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Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO with Tan Horween Leather

In this post, we detail what you need to know about the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO, a limited edition glove that features a pattern built for 3B, a classic colorway, and a special kind of leather that has finally made a comeback into Rawlings’ lineup.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO

Pattern

The NP5 pattern is an 11.75” with an I-web (in this case) that best fits at third base. Although it seems like the consensus is that third basemen need something with a deep pocket, but the NP5 defies that– it has a flat and shallow pocket that plays shallower than a good amount of 11.5” gloves. One more note about the NP5 pattern: it has a natural thumb-to-ring finger close along a slanted heel (as opposed to the squared-off heel of the 200 pattern).

However, its representation in the MLB by stud three baggers like Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson prove that this pattern and shallow/flat pocket work well for picking it over at the hot corner.

That said, the NP5 pattern does give some leeway to allow you to deepen the pocket to a certain point, which seemed to be squeezing the glove around the ball for the gloves I saw and inquired about.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO

Horween Leather – Finally!

After a prolonged hiatus from Rawlings’ lineup, Horween leather is finally back on gloves like the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO and the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROTT2.

This is good news in our eyes – getting back a leather that was known for its high quality and its standing as some of the best leather a baseball glove can have. Although this Horween on the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO is of the newer oiled type (which is more flexible than the older dry Horween), you are still getting amazing durability from this prestigious leather.

In the case of the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO, you can certainly expect something that is a little firmer and stiffer out of the box (as compared to other Heart of the Hide models), but will most likely exceed the other models in longevity.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO

Colorway

As is usually expected out of gloves with Horween leather, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO features a simple colorway – the Tan Horween leather color, dark tan lacing, and gray split welting.

As you can sort of see above, the darker tannish leather color of this glove when new is amazing, especially with the contrasting gray split welting and red embroidery. However, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO looks even better with some use, as the tan color becomes slightly darker and becomes even harder to dislike.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO

Recommendation

Based on the above information, we recommend the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5PRO for third basemen who want a glove that combines a shallower pocket with a classic colorway and a top-notch leather that provides excellent durability.

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6 Comments

  1. Joe Smith December 8, 2016

    Tan Horween!!! Just picked one up, thanks for the heads up and great article!

  2. andrew hasseler December 9, 2016

    It may very well be horween, but note that no where in the product description does it actually state the leather of its construct…

  3. Glynn Solomon May 19, 2017

    When will this exact glove be back in stock. My son wants one for college ball but can find this model any where… help!!

  4. Kai Morgan September 29, 2017

    hi, is it the same glove provided for spring training? However, there’s no words on Rawlings’ webpage. The Pro Preferred #Pronp5krtbpro did. I am told “pro” ending serial numbers is for spring training, thanks.

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