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Old 04-03-2012, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Softball players?

Well softball season is here and I am in need of a new glove! My new dog kinda ate my old one in the off season. I have always had cheap ones but I am going to be playing on two teams this year and need one that will hold up. I like open back gloves and wanting something that is 12 3/4 or 13 inches. I just got a rawlings gold glove series basball glove and love the quality but do not know if I like the other models that they have for softball. I am thinking about getting a gold glove series outfieldbaseball glove. I normally pitch, play 3rd or outfield! Any softball players here or does everyone just play paintball! lol Price range around 100 but is a little flexable. Thanks
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was about to suggest Rawlings. I can go check the one I have for the "model". It's about 3 years old, but still feels new (it was already pretty loose when I got it) and since it's a 1B glove it's held up really well. It ran about $95 canadian, so probably closer to $90 US.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I really like the quality but am trying to maybe find a diff brand with an open back. I don't really like the ones with just one finger hole in the back.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I always used Rawlings myself. I tried others just for the sake of trying others, but always went back to rawlings. They make great stuff, and since you are comfortable with it, why switch?
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Rawlings makes open back styles. I'd recommend you look around Academy or an equivalent sporting goods store to get a feel for the different styles. Then go to a place like Eastbay online to see if you can get a better price once you know what you want.

I've got a Worth softball outfield glove, and frankly, think its too big. I also have a Rawlings Gold Glove 13" baseball glove, and that's the one I use 95% of the time. That said, Worth makes a lot of quality softball-specific gloves. For a bit more, Nokona is a quality brand.

With any gloves, it's worth stepping up to the next price-point from Wal-mart prices. Investing $55-60 versus $30-35 can make a huge difference in break in and durability. If you're really going to play a lot, it can be worth investing in a pro-model glove, but expect to spend $100+.

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think that I have found the two that I am looking at! Pros of the rawlings is that I have a gold glove line baseball glove and like it....cons dont like the closed back and the open top web. The mizuno glove pros are that I like the open back and the webbing...cons are I have never owned a mizuno glove and in the reviews people said that the thumb spot take some getting used to!

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought an Easton "natural" series four years ago and loved it. 12.5" but it is a closed back. Best glove I have ever used and I have been playing ball for over thirty years. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ill second the Easton Natural series. I have the Elite Natural series in 12.5 and im in love! this is my 2nd high end glove i have purchased. My first being a Mizuno some 8 years ago. The leather strap finally tore off that held the glove on my hand.

My suggestion, Brand really means nothing when you get into the $100 plus range. Just get an all natural leather glove that feels like an extension of your hand. Size is dependent on what you like. I like 12.5 some like 13.5 ect ect.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Also, find a good Dicks Sporting goods. They will usually have some damn good gloves. Just remember when trying out a glove that they will all feel stiff and clumsy. proper breaking in techniques, oils and creams, will make the glove perfect.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah that mizuno is the exact glove that I like but some people have complaints about it! They also said that for a 12 3/4 glove it is rather small!
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