Easton Catchers Gear Vs Mizuno Catchers Gear
Mizuno catchers gear is arguably one of the most underrated brands of catchers gear available. One reason for this is that the brand does not sponsor many major league players, and because of that, the company can sometimes be an afterthought when searching for catchers equipment. However, it is frequently worn by catchers in little league, high school, college and other leagues all over the country. Mizuno also makes catching gear in adult and intermediate sizes, along with women’s softball gear.
Easton catchers gear, is another underdog, that players tend to overlook. They manufacture a bunch of different catchers gear in sizes that will fit adults, youth and an intermediate size for players in between. Easton has also made catchers gear for softball players and teamed up with former UCLA softball player Jen Schroeder develop the Jen Schro line of catchers equipment.
Fortunately, both these brands offer some of the best catchers gear out there. We‘ll compare and contrast both brands so you can determine which one is best for you.
Easton Catchers Gear Vs Mizuno Catchers Gear Price Comparison
When comparing prices between both brands online, it becomes instantly apparent that there is a difference. Mizuno doesn’t offer as many styles of gear as Easton, their most popular equipment the Samurai series, is moderately priced catchers gear depending on the size of the equipment. Easton catchers gear offers a wider range of pricing that starts below Mizuno pricing and also offers gear that goes above their pricing too.
Now, as mentioned earlier, the Mizuno catchers gear is mainly geared towards kids and teens but they do make adult sizes. So, the sizes across all of their catchers‘ gear are 14” youth (this measures the chest protector size), 15” intermediate and 16”adult. For more information you can click on photos below.
Easton, manufactures catchers gear for both youth and adults as well. The youth gear is available in Jr. Youth and Youth sizes. However, there isn‘t much of a size selection for adults. That said, the gear can be adjusted to most body sizes. As we mentioned earlier, they sell Easton catchers gear for women, there are three sizes, i.e., small, medium, and large. Click on the photos below for more details
Muzuno‘s catchers‘ gear is available in multiple colors. Most of these are dual–tone colors, i.e., there are two colors on the same kit. So, you need to choose a combo of colors like black/orange, black/gray, scarlet/white, blue/white, scarlet/gray, etc. The selection of colors varies depending on the gear you choose. However, most of their gear is available in gray/white or something similar.
The selection of Easton catchers gear is available in both dual and single colors. For instance, the Easton M10 is available in both black and red/silver. The Pro X series offers four colors black, navy, red and royal blue. The Easton Jen Schro collection is available in close to a dozen colors like black, purple, red, royal blue, navy blue, maroon, etc.
Protection and Durability
Now it has to be said that both Mizuno and Easton use slightly different technologies to ensure a catcher‘s safety. However, Easton‘s gear for adults and children are known to last a long time and are capable of absorbing the shock of multiple 65+ mph balls. It ensures the catcher‘s protection at all times.
Mizuno‘s gear is also durable. The problem with youth gear is that it players grow out of it quickly. The chest protector is well padded and if anything it can run a little hot because the thickness of the padding. However, the gear is comfortable and lightweight and does a remarkable job of keeping balls in the dirt close. The soft padding doesn’t let the ball go very far after it’s blocked.
Mizuno and Easton have been manufacturing catchers gear for a very long time. Both brands are underrated but offer excellent protection, durability, and a selection of colors. Our opinion is it all boils down to what size your looking for, the Mizuno youth Samurai box set is high quality gear and people give this equipment high marks. Read reviews for the Mizuno youth Samurai set.
The Easton M10 grabs first place for the adult catchers equipment. While the Easton Pro X is great it is a little costly compared to the affordable M10. The Pro X gear might be a better option for advanced players, at a high level. But if your looking for quality and value the M10 gets the nod. Check out other reviews on the Easton M10.
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