Best Slowpitch Softball Gloves: Top Men’s Softball Glove Reviews

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Best Slowpitch Softball Gloves: Top Men’s Softball Glove Reviews

Slowpitch softball gloves are very similar to fastpitch softball gloves in size, but typically are constructed with slightly lower quality leathers. This is just to ensure quick break in times to adults in slowpitch leagues who only play once or twice a week. Some slowpitch gloves can sometimes be even longer and have even deeper pockets than fastpitch gloves. Below we will review the 10 best slowpitch softball gloves based on overall quality, performance, style, durability and functionality.

Rank Image Name Top Benefit
1 Mizuno MVP Prime 13 Mizuno MVP Prime 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove - Black/Smoke - 2019 Model Quick and easy break-in
2 Mizuno Premier Series 12 Mizuno Premier Series 12" Slowpitch Softball Glove - Black/Gold - 2019 Model Thick, durable leather that will last multiple seasons
3 Mizuno MVP Prime 12.5 Mizuno MVP Prime 12.5" Slowpitch Softball Glove - Black/Smoke - 2019 Model Unique web style that is perfect for either infielders or outfielders
4 Nokona X2 Elite X2-1300 13 Nokona X2 Elite X2-1300 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove Super comfortable Steerhide and Kangaroo leather
5 Mizuno MVP Series 13 Mizuno MVP Series 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove - 2019 Model Palm pad helps to greatly increase impact absorption
6 Mizuno Premier Series 13 Mizuno Premier Series 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove - 2019 Model Center pocket design allows you to break in and shape this glove any way you like
7 Mizuno Premier Series 12.5 Mizuno Premier Series 12.5" Slowpitch Softball Glove - 2019 Model Closed web design perfect for pitchers or infielders looking to make quick transfers

Best Slowpitch Softball Gloves of 2019

If you are on the hunt for a new slowpitch softball glove and need a little help narrowing down your choices, we have you covered. In this article we will be taking a closer look at the best slowpitch softball gloves for 2019. We take a deeper dive into the main benefits and go over the pros and cons that you will find with each specific slowpitch glove. To finish up we will answer a few commonly asked questions regarding slowpitch softball gloves. Enjoy!

1. Mizuno MVP Prime 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove - Black/Smoke - 2019 Model

Mizuno MVP Prime 13

The Mizuno MVP Prime SE series is the ideal glove choice for players looking to advance their game. Featuring Center Pocket designed patterns and Bio Soft Leather, the MVP Prime SE slowpitch softball glove also features patent-pending Heel Flex technology which provides a more flexible and forgiving heel for the ultimate in feel and performance. Measured at 13-inches, this glove is the perfect size for really any position on the field, making it a very versatile option.

Main Benefit

Extremely quick and easy to break in and shape how you like.

Pros

  • Sizing makes it viable for any position on the field
  • High levels of comfort and stability
  • Sleek black and smoke grey colorway
  • Quick and easy break in

Cons

  • Can get floppy and lose its shape after heavy use
  • Lacks some padding in the palm area

2. Mizuno Premier Series 12" Slowpitch Softball Glove - Black/Gold - 2019 Model

Mizuno Premier Series 12

This Mizuno Premier Series slowpitch softball glove is constructed with a Parashock + Palm Pad to help increase impact absorption, and PowerLock technology is used to provide the quickest and most secure fit possible. Additionally, the use of an UltraSoft Pro Palm Liner adds an excellent feeling and soft finish to the glove. Measured at 12-inches and featuring a Pro-H web, this slowpitch softball glove is a great choice for any infielder.

Main Benefit

Thick, durable leather that will last multiple seasons.

Pros

  • Very thick, durable leather
  • Keeps its shape, will last multiple seasons
  • Very comfortable
  • Lots of padding in palm and thumb

Cons

  • Can take a while to break in
  • Laces are a bit flimsy

3. Mizuno MVP Prime 12.5" Slowpitch Softball Glove - Black/Smoke - 2019 Model

Mizuno MVP Prime 12.5

Featuring Center Pocket Designed Patterns and Bio Soft Leather, the MVP Prime also features patent-pending Heel Flex technology, which provides a more flexible and forgiving heel for the ultimate in feel and performance. Its PlusGrip Thumb provides ultra-comfortable padding in the thumb slot. Measured at 12.5-inches and constructed with a unique single-post web, this glove would be viable for either infielders or outfielders.

Main Benefit

Unique web style that is perfect for either infielders or outfielders.

Pros

  • Unique, stylish web style
  • Plenty of padding in the palm and thumb
  • Versatile sizing for either infield or outfield
  • Quick break in

Cons

  • Laces are somewhat flimsy
  • Tough to shape

4. Nokona X2 Elite X2-1300 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove

Nokona X2 Elite X2-1300 13

Nokona’s X2 elite performance, ready-for-play, position-specific series is made with Nokona’s proprietary top-grain Stampede Steerhide and Kangaroo leathers, so that minimal break-in is needed, but the glove has great structure and maintains its shape. A perfect combination of top quality and high performance. Measured at 13-inches and featuring a closed web style, this glove is perfect for really any position on the field but may be a favorite of pitchers.

Main Benefit

Super comfortable Steerhide and Kangaroo leather.

Pros

  • Plenty of padding in the palm and thumb
  • Versatile sizing for either infield or outfield
  • Comfortable, durable leather quality

Cons

  • Can take a while to break in
  • Comes extremely stiff out of the wrapper

5. Mizuno MVP Series 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove - 2019 Model

Mizuno MVP Series 13

New for 2019, Mizuno MVP slowpitch gloves use game ready, full grain bio throwback leather for long-lasting durability, while offering softball specific, center pocket design patterns that offer the most versatile break in possible. Measured at 13-inches, this glove is perfectly sized for outfielders but can also be used by infielders that desire a slightly longer glove. With its Pro-H web style, this glove is designed to be easily broken in while still being very strong and durable. This glove features a black colorway with Mizunos’ standard tan stitching and is constructed with a Parashock + Palm Pad to help increase impact absorption. Additionally, the use of an UltraSoft Pro Palm Liner adds an excellent feeling and soft finish to the glove.

Main Benefit

Palm pad helps to greatly increase impact absorption.

Pros

  • Incredibly easy to break in and shape
  • Plenty of padding in the palm

Cons

  • Can get floppy and lose its shape after heavy use
  • Lacing can become flimsy over time

6. Mizuno Premier Series 13" Slowpitch Softball Glove - 2019 Model

Mizuno Premier Series 13

Measured at 13-inches, this slowpitch softball glove is perfectly sized for outfielders but can also be used by infielders that desire a slightly longer glove. With its Pro-H web style, this glove is designed to be easily broken in while still being very strong and durable. This glove features a black/gold colorway with Mizunos’ standard tan stitching and is constructed with a Parashock + Palm Pad to help increase impact absorption, and PowerLock technology is used to provide the quickest and most secure fit possible. Additionally, the use of an UltraSoft Pro Palm Liner adds an excellent feeling and soft finish to the glove.

Main Benefit

Center pocket design allows you to break in and shape this glove any way you like.

Pros

  • Very thick, durable leather
  • Very comfortable
  • Lots of padding in palm and thumb

Cons

  • Can take a while to break in
  • Comes very stiff out of the wrapper

7. Mizuno Premier Series 12.5" Slowpitch Softball Glove - 2019 Model

Mizuno Premier Series 12.5

Measured at 12.5-inches and constructed with a closed web style make for a perfectly sized glove for outfielders but can also be used by infielders that desire a slightly longer glove. You will notice how easy this glove is to break in even with its strong and durable leather quality. This glove is constructed with a Parashock + Palm Pad to help increase impact absorption, and PowerLock technology is used to provide the quickest and most secure fit possible. Additionally, the use of an UltraSoft Pro Palm Liner adds an excellent feeling and soft finish to the glove.

Main Benefit

Closed web design perfect for pitchers or infielders looking to make quick transfers.

Pros

  • Very comfortable on the hand
  • Lots of padding in palm and thumb

Cons

  • Can take a while to break in
  • Comes very stiff out of the wrapper

Slowpitch Softball Glove Questions

Looking to buy a new slowpitch softball glove, or having trouble trying to figure out the difference between them and fastpitch or baseball gloves? Below we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to all things slowpitch softball gloves.

Softball Gloves vs. Baseball Gloves

The actual length of softball gloves tends to be fairly similar to that of baseball gloves. The main difference between the two gloves are the size of the pocket. Baseballs are 9-inches and softballs are 11-12-inches, therefore, the pocket of softball gloves are going to be bigger and deeper than that of a baseball glove.

Slowpitch Gloves vs. Fastpitch Gloves

Softball gloves in general are designed to with a bigger, deeper web to catch bigger sized softballs. However, in slowpitch softball gloves, the pockets tend to be even deeper as there are usually more fly balls hit in a slowpitch game. Fastpitch softball gloves will usually have a shallower pocket and web to help with a faster paced game where making quick transfers is necessary.

What size softball glove should I get?

Most of the time, infielders will use a glove that ranges anywhere between 11.5 – 12.5-inches. Outfielders on the other hand will use glove sizes that typically range between 12.5 – 15-inches. For a much more in-depth guide to choosing the right size glove for you, check out our baseball and softball glove buying guide!

Can you use baseball gloves for softball?

It is not recommended to use baseball gloves for softball. Softball gloves are designed with a bigger, deeper pocket to handle the larger sized softballs. You may be okay with a 12.5-inch baseball glove, as it will have a longer web, but you still may run into issues catching a softball securely in the pocket.

Can you use a slow pitch glove for fastpitch?

Fastpitch balls are smaller than most slowpitch balls, so you would have no issue catching them with your slowpitch glove. However, fastpitch gloves tend to have higher quality leather due to higher frequency of games played on average, so it is possible a slowpitch glove would not very long if it were used in many fastpitch games.

March 19, 2020
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