BASEBALL GLOVE REVIEWS

No piece of equipment is more important to a player than his ball glove. Let’s face it: if you’ve had one for a long time, it’s an old friend. But if your glove’s no longer helping you as much as it could, or maybe you’re just tired of wearing the same old piece of leather, then it’s time for a change. Because you need a glove that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You need a glove you can count on. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown (by series) of some of the best and most popular gloves that will make playing defense your favorite thing to do this season.

WILSON A2K

Wilson 2015 A2K Dustin Pedroia Game Model Infield Baseball Glove
 


The best glove Wilson makes will have you playing defense like never before. Constructed from the top 5% of Wilson Pro Stock leather hides, Wilson A2K gloves are shaped three times more by master craftsman and glove guru Shigeaki Aso. Features include dual rolled welting and double palms to create a consistent, stable, durable shape and pocket.

FIT/FEEL:

Snug fit. Feels naturally softer with a willingness to conform to the hand.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

Pedroia Fit has a smaller hand opening to give players more flexibility and maneuverability.

 

WILSON A2000

Wilson 2017 A2000 1786 11.5 Inch Baseball Glove
 


Wilson A2000 gloves have been made in the same place, using the same materials for over 30 years, providing consistent construction from glove to glove, year to year. The average glove technician has 9+ years of experience, so when you buy an A2000 glove, you know that it was handled by the best in the business.

FIT/FEEL:

Snug fit. Leather feels slightly stiffer with slightly wider fingerstalls.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

Dri-Lex® moisture-wicking wrist lining and Dual Welting™ for a durable pocket.

 

RAWLINGS PRO PREFERRED

Rawlings Pro Preferred 314 11.5in Baseball Glove
 


Pro Preferred gloves fall in an upper echelon category, mostly due to luxurious kip leather known for its softness and fine grain. It’s also good in harsh conditions and at withstanding abrasions, making it highly durable. The binding is stiffer, which is why the gloves take longer to break in, but it’s worth it because they last such a long time.

FIT/FEEL:

Leather feels soft and supple. Snug, comfortable overall fit.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

Pittards® sheepskin palm lining wicks away moisture to help the glove last several seasons.

 

RAWLINGS GAMER

Rawlings Gamer 11.5in Baseball Glove
 


A great “first glove,” the wildly popular Gamer series features full-grain leather shells and fingerback linings, select pro patterns and heavy-duty, US-made leather laces. The best part: they require minimal effort to break-in. Once you have one, you can take it straight to the field so you can put on the finishing touches.

FIT/FEEL:

Snug overall fit with a slightly reduced hand opening. Leather feels soft and flexible.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

The 31 pattern, designed to open wider offering a wider pocket when catching.

 

RAWLINGS HEART OF THE HIDE

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Color Sync 2174 11.25 Inch Baseball Glove
 


Compared to Pro Preferred, HOH® gloves are constructed with a lighter, softer, and thinner leather, making them easier to break-in. If you’re comparing HOH® gloves to other gloves however, you might find them to be heavier and slightly stiffer. Also know that HOH® leather is world renowned and effectively retains moisture. What’s most compelling though is that many big leaguers use them.

FIT/FEEL:

Fits snugly around the fingers; pinky loop for added comfort.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

Colorful patches (like this one in royal) give traditional HOH® gloves a fun and fresh twist

 

MIZUNO MVP PRIME

Mizuno MVP Prime 11.5 Inch Baseball Glove
 


Mizuno MVP Prime gloves feature smooth leather that perfectly balances oil and softness for exceptional feel and firm control. Professional level lace adds durability while an uber-comfortable padded thumb slot keeps you relaxed and focused in the field. A glove like this makes the gaps smaller and the innings quicker.

FIT/FEEL:

Larger hand opening. Fits snugly around the fingers. Soft, slightly stiffer leather.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

Pattern design naturally centers the pocket under the index finger for the most versatile break in possible.

 

MARUCCI HONOR THE GAME

Marucci Honor The Game 11.75 Inch Baseball Glove
 


Each Marucci HTG glove is individually handcrafted for maximum attention to detail and fit. The premium leather is Japanese-tanned USA A-Grade steerhide, and the subtle gray finger welting adds durability. Be the first on your team to wear this beige beauty and you won’t be the last.

FIT/FEEL:

Soft interior lining; thin heel padding for better feel.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

It’s individually handcrafted for precise attention to detail and an individual custom fit.

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER OMAHA

Louisville Slugger Omaha 11.5 Inch Baseball Glove
 


New for 2017, the Omaha series is a great option if you’re looking for a quality, more affordable glove. The soft full-grain leather means the break-in time is minimal, so you can start showcasing your defensive skills almost immediately. Designed with the young, avid travel baseball player in mind.

FIT/FEEL:

Smaller hand opening. Fits tightly around the palm and fingers. Flexible leather.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

Full-grain leather is soft and easy to break in.

 

EASTON MAKO LEGACY

Easton Mako Legacy 11.5 Inch Baseball Glove
 


Easton has pulled out all the stops for their Mako Legacy gloves. Just the names of the leather (HERO™) and linings (PRIMASOFT™) make you want to wear it to see if it feels and plays as good as it sounds. The kip leather perfectly balances softness and durability, and the glove feels broken-in the first time you put it on.

FIT/FEEL:

Lightweight glove slides on easily. Wrist strap can be tightened for a more snug fit.


WHY IT'S A CATCH:

USA-tanned professional rawhide lace has a tensile strength of 100 pounds.

 

Wilson
A2000 Glove

Wilson A2000 Baseball Gloves


Rawlings
Pro Preferred Glove

Rawlings Pro Preferred Baseball Gloves


Rawlings
Gamer Glove

Rawlings Gamer Baseball Gloves


Louisville Slugger
Omaha Glove

Louisville Slugger Omaha Baseball Gloves


Easton
Mako Legacy Ball Glove

Easton Mako Legacy Ball Glove