When my older sons were toddlers, I invested in this glove with the idea that it would be the one I'd play catch and teach them baseball with. Now that they're older, I am thankful I did.
This is a great pattern, whether you plan on playing baseball or softball (infield). Deep pocket, good optics with the open web, expertly constructed from Horween leather.
So long as no one takes it while I'm practicing with batting with the boys, it will be the last glove I'll ever own. Perhaps I'll hand it down to one of them, when they get older.
One of the best representations of what a baseball glove should be. A classic design, truly does everything well.
The leather is excellent, equal to and well above most of what you'll see in the highest of the high end gloves, and about as close as we're ever going to get to the old school C55 Horween again. They just don't make it like that anymore. Even the cows are different now, lol.
If you don't own one of these, you probably should.
Leather feels a lot better than stock HoH. Tan Lace is very nice. The liner feels nice and the overall look of the glove is great.
-Measures true to size 12"
-not Horween leather but stiff nonetheless. Upon taking all lacing and padding out, the glove still remained open while laying on it's side.
-upper hand-stall material is the black leather. Seems less squishy than previous Heart of the Hide gloves I have owned.
-pinkie and thumb padding is extremely stiff
-heel padding is perhaps the stiffest I have ever felt in a Heart of the Hide. Not overly thick, just simply stiff.