Regardless of what some may think, there is a difference in competitive softball & baseball gloves. A lot of things are similar, but there are refined differences. So here is another great guide for finding the very best baseball glove. Enjoy!
How to Measure a Glove
Baseball hand protection are measured by starting at the top of the index ring finger of the glove and measuring down the finger, over the inside of the pocket and then out to the heel of the baseball glove. Use a flexible tape and allow it to “lay” inside the pocket as you measure. For first base mitts (which have no fingers) simply measure from the highest point around the mitt in the same fashion as a fielders glove. Just about all gloves are referenced for size by inches. Generally baseball gloves have a range from 9 inches (youth basic size) to 12. 75 inches for adult outfield play. Catchers mitt sizes while expressed in inches width are measured by circumference. Typically a baseball catchers mitt will measure in circumference from 30 in (youth size) up to 34. 5 inches with. a few inch incremental sizes in this range.
The best quality gloves are usually made of heavy leather that will require some time to break-in, provide a “snug” fit on your hand proper “off the shelf” and typically do not have palm parts or VELCRO® brand adjustable wrist straps which are superb features to have if one is buying a youth or pastime type glove.
* Top-grain and generally will be imprinted from the manufacturer on your glove. These are typically heavier gloves demanding a longer break in time and are used almost exclusively in “top of the line” firefighter extrication gloves .
* Kip leather (Kipskin) has recently started being used by some glove manufacturer’s in some of these high end gloves. Kip leather (Kipskin) hide is coming from younger cattle producing a softer leather easier to break-in. Regardless of whether durability is the same as with traditional hides remains to be seen. Another grade is Premium Steer Hide which tends to make a stiff glove with a longer break-in time and is sometimes pre-oiled to reduce this time. Next is
* Cow Hide which can be usually medium weight, produces a wide range of quality, breaks inside faster and wears out faster than steer cover. This grade usually comes pre-oiled or treated to lower break-in time. This is an excellent grade for a youth handwear cover ages 10 and up.
* Kangaroo Skin, a fledgeling to the baseball glove market, is being used by some manufacturer’s. Although stronger and lighter than steer hide its prematurily . to tell how good an investment gloves made of Kangaroo are.
1. Pigskin, which is far less durable than cowhide. It does still break in far quicker and easier than cowhide. Hand protection made of Pigskin are inexpensive and are great for younger participants who will grow out of their glove in a season.
Karate gloves are also available in a variety of synthetic materials which produce a brighter glove requiring little if any break-in, are less expensive than natural leather and can be a good choice for a youngster’s “starter” glove. The downside of such gloves is they are considerably less-durable than leather and merely will not withstand the wear and tear leather will.