Below we have our best adult catcher’s glove reviews. If you’d like to take a look at more options, head on over to our adult catcher’s glove comparison page.
If Wilson is known for anything in the glove world, it’s their catcher’s mitts. Go to any ballpark and you’re likely to see a Wilson glove on players behind the plate. That’s why the Wilson A2000 1791 is one of our favorites. Developed with the help of Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, one of the best catchers of all-time, the A2000 is guaranteed to get the job done.
This model is 32.5” in size and has a half moon web with and extended palm for extra protection from the constant pounding of the ball and reduces rebound. It’s crafted from pro stock leather and boasts supreme durability. There’s a Dri-Lex lwrist lining inside the glove to remove moisture from the skin, keeping your hand dryer and cooler, and also helping to mitigate damage to the leather. The pocket design aids in quick transfer speed, but also provides the security necessary to control those third strikes. Every team I ever played for had one of these gloves in the catcher’s bag, and I frequently used it when I found myself behind the plate.
The only complaints about the glove are the break in time, which will vary for everybody depending what kind of and how much use the glove experiences. Most suggest 2-4 weeks to get your glove into optimal condition. While some complain about the glove’s stiffness, many more testify to its comfortable feel, control, shape retention, deep pocket, and relatively short break in time. This glove is also known for its durability. Don’t be afraid to put it through its paces, as it can handle anything you throw at it, literally. It’s not cheap at $240, but it’s not a budget buster either.
The Wilson A200 1791 compromises nothing, providing you the top-level quality and performance for far less than many competitors. If you’re a serious catcher and ready to take your game to the next level, this is the mitt for you.
Rawlings is still the king when it comes to gloves, so it should come as no surprise to find them on our best list. The heart of the hide line is one of the most widely used and recognizable series of gloves in America. While it’s not Rawlings most premium line, it has offered players the ability to get an outstanding, long-lasting glove for a great price for decades.
The Rawlings Heart of the Hide Dual Core catcher’s glove is crafted from authentic Rawlings Pro Patterns and produced by some of the world’s preeminent glove technicians. It’s made from, you guessed it, heart of the hide soft leather, has a deer-tanned cowhide lining, and Tennessee-tanned pro laces. The Dual Core means there are specific break points that enable the glove to close naturally and easily. It has a one-piece closed web and forms a deep pocket, allowing for next level control in scooping the ball and ensuring no more dropped third strikes. The Poron XRD palm reduces impact, protecting your hand from the constant pounding catcher’s endure.
The softness of the leather lends to a short break in period, with a 30% player break in rating. While some complain of a long break in time, many find that the glove was game ready in a normal amount of time. Further, praise has been heaped upon the glove for its durability and great pocket, and all for a reasonable price at $255.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide Dual Core is another in a long line of winners for the company. You can never go wrong with this series, so if you’re looking for an affordable yet high quality glove, this might be the one for you.
Here we have another Rawlings glove, but this time the Pro Preferred line, a step up from the Heart of the Hide series, but under the even more expensive Primo one.
The Pro Preferred is very similar to its little brother, but is made of even more premium materials. This is a big glove, at 34,” so it definitely needs to be used by a catcher that knows what he’s doing. It has a one-pieced closed web that maximizes strength and durability. It has a deep pocket for better scooping and smothering pitches. Because the glove is 70% player break in, it allows you to fully customize your pocket over time to fit your playing style. It’s made of Kip leather, which gives it a smooth, sleek look that will make you the envy of catcher’s everywhere. Pittards performance sheepskin graces the lining, providing excellent moisture wicking to keep your hand cool and dry and helps prevent internal leather breakdown. Like the Dual Core, it has Poron XRD Palm Protection to keep your hand from getting beat up behind the plate.
Break in time may take longer than normal, but this isn’t a bad thing, as you get to make the glove your own. Complaints about the glove harp on the time issue, as well as the initial stiffness of the glove, which can be initially off-putting. However, all of these “problems” can be rectified over time and can actually be an enjoyable experience. Long break in times just mean that your glove is going to last a long time and will be able to take any beating you throw its way. The only other negative would be the price, a steep $350, putting this glove out of the reach of many would-be buyers. While the initial investment is a big one, having the best tools at your disposal can instill confidence and help you elevate your game. The glove’s lifespan also makes it a more tenable option, as it will pay dividends down the road.
If you’re a serious player with some money to burn, the Rawlings Pro Preferred Catcher’s Glove is a fantastic option.