Akadema Prodigy Series: AZR95-12 Youth With FREE Akadema Sunglasses
Average Customer Review
This is a great glove. I bought this for my son to play on his 9U team. It took a little bit to break in, but now that it is nothing gets by him. As soon as I took it out of the box, I could tell that it was a high quality glove. It is also a sharp looking. I am now a fan of Akadema. So much so that I picked up a glove for myself.
No cons to speak of. I don't see an extended break in time as a con. It just speaks to this gloves high quality.
Good quality leather. Good shape. Well constructed. Looks good; the white welting and white stitching on the black glove is a clean, tough industrial look, it is a very "clean" look, simple bold logo. I like that that the lettering is stamped in rather than printed.
The material between the fingers on the inside is man-made, not leather, also the "binding" looks to be man-made rather than leather. If these pieces were leather it would be a top quality glove. A little tough to break-in that one spot at the bottom of the web where the vertical post connects to the glove.
Wow! When I finally received the glove I was blown away by the quality of the leather, especially in a youth glove. It's so hard to find an adult quality glove that is made for youth hands. It is similar or slightly better than my Mizuno infield glove. I handed it to my son and he loved the fit, feel, and weight (he's 9, 4' 3"). We immediately went to play catch and he loved the protection it gave him on the hard throws, especially on off center catches. Mizuno has never let me down, which is why I usually go with Mizuno, but they don't have a glove of this quality thick (& light) leather for young players on the smaller size.
None, but Akadema should consider making this size glove in the Reptilian style, since middle infielders prefer 11" gloves.
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What is the actual size of the AZR95-12?
The Akadema Prodigy Series (AZR95-12 Youth) features an 11.00 inch pattern. Since it is a youth model, it will have a noticeably smaller hand opening and finger-stalls than all adult gloves.
My son who plays 8u baseball has a LS Genesis 11 inch inch glove but it seems smaller than a true 11 inches and I feel that he needs a bigger glove. I was looking at the AZR95-12 as it comes highly recommended but I fear that it wont be any bigger than his current LS Genesis. Can you comment on how they compare in size?
The Akadema Prodigy Series (AZR95-12) has a slightly wider pocket but the length of the fingers will be very similar to the Louisville Slugger Genesis Series (FGGN14-BN110). The size of the glove is determined by measuring from the tip of the index finger along the inside of the pocket down to the heal so the glove length can vary based on how deep the pocket runs.
How does this glove compare to the Shoeless Joe Junior 10 inch model?
Asside from being an inch larger pattern, the Akadema Prodigy Series (AZR95-12) will have a similar high quality leather to the Shoeless Joe Joe Junior Series (1000JR) although the way the Shoeless Joe is manufactured makes it slightly more game ready with a softer feel and more retro feeling leather.
In Akadema's short but remarkable history it has become one of America's hottest baseball and softball equipment company for professional, college, high school, and serious youth players. The Akadema phenomenon started with the Professional Glove Series and continues with the Reptilian®, Praying Mantis®, Pro Soft™ and Prodigy™ Glove Series as well as the Amish Wood™, Tacktion™ and Xtension® Aluminum Bat Series. Akadema's ownership attributes increasing market share to their innovative professional baseball and softball product line in contrast to mass-.... read more
- 11.00 Inch Pattern
- AkademaLyte Leather on Back
- Conventional Open Back
- Cross Web
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- Narrower Wrist Opening and Finger Stalls
- Perfect for Any Position
- U.S. Steerhide Leather in Palm and Web
- Youth Model
The Glove Care Kit is designed to help you break-in your new glove the correct way and help maintain your glove from season to season. This unique package that cannot be found anywhere else provides everything you will need to get the glove game ready in the shortest amount of time. The Glove Care Kit includes:
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