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Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS Finger Shift Model

  • Although Rawlings is known to stick to their tradition of classic gloves with classic patterns, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS represents its maker's new dedication to revolutionary technology.
  • The PRO205-9SHFS features a newly developed technology straight out of the Rawlings' Glove Lab: the Finger Shift design, which is detailed in the following paragraphs.

What You Must Know about the PRO205-9SHFS Pattern

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS
  • The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS measures at 11.75 inches, features a necessary grip-concelaing two-piece web, and has a medium-to-deep pocket depth. 
  • The PRO205-9FS is built with Rawlings' new "Finger Shift" technology, meaning it has several modifications (like a sealed off index finger slot) that allow for better two-in-the-pinky usage. 
  • Why it matters: Even though the number of two-in-the-pinky users is steadily growing, there are only two gloves specifically made for TIP grip use: the PRO205-9SHFS and the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO303-6CFS.

Our Take on the PRO205 Finger Shift Pattern

The PRO205-9SHFS pattern an extremely solid pattern for two-in-the-pinky pitchers, as its length, pocket depth, grip-concealing web, and Finger Shift technology are close to perfect for the bump. 


A Deeper Look at the PRO205-9SHFS' Colorway

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS
  • The entirety of the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS is primo sherry, save for the white stitching and beige embroidery.
  • Why it matters: Primo Sherry is a highly appealing color yet highly underrepresented in Rawlings lineup, as the PRO205-9SHFS is the only all-primo sherry glove Rawlings makes. 

Our Take on the PRO205-9SHFS' Colorway

I find it hard to dislike the all-primo sherry colorway of the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS, as this color looks great new and ages wonderfully. 


A Deeper Dive into the PRO205-9SHFS' Material Quality

Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS
  • The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS is part of Rawlings' Heart of the Hide line, meaning you should expect and will get amazing quality materials.
  • The hallmark of the PRO205-9SHFS' materials is its leather, a Steerhide, that is known for its excellent long-term durability.
  • After the leather, this glove packs a whole host of other great materials: supple yet durable lacing, a soft Deer Tanned Cowhide liner, and firm padding/inserts.
  • As is the case with many gloves, if taken care of, this Heart of the Hide model will hold its shape for an extended period of time. 


Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205-9SHFS
  • All together, the Rawlings Heart of the Hide's pattern, high quality materials, and clean colorway make it an excellent all-around option for two-in-the-pinky pitchers. 
  • You get all of the aforementioned parts of the PRO205-9SHFS for $249.95, a reasonable price for an overall solid mitt. 

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