For those who take their game serious, glove selection is as important of a decision as any. Each player has specific qualities that they are looking for in their glove that will take them to the next level. Nokona and Rawlings are both industry leaders when it comes to premium baseball gloves. Constructed from the best available materials and designed specifically to perform at the elite level. The Nokona X2 Elite 1200 12” and the Rawlings Pro Preferred 12” are similar in pocket size, and developed to meet the quick transition demands of an infielder or pitcher.
The Rawlings glove is constructed from a full grain kip leather that provides an excellent feel and durability. The Nokona is made from a combination of top grain Stampede steerhide and kangaroo leathers, delivering flexibility and control right out of the box. The Rawlings glove features Pittards sheepskin palm lining that helps wick away moisture and keep the hand comfortable in all conditions. Nokona’s quality materials help it maintain shape and structure as time passes by from season to season.
The decision between these gloves comes down to a few factors. The Nokona glove is designed for a minimal break in period, making it game ready on day one. The Rawlings glove does require more break in time in order to deliver the custom control and feel. The Rawlings glove is a pro-model, and the same glove worn by Max Scherzer on game day. The Nokona glove is 100% made in USA, hand crafted in Nocona, TX. Deciding which of the factors are most important will allow you to decide what glove is the right choice. Both are stand out gloves from reputable manufacturers. So no matter which you choose, you know you’ve picked a quality glove. More information can be seen at our helpful Baseball Gloves Guide.