2016 Nokona Classic Walnut Softball Series: WS-1250C
Average Customer Review
Excellent Leather quality, construction and workmanship. What you would expect from an American Made product. The 12.5" pattern has a perfect pocket and finger design for softball. Compared to 12.75" baseball gloves it was superior in design for a softball. As a utility glove this is the perfect size to be used at any position, not too big, not too small, and suitable for first base. I tried the 1300C and that glove is huge in comparison, requiring people with smaller hands to put two fingers in the pinky finger to be acceptable for use given the massive size of the palm and fingers. If you were to have only one glove for Slow Pitch Softball, this is the perfect one. Break-in took about two weeks, playing catch for 20min twice, working it in on the couch with a ball for about 10-15min per day, and wrapping it tight with a ball in the pocket when stored. It doesn't get as floppy as the open back models with the walnut leather. Buy American Made and you won't be disappointed.
Unfortunately the joint piping is felt, something I guess manufactures are doing to save money and is the only drawback compared to other gloves. The price point is not bad however given the quality and leather. This model surprisingly has been removed from the Nokona 2015 catalog, and in my opinion doesn't really have a suitable replacement. I tried the 12.25" buckaroo utility model (the closest alternative in the new catalog), but thought the 1250C was superior in design for slow pitch softball (bigger pocket, and better finger design.
Absolutely beautiful glove. Seems very strong and durable. Huge pocket. Fits your hand almost perfectly and is good for those with larger hands.
Just that is it very tough to break in. I'm more used to going to a sporting goods store and getting something sort of pre-oiled/broken in and just playing catch to get it game ready. Be prepared to oil this a couple times, work on it off and on for a couple of days, and playing lots of catch to get it in game shape.
Great glove. The leather looks amazing and it has a deep pocket for fastpitch softball. My daughter really likes how it formed to her hand and ti
Because of the high quality leather it does require some time to break it in. But once it is broke it the feel is great.
Glove is solid and is remarkably heavier than I was expecting. Very durable and comfortable. Not likely that any hard hit balls are going to go 'through' this glove like some of the more flimsy golves I have used in the past.
As others have mentioned, it takes some time to break in. I've been playing with it for a while now (2 months on and off in practices) and it's just starting to get to the point where I'm comfortable using it in a game.
I have not had a new glove since 1992 so I took my time choosing the Nokona Walnut 1250 as my new glove. I needed something for playing slow pitch mens softball and coaching my kids in little league and t-ball. I made the choice based on the reviews, the size and the fact it is made in the USA. I could not be happier with this glove - the quality of leather is like nothing that I have ever played with. It was stiff when I got it but it broke in very quickly. About 2 weeks of tossing a ball in the pocket as I watched TV and it is pretty much game ready. Like a lot of outfielders I like to put two fingers in the pinky spot and this glove easily allows for that. I know that I am going to have this glove for a long time and that my next glove will be a Nokona. I was so excited with my new glove I would not take it off and my wife even asked me if I was going to sleep with it...
None in my opinion
Great feel...even on hard hits to SS it plays soft and centered and very easy to quick catch and toss for double plays...Gives you a big glove feel on pop ups plays like a 13 or 13.5....Break in to me is a pro...you can break it in to how you like the glove to be and the leather can take it...dont be scared to beat this glove inside and out especially the palm pad and use that conditioner it really breaks it down...i use Saddle soap to clean and mink oil to condition took about two weeks to break down to being comfortable to try in a game i play about 200 games a year so Im really looking forward to what a quality glove can do!!
Not even close to game ready so be prepared to put in some work beating this glove into play shape!! Heavy glove, it takes a few games to get use to but its a comfortable feel. Also this glove doesnt feel 12.5 it feels 13 or 13.5, my 12.75 Louisville Flare is tiny compared to this but again bigger pocket and really made me notice that I really have been playing with baseball mitts before
The perfect glove! I bought mine in April and easily had it ready for the start of softball in May. I play in the outfield and prefer to have two fingers in the pinky hole - this is the perfect glove. I am positive that the quality of the leather will allow me to keep this glove for many years.
Glove was purchased with prior knowledge of long lasting wear once the break in process is complete; this will be a 5 star rating
As know to us prior to purchase. The glove has a long and hard break in process. Be smart give yourself at least 2-3 months break in time.
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