Considered one of Rawlings’ top-tier lines, the Pro Preferred line of gloves is for an elite player looking for a glove that is comparable to the patterns the pros use, but a little easier to break-in than its other high-end counterparts.
The PRMCM20BRX has a 32.5” diameter and is designed for an elite catcher. This glove features Rawlings’ 1-piece, Closed web design. The web flexes to ensure a firm stick upon catching, but carries plenty of padding for durability for added longevity.
The shell, palm and web are composed of smooth, supple Kip skin leather that makes for an appealing look, while maintaining a quality feel. Keeping the glove together, the laces are made from USA-tanned leather and are tested to hold up against 100lbs of tensile strength. Looking inside the hand opening of the glove, Rawlings has included a layer of Pittards® sheep skin lining. This premium lining is used as moisture-wicking material, which pulls sweat away from the inside of the glove. By doing-so, the leather will remain healthy and not dry out and crack, maintaining life of the glove.
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. Inside of the glove, Poron XRD palm padding has been added to reduce the impact of the ball once it hits the mitt. Also featured, a padded area for the index finger, for those players that prefer to leave a finger on the outside of the glove.
Upon arrival, the Pro Preferred is about 30% factory broken-in, leaving the player to do about 70% 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.
I bought this glove at the beginning of the season and it is great. It is perfect for the the high school/ college player. I catch pitchers that throw 80-85 mph and I don't fell a thing. The only downfall is the break in time but that is expected from a glove of this quality. As long as you play catch or catch bullpens, it breaks in nice and easy. Overall great glove and worth the $330.Review by Vince (Posted on 5/19/13)
Hated the glove, came very stiff, and the leather breaks down too fast if your catching pitchers that throw 90+ mph. It would probably be a nice glove for a 13 year old but breaks down too fast for anyone older than that.Review by Keegan1881 (Posted on 2/14/13)
I like this glove. Good quality leather. Very durble. A bit stiff when you get it. May take you a while to break it in. Overall, great glove. Definitely worth $330.Review by Philip41201 (Posted on 2/6/13)