Walked out onto the porch this morning to find a package from Storelli Sports. Storelli is a company that was founded in 2009 and are dedicated to “design and manufacture of innovative protective apparel for soccer.” Inside, I was greeted by two plastic bags that had been sent to us by Storelli that held two of their most impressive products.
There are pads on the shoulders and elbows that look like they will be very helpful when attempting to dive for shots and when the time comes to get a bit dirty. There is also some rib padding on the sides separated by some mesh portions that have been strategically placed on this top to prevent it from becoming too hot to wear. There is also a large mesh strip that runs down the back, and the overall look of this shirt is of a really beefed up keeper’s kit.
One of the most interesting padding zones on the 3/4 shirt is a large pad on the chest. Storelli hopes that this pad will help take some of the heat off of shots that hit you in the chest and they also say that it diminishes the rebound qualities of shots. Meaning, this pad will help with any balls that you end up taking to the chest. It is one of the pieces of technology that I would like to use out in the field and not so much between the sticks, especially when attempted to control a ball with my chest. Hopefully, I will find some use for the whole shirt while playing keeper and while playing out in the field.
The second bag that I opened contained the Bodyshield GK 3/4 Pants, which is a relatively new product released by Storelli but it still carries the same impressive nature of the other products that they have become know for. The first thing that I noticed on these is that they are not to be used as an undergarment but they are meant to actually be your game-day or practice pants.
On the pants there are pads running down the length of the thigh and also some absolutely hulking knee pads. Storelli says that they are made of “custom gradient-molded EVA thigh pad reinforced by a 3mm layer of Poron XRD polyurethane foam, coupled with a 5mm Poron XRD polyurethane knee pad.” The knee pads are hidden behind a little bit of material, so they you cannot even see them if you are standing looking at them. The thigh pads are quite thick, and I imagine they will prevent a lot of the bruises and burns that come from diving on the pitch when attempting to save low shots or take the ball away from an advancing attacker.
Once again, these pants are created for a keeper but I am very curious to see if they would perform admirably in other positions on the pitch. The pads on the thigh seem similar to what you see in a lot of the high-end slider pants that outfield players are beginning to use, and the knee pads would certainly be welcome protection as long as they do not make ball control more difficult. These are definitely some products that may intrigue any type of player or parent that are looking for as much protection as they can provide to a player while playing football.