Welcome the A2000 1883 back to the Wilson line-up. The A2000 1883, with its oversized pocket and extra length, is a great choice for a first baseman looking for additional reach. The horizontal hinge along the back fingers provides less resistance when closing the glove, and the D-ring Wrist Closure ensures a snug fit. Wilson® spent decades working with MLB® players to refine the A2000® baseball glove so that it outperforms and outlasts all others. Pro Stock™ patterns, developed by Master Craftsman Shigeaki Aso, are constructed with durable Pro Stock™ Leather to provide the performance MLB players demand game after game. The result is a ball glove that breaks in perfectly for hardworking players everywhere.
Average Customer Rating:
(2 Reviews) 2
Rating Breakdown2 reviews
2 out of 2(100%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Look, if the Wilson A2K first base mitt didn't exist, this one would be my favorite of all time. Sadly, the A2K DOES exist, so this A2000 gets second place. I own both, so I can talk!
The steer hide that wilson uses on their A2000 gloves and up is second-to-none. Smells wonderful too! Not sure if everyone will like the color, BUT I DO! The leather is an awesome camel color, with a yellow-gold stitching. It's a modern glove with an old-school feel. Not the "Shoeless Joe" oiled-up, whethered-dank/damp look; just the look of a good ol' well made glove.
The construction is also very well thought out. DUAL-POST-WEBBING! I love dual-post webbing! It's very secure and looks awesome! Most first base mitts have the single post, which is fine, but I prefer the look of a dual-post. The pocket is deep and secure. There's even a cool index finger pad that rests just outside where your index-finger goes. It's totally unique, and gives it a bit of character (I'll include a photo of the finger pad).
The two drawbacks of the A2000 are comfort, and break-in time. Don't get me wrong, it's NOT an uncomfortable mitt, it's just not the MOST comfortable. The most comfortable 1B mitt out there is the A2K--->HANDS DOWN, but you'll have to pay an extra $100-$150 for it. The A2K has more padding, and the leather is more supple. It'll break in far easier than the A2000. The A2000 will take you a while to break in (but that's ok). The leather is stiff but will soften over time if you work at it. Form it, throw a ball in the pocket, tie it up for 24 hours, then just either pound the heck out of the pocket with a glove mallet, or just go play catch with it! Glove conditioner, (NOT OIL) is all you need.
DON'T PUT IT IN THE OVEN/MICROWAVE, and DON'T USE WATER! THESE METHOD'S WILL SHORTEN THE LIFE OF YOUR MITT! Don't listen to the hype! Wilson will tell you to pour warm water over your mitt, but if you don't want to have to buy a new mitt every year or two, DON'T DO IT! Water and heat can both severely shorten the life of your glove!
In summary, this is a wonderful mitt. I recommend it highly. But if you're looking for a high end mitt (and I imagine you are if you're looking at A2000's), I'd recommend forking out the extra dough and getting the A2K.
**SORRY SO LONG-WINDED! Size-wise, this mitt is awesome. 13" mitts tend to be a bit loooooong feeling to me, and though they add a bit of reach, you sacrifice the control of a 12"-12.5" mitt. Thats one thing this mitt does has over the A2K...length. To me 12.5" is the perfect length for a 1B glove. (The A2K is a 12").
**SORRY SO LONG-WINDED!
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 2 for 2015 A2000 1883 - 12.5"
Tough to break in
PostedJune 22, 2015
Overall I really like the glove, It has great leather and I really like the web. BUT the leather is pretty darn stiff and will require alot of catch in order to break it in and mold to your hand
I would recommend this to a friend!
Response from Wilson Sporting GoodsBaseballJune 29, 2015
We are so glad to hear that you like your glove! If you need some tips on how to best break in a glove, check out our video featuring our Wilson glove guru Aso. He breaks in gloves for all our pro players! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYQ...