New for 2019! Rawlings has just released the Rawlings R9 Series of baseball and softball gloves. We have started to receive a number of inquiries as to what these gloves are really all about. So we thought, why not just breakdown the entire R9 series in one blog post? Here it is, the official JustBallGloves Rawlings R9 glove breakdown.
The R9 models are made with a soft, quality full-grain leather to provide both a game ready feel (80% broken-in) and an increase in overall durability. Having both durability and a low break-in threshold already makes the R9 models very attractive. Looking at the palm of the models, there will be a leather cushioned palm padding to protect you/your player from sting on any balls that are not caught in the webbing. That extra layer of protection is extremely valuable to avoid pain for younger players not quite as skilled with their gloves yet. Lastly, the all leather laces serve to retain the shape of the models really well. Lower grade laces often cause a glove to pull apart, or become “loose” over time. The R9 models, with their pro lacing, hold their shape better than other comparable gloves on the current market.
Rawlings has been known for their Heart of the Hide and Pro Preferred models for a long time now. Understandably so - they are great gloves. However, these gloves do not serve as a viable option for a younger player given the traditional, adult-specific fit. To provide for younger or smaller-handed players they have released this R9 line of mitts. Both the wrist opening and the fingers stalls will be noticeably smaller when compared to the HOH and Pro Preferred brethren. In doing so, if the fit is correct for your player, you will see a positive impact in your player’s defensive game because of the improvement in overall glove control. If you think about it in the case of running shoes, you are going to be able to run both faster and easier in your size compared to a pair of shoes 2 or 3 sizes too big.
The Quality:While only time will truly tell how well these gloves actually hold up, we do have the previous Rawlings Gamer models to somewhat compare these R9’s to. The R9 models have replaced the now discontinued Gamer models. Gamer gloves provided a quality mitt without breaking the bank. We are seeing that to be the case with the R9’s as well. The full-grain leather with a soft and durable shell will create longevity for the model. However, with this being a glove geared towards a younger player it is not necessarily made with the idea to last forever because the player’s using it will not need it to.
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