Pros:They are about the same price as others, and they look nice.
Cons:They cost me money, wore out too easy, and have too much white in design.
The Bottom Line: Don't buy these unless you try other brands. from my experience they're no better than the rest.
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I recently purchased Mizuno batting gloves for various reasons. Throughout my baseball career, I have owned many different brands of batting gloves, but I was always disappointed in my gloves. My gloves were always ripping, tearing and splitting in numerous spots. It got to the point where the gloves were more like rags on my hands instead of gloves. So, I was determined to find a good pair of batting gloves for this season.
I thought maybe in the past I had just been buying generic brand batting gloves. In previous seasons, I had purchased Franklin gloves, which were a bad choice. Franklin gloves didn't even last half a season without tearing, they were terrible. I knew I had wanted to buy Mizuno because to me, Mizuno was like THE baseball brand. Mizuno made anything that had to do with baseball, and they were the only brand that was sold exclusively for baseball. So, they were the perfect buy right? Wrong! I saw that they were only $10 and I thought Well, here are your new batting gloves. As I started to sift my way through all the styles of Mizuno; I started to become unhappy with them, before I even bought them. Either I didnt like the design, or they didnt have the right size. However, I was determined to buy Mizuno because of the brand name. I thought for sure that if I bought Mizuno gloves, all of my problems would be solved, but they werent
I was eventually limited to only one style of Mizuno gloves, because they didnt have the right size in the other styles. Before I purchased the gloves, I realized that I didnt care for their design. The gloves had black palms with white fingers. I really wouldnt mind it if the gloves had a little white on them, but a large portion of the gloves are white and I dont like that. They look nice, but I want to play baseball in them, not make a fashion statement. I would rather have gloves that are just plain black, instead of white gloves that are going to look bad when they get dirty. I dont know why it makes a difference, but it does. So, right off the bat I already had a problem with the gloves. The next test would be to see how the gloves hold up in action.
As soon as I could, I tried out my new gloves at the batting cages. Right away I noticed another negative aspect about the gloves, they werent protecting my hands. By the time I finished my session at the batting cages, I had a blister on my left hand already. I looked at my gloves and noticed a spot on my palm where my glove had already started to wear out. I was so mad at Mizuno, because my gloves had started to wear out this soon. But, that wasnt the only spot that showed signs of disappointment.
Eventually the material on my left thumb started to wear as well, which is my biggest problem. All of my batting gloves have always wore out on my left thumb and I always develop sores on my thumb. I noticed the thumb section wasnt made of very strong material either. I think the makers of the glove neglected to think about the areas of the glove that receive the most stress. Instead of worrying about the design, maybe the makers should worry about the effectiveness and durability. I think they should make the gloves stronger in the palm and thumb area, considering how much stress those areas receive.
After the gloves started to give, so did I. I stopped using them as much because I wanted them to survive the rest of the season. Since then they have been in OK shape, but Im still disappointed.
The biggest advantage to buying the gloves was that they were only ten dollars, which was about the price of other brands. But, money is money, especially when youre in college and you hardly have money. The gloves also looked nice, but I was going to play baseball in them and get them dirty. So, there really arent any serious advantages to buying Mizuno batting gloves.
All in all, they look nice, theyre cheap and they arent any worse than other brands. The downside is theyre too white and they arent what I expected when I bought Mizuno. Either way, I wouldnt buy Mizuno batting gloves again, or anything else Mizuno, without testing other brands first.
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