By Adam Biggers
As a lifelong infielder, I always had a problem finding the right glove. I'm not sure if others have had the same issue, but my quest for the perfect leather for the middle infield was a challenge each and every time I sought out to purchase a new "baby".
Partial to Rawlings, I hardly ever strayed from the brand. However, last season, I decided to go with an Easton, and I'll likely get another after my above-average experience with the EPG453WB (tan, 11.5-inch).
Now that I'm a coach (Burton Atherton varsity), I'm not as hard on equipment as I was 10-15 years ago. Perhaps it's because I've aged a bit and grew a tad lazy at the ripe old age of 31. I choose to think that I'm in the "work smarter, not harder" phase of my now hobbyist tenure as a ball player.
That being said, I highly recommend the EPG453WB for the serious athlete. The break-in period wasn't long at all. I bought the glove in the spring of 2012, when we in Michigan were experiencing an abnormally warm stretch of 80-degree days. By simply using the glove at practice and leaving it in my car to "bake," the glove quickly formed to my hand.
The best part, though, is the fact that it hasn't lost its rigidness -- and that's something that I couldn't say about past Rawlings that I used; they were typically good for one year, and one year only.
I've always preferred a stiffer fit, and purchasing my Easton seems like a smarter choice each and every day. It retails from about $150-200. I didn't pay that (have a great hookup at with a local supplier), but it's worth every penny.
If you're at the stage where you're past the Dunham's or Sports Authority bargain Rawlings, snagging the EPG453W would be the wisest call. If you're looking for bang for your buck, a stylish and reliable glove that will fit great and only improve with time, go get this glove right now.
You won't regret it.
Easy to break in; game-ready in no time
On the pricey side, but not overly expensive (hey, you're going to pay twice as much for a Nokona or high-end Rawlings pro model!)
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