Rawlings produces quality baseball gloves and softball gloves every season.
While their custom gloves, Gold Glove, and Gamer gloves are well-received, they're not as popular as the Heart of the Hide or Pro Preferred. But, considering the popularity of both series, there remains confusion on the differences. JustBallGloves.com explains the main differences between Heart of the Hide and Pro Preferred Rawlings gloves.
First of all, it's important to know the descriptions of each glove series, and what each glove series entails.
These gloves are handcrafted from the top 5% of steer hides. Heart of the Hide leather tends to be the prime cut or center portion of the smaller hide and is thicker and more durable than other leathers. This results in a firm glove that is easier to shape. The top-grade leather allows the glove to mold to the player's hand for a proper feel while maintaining the durability needed to play at the highest level.
These gloves feature an impeccable Kipskin leather that breaks into specific playing preferences, forming the perfect pocket. The high-performance sheepskin lining wicks moisture away, keeping the hand dry for better control when players need it most. The Pro Preferred has a reputation for being a staple at the highest levels of the game.
While both glove series are popular among Rawlings loyalists, there are key differences. Here are the main differences between the Heart of the Hide and Pro Preferred gloves:
- Price - With cleaner leather and high-quality wicking, the Pro Preferred gloves are more expensive than Heart of the Hide gloves. The average cost of a Pro Preferred is $300, whereas a new HoH is around $200.
- Leather - Heart of the Hide gloves use the top 5% of steer hides, which are top grade. However, the Kipskin leather used on Pro Preferred gloves is cleaner and considered one of the finest pieces of bovine leather.
- Softball - Heart of the Hide gloves are available for Fastpitch and Slow Pitch. Only exclusive models of Pro Preferred have been made for softball; it's mostly a baseball glove.
- Weight - Most pro players use Heart of the Hide gloves, but they are heavier gloves. That's because they stay moist and are crafted from denser materials.
- Break-in - While both gloves provide decent turnaround time on breaking in the glove, the Pro Preferred is a stiffer leather. So, it will hold its shape longer, but the Heart of the Hide will break-in faster.
- Shape - Due to the types of leather, Pro Preferred gloves will hold their shape longer than HoH models.
Keep in mind that gloves do rely on personal preference too. Have you used either of these Rawlings gloves? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
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