Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5 out of 5 by Smash7831 Great glove - good price
I bought this for my 11 year old son who plays recreational and travel baseball. He previously had another gold glove which he outgrew. We went with the 11.25 size as the difference between that and the 11.5 is not much of a factor. The 11.25 was a much better feel in his hand. The glove seems to be pretty good quality and at $50 off the price, at $99, was a great deal. He tried on several gloves and liked this the best. I DID NOT fall victim to steaming the glove for $15. I don't buy into the need to steam a glove to break it in. I bought the Glovolium spray, hit the inside of the glove twice, massaging the spray in by hand and then lightly wiping off each time. We put two baseballs in last night, bungee corded the glove and when I checked it today I was amazing with the overnight flexibility that was acheived. I think with a few good practices and catching at home, this glove will perform just as good if not better than his past GG. Rawlings makes a good product.
I would recommend this glove but caution two things. 1. Kids need to try the gloves on and parents should not merely buy online, the glove needs to fit. 2. Parents typically seem to buy a glove that is too big. If you don't know, ask someone or research how to measure/fit a glove for your kid on the web. A glove that is too big will not only be awkward, but will result in dropped balls and delay in your child getting the ball out of the glove to throw.
I hope this review helps those considering this glove.
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Comparative Review
I just purchased the Rawlings GG Elite Pro Taper for my son. I spent about 45 minutes comparing several gloves in the store, having my son field some ground balls, little pop ups and front and backhand catches to make sure he was comfortable with the glove. I'll start off by saying that the glove was on sale for 79.98 and we had a $15 off coupon on $75 or more, so it made this glove the highest quality glove for what lesser quality gloves cost.
The Rawlings Youth Player Preferred Elite glove $59.99 in 11.25 inch has a very similar taper and pocket; however, the quality of the leather is not as high as the GG Elite and was his 4th on the list of gloves. That being said, the YPPE glove would be a very good glove for people that don't want to spend as much on a glove and the hand area is a bit smaller which is likely better for smaller kids. My son is 7 years old, but because he is so tall, he easily compares size wise to a 9-10 year old so the additional room in the GG Elite wasn't a problem for him to close. The YPPE glove is more broken in to start out though.
My son also tried out the 11.25 inch Mizuno Franchise Series Glove which turned out to be his 3rd on the list. This glove is outstanding quality leather, but it is the least broken in glove, but I would say had the second best leather of the four gloves tested. One great feature for this glove was the hand area is the smallest tested and will be ideal for kids with much smaller hands.
My son's second favorite glove was the Wilson A-800 11.25 inch. Of all of the gloves tested, this glove was the most broken in and you could easily take it from the shelf to the field if you kid lost their glove and you need one in a pinch. The leather was good, but was not as high a quality as the GG Elite or the Mizuno and it pales in comparison to the leather of my own Wilson A-2000, which I would say the GG Elite is of the same quality leather of this $250+ glove.
Without my prompting my son came to the decision that the GG Elite glove was for him because it felt comfortable for him and I didn't want to sway him in any direction and I didn't want him to get a particular brand since I have both a Wilson A-2000 and a Rawlings Gold Glove in adult versions.
All things being equal in price with the GG Elite on sale, it is a no brainer to go with the GG Elite because of the quality of leather. I think you would be hard pressed to down grade the quality of this leather when put up against a Nakoma buffalo leather glove costing $300+.
This glove is of enough quality that it should last most kids taller Rookie Ball kids like mine through Major Little League and will likely serve short stops and 2nd basemen well in U-Trip and high school.
Bottom line, if your the price is about the same or if you don't mind spending the normal $130 for the GG Elite when it isn't on sale, go with this glove and make sure that you child can't lose the glove because nobody will return this kind of glove.
If you want an outstanding glove and you are not willing to pay $130 when it isn't on sale, which I wouldn't at this point for a 7 year old, go with either the Wilson A-800 or the Mizuno Franchise Series Glove.
Also, unless you know that your child's hand won't be too small for a glove, I would not purchase a glove online that they have not had on their own hand.
Hopefully, this review is comprehensive enough that it is of benefit and has enough of a comparative analysis of quality gloves to make your glove purchase easy.
January 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BiCoop Nice product
I bought this glove for my 6yr old son. It's not too heavy and is slightly broken in ?just enough so he can close it.
December 14, 2013