You have exceptional footwork and ball skills, impressive technical knowledge and you’re blessed with physical attributes that are attuned with your sport. To top it all off, you even have a strong mental game.

Does that make you a great football player? Partly yes. But even the best footballers need equipment for optimum performance.

From helmets to padding, cleats and football gloves, these are protective gears designed to protect you from injuries as well as help you perform at your best. Whether you want to be the best receiver or lineman, you need the best football gloves (American football) there is. And we’re here to help you find one that will help you perform at your best when on the field.

The 9 Best American Football Gloves For 2018

Looking for the best receiver gloves or the stickiest football gloves 2018? Whether you’re a young aspiring footballer or a seasoned athlete, we’ve create a shortlist of the best football gloves you can buy today.

To get started, check the comparison table below, where you can see the best football gloves of 2018.

GlovesMaterialStandardsTechnology 
Cutters Gloves C-TACK RevolutionC-TACK performance grip materialNFHS/NCAA/NOCSAEC-TACK™ Performance
Under Armour Boys' F5HeatGear® fabricNFHS/NCAA/NOCSAEGrabTack Palm
Grip Boost Stealth Pro EliteLightweight materialNFHS/NCAA/SFIAGB Grip Tack Technology
Cutters Gloves REV Pro ReceiverC-TACKTM Material, Synthetic PanelsNOCSAEC-TACK and Rev TACK Recharge
Wilson Adult Authority Skill Receivers GlovesStretch PolyesterNOCSAETACKtech Palm Technology, Profuse Technology
EliteTek RG-14 Football GlovesN/ASEI NOCSAEGrip Tech Palm Technology
Nike Men's Vapor Jet 3.0TPU overlays, Mesh panelNOCSAE/NFHS/NCAAMagnigrip Technology
Under Armour Men's NitroWoven Fabric, Reflective DetailsNFHS/NCAA/NOCSAEPower-catch Technology
Adidas Youth TechFit LinemanPolyester, Nylon, Non-Toxic PVCNOCSAEFlex-pad, TechFit Technology

Now that you’ve had an overview of the best football gloves of 2018, here are the more comprehensive reviews about each and every one of them.

Cutters Gloves C-TACK Revolution – Stickiest Football Gloves

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When it comes to football gloves, Cutters is a brand you can trust. A leader in the industry, Cutters receiver gloves are the best in the market, especially when it comes to innovative design and revolutionary technology.

One of the brand’s signature technology is the popular C-Tack Performance Grip, which you’ll find in one of the stickiest football gloves available today – the Cutters Gloves C-Tack Revolution.

What makes the C-Tack Revolution a cut above the rest is not just the improved fit and the durable, lightweight construction.

For this pair of gloves, it’s all about the extremely strong and permanent grip thanks to the Cutters exclusive C-Tack technology. With these gloves on, you’ll have a better grip on the ball like never before.

Even after washes, the grip is designed to self-restore for longer lasting use. To restore the grip as if it’s brand new, all you have to do is wipe the gloves with a damp cloth.

The C-Tack Revolution is also designed to perform in all weather conditions.

What We Liked

  • Snug fit
  • Lightweight
  • Durable construction
  • Stickiest and tacky grip

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sizing issues

Under Armour Boys’ F5 – Best Youth Receivers Gloves

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The Under Armour Boys’ F5 football gloves is highly recommended for good reasons.

These gloves feature the GrabTack technology on the entire palm for a full-pam grip and improved catching potential.

It is made of HeatGear fabric for improved breathability and ventilation. This means that your hands will stay cool, dry and comfortable throughout the game. This is the kind of gloves any young and aspiring football receiver should be wearing on the field.

This is the kind of gloves any young and aspiring football receiver should be wearing on the field.

Like the Cutters C-Tack Revolution, the Under Armour Boys’ F5 is super sticky. It does not only improve catchability but it provides an excellent grip on the ball.

Even if your kid comes down, he can get a good grip on the ball and maybe score a big one for the team.

Durable construction means the gloves are made to handle an intense football game.

There are a variety of bright and trendy colors to choose from such as neon green, orange, blue and pink. There are also white and black colors if you want to keep it classy.

What We Liked

  • Super sticky palm
  • Breathable and flexible design
  • Easy to wear and take off
  • Excellent grip

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sizes run small

Grip Boost Stealth Pro Elite – Best Grip Football Gloves

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Grip Boost may not be as huge a brand as Cutters or Under Armour but it’s been making quite a splash in the sports gear industry.

The company was started back in the summer of 2012 out of a desire to address the biggest problem with football gloves, which is the loss of grip or tackiness after several washes.

There are even football gloves that lose their tackiness after only a few hours in the field.

Grip Boost wanted to be a game changer and developed the Grip Boost Football Gel technology, which eventually produced the Grip Boost Stealth Football Gloves Pro Elite.

For the Grip Boost Stealth, it’s all about instant grip when you need it the most. It is made with lightweight material featuring GB Grip Tack Technology on the palm.

It does not only provide the best grip or the tackiest palm for a football glove but it also guarantees comfort.

Because it’s lightweight, it feels like you’re not wearing anything once you get used to the snug fit.

With added support and grip, it’s no wonder why the Grip Boost Stealth is one of the best football gloves of 2018 and continues to be highly recommended.

What We Liked

  • Best grip with tackiest palms
  • Lightweight and comfort feel
  • Durable construction
  • Extra support and grip for optimum performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Only one color available

Cutters Gloves REV Pro Receiver – Best for Longer Lasting Use

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Cutters has another winner under their football glove collection, which is specially made for receivers and will provide excellent performance grip.

If you’re an elite footballer looking for a pair of gloves that will bring your performance to the next level, The Cutters REV Pro is one we highly recommended.

The REV Pro is an excellent choice, not only for its innovative and revolutionary C-TACK palm but also for the Rev TACK Recharge technology.

The Rev TACK Recharge technology essentially restores the gloves’ grip with just a wipe of a damp cloth or after a machine wash. If that’s not an amazing element, I don’t know what is.

The Cutters Gloves REV Pro Receiver is specially designed for elite players. Lightweight feel and superior fit ensure improved performance on the field.

Added to that is the dual-contour palm design which prevents any possibility of the gloves bunching up while you’re on top of your game.

To further improve comfort, dexterity, and flexibility, the Cutters Rev Pro included Lycra panels in its overall design. Designed for top performance, the gloves will deliver in any weather conditions.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight and flexible design
  • Improved form-fitting comfort
  • Self-restore grip
  • Suitable for all types of weather conditions

What We Didn’t Like

  • Weak Velcro closure
  • Not the best quality
  • Sizing is a little off

Wilson Adult Authority Skill Receivers Gloves – Most Trendy Football Gloves

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Wide receivers are players who need to be agile with exceptional ball handling skills when on the field. Keeping that in mind, Wilson Sporting Goods created the Wilson Authority Skill Football Glove specifically with advanced materials to improve ball handling.

The glove’s signature TACKtech Palm Technology ensures you’ll have a good grasp of the ball even when tackling an opponent.

Also infused into the design is the Profuse Technology for a secure fit and Right-Fit double pull strap for snug fit. You don’t even have to worry about sweating either.

The material is light and breathable, keeping your hands cool and dry throughout all the quarters of the game.

Unlike some of the best wide receivers gloves who lack padding, the Wilson Authority Skill Glove has thermoformed protective padding which provides light protection without being heavy.

All in all, the Wilson football gloves is an excellent option if you’re looking for a pair that fits snugly with low profile protection and advanced grasp.

There are five stylish colors available to choose from. On the downside, sizes available are limited to large, x-large and xx-large.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Low profile padding for protection
  • Secure and snug fit
  • Stylish colors available

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited sizes available
  • Not the best grip when wet

EliteTek RG-14 Football Gloves – Best Skin-Tight Fit Football Gloves

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EliteTek has a variety of products and they receive good reviews for all of them. Some of their products are football eye-shield visors, cleat covers, padded compression shorts and much more.

One of the brand’s bestsellers is the Elitetek RG-14 football gloves, available in youth and adult sizes.

There are five colors available including the classic white and black colors that you can never go wrong with. Like many of the best receiver gloves for 2018, the EliteTek RG-14 is reasonably priced, making it a good buy for young and adult players.

The best thing about the EliteTek RG-14 is the fit.

Granted that you picked the right size, you can expect skin tight fit without being uncomfortable. It will feel like you’re not wearing any hand protection at all.

For many players who want the extra grip and protection without feeling the weight, this is an excellent choice.

Considering that most of the reviews on the Elitetek RG-14 football gloves are positive, you can’t go wrong with this one. Again, just make sure you got your size right.

What We Liked

  • Skin-tight fit
  • Longer lasting grip
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Suitable for all weather conditions

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sizes are a little off
  • Not the best quality

Nike Men’s Vapor Jet 3.0 – Most Breathable Football Gloves

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Nike doesn’t just make some of the best running shoes, but they also offer a range of excellent football gloves including the Nike Vapor Jet 3.0 for receivers.

Designed for a combination of exceptional comfort, durability, and performance, the Nike football gloves feature the Magnigrip technology coupled with the Nike signature palm graphics.

The result is a pair of high-quality gloves with advanced stick grip that definitely will ensure to improve your performance.

Unlike other gloves that seem to restrict movements, the Vapor Jet 3.0 features the Free Flex Gussets with pre-curved fingers. You’ll get flexibility and your hands can open fully which will increase the catching area and thereby overall catching potential.

What makes the Nike Vapor Jet 3.0 even better is the reinforced breathable mesh that is incorporated into the design.

If you’re going for these Nike gloves, you’re not only going to get optimum fit and performance, but also the best ventilation for your hands.

What We Liked

  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Flexible enough to improve catchability
  • Long lasting sticky grip
  • Optimum fit

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the best stitching quality
  • Not the best grip when raining

Under Armour Men’s Nitro – Most Lightweight Football Gloves

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One of the common problems for receivers when playing on the field is having the fingers and thumb twist when catching the ball. Too much twisting and it may lead to injury.

To address that problem, the brand that is known for their innovative technology, Under Armour, developed the Under Armour Men’s Nitro football gloves.

The gloves are infused with Power-Catch technology to reduce twisting and the GrabTack technology for a tacky and sticky palm. It’s not just your ordinary stickiness that you’ll find in a standard football glove, but the gloves are super sticky for exceptional ball handling.

Breathability is another plus. The UA Nitro football gloves are made of stretch woven fabric material that is both breathable and flexible.

The best part is that the gloves are made for long-lasting use. The stickiness doesn’t wear off overuse. It’s durable enough to last training, practice and more football games.

What We Liked

  • Longer lasting stickiness
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Super-breathable fabric
  • Durable seamless construction

What We Didn’t Like

  • Size runs small

Adidas Youth TechFit Lineman – Best Lineman Football Gloves

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If you noticed, we’ve mostly included the best wide receiver gloves in 2018 on our list. That’s because there are only a handful of lineman gloves worth mentioning, and one that made it to our list is the Adidas Youth TechFit Lineman football gloves.

If you’re a lineman, you need a heavy-duty protective gear. The TechFit Lineman gloves are made specifically for heavy-duty protection without compromising comfort.

What makes the Adidas Youth TechFit Lineman better than other lineman football gloves is the fact that the padding is smartly placed in the glove.

Part of the palm features heavy duty synthetic leather for enhanced grip and protection. Other areas feature lightweight and sectional padding giving your palm the protection it needs without bulking up the weight unnecessarily.

Completing the innovative design is the heavy duty wristband and Griptack technology that allows you to use the gloves in any weather conditions.

Even when it’s raining, the TechFit Lineman gloves are designed to perform at its best. The gloves are available in both youth and adult sizes.

What We Liked

  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Durable material for heavy duty use
  • Enhanced grip
  • Suitable for all playing conditions
  • Extra secure fit

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sizing is a little off
  • Not the best stitching quality

Best Football Gloves – Buying Guide

Like other sports gears, the best football gloves of 2018 comes in varieties. There are different brands to consider including Elitetek, Nike, Adidas, Cutters and more.

There are also different styles and sizes to compare, price tags to take into account and even a range of colors to choose from.

Should I choose the gloves from Nike, Adidas or Under Armour? Am I looking for receiver or lineman gloves? Should I invest in a cheap or pricey pair of football gloves?

These are some questions that have probably crossed your mind when shopping for the best football gloves for 2018. To avoid the complications, we’ve created this football gloves buyer’s guide to help you along.

Types of Football Gloves

Before you shop, think about your football position as that will help you narrow down your options. There are two types of football gloves available on the market. Designed accordingly, these gloves are aptly named as:

Receivers Gloves

Because wide receivers and running backs need to remain agile while holding the ball with a good grip, receivers gloves are specially designed to cater to their needs.

Great receiver gloves are thin and lightweight. They are designed to provide flexibility with an enhanced palm grip. These gloves also feature an extended tack from the palm to the fingers and thumb.

Lineman Gloves

Defensive linemen are players who need a tougher type of football gloves. They get hit the hardest when playing which is why lineman gloves are thicker, more durable and heavier.

The best football gloves for linemen feature rigid frames and improved backhand padding. This will protect the hands from impacts.

Rigid construction also ensures that your fingers do not bend back when you’re holding the other line. Linemen football gloves are available in full-finger or half-finger options.

Key Features to Consider

No matter if you’re buying an extra small youth football gloves or a pair of adult gloves, there are key features to keep in mind when comparing your options.

Advanced and elite gloves, naturally, have extra features and protection benefits, but at its simplest, these are the most important features to consider:

Quality

Don’t be a complete cheapskate when buying football gloves. The best football gloves for receivers or linemen are without question made of high-quality materials which means they will cost you.

Then again, they’re also durable and long lasting. Look for something that will perform in any weather conditions. Seamless or reinforced construction is recommended.

Breathability

You’ll be wearing your football gloves throughout the game. Breathability is very important. Many of the best options have incorporated mesh material into their glove design for added ventilation.

With improved air flow, your hands will stay dry, cool and comfortable for the entire duration of the game.

Padding

Going back to your position, you should choose your padding accordingly. If you’re a wide receiver, light padding offers just enough protection from impact for the backhand.

If you’re a lineman, however, look at a more durable padding system. A flexible foam that isn’t heavy enough should soften the impact on your backhand.

Technology

Modern football gloves have better technologies than ever. The Cutters Rev Oro receiver gloves, for example, features the signature C-Tack technology for better and permanent grip.

Even after washes, the gloves’ grip remains tacky and reliable. Under Armour gloves feature the GrabTack Technology for a stickier grip than ordinary gloves.

These are just a few of the many features that the gloves we have listed provide. Make sure to check which features you’ll for your game.

Know Your Size

Football gloves typically come in a range of sizes from small to extra-large.

To get the most out of your football gloves, the size has to be right. To determine which size is right for you, follow the steps below:

  • Measure the length from the base of the palm to the tip of the middle finger.
  • Compare your measurement with the manufacturer’s size chart. Remember that size guides may vary from brand to brand. Some brands may run smaller and others larger.
  • If possible, try the gloves on to test the comfort, fit and feel.

When you know your size, it’s easy to find football gloves that will fit snugly and comfortably. You may also want to go one size larger if you want a looser fit.

In any case, the key is to find a pair of gloves that your hands feel comfortable in. Then you’ll be able to perform at your best while in the field.

Conclusion

There are several reasons why football players wear the best football gloves or the stickiest football gloves of 2018 . Some wear them for protection and to prevent injuries.

Some players wear them to improve performance. Most players wear them for both protection and optimum performance.

Whether you’re a lineman or a receiver, there’s always a pair of gloves well suited for your position in the game. We hope our shortlist and buyer’s guide will help you find the best pair to invest in.