Welcome to our recommended gear section!
The aim of this page is to provide nice and easy to read tables outlining the major features, price points, and links to our review. The tables provided below simply present each different piece in a quick summary fashion.
If you are looking for more textual descriptions however you can check out our full sets, chest protector, leg guards, masks, and mitts sections. If you feel we’ve missed any, or have any out of date information, please let us know.
As we’ve mentioned before on our best catchers gear sets page, this is often the preferred route to go for most catchers as you don’t have to look around for matching individual pieces, get some cost saving, and more.
The next section of our comparison tables takes a look at the chest protector. This piece is one of the more often thought about when looking at a catcher head on. Some of the main things to look at in a chest protector include how it handles rebounds, how dense the foam is, and the weight.
Ah…the leg guards. One of the more uncomfortable pieces of equipment used by a catcher. If you’ve ever worn a pair that are flimsy or don’t fit well, you’ll quickly get annoyed and uncomfortable. As mentioned in our leg guards section, you should always look for a pair that fits well, provides lots of protection around the knees (even in the crouch position), and hopefully make it feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all around your legs.
Arguably the most important piece of equipment the catcher has to get right is the mask. With all the news surrounding head injuries today, you can imagine the danger anyone has when they sit behind home plate. Try to look for a mask that is built to last, and conforms to your head so that you can avoid any sort of neck strain. We believe the ones listed below will provide you with all of this.
The last piece of equipment we compare is the mitt which are also the most finicky. What works for one catcher may not work for the next but we do believe the choices below are the best overall ones available. For mitts, a catcher should look into the pocket, size, the break-in period, and of course cost. You can see more details on our mitts page as well.