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Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
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Features

  • 33.00 Inch Pattern

  • Deep Pocket

  • Double Flexhinge Technology - Glove Snaps Closed When Ball Makes Contact

  • Double-Sided Slim Padding - Allows for Increeased Pocket Size and Easier Ball Retention

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  • Open Back

  • Constructed from Select Steerhide Leather

  • Shock-Absorbing Protection

  • Triple Hammock Web

  • Easy Break-In

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Description

The Akadema Praying Mantis Catcher's Mitt is made from Akadema's Pro Soft Leather. The Praying Mantis Series uses Pro Soft Leather that is very soft and easy to break-in. Ultimately, the Praying Mantis Series design provides the player with a more pliable glove. This allows for easier break-in. The APM241 combines the quality and softness of the Pro Soft Soft Series with the technology of the Praying Mantis design. The Akadema patent Praying Mantis is the most innovative catcher's mitt ever to hit the market, with many unique features setting it apart from the competition. With new patent "Stress Wedge" technology, located between the index finger and thumb, the Praying Mantis offers shock-absorbing protection for the hand against injury and sting when receiving the ball. The Praying Mantis also offers two additional "Finger Hammocks" allowing the fingers to be firmly positioned and more secure in the glove. Additional features include the Double-sided Slim Padding allowing for increased pocket size and easier ball retention. Uniquely designed shape allows the throwing hand easier access in the pocket, resulting in a quicker glove to hand transfer and faster times to second base. Akadema Professional - "On the cutting Edge of Sports Technology". Free Shipping.

Reviews (11)

Average Ratings Based on 11 Customer Reviews

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reddzach

Pros: Great glove. Very little break in required.When you buy Akadema you quality.

Cons: none

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Bearsfantc

Pros: Great quality glove for the price. Glove arrived on Wed and my was playing with it it a game on Sat.

Cons: None

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Joe

Pros: Glove was easy to break in. My grandson is 13 yrs. old and really likes it.

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Good Alan LaRocque player

Pros: Nice deep pocket, good padding, easy break in.

Cons: None.

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Chris

Pros: Great quality for the price.

Cons: It just seemed huge. My 13 year old son felt like it was humongous, and it was big on my hand as well. We went with a smaller, more youth-oriented model.

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Kevin

Pros: Was shocked at the quick break in. My son is 11 and this is a massive upgrade from the youth glove he was catching with. He's found it easier to get the ball out and has zero sting. Very impressed.

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Great Purchase Mom Parent

Pros: Bought for son when he started playing catcher on his HS team. Needed something quality that could hold up against HS pitchers, but also something that would be game ready relatively quickly (needed to replace another catchers mitt that wasn't doing the job). Also, we weren't in the market for a super expensive glove because we weren't sure he would be playing catcher past this season. He used it in practice for a week to catch bullpen, worked with it at home to break it in, and was able to use it in a game within a week. But it still has enough structure to protect his hand and last the season without falling apart. And it was on sale, which made mom happy. He says it snaps closed, holds the ball in the pocket, and is a great glove. He feels like it is helping him be successful. The other catchers on the team are now looking to buy one for themselves.

Cons: None

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Very nice mitt! Shawn Parent

Pros: Good Lookin mitt Constructed well Quality leather Broke in nice I'm a parent that used to be a catcher. I bought this to play catch with my son hoping to spark the interest in him.

Cons: Very stiff initially but after lots of conditioner and rapping with ball in palm, it broke in very nicely

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Nice Glove - EXTREMELY STIFF Danny Coach

Pros: Large pocket, good quality leather, should last a long time.

Cons: STIFF - OMG this glove is rock hard out of the box.

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Akadema Praying Mantis Mike Parent

Pros: Very Good Quality leather. Takes some work to break in so it should last a while. Also looks really cool!

Cons: None yet

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Great glove for the price Matt Parent

Pros: This is an excellent glove especially for this price level. Great padding. My 11 year old stopped using the extra thumb guard he was using in his other glove. He said this glove had enough padding that he didn't need it. Break in was quicker than expected. Had it steamed and used some break in oil. My son was catching games with it in 2 days.

Cons: None

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Questions and Answers (26)

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My son a 13 year old catches on a junior legion team. He is a shade under 5 foot. He currently uses his Akadema AGC-98 which is the youth model. He loves that mitt.I think he needs a slightly larger mitt and am debating on this mitt or the nokona Black Shadow cathers mitt. His fielders glove is Nokona which he loves. Which would you recommend? A tough decision sine they normally do not carry in stock at sporting good stores. Thanks
The Game
A 33 inch mitt would be a good size for a 13 or 14 year old to grow into and possibly use for the next several years. The Akadema will have a slightly larger pocket than the Nokona as well as a little extra padding in the palm. Both fit pretty much true to size and both are made from similar quality leathers. If you're son prefers a mitt with a little larger pocket he may want to go with the Akadema.
JH
How long does this glove take to break in and does it stay firm or does it start to get floppy?
boomorang
It will take 3-4 days to break this glove. This glove has been known to be a very durable glove and will be one that you will be able to use for years.
Brett
My son is 9 years old, yet is 5 ft. tall and has your larger than average size hands. This is his 2nd year catching and still has some confidence to build on, would this glove be a good fit for him?
Catch E
This should be good glove and will have good padding for a 9 year old.
KG
Does the ball often fall out of the pocket of this glove?
baseball dude
No. The APM241 features a double flex-hinge technology which helps the mitt snap close at contact with the ball. It's a great catcher's mitt.
Tyler
Does this glove have a problem holding its shape with the pro soft leather?
Tdog26
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis should not have a problem not keeping it's shape. This glove has been known to be a very durable glove and will be one that you will be able to use for years.
Jennifer
My son is 14 (8th Grade) and is an experienced Catcher. His current glove has seen better days. Would this glove be appropriate to carry him through high school catching Pitchers at that level? Does this glove have a solid pocket with good padding for the hand? Thanks; we love Just Ball Gloves and Just Bats. Keep up the great work!
Baseball Fan
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt has great padding and also features double flex-hinge technology that helps the mitt snap close. Keep in mind we offer a 100 day guarantee on our gloves. You may return the glove even if it has been used within 100 days from the date of purchase.
Kara
Can my 12 year old use this glove he is 5'3 and weighs 126 would this size suit him? Wanna get him a glove that he can use at least into high school.
Pete
We recommend a 32.50" glove he wants to keep the glove into high school. The 33.00" will be too large. The Akadema Praying Mantis Series: APM42 Catcher's Mitt would be a good alternative
Kara
My son is 11.5 years old and has been catching for going on 4 years. He is currently using a 31.5" mitt and it's too small. Is jumping up to a 33" too much? Also, I was looking at this glove and the Mizuno GXC95Y, which one is a better quality glove and which one will break-in the fastest?
chris
The 12 year old catcher is recommended to use a glove size of 32". The gloves you are looking at are 33". It all just depends on your son's hands size and how he prefers his gloves. Both the Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt With FREE Akadema Sunglasses and the Mizuno GXC95Y will break-in easily. Both will also have great quality. I really think both mitts could work well for your son.
Brandon
I'm 13 turning 14 in about a month. I'm not a huge kid, I'm 5'2" and about 90 pounds. I use a fielders mitt size 11.50". I play travel, would this glove be a good size? Is there another glove you would recommend?
Sam
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt would be a good option at 33.00",if you wanted to have the mitt for a couple years. Based on your age and position, we recommend a 32.00" to 32.50" model. For further information on sizing, please visit the Glove Coach at http://www.justballgloves.com/glove-coach/
Aubrey
I'm 15 turning 16 soon and my main position is catcher, I'm 5' 8", and 145 pounds. What size catchers glove do you recommend me using?
j
You should get the Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt With FREE Akadema Sunglasses in a 33.00" mitt.
Noah
I'm turning 12 in about a month. A 32.5" feels like it has to small of a pocket. Do you think a 33" would be good?
Michael
The 33" pattern size of the Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt would be a great option for a 12 year old catcher. The increased pattern size would give you a slightly larger pocket, but it should not be too much for you to handle.
Mac
What type of web does this glove have?
Austin
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241) will feature a reinforced closed web design.
Patrick
I am using the prodigy glove now, but I want to move up. What are the main differences in the (APM43) and (APM42) and (APM241)?
BP
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241) Catcher's Mitt has a 32.50" pattern and it is most similar to the 33" APM43. The main difference between those two gloves is the .50" and the Kip leather featured on the APM43. The Kip leather makes it about 20% lighter in weight. The APM42 has a 33" pattern and it does not feature quite the quality leather that the other two models have. It is a fairly game ready glove and will require very minimal break-in though.
Jason
I play baseball on a travel team and highschool team. I need a new glove, and was wondering if it has a nice deep pocket. How does it help get a throw out when a runner is stealing?
Cody
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241) features double sided Slim Padding, which allows for a larger pocket size. The larger pocket in addition to the Double Flexhinge helps for a quick transfer for throwing runners out. This would be a great choice for you.
Tessa
Is this a good glove for a senior in high school and one that could be used in college?
baseball dad
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241) Catcher's Mitt is going to be a good glove for a high school player.
Liz
Which catcher's mitt should I get my 13 year old son who is 5 foot 3 and weighs 139 pounds?
Warrior
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241) would be a nice option for a player that age.
Patrick
My son is turning 12 soon and just started catching this last Fall, he has been using a Rawlings Renegade RCMB. The pocket on the Rawlings is shallow. I am looking to purchase him a new mitt. Would this mitt be a good fit?
CM
This Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241 Catcher's Mitt) will come with a 33" circumference on it that should provide a good sized pocket for your player. As well, it will come with more of a fitting for an adult player. If you feel that he can handle the larger fitting glove and think he will grow into it well with time, I would definitely consider this glove. As well, I would note that here at JustBallGloves, we do have a 100 day guarantee on all our gloves that allows customers to purchase a glove and use it, then if within 100 days of the purchase they decide that the glove is not to their liking they can send it back to us for a full refund or exchange. Ultimately you would risk no money if you wanted to try out this Akadema model!
Ben
Is this glove suitable for fastpitch softball?
pappy
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt is constructed for baseball use. One could certainly use this for softball if they wanted but most softball catcher's mitts will be constructed similar to that of a 1B glove with additional padding.
Cameron
My son is 14 and will be playing HS baseball in the spring. He is small for his size (5' 4" and 115 lbs). He has an older Rawlings glove that has been used for 4+ years. I want something that will last him 2-3 years and is capable of catching 70-85 mph. Would this be a good glove for him?
Mike
Yes, I think that this Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241 Catcher's Mitt) will feature the circumference (33.00"), fitting (since you want something into which he can grow) and padding that will be needed by your player to perform well as a high school catcher handling 70-85 mph.
Ben
What is the top speed that this Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241 Catcher's Mitt) is good for?
Mike
This Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241 Catcher's Mitt) will feature Select Steerhide Leather that will be able to handle velocities into the 90's.
Ben
What's the difference between this mitt and the APP240? Is one better than the other?
frozen ropes
The two models are very similar and one is really not better than the other. The difference is the Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt features a 33" pattern. The APP240 features a 33.50" pattern.
Jason
Would this be good for a high school catcher?
Daniel
Yes, the Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt would make for a great option for any high school catcher because of the 33" size and the Shock-Absorbing Protection.
Tyler
How do you think this would hold up against mid 80s velo?
Jack Lyle
This Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis (APM241 Catcher's Mitt) should hold up well in regard to performance and durability if used with pitchers that throw mid-80s velocity.
Ben
I’m 15 and will be 16 in May. I am 6’1” an a sophomore in high school. What size glove should I use for catching?
Ryan
Glove size will generally be determined by player preference. However, this Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt at 33" would be a great option for you.
Tyler
Is this mitt used at the high school level? Pitchers that throw low 90's, and many throw 85+.
James West
The Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt is better suited for a younger catcher, between the ages of 12-15. As well, it is not going to hold up as well if the average pitcher is throwing 85+ MPH.
Cameron
My son is 9 and has been playing with the Mizuno GXC 105 for 4 years. He’s 4’7” and 100 lbs. He’s looking for an upgrade to help receive and block the ball better. I’m guessing this means bigger pocket and better leather? So far we are considering this Akedema and the Rawlings R9.
Steve
Glove size is mostly based on personal preference, as some players may prefer a smaller glove for quicker transfers to throw down, while others may want a larger glove for blocking and catching. Both the Akadema Praying Mantis (APM241) and the Rawlings R9 will be very similar in terms of quality, so it will mostly come down to cosmetics and size as to which glove you might prefer.
Kyle
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About the Brand

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-produced products that have little to do with quality, feel, or design to raise the level of play.

Akadema's products are manufactured for professional players but are now accessible to semi pro, college, high school, and serious youth players. Akadema products are still designed with the professional player in mind but competitively priced for the professional player at heart. So it's your turn to think like a professional, play like a professional, and use Akadema Professional!

Akadema now has both baseball and fastpitch softball advisory staffs that they work with closely to implement new ideas. Members of the baseball advisory staff include Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Gary Carter as well as Howard Johnson, Reggie Smith, Luis Polonia, Sandy Martinez and many others. Fastpitch stars that are on the advisory staff include Crystl Bustos and Julie Smith. The input on performance from the advisory staff gives Akadema something they cannot put a price on. Their advisors don’t talk about marketing or places to sell the gloves, they just care about performance.

Glove Properties

Akadema Precision Series Praying Mantis: APM241 Catcher's Mitt
Color Brown
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Feel Soft
Glove Type Baseball
Position Catcher
Price $0 - $99.99
Size 33.00
Sub Type Catchers
Vendor Akadema
Web Type Hinge

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