In writing this Gamer Series review we reference a number of sources. Among those, our Heart of the Hide Review and our Pro-Preferred review were helpful. As well, on this site, our Wilson A6K review was referenced as a very similar glove with the Rawlings Gamer.
Rawlings also carries over the Gamer glove series line into the fastpitch softball space. They make no less than 8 fastpitch gloves that cover every position on the field. They do not use the patented Rawlings pull strap found on Rawlings 8767 more expensive fastpitch gloves.
At the time of this writing, Rawlings sells just over 85 different models in the Gamer line. They include 8 softball gloves and 75 baseball gloves. Of the 75 baseball gloves 9 are considered youth gloves. These youth Gamer models come with a more tappered wrist slot and thinner finger stalls. Gamer youth gloves are made for smaller hands.
Well worth the wait just to see the smile on our grandsons face when he opened the box! As I am typing this he is asleep with his helmet on! His words the best present ever!
The largest swath of gloves in the Rawlings Gamer Series belongs to adult baseball. There are at least 75 different models although many of those are very similar with only color changes. This particular niche serves well the backup glove of the serious high school player who would rather be more economical in the glove of their second position. Expect to find a glove in the exact size you want with the glaring exception larger catcher 8767 s gloves. Gamer catcher 8767 s mitts only come in a inch size
HOH gloves are intended to work for several years under considerable use. Gamer gloves, on the other hand, might serve the still growing player well or as a backup glove for the serious high school player.
There is a considerable jump, in both price and quality, between the Heart of the Hide gloves Rawlings is known for and the entry level leather gloves Rawlings calls their Gamer Series. At first glance, the biggest difference is the amount the Gamer gloves already come worked in. With the possible exception of the Gamer Catcher 8767 s glove, expect just a few minutes of catch to get your Gamer glove ready to rock. HOH gloves come mildly worked in but, for most, it is often several weeks to get up and running.
On the whole, the Gamer series from Rawlings is meant to fill that need of an economical glove with full leather construction. It may not be the best leather on the market, but it is leather nontheless and you can expect a decent amount of use from the glove.
Looks great! Very sturdy. No impacts yet because spring drills and camp are in a few weeks but my son likes the fit and feel. I picked a mask from the choices given and it was supposed to be titanium but it feels heavier than a titanium mask of similar size. Otherwise very light compared to the Riddell Revolution he was issued by his high school team. The F7 and Xtech shoulders pads I purchased for him pair very well
The Gamer series also makes some special and limited edition gloves with unique colorways. These are referred to as Gamer XLE gloves. The XLE 8767 s come with the same exact features of a Gamer Rawings glove.