Top 3 Catchers Mitt Review
Choosing to specialize as a catcher, in baseball, is a somewhat selfless decision. Nobody notices when you perform exceptionally well, and the majority of the glory is usually consumed by the other members of your team. Regardless, the catcher position is certainly one of the most brutal and physically demanding positions on the field. Because of this, the requirement to have some of the best catching mitts possible at your disposal will not only improve your game and technique as a player but also keep your hand as safe as possible. Getting a hand or arm injury due to poorly constructed equipment is career ending.
Well I have composed a small list of what I believe are three of the very best catcher’s mitts currently available. Although, all brands make their mitts slightly differently, so if you’ve found a brand that works for you, it’s best to stick with it. If you’re completely unsure or feel like your current mitt isn’t right for you, then choosing one of the following mitts will put you in the right direction.
Now let us take a look what I have to offer in this first hand catchers mitt review.
AllStar CM3000SBT 33.5″ Catcher’s Mitt
AllStar is also a brand that is well known in the sport and has a long history of creating fantastic equipment.
This premium quality hand-made mitt is a popular choice among professional catchers. That there should be enough reason to consider purchasing; if it’s good enough for them, it’s certainly good enough for everybody, at any level.
Made with Japanese tanned steer hide, the aesthetics of this mitt will be held into place for years to come.
Amazingly, this glove is incredibly light, even though it has a lot more control and support than other mitts if its caliber. Catchers who have problems with recurring injuries on their hand have often found that by switching to this mitt, it has allowed them to heal properly, while still being able to participate.
To own such a marvelous mitt will set you back anywhere between $320 and $360. If you’re serious about upping your game, this is a small price to pay for the quality and support that it will provide.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROSCM41JB 34″ Catcher’s Mitt
Rawlings established itself in the late 1800s and has become one of the leaders in sporting equipment for a variety of popular sports. In fact, the MLB only use Rawlings baseballs for their games, so it’s safe to say that if the professional scene values this brand, then you should too.
The leather that is used to craft this beautiful mitt is from the Horween Leather Company, which is one of the oldest United States tanneries. The majority of professional baseball gloves are crafted from this leather, so without even looking at the finer details, you can be sure that it’s going to be quality. The mitt has also been sewn together using Tennessee Tanning pro lace.
Due to the high-quality materials used and the functioning design, this mitt is perfect for all day use, without any pain or discomfort. Similarly to the AllStar CM3000SBT 33.5″, the PROSCM41JB 34″ is also a lot lighter than the majority of baseball mitts. To buy this mitt will set you back roughly $180 – $250.
Wilson A2000 Pudge 32.5” Catcher’s Mitt
Wilson is another brand that has spanned many, if not all, mainstream sports. This particular mitt is endorsed by former professional player, Ivan Rodriguez.
At 32.5”, this is the smallest glove we have reviewed. This, of course, doesn’t affect its quality and performance. For this model, Wilson has chosen to acknowledge their use of their Pro-stock leather. This leather has been hand selected three separate times to be the top 5% leather available to them, in their factor.
During its creation, Wilson has made an extra effort to roll out the leather, as well as having more technicians physically shape the mitt, which allows you to break the mitt in faster. Double palm construction also provides additional pocket stability, at the cost of a slight increase in weight.
This mitt can be bought for anything between $220 – $290. These are premium prices for premium quality.
I will be reviewing these catcher’s mitts one by one separately in future with more information and tips. Also I recommend you to read about How to Break in a Catcher’s Mitt if you have already purchased a mitt and about to use it.
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