Pros:Best gloves on the market. Legal Performance Enhancer.
Cons:Expensive ($44.95). Not the most stylish gloves around.
The Bottom Line: If you're serious about football and OK with the price -whether playing pee wee, High School, College, or for your local flag team - buy Cutters.
I've been an old timer when it comes to catching passes until just this past year. Gloves? No way. I'll use my bare hands - my pass catching bear paws - thank you. For some reason I've never trusted gloves, and I write this review not only to inform those already a member of the glove club (note: includes fball playing OJ, not current OJ), but to knock some sense into the old me's out there, the people who valiantly try to do things the old way, and tell them "Hey, great attitude, but you got to check out these Cutters."
Recommend this product?
Look around the NFL. All those guys are wearing gloves. You just don't see receivers anymore using their own skin. Even pass throwers (late 00's Kurt Warner, current Tom Brady to name a Q) with the extra stick of gloves.
The point is, gloves aren't just a luxury anymore; they're part of the uniform - as essential as pads, helmet, and ball. With hand cloth technology growing as much as it has, it only makes sense for there to be a wide distribution of gloves - from cheap and somewhat effective to expensive and stickier than a fresh tattoo (and an old one for that matter).
And that's where the Cutters rank (even above Under Armour's top model): at the top of the gooey pass catching Mountain. Let's go through some of the 'ristics that makes these high-tech gloves the perfect place for your ball to come home to.
The stick: This is, of course, the main reason for choosing any pair of gloves. The Cutter grip is the best on the market. Short of suction cups or Velcro, catching a ball with these gloves is at least half as easy. Personal Story: I'll leave pairs of Cutters around the house to catch pesky rodents or crickets.
I don't think I quite did the stick justice on that last paragraph so here's one more. When you put on the Cutters for the first time, you feel like you're wearing alien technology (a feeling enhanced by their strange design). It's almost as if you're playing that game with the velcro balls that stick to the flat, disc-shaped velcro catcher (you know what I'm talking about). In my lifetime, I've only possessed a few pieces of sports equipment that made me feel that way: the Nike football (the model that changed football technology forever), the Evolution basketball, cross country spikes in general, and well, that may be it.
A downside of the tremendous grip enhancement: Receivers may stray away from the fundamentals. Because it's so easy to make one handed catches, youngsters may forget about using that second hand to make sure of the catch, leaving them susceptible to bad habits. And while we're on the subject, I am highly skeptical of the one-handed catch. Is there ever really a need for the one-hander, besides laziness and style? I'd like to sequester the sports scientists or maybe myth busters for an in depth investigation.
Note (sometime during the 2010 football season): Watching the Viking game right now and just saw Sidney Rice catch a TD pass wearing Cutters.
Note #2 - One day later, I was informed by a fellow epinioner that Rice was in fact wearing a different brand of receiving gloves. I guess there are people more obsessed with gloves than me, but don't feel the need to write about it.
Note #3 (11/15/10) - Most recent Sports Illustrated just published an article on the sudden surge in football glove technology, making several references to the mysterious Cutters and Randy Moss's preference for them (albeit not the best spokesman right now). The piece was conceived as a result of the number of one-handed catches made last week in the NFL. A new evolutionary development in human catch passing ability was quickly tossed aside for a more reasonable explanation: insane hand technology. Yep, football gloves actually appeared in the most famous sports magazine in the country. Take a few ten-second periods to consider the implications of this development. When is the last time a piece of equipment has gained enough attention for an editor to say to his team of writers: Who wants to give me 300 words on this so and so sports equipment? In recent history, I can only think of the new collapsable helmet technology intended to prevent concussions and those crazy swimming suits that were even allowing Rosie Odonnell to set PRs (her byouancy probably helped, too). By the way, I loved how Phelps abandoned the suits before his fellow competitors in order to prepare for the upcoming Olympics, when the technonology would be banned.
Note #4 (10/17/12): Caught Matt Holliday's dirty slide into second base in last night's Cardinals-Giant's NLCS tilt (sporting event desciptor courtesy of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football) and my first thought wasn't "was that dirty?" but "wow, he looks incredibly old school right now." My second thought: It's because he's not wearing any gloves. That's the society we live in, glove readers. Keeping it bare in the hands is just plain old and induces a Ty Cobb persona within players whereby they think they can just slide heel up whenever they please.
Warmth: Another main reason to wear gloves, though they don't keep as warm as winter or insulated gloves. The Cutters are warmer than past gloves, but I wouldn't rank them as elite in that department. In fact, the world of receiver gloves could benefit from producing an ultimate "heat glove" for frigid temperatures.
Let's talk about confidence. The Cutters will make you more sure of your pass catching abilities, which is a major aspect of catching a ball. Confidence in equipment equals extra confidence in ability.
Some other things to consider: Various sizes small, medium, large, and x-large cover every type of hand and are adaptable to the in-betweens (shout-out to the tweeners). Not too much froggish webbing between fingers.
Lastly, the gloves are a great way to reference the great 1986 Dennis Quaid movie Breaking Away (although he's not really the star, just an extremely intense, slightly annoying supporting actor) and their band of blue-collared outcasts, The Cutters. Be proud to be a Cutter.
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