Introduction and disclamer Buying a set of goalkeeping kit is a costly, long term investment. To get the most out of this investment it is very important to properly use and maintain the kit. Good maintenance of a kit can extend the lifetime significantly and thus save you a lot of money. Given below are guidelines, tips and trick for using and maintaining your GK gear. It is by no means a definitive guide and there are certainly other options available, but these are my personal recommendations. Please be aware that any repairs made to your gear are at your own risk. The fact that I have had good results does not guarantee the same for you. If you do not feel comfortable doing them, please let a professional do it. I would like to thank @animal for his (unawares) contributions to this guide.