The STX Shield 500 goalie glove boasts one of the most protective goalie thumb pieces in the game. The best lacrosse goalie gloves all have a dedicated thumb plate that helps support the thumb on the top hand from being bent back from ball impact. STX wrapped the top of the thumb, near the top of the fingernail to help protect from direct shots that can break the top of the thumb.The STX Shield 500 is worn at the collegiate and high school level by some of the best keepers in the nation. Serious palm gives great grip and feel on the stick and a shorter cuff system gives excellent wrist mobility. If you want collegiate level protection, look no further. This is one of the top goalie gloves on the market.