The A1K line from Wilson is designed specifically for players that prefer a snugger fit in their glove. Each of these gloves is made from Wilson’s Top-Shelf leather, so the quality is top-notch, but what sets this line aside from the rest of what Wilson has to offer is the “Pedroia Fit™”, which is featured on each glove. The Pedroia Fit™ was modeled after MLB All-Star 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is a smaller guy with a smaller hand, but is still an elite player that demands an elite glove. These gloves have a tapered opening, so they’re tighter around the hand – they also feature shorter, narrower finger stalls, for a snug fit the whole way through. This line is perfect for the player that has a smaller hand or prefers a snug fit, but demands a high-quality and long-lasting glove.
The CM1714 is 33” in diameter and ideal for the catcher that prefers a deeper pocket. This glove features Wilson’s 2-piece, Closed web, which breaks in for an extra-deep pocket – keeping the ball secure in the glove when framing and picking balls out of the dirt.
The shell, palm and lacing are composed of Wilson’s Top-Shelf leather. This leather is soft and light, making for an easy, personalized break-in, however it maintains the longevity that players have come to expect from Wilson gloves. This glove also features Wilson’s “Rolled Dual Welting”, which takes strips of the Pro Stock leather and rolls them as the welting for the glove, creating a long-lasting shape with a quicker break-in period.
As previously mentioned, this glove features the Pedroia Fit™ which includes: longer laces, a tapered hand opening, shorter & narrower finger stalls and a low-profile heel. The sizing for this glove has a smaller hand in mind, so it will fit tighter than a standard, adult glove.
The backing for this glove features a closed, fastback design with a strapped binding. This closed backing has a cutout and fingerhood for the index finger, for those that prefer to keep his/her finger on the outside of the mitt. The fastback design will keep the pocket deep, while protecting part of the hand from sting on impact. The strapped binding is held together via a D-ring, which provides quick and easy adjustments for the hand opening without sacrificing a secure hold.
The soft, pliable Top-Shelf leather along with “Fastbreak Construction” allows for a quicker break-in time and more personalized pocket. The player can worry less about the time-consuming process of breaking-in a new glove just the way s/he likes it and more about getting out on the field to play ball.