If you are on the hunt for a new 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 softball gloves for 2019, which include fastpitch gloves, slowpitch gloves and youth softball gloves. Not only that, but we take a deeper dive into the best gloves for certain positions, such as best outfield gloves, infield gloves, and gloves for pitchers. To finish up we will answer a few commonly asked questions regarding softball gloves. Enjoy!
Best Fastpitch Softball Gloves
Fastpitch gloves are basically baseball gloves in all aspects including quality of leather, durability and overall performance. The few key differences include a bigger, deeper web to catch softballs, and typically, a smaller hand slot to better fit the female hand. Below we will review what we believe are the 5 best fastpitch softball gloves for 2019, based on overall quality, performance, style, durability and functionality.
Measured at 11.75-inches and featuring a single post 3x web, this Wilson A2000 fastpitch softball glove typically a favorite of third-basemen but can be used at any infield position. It features grey SuperSkin leather which makes it extremely light and is complimented with a sleek white and black colorway, which is a growing favorite among fastpitch softball players.
- Extremely light
- Durable, long lasting leather quality
- Lots of padding to reduce sting
- Easy to shape once broken in
- Very stiff right out of the wrapper
- Can take quite a bit of work to break in
Designed with Rawlings’ ever consistent standard glove fit, this Rawlings fastpitch softball glove is measured at 11.75-inches, would be great for any position on the infield. It features a Pro-I web style and a Heart of the Hide traditional leather shell which makes it durable and very light.
Right away we were impressed with this glove because it was so incredibly easy to break in. The factory break in is designed to be 80% which means you only have to do roughly 20% of the work yourself. Comfort and protection were far from lacking with this glove. Moldable padding and a shell leather palm allowed for a smooth break in that fit perfectly. Overall functionality and performance were very pleasing, putting this Rawlings fastpitch softball glove in the number 2 slot.
- Extremely quick and easy break in
- Moldable padding for a perfect fit
- Brown and tan colorway for a classy, traditional look
- Lightweight for easy mobility around the field
- Not super durable; may only last a couple of seasons depending on level of use
- Occasional sting in the palm
This Wilson A2000 fastpitch softball glove is the game model glove for professional player Sierra Romero. Measured at 12-inches and featuring an H-web design, this glove is perfect for any position on the field. Grey SuperSkin makes for a lightweight, durable glove that is very easy to break in. Utilize the drawstring adjustment system on the wrist to perfectly fit this glove to your hand.
Out of the wrapper this glove was very stiff, but it did not take long to break in. Our favorite thing about this glove is definitely its colorway. Sharp navy and red accents compliment the grey SuperSkin perfectly, which we believe will make you stand out on the field. Pro stock leather makes for a very durable, yet comfortable fit. Another great thing about this fastpitch softball glove is the size. Being 12-inches, it is very versatile and perfect for any position on the field.
- Extremely lightweight
- Perfect size for any position
- Sharp navy, red and grey colorway
- Drawstring adjustment makes it very easy to get the perfect fit
- Occasional sting in the palm
- Only made for right handed throw
With an adjustable wrist strap, full-grain steerhide leather and patterns designed specifically for the female athlete, this 12.5-inch LXT outfield model features a Dual Post Web construction in a grey and metallic gold colorway. Double-oiled leather makes this fastpitch softball glove exceptionally soft yet unequivocally durable.
If you’re looking for a glove that will last you a very long time and that will keep its shape for multiple seasons, look no further. Once we got this glove broken in, there was no doubt this was the most durable, sturdy glove we had come across. The deep pocket makes catching and securing gloves perfectly in the web a breeze. In our opinion, the only area this glove could be better in is comfort.
- Extremely durable
- Sleek grey and metallic gold colorway
- Big, deep pocket for easy catching and keeping the ball in the web
- Very stiff out of the wrapper
- Not the most comfortable glove out there
- Can be difficult to quickly break in and shape
Constructed with a narrow fitting hand opening, this Rawlings fastpitch softball glove is designed for players with smaller hands. Measured at 12-inches and featuring a basket web style, it is mainly favored by pitchers but also heavily used any other positions in the infield. Full grain oil treated leather gives this glove a very durable, game ready feel. Also, Poron XRD palm and index finger pads significantly reduce ball impact for greater protection.
Our favorite thing about this glove was the pull string adjustment system on the wrist. The glove itself is primarily designed for players with smaller hands, however the adjustment system makes it very easy to get the right fit for any size hand. Additionally, we really liked how secure and padded this glove felt. There was never any sting when catching balls directly on the palm. We also found it quite easy to break in and shape it exactly how we wanted.
- Durable, long lasting leather quality
- Palm and finger padding to reduce sting in the palm
- Easily adjusted for the perfect fit
- Slightly heavy
- Gets dirty quite easily due to all white colorway
- Deep pocket makes quick transfers a bit difficult
This glove has everything when it comes to key elements of a great outfield fastpitch softball glove. Measured at 12.75-inches and featuring a Pro-H web, you will have all the room you need to catch fly balls. High quality Heart of the Hide leather makes this glove very durable and a plush, full-grain finger back lining provides an extremely comfortable fit. Designed to be 35% player break in and 65% factory break in, you will find it is very simple to break in and shape exactly the way you like. Finally, the adjustable pull strap on the wrist allows for the perfect fit for any size hand.
Versatility. Comfort. Style. This glove has it all. Featuring a double-laced basket web and measuring 12-inches, it can be used at any position on the infield or by pitchers. Constructed with a Heart of the Hide soft leather shell, you will find this glove is extremely easy to break in and shape just how you want it. The second you take it out of the wrapper you will notice our favorite part of this fastpitch softball glove, the colorway. Smooth navy and white colors are accented perfectly by a shiny strawberry gold lining for a unique, classy look.
We will start off by saying this glove will come very stiff, but it breaks in extremely well. The first key feature to highlight is the use of a knotless back design. This is used to reduce leg abrasions during the pitching delivery. Also, a closed cat web style helps to conceal grip changes on the ball while on the mound. With the use of grey SuperSkin and white Pro Stock leather, this glove is extremely lightweight while maintaining a high level of durability. The combination of the D-Fusion pocket pad to reduce sting and the comfort Velcro wrist closure strap on the wrist makes for a secure, comfortable fit.
Best Slowpitch Softball Gloves
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 5 best slowpitch softball gloves for 2019, based on overall quality, performance, style, durability and functionality.
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.
Out of all slowpitch gloves we have reviewed, this was definitely the most comfortable one. Its professional bio soft leather construction makes it very soft and super easy to break in. We found it to be super easy to break in and shape just the way we wanted. There is a ton of padding in the thumb slot and heel, but it lacks padding in the palm and other areas of the glove. Once broken in, we used it to catch many different sizes of slowpitch softballs, all of which the glove closed around with comfort and ease.
- 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
- Can get floppy and lose its shape after heavy use
- Lacks some padding in the palm area
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.
Need a quality glove that will last a long time at a very affordable price? This is the glove for you. You will notice the leather is very thick and sturdy. Therefore, it was somewhat difficult to break in, but kept its shape very well. We can tell this glove will easily last multiple seasons. Being 12-inches makes it a perfect glove for any position on the infield, but due to being fairly heavy quick maneuvers may be a little touch.
- Very thick, durable leather
- Keeps its shape, will last multiple seasons
- Very comfortable
- Lots of padding in palm and thumb
- Laces are a bit flimsy
- Can take a while to break in
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.
Right out of the wrapper we could tell this glove would be very easy to break in. It was tough to shape exactly how we wanted, but it was game ready very quickly. It’s the perfect size for either infield or outfield. Comfort and padding were abundant in this slowpitch softball glove, as the leather is very soft. However, it may not keep its shape for long and depending on how frequently you play you may only be able to get a season out of it.
- Unique, stylish web style
- Plenty of padding in the palm and thumb
- Versatile sizing for either infield or outfield
- Quick break in
- Laces are somewhat flimsy
- Tough to shape
- Not super durable and may not last long if used heavily
Considerations when buying a softball glove
There are many things to consider when selecting a softball glove that will be best for you. Included in this will be glove size, web style, and leather type. Most importantly, you will want to first decide which position on the field you are going to play, then you can get started on the rest!
How to find the right size glove
Once you have decided which position you will be playing, it will be much easier to narrow down the correct size glove you will need. Infielders typically use a smaller glove to help with quick ball transfers to the throwing hand, and outfielders typically use a longer glove with a bigger web to make securely catching fly balls much easier.
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 sizing guide!
Are softball gloves bigger than 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.
Can you use a slowpitch glove for fastpitch softball?
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.