I was looking for a relatively inexpensive catchers mitt to catch my 11 year old son. After a fair amount of research this Allstar Mitt fit the bill. Good quality cowhide leather. Tough construction. Good padding . It came with a preformed pocket that has only gotten better with time. It took a while to break in but if was useable for my purposes from the start. My son liked it so much that he started using it in games even though it was a little big for him. The mitt is three years old and still going strong.