All Star Sporting Goods is the manufacturer of All Star baseball and softball gloves. The company is family orientated and have established a reputation for putting out the finest gloves any baseball or softball catcher can wear during their career. Over the course of their existence, they have strived to give those who use their gloves the best tool for the job and more often than not, have succeeded at just that.
The company produced more than just gloves for catchers. They produce their gloves for players of any position, but are known mostly for their gloves for the pitchers’ best friend. These gloves are used by several Major League Baseball stars on today and the past including Mike Napoli, Jose Molina, Jason Varitek, Brian Schneider, Raul Chavez, AJ Ellis, and recent big league call-up Xavier Cedeno.
These professional athletes have become used to wearing these gloves made with exclusive Japanese tanned steer hide. This material is known to break in quickly and has an extended life period. The gloves also feature soft tan leather pockets which give you the solid pop sound when catching a fastball. They also use stiffer leather for the backing of the glove which also helps increase its length of life and provides an ideal amount of support.
One aspect about these gloves that make them so popular with professional baseball and softball players is the fact that each glove is made by hand. Instead of trusting machines to stitch ever part of the glove together and take care of the labor, human hands are used. Anyone that has used an All Star glove made by hand, they will attest to the fact that they are at the top of the food chain in terms of glove manufacturers.
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We here at The First Pitch understand that our readers don’t only play and/or watch baseball or slowpitch softball. We understand that fastpitch softball is just as important to some of our readers. With that said, here is the first fastpitch bat review here on The First Pitch.
Rip-It Drop Ten Air (-10)
Rip-It is one of the up-and-coming companies in baseball and softball bats and this bat is helping them continue to move up the ranks. The Drop Ten Air was built using thin layers of R2 composite material in the barrel, giving you incredible performance and durability. With extra layers of composite, you will be able to get more from each swing. When you make solid contact with this bat, you will notice a certain frequency that will is common with a composite bat.
With the AIR technology, this Rip-It bat will allow for faster and more balanced swings, which allow for better control with each swing and even allows for added power for those who need it the most. The bat comes in five different sizes ranging from 30 inches to 34 inches, all of which come with a -10 oz. weight drop.
One popular aspect of this bat that doesn’t seem like a big deal to some is the memory foam-type material on the handle of the bat. The ridge grip has ridges that mold to the shape of your hand and allow for you to maintain the same grip with each swing.
Overall this bat, which retails for about $300 would be a great addition to you bat bag. There are other models that are cheaper that may come close to the quality of this bat, there aren’t many available that do as well as advertised like the Rip-It Drop Ten Air.
Since we are now officially in the spring season, it means that slowpitch softball is right around the corner for the millions of players that live in colder weather areas. For these players, the time has come and gone to be the first to have a certain bat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still own one of the top options out there, the 2014 Easton L1.0 slowpitch softball bat.
Easton 1.0 Slowpitch Softball Bat Review
This Easton slowpitch softball bat is hot directly out the wrapper and has turned into one of the top bats for power hitters. The L.0 is end-loaded like all the L-Series bats and was constructed with the ConneXion Technology that Easton is known for using when blending together multiple piece bats. The handle on the L1.0 softball bat is the IMX composite material which is known for providing users with a massive sweet spot. The composite used on the handle is the SIC Black Carbon, which provides a solid feel when getting ready to make contact. The handle has a super thin gauze grip on the handle, which is ideal for those players that don’t like to have a thick grip.
When you first swing the L1.0 in batting practice or game situations, it might appear to feel stiff, but that will go away with times. The new grip on this bat may be rough for some, but that can be resolved with batting gloves or a little pine tar. As soon as your teammates begin to swing with it, it will become the most popular bat on your bench and over time, this can lead to issues, but it does come with a 12 month warranty.
Another issue some users might have is its extreme end-loaded feel. It can be too heavy for some to swing depending on what size end load you have, but this problem can be resolved by telling your teammates to get their own.
The 2014 Easton L1.0 Raw Series bat is eligible for use in NSA, ISA, ISF and USSSA leagues and is available for $300.