The iconic Heart of the Hide line from Rawlings has returned with the quality and reliability that loyal ballplayers have come to expect. These Players’ model gloves are designed specifically to meet the game models of some of Major League Baseball’s best players.
The PRO1175-4JB is the same pattern worn by MLB pitcher Glen Perkins. This glove is 11.75” length, ideal for a utility infielder or pitcher. This glove features Rawlings’ Modified Trap-Eze web, which provides just enough coverage for seams as a pitcher, while keeping a strong, shallow pocket for snagging hard line drives and quick transitions in the field. The combination of the 11.75” length and Modified Trap-Eze web makes this model one of Rawlings’ most popular infielder patterns.
The shell, palm and web are composed of Rawlings’ classic Heart of the Hide, steer hide leather. Since 1958, this premium steer hide has been the center of the Heart of the Hide collection and set the standard for not only Rawlings, but other glove manufacturers. The Heart of the Hide (HOH) leather is soft, but durable – giving the player a long-lasting glove that forms to the pocket s/he desires; which are qualities that players have come to expect from the HOH line.
The hand opening features a conventional, open back with a laced binding. The conventional back allows for extra ventilation, while the laced binding provides a secure and snug fit – keeping the glove in place, even during the toughest plays.
Keeping the glove together, the lacing throughout the HOH series is made from USA-tanned leather. This leather is extremely strong, so the player can worry less about a hard hit or fast thrown ball breaking brittle laces, and more about securing the ball in the pocket. Looking at the inside, the palm is lined with a smooth Deer-tanned cowhide – adding supreme comfort and protection to the inside of the mitt.
Upon arrival, the HOH is about 40% factory broken-in, leaving the player to do about 60% of the work. This ratio allows the player to create a personalized pocket in less time than some other high-end gloves on the market.
The quality of this mitt is outstanding. The glove feels and looks nice, as well.Review by Philip41201 (Posted on 12/21/2013)