Best Competitive Catchers gear
This page is dedicated to those catcher’s who play at competitive levels whether it be for a youth league, high school, collegiate or even professional. Many catchers can get away with regular equipment but competitive catchers should look into investing in a higher quality set if they want to become the best player possible.
Although great for a regular catcher, there are some limitations to the less expensive gear that is available. For starters, most of the inexpensive equipment is mass produced meaning that not has much care has gone into the equipment during production. The more expensive competitive gear also tends to be longer lasting and provide much more features that a competitive catcher would need. When playing catcher at a high level the game is much faster and requires the catcher to be more mobile and also more protected. This is the main advantage of competitive catchers gear as it tends to be built to help instead of hinder game play for a catcher.
Below is the gear that we recommend for competitive catchers:
1 – Easton Stealth Catchers Gear
Just about anyone who has played baseball has heard of Easton. You see the logo on gloves, bats, pants and everything else. Easton also makes remarkable catchers gear to fit both competitive and recreational players. On the competitive side of things, Easton’s flagship model is the Easton Stealth which is available in Adult and Intermediate sizes. For those with specific team colors, the Stealth speed gear comes in Black, Navy, Red, and Royal blue colors. Catchers that have used this gear have told us the following:
- Wow, this catchers gear has lasted me for two years now catching 3 times a week for a full game
- The quality is amazing
- My high school son uses this game in game out and loves it
Like almost all other full sets, the Stealth Speed catchers gear set comes fully equipped with a chest protector, leg guards, and helmet. The chest protector is one of the true beauties of this set as it has been carefully shaped to ensure the best fit possible exists. The use of pre-curved shoulders and segmented padding in the base provides the catcher with enough mobility so they can’t be slowed down. Most chest protectors feel bulky and heavy, but the Stealth speed will make it feel like you aren’t even wearing it! Not only that but with numerous layers of foam, you’ll always be protected.
The Stealth Speed leg guards are some of the most technology advanced that we have ever seen. The bent knee design is not only cool, but it also keeps your legs protected no matter what position your leg is in. Similar to the chest protector, these leg guards will feel non-existent allowing you to run around as much as required. When chasing down fly balls, you will no longer have to worry about bulky equipment holding you back.
The last piece of the Stealth set is the NOCSAE approved helmet. One of the more common complaints we receive is how much neck pain some catchers are in after a game. In most cases this is caused by the amount of pressure and weight exerted on the neck by wearing heavy helmet. The Stealth speed helmet is one of the lightest available despite its strong steel constructed and full ABS shell.
2 – Mizuno Pro G2
Another great set to consider for a competitive catcher is the Mizuno Pro G2 series. Although still a bit new, the Pro G2 has already received great reviews. Catchers who have worn this gear can’t believe how great it feels and how protected they feel when squatting behind home plate. Most catchers who end up purchasing equipment from Mizuno will opt for the Samurai series, but the Pro G2 provides many more features that you should consider. The Pro G2 series of catchers gear is only available in Adult sizes but comes in Black/Grey, Navy/Grey, Red/Grey, and Royal/Grey color options.
As shown in the image below, the Pro G2 uses a unique 4-way stretch construction. This innovative construction provides the catcher with a great about of mobility as the equipment feels like it is moving along with you. The surface of the Pro G2 is another perfect example of why this gear is so popular in that it uses low rebound innovations to ensure blocked baseballs are kept as close to your body as possible. We all know a passed ball can be the difference between winning and losing sometimes. This gear ensures you are always at your best.
The newly designed Mizuno G2 leg guards will also make you happy. If you’ve ever worn inexpensive gear, one of the first things you’ll notice is how cheaply made it can feel. The G2 leg guards feature a metal buckle adjustment system and advanced lining making it one of the best sets available. With its triple knee design, a catcher will have no issue running after fly balls and chasing down runners when required.