Superskin is a synthetic material Wilson is increasingly using on their new mitts, making it a good idea to know exactly what Superskin is. In this post we break down the facts about this material:
Superskin is a synthetic material with a soft, supple feel. Wilson claims it decreases the weight of the glove in half while doubling the strength of traditional leather.
Is it truly lighter weight? It definitely feels like it, whether placebo or not. Wilson’s own tests have said it is, as well, so the answer to this question is a definite yes.
Is it truly stronger? It’s hard to tell objectively. We’ve used Superskin gloves for a few seasons without the glove breaking down, but that is the standard with Wilson gloves. We can’t say its stronger, but we can say it doesn’t decrease the durability of a mitt.
Superskin is also water-repellant. Rain, sweat, and other liquids will slide off the Superskin without any damage or soaking in. In addition, it’s super easy to clean this material without ruining it, unlike leather.
Is it worth it? It depends. The feel of the material takes getting used to and some traditionalists probably won’t like it. But if you want a lighter glove that uses new-age materials, you should definitely check out Wilson’s Superskin models.
August may mean back to school for some (while others are gearing up for the year), the month change means another thing: the Wilson Glove of the Month August is now available.
The GOTM August is one of the coolest models released this year: the Daniel Norris Game Model, a model many have been calling to be released.
Although your eyes can do a good portion of the talking, this post hopes to clear up some more pertinent information about the latest installment of the Glove of the Month Program.
A look at the GOTM August's colorway
The Wilson Glove of the Month August's colorway features an all-Vintage Tan base, Vegas gold lacing, and gray/Wilson yellow logos.
This design was created by Daniel Norris before the start of the 2017 MLB season. You can read more about this later in this article.
This is one of the few Vintage Tan glove left in circulation, as Wilson has not released a stock-ish VT glove in years.
Our Take on the GOTM August's Colorway
I have been a huge fan of this design ever since Daniel Norris' Glove was showcased by Wilson in Spring Training. The Vintage Tan look is simply amazingly clean, and the logos are surprisingly beautiful.
Although the GOTm August is Technically a Pitcher's Glove, it Features a 3b Pattern
Because of it direct linkage to Daniel Norris, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, the Wilson Glove of the Month August is generally considered a pitcher's glove.
However, this mitt is a Wilson A2K DW5 - the pattern created by New York Mets third basemen David Wright.
The DW5 pattern is characterized by its 12 inch length, H-web, and extra long and deep pocket design, all of which are perfect for the hot corner.
Despite its portrayal as a 3B mitt, a deeper look into this pattern reveals that it may work on the mound: the length and pocket depth are perfect, and the H-web generally provides good grip concealment.
Our Take on the DW5 PAttern
Personally, I am not a huge fan of the DW5's narrower width, but it does seem to work well for others at the hot corner and also seems to be a good fit for the bump.
The GOTM August is a Replica of Daniel Norris' Glove
Wilson first released pictures of Daniel Norris' in the Spring Training of 2016, and even went as far as to make a Glove Day video for him and his mitt.
Over a year later, Daniel Norris' has finally reached the open market as a limited edition glove. Whether this is a response to the many pleas by Wilson glove fanatics is unknown, however.
All of the aspects of the Wilson Glove of the Month August are replicated from Daniel Norris' glove, save for the "Just Keep Livin'" embroidery on Norris' mitt.
The GOTM August Packs only the Highest-Quality MAterials
As is the case with all of Wilson's top-of-the-line series, the A2K, the Wilson Glove of the Month August features high-quality and durable materials.
The most important material is the GOTM's Pro Stock Select leather, a smooth, thick, and extremely durable American Steerhide.
In addition, this A2K comes with Double Palm Construction - a technology that inserts a thin piece of leather underneath the palm for a firmer and more durable pocket - and an ultra-soft liner.
If taken care of correctly, an A2K model like this will last you a lifetime.
Our Take on the GOTM August's MAterials
As you seen in all of our posts about A2K gloves, we always rate the mitt's materials deservedly well, because they are indeed very good. However, Wilson needs to simply improve their lace.
The Wilson Glove of the Month August is perfect if you want to pitch with something that is very flexible yet not considered a pitcher's glove, even though it would work well on the mound.
In addition, the awesome (and quite rare) colorway on this GOTM add more appeal to this mitt.
Lastly, the GOTM will be the ideal glove if you are willing to drop a pretty penny - anywhere from $349.99 to $379.99, depending on retailer - for a top quality glove.
Prices and availability will vary greatly, especially as time progresses.
Have you ever went on Rawlings's website and been completely baffled by the sheer amount of middle infield gloves they sell? The amount of models they sell is truly ridiculous, but this post should easily help you find the perfect Rawlings mitt for second base.
Heart of the Hide PRO314-2BC
A Brief Overview of the PROS314-2BC
In addition to its 11.5 inch length and I-web, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO314-2BC has a few unique and noteworthy bonus features:
Clawed, Dual Welted Back: a new feature from Rawlings, this welting style makes a shallower, rounder, and wider pocket.
Narrow Fit: another new feature from Wilson, narrow fit emulates Wilson's Pedroia Fit with its tighter wrist and finger stalls.
All in all, the PRO314-2BC is a perfect model for those middle infielders with smaller hands that still want a top notch glove.
The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP4-2BC is yet another 11.5 inch model with an I-web, but lays both flatter and shallower than the other 11.5" mitts on this list. Therefore, purchase it if you want a glove that plays shallow and will stay shallow.
Also, the PRONP4-2BC comes in a classy camel and black colorway and has the Heart of the Hide's signature durable materials. The cost of this glove is $249.99.
The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO200-2 is the best Rawlings Second Base Glove, and here is why: the 11.5" PRO200 pattern is simply the best pattern Rawlings makes for the middle infield. In addition to a shallow and round pocket, the 200 pattern comes with an unrivaled squared-off heel design that makes for a perfect break-in.
In like manner, the PRO200-2 comes with Rawlings' durable and good-looking tan Steerhide leather (it is not Horween, however) and is priced at $249.99.
Wilson A2000 9.5″ Training Glove: High quality materials and the perfect design for infield training, the A2000 Training mitt is the gold standard for smaller gloves that make you a better infielder. Get it here.
Allstar “The Pick” 9.5″ Training Glove: A cheaper option that will still help you improve your fielding game. Not the greatest materials but still gets the job done at a high level. Check it out here.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide Training Glove: Another pricey, high quality option, this time from Rawlings. The design falls a bit short of the A2000, but is still a top option. Buy it here.
Valle 9.75″ Infield Training Glove: A bigger option from a company that focuses on training gloves. We don’t have a ton of info on these, but we have heard they are very good. Check this mitt out here.
Rawlings R9 9″ Training Glove: Another cheaper option that makes for a great infield training glove. Decent materials and design for the player looking to get a more affordable training option. See it here.
About the A2K: Pro Stock Select Leather (Top 5% of Wilson Leather), Double Palm Construction, Softer liner, and 3X craftsmanship. Priced at $380.
About the A2000: Pro Stock Leather, Wilson’s other high quality A2000 materials, etc. (liner, construction, and craftsmanship). Priced at $280.
Given these features, price points, and our own tests, we believe the A2000 is the best bang for your buck. This was not an easy decision, so let’s explain our reasoning:
The A2K has many great additional features, but they’re not overwhelmingly better. The A2K is softer and feels sturdier, but the A2000 also feels like a top-tier glove (because it is).
The durability difference isn’t notable: We’ve seen both gloves last years and years of daily use, and, honestly, we didn’t see a huge difference in each models’ longevity on an extended timeline.
The A2000 has more options:The A2000 comes in a ton of different models, makes, and with different features. You’re pretty limited when it comes to the A2K options, however.
The price differenceis simply not worth it for many: Given what we’ve found, we can’t recommend spending $100 more for an A2K. If you can get one for the price of an A2000 (usually at the end of the baseball season), we’d jump (and have) on that opportunity.
We loved the A2K models we used on shorter and longer timelines, but the A2000 models we used gave us similar euphoric feelings. Therefore, if you’re shopping for a new Wilson glove, we recommend saving that extra $100 and going with a Wilson A2000 model you want.