Updated: May 29, 2015
Baseball Glove Reviews:When looking to buy a baseball glove, you need to consider the following aspects - price, size, materials, and your position. If you are buying a baseball glove for a youngster who has never played, then go with a generic glove instead of something specialized since you are not sure the position your child will be playing. In general an outfielder's glove will be larger than a pitcher or infielder's glove. A first baseman's glove and catchers mitt are totally unique and different. There are utility gloves for players that eventually play multiple positions, but no need for those when first starting out. The 2 top grade materials for baseball gloves are full-grain leather and premium steerhide. If money is no object go with a top quality leather glove, but keep in mind that kids will outgrow the glove in a few years. Nokona baseball gloves are made from buffalo skin which is tougher and lighter than full grain steer hide and they are quite expensive. Leather, or cow hide gloves perform well and break in rather fast but they wear out quickly as well. For a youth glove, cow hide makes sense since the kids need a glove that breaks in fast and they don't need it to last more than a few seasons because they will outgrow it anyways. There are also pigskin and kangaroo skin baseball gloves available in youth sizes.
How should the glove fit? You want it snug once it's adjusted. Plenty of young baseball players wear a batting glove under their baseball glove, so make sure there is room for that extra thickness when you try it on. Experts say you should wear a batting glove inside a fielder's glove so that your sweat doesn't ruin the inside lining of the glove. Will you want an open or closed web design? Closed web gloves let you get the ball out of the mitt faster while open web gloves are better at trapping the ball. It comes down to personal preference and position. Shortstops and 2nd basemen tend to like the closed web gloves so they can turn double plays easier and outfielders, 1st, and 3rd basemen like open web gloves. Conventional back gloves are for those that like tighter gloves in the wrist area and closed back gloves tend to velcro straps you can adjust to your desired tightness. You should be able to find a quality baseball glove for less than $75 that will last several seasons (depending on how well you care for it). Other gloves are $200+ and deliver superior quality leather and craftsmanship. Your budget will determine what price category you shop in, but more expensive doesn't always mean better. Mizuno baseball gloves are very well made and we have read reviews on their cheaper models that still rate very high. Rawlings is a time tested name in baseball and their gloves range from budget to premium, although we suggest staying away from their vinyl models. Nokona makes premium baseball gloves and their buffalo skin gloves fetch over $250 in stores. Nike and Easton are relatively newcomers to the baseball glove market and have yet to produce standout products like the other manufacturers. There are softball gloves as well, but we are focusing just on youth hardball gloves in this article. Most makers of gloves will offer left-handed versions, but make sure you buy the correct hand when purchasing online. We read glove reviews online and checked out the latest inventory on sites like Justballgloves.com, Baseballcorner.com and Amazon.com to come up with a "best selection" in various categories below. RECOMMENDED - We suggest you shop online at Amazon.com - they carry the widest selection of baseball gloves at the lowest prices. You can also read all the owner reviews posted on their website before buying anything. See the top selling gloves and mitts online here.