Your Go-To Baseball Gear Guide

Your Go-To Baseball Gear Guide

2018 Baseball Gear Guide Featured

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The offseason is rounding third and we’re all feeling ready to hit the diamond. While you’re finishing up a winter of indoor training, start learning about all the latest products and building your gear rack for the new season.

Cleats

Built For Speed

adidas Afterburner 4.0

adidas adiZero Afterburner 4: All hail the speed king of the diamond. This cleat is designed for one purpose: to get you to the next base as fast as possible. Weighing in at just 9.4 oz, it won’t matter if you’re charging for a stand-up double or chasing down a ball in the gap, the Afterburner will get you there. Fast. Available in stunning colorways like the Gold Pack and Dipped Pack, you’ll definitely stand out in the adiZero Afterburner 4 — that is, if they even see you coming.

New Balance 4040v4

New Balance 4040v4: If you play baseball, you’ve heard of these popular cleats from New Balance. From the spikes to the tongue, the 4040v4 is one of the most thoughtfully designed shoes in the game. For performance at speeds, these cleats feature a supportive yet lightweight outsole plate. This plate flexes at key bend points so you get maximum dig from metal spikes. A convenient lace cage adds the finishing touch to a streamlined upper by keeping the laces secured and out of the way.

 

Built For Comfort

Nike Huarache Cleats

Nike Alpha Huarache Elite: We’ll start this list with a legend. From top to bottom, this cleat is built for the much-needed comfort of a long season. The internal bootie and ankle locking system hug the foot with a supportive fit, and a full-length Air Max unit in the midsole creates the perfect buffer between your foot and the spikes. Choose the Alpha Huarache Elite in one of its sleek new colorways and link up your look with the Huarache Elite Gloves.

New Balance COMPv1

New Balance CompV1: Ready to embrace change? The New Balance CompV1 is the most innovative baseball cleat system this season and it’s here to take the field by force. The key, new feature is the spike – each one is a glass-fiber tack surrounded by TPU. The hardness of the glass-fiber allows this cleat to punch through dirt with the effectiveness of metal while the TPU delivers the comfort of a molded system. This makes the CompV1 the perfect choice for players who live in their cleats day in and day out, on any surface and in all conditions. Read all about this impressive new cleat in our featured blog here.

adida Energy Boost

adidas Boost Icon 3: It’s right in the name – these innovative cleats house the power of boost from heel to toe. This responsive cushioning system is the perfect solution to cleat pressure felt from metal spikes. But the tech goes beyond the boost. The Icon 3’s sock-like upper hugs your foot for a natural fit while the spike layout gives you perfect traction. Plus, the classy look makes your diamond presence gold-status.

 

Fielder’s Gloves

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Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer “Miami” Closer Look

Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer “Miami” Closer Look

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How many schools can be identified by simply calling out one letter? That honor resides solely with the University of Miami, better known as “The U.” The school is so easily recognizable because over the last decade, they’ve cranked out more top tier NFL talent than any other institution. Since 1999, Miami has sent 67 players to the NFL, only second to Ohio State. However, 33 of those players were selected in the first round, 8 more than any other school in the country. Earlier this year, 11 former Hurricanes were selected to play in the NFL Pro-Bowl, setting the record for the most players from one school selected to play in the annual game. While things have slowed down in recent years, there’s no doubting that Miami has produced some of the best talent in football over the last 10 years.

Miami’s status as one of college football’s elite programs made them an obvious choice for Nike’s 2010 Pro Combat program. For the program, a special Pro Combat uniform was made for Miami with elements of their heritage worked into the design. Tonal Fir palm-frond print representing South Florida was incorporated into the jersey numbers, pant and footwear. The ‘Canes unveiled their Pro Combat gear in a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 20th.

In addition to the Pro Combat uniforms, Nike also hooked Miami up with a special Pro Combat colorway of the Zoom Huarache Trainer. The shoe, which is available here at Eastbay now, sports a fir green exoskeleton with black working the inner bootie, midfoot strap and tongue. Hits of team orange appear on the midsole and branding on the tongue and strap. Also orange is the insole, which also features the University of Miami logo and fir palm print. A large Swoosh on the heel is done in white, while an orange-grooved black rubber outsole finishes things off on the bottom.

Available: Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer “Miami”

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Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer “Miami” Closer Look

Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer “Virginia Tech” Closer Look

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Over the last decade, the Virginia Tech Hokies have been perhaps the nation’s most consistent football program. With their 37-7 beatdown of in-state rival this past Saturday, Tech extended their active record of seven consecutive 10+ win seasons. The school also has the nation’s second-longest bowl game streak, participating in the postseason every year since 1993. Next up for the Hokies? A date with the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game on December 4th.

Acknowledging Virginia Tech’s rich heritage, Nike made the school part of their 2010 Pro Combat program. As part of Pro Combat, Virginia Tech received custom uniforms and footwear to wear during the season. When onlookers saw the uniform designs, they questioned why they were done in black instead of Hokies maroon. The answer came at the official unveiling, when alum Col. Rock Roszak was on hand to help explain the concept.

As you probably know, Virginia Tech has a prestigious military background that traces as far back as 1872. Their Corps of Cadets has produced 7 Medal of Honor recipients and over 100 graduates that have been promoted to General and Flag Officer Rank. The black Pro Combat uniforms worn by the Hokies this season were done in tribute to the Corps of Cadets, as well the cadet gray-and-black regalia worn by Virginia Tech’s original football team.

Nike didn’t limit the Pro Combat collection to on-field gear. For the 10 teams that were selected for the program this season, Nike also designed custom versions of the Zoom Huarache Trainer, including a pair for the Virginia Tech faithful. Like the Pro Combat uniforms, the VT Zoom Huarache Trainer features a black on black synthetic and mesh exoskeleton. Hits of orange turn up on the inner bootie, tongue branding, trim, heel counter Swoosh and outsole. Capping off this sleek looking sneaker is a custom Virginia Tech branded orange insole.

Available: Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer Pro Combat Collection

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