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Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt

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  • Modified Basket Webbing

  • Free Shipping!

  • 14.00 Inch Length

  • Adjustable Wrist Strap To Adjust Opening To Different Hand Sizes

  • Walnut Crunch Steerhide Leather

  • Slowpitch Softball Pattern (14 Inches Is Considered Too Long For Baseball)

  • Large Pocket

  • Made in the U.S.A.

  • Stiffer Feel Will Require Break-In

  • Colorway: Brown

  • Designed To Fit A High School To An Adult Sized Hand

  • Recommended Exclusively For Use At First Base

  • Single Finger Opening On Back Of Glove

Nokona has outdone itself again! The Nokona Walnut Series has a versatility most gloves simply can not match. This series incorporates a unique design that makes it eligible for play in both baseball and softball. This series is constructed from a flexible and lightweight Walnut Steerhide Leather and features a quality that is second to none. Nokona has also installed a modified weave and a closed web that gives the mitt added strength and added flexibility to boost player performance. Featuring a closed back style, the Nokona Walnut Series First Base Mitt (N80W First Base Mitt) utilizes a strong hook and loop fastener on a D-ring, which is quickly adjustable, and ensures a solid lock, meaning extra safety The pocket has been enlarged, and this feature creates a bigger opening space to help make catching easier than ever before. As well, it has a giant 14" length. This glove was handmade in the USA in Nocona, Texas. Nokona: American Made for American Played! Free Shipping!

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Pros: Big and easy to break in. Got it on a Thursday, used it on Saturday and have been loving it ever since!! Great mitt.

Cons: No padding!!

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Pros: My parents gave me this glove for Christmas. My Dad put 2 applications of Nokona condition cream on it 2 weeks before Christmas. It took only 2 weeks to completely break it in. This glove is amazing! I'm 15, and it's the best glove I've ever owned. Joey Chandler, Ft Worth, TX

Cons: no cons

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Pros: This is a wonderfully crafted glove. It is surprisingly supple. The other reviews talked about the long glove break-in time. I followed the steps on this website for break-in and this glove was ready in less then a month. This glove looks great as well. I wish I was as good of a ball player as this glove makes me feel.

Cons: One con, the price. This glove is pricey. As long as it last me for several seasons, it won't be a problem. But if it doesn't - then it is a lot to pay. So far the glove is holding up fine. But I bought it at the end of last season.

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Pros: High quality leather. Rugged and thick leather stitching. Large pocket. Excellent value.

Cons: not much does require breaking in.

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Pros: Best glove I've ever owned, and at 40 years old, I've owned a few. I have big hands and the 13 in. model fits perfectly. I absolutely love this glove.

Cons: No Cons

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Pros: WOW! Exellent glove. Shipped to my house super fast. This glove is big enough for slow pitch softball!

Cons: none

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Pros: Wonderful mitt. leather was supple and and craftsmanship excellent

Cons: I had to send the mitt back. The adjustment at the wrist did not go tight enough for my wrist and the glove was too big. I wish they made a 12.5 in this mitt

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Pros: quick service,very good glove,this is the second nokona glove that i have,and im very happy with both,easy adjustment,for smaller hand,break in time wasent bad,right at 500 catches in fast pitch softball machine,bout 65mph,2 conditioner applications,and some minor lace adjustments to pocket,and its game ready three weeks for me.

Cons: pocket was a tad tight,took some work to get it to losen up,but nothing major. could use some padding,in the thumb,and the finger areas would make this glove better.

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Pros: Simply a massive glove. Bought it while I played first base for a couple weeks. It can catch anything over or under your head it is so large. Has a nice adjustable strap to fit anyone's hand. Great glove

Cons: Nada

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Pros: Made in The USA, SUPPORT THE HOME TEAM BUY AMERICAN! Great Glove for Big Hands.

Cons: Zero.

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Pros: Got this to replace my trusty Cooper. It's a well-made, heavily-built, and good looking mitt. Substantial wrist strap keeps the glove in place. Superior in every way to the Nokona Buckaroo (which I returned for this model). Thanks to JustBallGloves for make the swap easy.

Cons: Very minor. I'd prefer a little padding on the wrist strap and inner-back of the glove. Break-in goes well if you are willing to sit on it all day at work for a week or so — which, sadly, I am.

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Coach B.

Pros: This mitt is absolutely gorgeous, exceeding all expectations. When I put the mitt in my son's hands, his response was just, "Oh, yeah. This is the one." The leather and the craftsmanship are eye-catching, and we love that the product was made in the USA. We were new to the Nokano brand, but were hooked as soon as we took this mitt out of the box.

Cons: None to date. Still breaking in the mitt (which has been rather easy with the JustBallGloves glove care kit), so it hasn't seen game time yet.

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Pros: Quality

Cons: Other than being well made I have nothing good to say about this glove. Purchased in Oct 2012, Very stiff glove. After 7 months of break in time the pocket would still not form correctly. My son is a varsity & Legion baseball pitcher, and first baseman. He could not use this glove at all, and had to borrow other teamates gloves to play. Nokona had us send it back. They added padding and re-laced it. It didn't change a thing. This glove might be good for softball but NOT baseball.

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Big Papy24

Pros: I bought it and I have been practicing with it a lot and it is almost broken in. It is very easy to break in. It has good padding on your palm. The webbing is very durable and sturdy. I recommend this glove 100%

Cons: Nothing bad a out the glove so far.

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Pros: It is a great glove for the price. I would really recommend buying this glove. It took 2 treatments with nokona glove oil to break in. I like it because its durable and will hold up for a long while.

Cons: If you put too much oil on the glove, it can become heavy recommend doing 1 treatment and breaking it by playing catch

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J Wilson

Pros: High quality leather, good stitch work.

Cons: I'm a softball player, and youth baseball coach. This sounded like the perfect hybrid glove, but it just isn't very comfortable. It's also the size of a clown shoe. Very unwieldy.

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Pros: The leather and the quality of construction are top-notch. The leather is a beautiful color and smells just great. I also love that it is American-made.

Cons: The glove has a few design flaws which prevent a five-star rating. The leather has a waxy finish, which unfortunately is present on the inside of the glove as well, including the thumb loop making it very slick. There is no padding in the wrist strap; only a suede flap. When you snug the Velcro wrist strap, you can feel the finger/thumb seams through the suede (especially the thumb). I solved the issue by tucking a thin sponge pad under the suede flap, but a wool pad would be much better. Also, there is a suede patch about halfway up the ring finger sleeve; not sure why it is there, as none of the other finger sleeves have this. It just feels weird.

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Pros: Solid feeling glove. Strong heavy leather and seems to be constructed very well. I purchased the A2000, shoe-less Joe and this glove to try them all out. The shoeless felt small even though it said 13 inch. It was by far the softest glove of the group. The A2000 felt stiff and a little thin when we played catch. If the ball hit the hard and not the pocket there was a defiant sting to it. I think that glove would have worked just fine but I choose the Nokona. This is a still glove and will require some time to break it in. I have had it for almost a week and played catch with it 4 or so times and its already softening up very nicely. I dropped a few balls as it breaks in but that number gets smaller the softer it gets. I have oiled it twice and will update if my opinion changes at all.

Cons: It is still and will take a few weeks to break it in.

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Great glove. But.... Scuba200ft parent

Pros: I am Nokona biased. We own 5 in this household. 13 yr old 5"8 daughter plays first base on high end Fp. Really wanted this glove to work for her, but the hand stall is absolutely enormous. i am 6"4 and its almost too big for me. The glove is wonderful however. Typical Nokona.

Cons: No cons really. Just dont even begin to believe this will fit any girls hand. No chance. My daughter is a big kid.

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Pros: This is an awesome mitt. I haven't had a 1st base mitt since I was like 15 years old. The mitt is a good size for softball. The leather is really nice and can easily be broken in quickly. I purchased this mitt and received it last Wed. I began to massage, bend and tie it up with a softball and I played with it on Saturday. It still need a little more work but not much. I HIGHLY recommend this mitt.

Cons: The strap on the back surprised me. The way the strap is stitched, the strap cannot be tighted much. The back is an open back with 2 pieces if leather that overlap underneath the strap. If you overlap the leather one way, it's obstructed by the D ring. If you overlap the leather the other way, it's obstructed by the stitching preventing tightening. I sent and Email to the Nokona company describing the above and they are looking into it and will get back to me this week. I will update upon response from Nokona.

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Pros: I got this glove mid season after my old Rawlings gave out on me. It worked some wonders for me at first base. Game ready in under a week! After wrapping this season up i would highly recommend this glove to fellow first basemen.

Cons: strap on back feels pretty bad at first but after breaking it in i dont even notice

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Scott Kieso

Pros: This is a great glove. I enjoyed using it to catch baseballs.

Cons: None at all.

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Pros: My son is 13 and he loves this glove. You can tell it is very well made. the leather is very workable and we had it steamed right after we got it and oiled it and is already broke in and have been using it. It is fairly light weight as well.


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First base mitt balldad parent

Pros: Great glove bought one for each daughter. Ages 13 and 10 both love them.

Cons: non

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Pros: Good glove the first year and half I used it. Very durable. The glove is very thin but has enough padding to last. I've used it in high school baseball for 3 years now and I think its time to set it down.

Cons: This glove is very heavy. If you don't have big hands don't consider this glove. The leather creates bad creases which will make the ball pop out over time. The glove is hard to back hand pick balls at first.

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Nokona Walnut Series N80W First Base Mitt Grant Leighty parent

Pros: This glove's break in time was awesome. it was game ready in three days. I worked it for three days and on the third day my son was using it in a game. My son love the glove and has played very well with it.

Cons: It was slighty big for him as a fresman, but it has not been a pronlem and leaves room to grow.

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Nokona 1st Base Audrey Joy - SLP Minny player

Pros: High Quality. You can tell it was made with pride. I play softball all year around and my last two gloves have been purchased through justballgloves.

Cons: An old school glove that takes some effort to break in. Not sure if thats a con though. It makes you feel more respect towards your equipment.

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Nokona first base C parent

Pros: Love Nokona

Cons: This glove isn't a 13 inch as it says in yhe description, but a 14 inch.

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Pros: awesome glove, fast break in

Cons: no padding inside but that's ok...

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Good glove Jay Other

Pros: Nice side pocket needs a little work it was a gift for my son

Cons: Na

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Awesome glove Ken Ringel Parent

Pros: Large pocket, comfortable,

Cons: Limited colors

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Top Quality Tom Player

Pros: Nice big pocket, top quality leather and only needed a little bit of work to get it game ready. I have owned many gloves and this is the best one yet. I spent many hours looking for a good quality first baseman's mitt and was lucky to get the right one the first time. Nokona's workmanship is top of the line. You can't go wrong with Nokona's money back guarantee.

Cons: None so far

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Great fit. Carmen Villalobos Parent

Pros: Fits good Looks good Gonna last a long time

Cons: None

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Great Glove, a little large Seth Roecker Coach

Pros: Surprisingly easy to break in, yet stiff enough. Used in games 2-3 weeks after it arrived. Leather quality is great. Large enough to swallow 12” softballs.

Cons: The hand hole and finger pockets are huge. We have the adjustable strap pulled beyond a normal position and it’s still loose. My 12 yo daughter can handle it, but it’s probably best suited for a large 14+ yo.

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Love it! Andrea Parent

Pros: Very high quality Breaks in fast Great size Fits my 12 yr old son.

Cons: Haven’t seen any yet

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Good mitt Steve Coach

Pros: same great quality of Nokona products. Fast delivery.

Cons: really big. Okay for me, still too big for my 14 year old who is 5'9.

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Awesome glove! Jesus Cortez Player

Pros: Break in period was fast. Game ready in about a week.

Cons: Hand pocket is huge! Have to wear batting glove to help glove fit better.

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Feels Good, Looks Good! James Tansen Player

Pros: I'll use it for slowpitch softball. Although I haven't had a chance to use it in a game yet due to this pandemic, I have played catch with it. It has a great fit and feels secure on my hand. The leather is soft yet stiff and seems to form very well to create a nice pocket to fit the ball. Best of all it's made in the USA.

Cons: I haven't had a chance to use it in a game so I can't comment on its game performance, but just playing catch I have no complaints. The only "con" I would name would be the price. Its a bit pricey for a city league softball glove but hopefully it'll be the last glove I'll need to purchase.

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Have a question about the Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt? Ask our team of experts and they will respond within 24 hours.

Is the N80 a good fit for fast pitch softball?
I think it would be. At 13 inches, it will have a big enough pocket and would be suitable for softball.
Does the Nokona N80 fit adult male hands or is it designed for smaller hands? Nokona gloves have traditionally been too small.
This glove is designed for an adult male. This is going to be one of the bigger gloves that Nokona makes. This is a very durable glove that you will be able to use for years.
Would this glove work for a 13 year old? Or would it be too big?
A 13inch mitt would be a little larger than average for a 13 year old. Most 13 year olds will use between a 12 and 12.75 inch mitt depending on how it fits.
I just received this glove and the Nokona packaging says that it is a softball glove. Why is it being sold as a baseball glove?
Kentucky Colonel
I checked the stock in our warehouse, and none of the N80W mitts we have say softball anywhere on them. Actually, on the rectangular information tag affixed to the web of the glove, it says "baseball" on the inside fold. However, at 13 inches, this glove does have a big enough pocket to accommodate a softball and I know some people who use this mitt in slow pitch softball leagues.
Ultimately is this a good glove even for its price?
It is worth the price. Nokona makes one of the best gloves out there. The leather might take a while to break in, but it is very durable.
I am an adult looking for an adult size glove. I use a 2 XL left hand glove for golf. My hand is large, 8 1/2 inches from base of palm to tip of middle finger and just over 5 inches wide. I need a big glove to fit a big hand. Is this the glove?
The N80W is a pretty roomy glove. You should not have a problem with the fit. Even if it feels tight at first, keep in mind, the more you use it and the more broken in it becomes, the more it will stretch and conform to your hand. I think you'll have success with the N80W.
I'm 13 and 5 foot 10 inches. My hand measures 7 inches from bases to tip of middle finger. Will this glove be a good fit or should I have a smaller size?
The average size first base mitt for a player of your age and size would be 12.5 inches. A 13 inch model like the N80W may be just a little too big for you.
Is there any other Nokona first base glove for 7 inch palm to tip of hand?
The Nokona Walnut Series is the only 13" first base mitt we have available.
How long does this take to break in?
That depends on how diligent you are. The Nokona Walnut Series are high quality gloves. If you work with it every day, it should be ready to go in about a week.
Looking for a slow pitch softball first base mitt. I'm an adult male with smaller hands. 7 in. from base to tip of middle finger. Is this the right mitt for me or can I go up to the 14 in. Buckaroo?
We recommend the 13.00" glove for a player with smaller hands.
Does this glove have more or less padding than a Nokona Walnut crunch slow-pitch outfielders glove? I play 1st and guys on our team have arms like "rocket-launchers".
sore hand
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt will have the same amount of padding as the Nokona Walnut slow pitch glove.
I'm looking for a glove for my 9 year old daughter that plays 1B. She's a big girl. Is this the right glove, or do you have something else I should look at?
This would be a great model mitt for your daughter. The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt is a great looking glove with high quality craftsmanship. It will be a 13" mitt with an adjustable wrist strap to easily fit the player. It will have the closed basket webbing. This mitt is made from the flexible and lightweight Walnut Cowhide Leather.
I am a 6'3", 230 pound male with large hands. I currently use a 13" Nokona WS1300C. Will this glove be appropriate for me?
The Nokona Walnut Series would be an excellent choice for a slow pitch first baseman.
Is this glove completely made in the USA? There is no advertising banner detailing on your website where the glove is made
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt and all other Nokona gloves are manufactured in Nokona Texas.
My son is eight and will be nine in May and will be playing first base this year. He has a Nokona fielders glove (Buffalo). He is large for his age at 125 lbs. and 58' tall. What first base glove would be best for him?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt is an adult first base mitt and will be too large for an eight year old. We recommend a 11.50" to 12.00" youth first base mitt.
How much is this glove a player break in, and how much is it broken in by the factory?
That depends on how diligent you are. The Nokona Walnut Series are high quality gloves. If you work with it every day, it should be ready to go in about a week.
Chad M.
I am looking at first base men's glove and this seems to be the right one. I have large hands for my age and I was wondering if it could fit? I use a 13 inch fielders glove.
Joe M.
Keep in mind that Nokona gloves tend to run a bit small. Since you use a 13" fielders glove I would go up the the 14" model. The Nokona Buckaroo Series SBM100K 14" might be a better fit.
Chad M.
Is this glove legal for organized baseball?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt features a 14.00" pattern size which is very common for Adult first basemen. It would be a great model for slow pitch softball or baseball.
When you say a 13" glove, how do you get that measurement?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt, and all other gloves, are measured from the top of the middle finger down to the heel of the glove before the leather pieces of the glove are sewn together.
Does the N80W use HHH leather ?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt does not use HHH leather.
The pictures of the N80W show metal eyelets around the perimeter of the glove. Is this the model you have in stock?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt we have in stock does not have the metal eyelets.
Is the pocket deep enough to use for slow pitch softball?
Jr liempko
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt is a baseball/softball pattern and can be used for slow pitch softball.
Is this glove come in different sizes? Looking for a fastpitch glove for first base at the high school level.
The Nokona Walnut Series (N80W) is a baseball glove. We do not have any fastpitch Nokona first base mitts. Here is a link to all of the fastpitch first base mitts available:
Is this model a discontinued model? I need a right hand thrower and you only have a left hand thrower. If so, does Nokona make a 13" replacement for the N80W? My son has one that we bought in 2009 that he wore out this year.
The Nokona Walnut Series (N80W) has not been discontinued. We are currently out of stock of the right hand thrower. We typically receive inventory every two-three weeks. Once the item is received in our warehouse we will update our website.
Can the Nokona (N80W) be used for first base in slow pitch softball?
Absolutely! This Nokona Walnut Series (N80W) First Base Mitt would be a great option for a slow pitch softball first baseman with its 13.00" pattern size and large pocket.
Which Nokona left handed throw, slow pitch softball, 13" is good? Please let me know please if you have any?
The best three options for a 13", slow pitch softball Nokona, left handed thrower would be found on this link here: The Nokona Walnut Series (N80W First Base Mitt) would be recommended for a first baseman only.
Is this a good glove for girls fast pitch softball? My daughter is 5 feet 10 inches tall. I see a lot about slow pitch, but is there a difference for fastpitch?
The Nokona Walnut Series (N80W) could be used for either slow pitch or fastpitch softball. It may be a bit large in the hand opening for a female player but it does have an easily adjustable wrist strap to help secure it to a smaller hand.
Every fastpitch softball catcher's mitt I have tried on is too small for my hand. Would this mitt be a good mitt for catching fastpitch? Do you have any other recommendations?
The Nokona Walnut Series (N80W First Base Mitt) is designed for first base and utility infield usage. It will be difficult to consistently control a softball as a catcher with this glove. Additionally, most fastpitch catcher's mitts are designed for girls with smaller fingerstalls and wrist openings. If the fastpitch catcher's mitts are too small, we would recommend considering a baseball catcher's mitt in a 32.00 inch or larger pattern.
Does this mitt come is a left hand thrower? I have checked everywhere and I cant seem to find it, where would be a good place to look if it is not here?
The Nokona Walnut Series (N80W First Base Mitt) is manufactured in a left hand thrower. We do not currently have the left-hand thrower model in stock. I would recommend a broad google search for the left hand thrower model in a 13" model.
What is the average break in time? My daughter plays National fastpitch softball 14u. Practices 3 times a week and tournaments anywhere from 2-4 a month.
The average break-in time is tough to tell on the Nokona Walnut Series (N80W First Base Mitt). Really depends on how much time is spent each day breaking it in. Based on your weekly practice I would think you could have this glove formed to your liking within a couple weeks.
My daughter just moved up to 14U travel fastpitch. She's 5'1" and has used a 13" Easton Synergy for the past two years. She loves her Nokona outfielders glove, but I'm seeing mixed reviews. Will this mitt be too big for her to handle?
softball dad
Our general recommendation for a 12-14 year old fastpitch softball first baseman is 12.25" or 12.5". The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt has a 13" pattern so there is a chance this mitt will be slightly too big making it harder to close. However, if she has been using a 13" mitt and has not experienced any issues, she would be able to handle the size of the Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt.
My son is 15 years old and 6' tall and still growing. What size glove would he need?
Based on his age and height, we would suggest a 12.5 inch model. However, since he is still growing, the Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt (13.00") would definitely work for him.
My daughter is 14 yrs old and 5 ft tall. What's your suggestion for a first base mitt for her? I prefer solid webbing.
For your 14 year old daughter I would recommend the Nokona Walnut Series (N80W) First Base Mitt if you prefer solid webbing.
Very nice, but I want a Nokona Buckaroo Series SBM100K 14 inch. Where can I order this glove?
Unfortunately the Nokona Buckaroo Series: SBM100K Softball First Base Mitt is a discontinued mitt. It would be tough to find this glove at a retailer. The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt would be the most comparable model currently on the market.
I am 5'4" female with small hands. What 1st base mitt would you recommend?
Gill Watkinson
The correct 1B mitt to get will ultimately come down to age and player preference. The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt features a 13.00 inch pattern and might not be the best fit for a player with smaller hands. With our 100 day guarantee and the adjustable wrist strap that the Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt features even a player who is 5'4" with smaller hands can rest assured they are not going to be stuck with a mitt that does not fit to their liking.
What is the weight of this glove? My Nokona fielders glove is heavy and I prefer a lighter glove at 1st.
Dr. Dave
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt will weigh 28.4 oz.
Is this a 13" or 14 glove"? Q/A says 13'' but "about the glove" shows 14''.
Monte einck
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt will be a 14'' glove.
Nice looking glove ,listed as 14in. But referred to as 13in. Which kind and is it in stock ?
Bob Masucci
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt will be a 14'' glove and we do have this model in stock.
Is this a women's fastpitch first base glove or a men's?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt would be available to be used by either depending on hand size. In general, the finger stalls and wrist opening are larger. With our 100 Day Love Your Glove Policy, you are able to return any glove purchase for a full refund or exchange within the first 100 days from date of purchase.
I catch men’s majors fastpitch. I’m 6’-2” 230 with big hands. Will this glove be suitable & fit? I saw a similar question and a response by expert Joe...what Joe should learn as an expert is men do not typically use catchers mits in fast pitch softball we use 1st base mitts. His recommendation of a 32” catchers mitt would NOT be good at all. I have a 34” & the size still sucks which is why we use 1st base mitts.
I think this should fit you fine, as it is designed for a man's hand, although people will very large hands will probably find it a bit snug as the manufacturer's design them for an average hand size. We do have our 100 day return policy on our gloves, so you can use it and try it out a few times to see if it works for you/loosens up after some play time and if not send it back for a full refund/exchange.
How much does the N80W weigh in grams?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt weighs 799 grams.
How does the Nokona N80W compare to the Rawlings HoH/ProPreferred or Wilson A2000/A2k gloves?
The Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt would be comparable to the Pro Preferred and the A2K. The leather and overall quality of the glove will be just as good as those.
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Joe Phillips writes about his visit to Nokona. It was like sitting in at the plantation party in Gone with the Wind or maybe gazing from the grandstand at the “Field of Dreams” while the Black Sox players tried to work out their idled muscle kinks. And, I was gently reminded by the lines in that movie while I dug into a delicious plate of North Texas barbecue: “threshing crews eating at outdoor tables. It continually reminds us of what once was, like an Indian-head penny in a handful of new coins. . . You talk a good dream.” And here I was. . . graciously invited into this magical and charming “Field of Glove-Making Dreams” in former Comanche Indian land at Nocona, Texas. It was a warm August evening, basked in a golden harvest moon, while friends and the Nokona family paid its kindly southern regards to two of their own and two of America’s finest but relatively obscure glove makers, Bobby Storey and Elvin Ray “Ab” Lemons. You see, the pair had just completed fifty years of time-honored employment with Nocona Athletic Goods, the last of the all-American made ball glove company's. The occasion brought echoes of past successes and human contentment, but in Nocona today you still experience much the same American texture of yesterday and perhaps a glimpse into tomorrow as well.

The two stately gentlemen were being honored in a way that could have taken place in the same manner when they first reported for full-time work at Nokona, in 1952, or back even earlier, in 1933 when the company started making sports equipment. During a brief and informal presentation at the celebration, Nokona’s new sales manager called the two glove makers “Legends - because that’s what their ball gloves stood for, American know-how and pride taken in a best-made product.”

A man of few words but a marveled craftsman who could literally conjure a sows ear into a playable baseball mitt, Mr. Lemons got up and fondly recalled the several men he worked with through his half-century and of the training that had been passed along to him from his old bosses.

His counter part and just as talented, Bobby Storey, had filled in at just about every job at Nokona. Bobby, the son of the sporting goods founder, R.E. “Bob” Storey had most recently served as president and now chairman of the board of Nokona. Though past retirement age like Mr. Lemons, he’s now serving at one of his favorite roles, that of ball glove designer.

At a time for employment in this country when five years is considered a long tenure with the same company, Ab and Bobby are not even the first to complete a half-century journey with Nocona Athletics. The now deceased Jewell Brickey, hit that milestone in 1993, after joining the company during World War II. That’s the kind of devotion that employees forge into this glove-making outfit. A devoted and sustained tenure here is not rare. Last year the company advertising, displayed along with Storey and Lemons, three other employees who had garnered 40 years with Nokona, Warren Clary, Bud Meekins, and Melvin Weedin.“

I don’t have to tell you that the one constant through all the years has been baseball”, wrote W.P. Kinsella. And the most constant of ball glove makers has been Nokona, and the men and women there who keep alive the tradition of American craftsmanship of ball glove making. The spirit of glove-making is still alive and well in Nocona, Texas.

Nokona Walnut Series: N80W First Base Mitt
Age Range High School-Adult
Color Brown
Feel Stiff
Glove Type Softball Slow Pitch Softball
Position First Base
Price $200 - $299.99 $250 - $299.99
Series Walnut
Size 14.00
Sub Type First Base
Vendor Nokona
Web Type Fully Closed Basket
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