Epoch has some really unique designs going into the fit of the glove.
For example, the glove is flared out on the wrist area, really allowing for wrist mobility, which is the first I’ve seen in a goalie glove.
Also, it feels great inside with cooling technology keeping your hands warm, but they do fit a bit snug.
For me, a 13″ has a bit of room, so the Epoch glove fit perfectly on my hand. However, compared to most other gloves, they do tend to run a bit smaller.
And right now, the Epoch Integra Goalie glove only comes in the 13-inch size.
What I especially liked was the flexibility of not only the wrist area but also in the fingers, allowing me to keep a loose grip on the shaft. The way they’ve designed the fingers you cannot feel the seem – very nice.
Also, the thumb mobility has to be easily one of the most flexible in a goalie glove on the market. But thumb mobility also means poor protection as we’ll discuss in the next section.
Epoch Integra: Protection
When it comes to protection we’re really talking about thumb protection and padding to the hand.
While the Epoch Integra does a nice job providing padding to the hand, it really falls short with thumb protection.
The gloves have something Epoch calls the “Tri-Layer Dual Density Foam Stack” which is 3 layers of protection to help shield our precious hands from shots and checks.
In the padding is carbon-fiber material, concentrated around the thumb area for added protection, which is really unique for any glove on the market.
But thumb protection in these gloves is kind of an afterthought.
If you’re coming off a thumb injury or thumb protection is a priority in choosing a glove (and it should be), I’d recommend something like the STX Shields 500s which has a more stabilized and protected thumb.
In my time playing with the Epoch Integras I never took a shot directly off the thumb and I’m really glad because based on some other comment from Lax Goalie Rat readers, these gloves are a broken thumb waiting to happen.
Epoch Integra: Design
The slick Epoch Integra design really brings in the image of a high-quality glove.
For starters, the pair comes in two colors, black and white. Both have a clean look to them, with no overbearing designs, making a simple, clean look.
Also, the carbon fiber looks fantastic around the thumb area that I mentioned earlier, giving it that subtle difference to distinguish it from other gloves.
It also appears Epoch is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook because the presentation you get from these gloves is great as well. The gloves themselves are packed up in a nice Epoch box that has a magnetic closure. Oh, you fancy!
In terms of the design aspect for functionality, the Epoch Integra goalie gloves shine here.
Again, the wrist opening has to be a personal favorite of mine, as it really does help free up some lost mobility you may find in other gloves.
The thumb protection/mobility is honestly my personal favorite out of any glove. It gives you solid protection while really feeling like you’re wearing regular lacrosse gloves.
The only real fault I may see in the design aspect is the sizing, which I mentioned earlier, with the glove having a bit of a snug fit compared to other standard sizes I’ve found in goalie gloves.
The palms of the glove are unique as well. You won’t find any holes or mesh material around the palms. Rather it’s a completely solid surface, which allows for ultimate grip on the shaft.
By the way, in this picture you can really see the thumb injury waiting to happen as the thumb can bend in whatever direction.
At first glance, you might think your hands will get overheated quickly. But the Epoch Integra’s have this phase change technology, which will allow your hands to stay in the perfect conditions, no matter the temperature outside.
For example, I’ve used these gloves in both 70-degree weather and 39-degree weather. In both instances, my hand stayed cool for the hotter temps, and warm during the cold weather. This is huge, especially if you play in the colder environments in the Northeast and are looking for more warmth in your gloves.
Other than them fitting a bit tight though, the overall design of the Epoch goalie gloves is impeccable.
Epoch Integra: Quality
While I’ve only used these gloves for about a month now, I can confidently say these gloves are built to last.
I had some concerns about possible thread coming out quick at first glance but was happy to see that never happened.
Also, with the thumb protection being so flexible, I was worried about it giving out quicker than usual. But the protection has held up as good as new.
Really not too much else to say here, except these gloves will seem to hold up for quite some time! I’ll edit this post in a few months if my rating of great in the quality department changes for some reason.
Epoch Integra: Price
Let’s get down to business – price.
The Epoch Integra Goalie Gloves are going to set you back $159.99.
To me, the price is pretty fair given the quality, protection, and flexibility combo you get with these gloves. $160 is just about what all top manufacturers are charging for their premier goalie gloves these days.
But again, other goalie gloves with better thumb protection can be yours for the same price of $159.
Epoch Integra Product Videos
Shortstop.com put together a product video for these goalies gloves that you can view here:
While Epoch might not be a major player in lacrosse gear, they are trying to enter the lacrosse goalie glove scene with the Epoch Integra goalie gloves.
While their Epoch Integra gets a lot of stuff right, it really fails in one super critical area for us lacrosse goalies – thumb protection.
These goalie gloves get high points for wrist mobility, hand protection, temperature, design, and style but really come up short in terms of thumb protection.
That element is so crucial that unfortunately, I’d recommend going with something else besides the Epoch Integras (try my personal fave – STX Shield 500).
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