Whether you’re just getting started or play in a league, using the best outfield gloves can really improve your game. Whether you’re looking for the best softball outfield glove or want something for your kid to use in her first game, you’re in the right place. We researched a lot of the top-selling and most popular brands to put together this baseball glove buying guide. First, let’s take a look at some of the features you need to know about.
Age: Some of these gloves are made specifically for youth players. But don’t worry, there are plenty of adult gloves to choose from, too. Youth gloves are usually more adjustable than adult gloves and don’t last quite as long.
Hand: Right-handed throw gloves go on your left hand. Left-handed throw gloves go on your right. Going forward, the hand that we designate in the details of each of our picks is the hand that the glove actually goes on.
Size: Baseball gloves are measured in inches. The measurement goes from the tip of the index finger on the glove down to the bottom edge. We included a nice range in our picks, anywhere from 11.5 to 13”.
Adjustable: Some of these gloves are adjustable. The wrist strap can be loosened or tightened, typically using a Velcro closure. This is especially useful for youth sizes because it allows the glove to grow a bit with the child.
Sports: Some of these gloves can be used with either baseball or softball. Some, even T ball! But because of the different ball sizes in each game, there are some that are only designated for 1 specific sport.
Webs: This is the part of the glove that sits between the index finger and the thumb and really helps keeps the ball in the glove. There are a few different styles that show up in our reviews.
Now that you have a pretty good idea about the features you should look for when shopping, let’s get right into our outfield glove reviews. Here’s the deal: if you’re in a hurry, it’s best to start with our top and budget picks. That way, you get a good idea of the kind of range that’s available. All of these gloves are pretty great, though, so stick around to the end if you can. Alright, let’s play ball!