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Your 2017 Spring Fastpitch Gear Guide

Softball season is just around the corner and we know you’re working hard to make this your best season yet. So as you prep for opening day, we’re here to give you a detailed breakdown of the all the gear you need to turn your pop-ups into homers and your close attempts into diving catches.

Top Pitcher’s Glove

P- Nokona Cobalt Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: The limited edition Nokona Cobalt line is made from premium, top-grade steerhide leather for a soft, but durable fit. Another plus? It’s made in the USA!

Top Infield Gloves

C-Nokona Walnut Fastpitch Catcher’s Mitt

You need it because: The legendary Walnut line has made some big changes this year. Its updated look and design pays tribute to Nokona’s rich baseball heritage while its Walnut Crunch leather gives you that unmatched stability, flexibility, and durability you need behind the plate.

1B- Louisville Slugger LXT Fastpitch First Base Mitt

You need it because: It is worn by many of the world’s top fastpitch players. They love the female specific pattern, and the double-oiled leather construction is exceptionally comfortable and reliable as you patrol first base.

2B-Mizuno Classic Pro Soft GCF1201F Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: This Mizuno glove breaks in easily and is built to retain its shape over time. The fastpitch-specific heel allows for a deeper, larger pocket—perfect for snagging those sharp grounders.

3B-Mizuno Classic Pro Soft GCF1250F Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: Mizuno knows how to make great fastpitch gloves for infielders. This glove’s Pocket2 pattern design and roll welting keep it stable and give you the space you need to make plays along the third base line.

SS- Wilson A2000 H1175 Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: This Wilson A2000 is the perfect length for shortstops. Its H-Web pattern and D-Fusion packet pad allow you to quickly find the ball, transfer the softball from glove to hand, and make the big play.

Top Outfield Gloves

LF: Wilson A2000 1275 Superskin Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: You’ll get maximum range in a lightweight, secure package. At 12.75”, this glove is the ideal length recommended for outfielders by college coaches, and Superskin material adds durability without weighing you down.

CF: Louisville Slugger LXT Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: Soft. Durable. Comfortable. The LXT delivers game in and game out. Its double oiled, full-grain steerhide leather lasts a long time while giving you the fit and feel you crave.

RF: Nokona Walnut Fastpitch Glove

You need it because: With its updated look, unrivaled durability, and proven performance, Nokona’s Walnut line will help you deliver the clutch web gem when your team needs you the most.

Top Bats

DeMarini CF9 Fastpitch Bat

You need it because: The premium power and proven comfort packed inside of the CF9 make it perfect for college and high school hitters. Its D-Fusion 2.0 handle also works to eliminate vibration on impact.

Louisville Slugger LXT Hyper 17 Fastpitch Bat

You need it because: PFB Barrel Technology and a Tru3 Dynamic Socket Connection give the LXT Hyper 17 a massive sweet spot and maximum trampoline effect off the barrel.

Louisville Slugger Xeno Plus 17 Fastpitch Bat

You need it because: The Xeno Plus 17 gives hitters the ideal balance and increased energy transfer at an incredibly light weight.

Top Cleats

New Balance 4040v1

You need it because: Based on scientific data collected from studying some of softball’s top players, the 4040v1s feature a revolutionary Drive Zone plate inside the toe to maximize your power and comfort on the diamond.

Mizuno 9-Spike Advanced Sweep 3

You need it because: You’ll get great comfort all game long with this cleat. Its 9-Spike Advanced outsole is designed specifically for fastpitch while Parallel Wave Technology gives you the cushioning you need.

Nike Hyperdiamond 2

You need it because: The versatile, low-cut Hyperdiamond 2 is ultra-responsive and lightweight. Its synthetic leather upper provides a light, low-to-the-ground feel and its full-length midsole with Nike Air in the heel gives you a smooth and fast ride.

Top Batting Gloves

Under Armour Yard Clutch Fastpitch Batting Gloves

You need it because: You’ll get the second-skin fit and support you crave. UA ClutchFit tech flexes and moves with your hand while a custom closure tab works to stabilize your wrist.

Louisville Slugger Xeno Fastpitch Batting Gloves

You need it because: The Xeno Fastpitch Batting Gloves give you total control during your swings. Its Silicone-Tech Palm provides the perfect grip every time you step to the plate.

Mizuno Nighthawk Batting Gloves

You need it because: This gloves has comfort and breathability in spades. Professional-grade Cabretta leather gives you the ultimate fit and feel while a sublimated Airmesh back increases ventilation.

Top Accessories

Nike Swoosh Headband

You need it because: As the pressure and the temperatures rise on the diamond, this headband will keep you dry and comfortable.

Oakley Flak Jacket 2.0 XL Sunglasses

You need it because: The High Definition Optics inside of these Oakleys offer unparalleled sun protection and clarity on the diamond.

Easton Walkoff Backpack

You need it because: The Walkoff Backpack has tons of storage space and versatility—perfect for traveling softball players. Its dual-zipper design also features a fence hook so you can conveniently store it in your dugout.

Nike Printed Headbands

You need it because: These thin, stylish headbands are guaranteed to hold your hair in place securely and prevent in-game distractions.

Top Catcher’s Gear

Louisville Slugger Fastpitch Catcher’s Gear

You need it because: This catcher’s gear is built from head to toe to match the unique skills and requirements needed to make plays behind the plate. High-density foam is featured throughout to protect you and keep you comfortable.

Top Equiptment

Easton Two-Tone Helmet

You need it because: It’ll keep you safe, last a long time, and fit perfectly. The high impact ABS shell is built for maximum protection and a dual density foam liner adds comfort and shock absorption.

RIP-IT Defensive Face Guard

You need it because: You no longer have to sacrifice your safety for complete visibility. This softball face mask will not obstruct your view at all but is made with a lightweight, super-strong steel alloy for reliable durability.

Top Clothing

Nike Tempo Shorts

You need it because: With the comfort and fit of these Nike athletic shorts, you will have nothing distracting you during all your softball drills.

Easton Mako Piped Softball Pants

You need it because: These softball pants ensure that you’ll stay dry and comfortable out on the diamond. It features Scotchgard stain release technology for reduced stain and greater moisture control.

Nike Elastika Tank

You need it because: No matter what your workout entails, this Nike tank is versatile enough to move with you and keep you dry.

Nike Dri-FIT Element Half-Zip

You need it because: This is the perfect layering piece during softball practice. Dri-FIT technology keeps you fresh while added thumholes provide additional coverage and comfort.

Under Armour Mid Bra

You need it because: You need reliable support on the diamond without being held back. Lightweight, four-way stretch fabric improves mobility while its compression fit enhances security.

Mizuno Low Rise Sliding Shorts

You need it because: It adds extra protection and is designed specifically for a woman’s body. Extra padding on the side panels helps keep you safe when you’re sliding.

Under Armour Heatgear Streaker Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

You need it because: Anti-odor technology will keep you fresh all workout long and HeatGear fabric ensures that you stay cool and dry.

We’ve shown you a lot of great options, but when it comes to softball gear, we know that every player is unique. So if you want to keep browsing for gear, check out Eastbay’s full, unrivaled collection of fastpitch equipment, cleats, and apparel. 

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