, but nothing muchOverall:I am so lucky I bought these. I was going to get the King 3's but didn't need all the extra stuff. Stuff like ventialtion, protection and the weight. And I saved some cash to spend on beers. They broke in real quick, cept for the thumb. I had to work it a bit. There's a seamin in side one of the slots that rubson my finger, but that's already softening up too. Awesome gloves, I highly recommend them.
Are totally the worst gloves ever madeGood:Getting rid of themBad:they ripped, they have no protection, they suck.Overall:Complete vomit. These are the worst gloves ever made. The palm ripped halfway through my first seasn with them. I've just bought the Cell 2's and they're so much better. The protection on these is non-existant and compared to the Cells, these are kid mittens.
If you want a pair of gloves that last, then get these.Good:durable, protection, and really lgihtBad:NothingOverall:THE best gloves going around. I've had mine for over a year and they're still as good as back at the start. Light, durable, and soooo comfortable. The protection is great too. Some people say that they don't have good protection, but I say if you can't take the heat, then go try a different sport!
These suit me, I play defence.Good:light, flexible, comfortable and well ventialtedBad:don't feel like hard core gloves.Overall:I bought these near the end of last season and they're holding up well. They're really comfortable, flexible and light. I play defence so they're the main features I looked for. Yeah, there are other gloves which have more protection, but I don't get hit that much and they're not a flexible or light. These suit me fine and at the price, it's hard to go past them. But if you want more protection then look for more expensive gloves.
Really light, but I canfeel all the checks.Good:light, comfortable, form fittingBad:not enough protection, they seem to fall apart too easilyOverall:I started to get a bit worried about these gloves I first got hit wearing them. It totally hurt like I wasn't wearing anything! Then the King symbol fell off, and now the thumb grips are wearing out. If you're going to get hit a lot don't get these. Because thy'relight, maybe only for defenders.
If you want a light and low profile glove, get theseGood:light, low profile, not bulky, feel really good on and get a good feel of the shaftBad:nothing badOverall:I bought a pair of these to replace my old Maverik pair. I only realised how bad my oldones were when I tried these on. My old ones were heavy and bulky and so inflexible. The Superlights are so light, flexible and low profile. I love not having all that weight and extra size on my hands. These are amazing gloves! And the protection is really good, don't listen to the other users.
Really good for defenseGood:Light, comfortable, break in quickBad:They wear out pretty quick, average protection so only for defenders.Overall:These gloves break in really well and in no time. They are super light, super comfortable and give you lots of control. I play defense and these are really good. If you have grip tape or a grip shaft the thumbs will give way in no time. I don't get the hit like I give out, but if I did these gloves would be a nightmare. The protection isn't great. Also, the brine logo fell off the thumb, but whatever.
For the price, these are amazing!Good:light, ventialtion keeps my hands cool, cool colorsBad:wont handle big checksOverall:i have a pair of these and I really like them. The only fault I can find is with the protection. It's not that bad but with my old gloves I wouldn't feel stick checks as much. If you're concerned about protectio, then upgrade to the King 3's. Way more protection on them. But for the price, the Superlights are the best value for money.
Really good durable gloves that handle all conditionsGood:quality, fit, comfort, durable and they feel awesome onBad:could have more paddingOverall:These gloves are really durable and don't come apart like what I've heard. They're also pretty good in any conditions. I play in rain most of the time and they're fine. They're really comfortable and the protection is good enough for a defender. You feel the slashes, but I don't get hit that much so it doesn't matter. The grip is great and you get a really good feel of the shaft. These gloves are fantastic!