Warstic is a company with roots on the attacking side of the ball. They started with wooden bats but evolved into what I would describe as a lifestyle brand. Their ever-expanding line now includes softball bats, surfboards and even fishing rods. We’ve got our hands on their newest addition to the product line, the Warstic DFNDR Baseball Glove Series. Here’s our unboxing video followed by our first thoughts on the infield and outfield models.
The Warstic DFNDR series is made from Japanese Kip leather and comes in two color combinations – the black and brown Bison version and the blonde and tan Wildhorse version. The DFNDR series has high expectations due to Warstic’s reputation for quality, as well as a price tag of $ 370, making it one of the more expensive gloves on the market. Warstic sent one of each color combo for us to check, and you can see the full line. on Warstic.com. We will be giving the first impressions of the 11.5 ″ infield model as well as the full overhaul of the 12.75 ″ outer field model.
We’ll start with the aforementioned color combinations as we touch on the looks. I think Warstic killed him with his first glove run. As a company known for focusing on “the warrior” rather than the weapon, they’ve done a great job of making these gloves stand out without being overpowering.
The Infield model we received was in the Wildhorse colourway. It’s the lighter of the two, featuring a blonde back with a palm and classic tan accents. The single laced post is a nice touch that adds a more modern touch to this classic glove.
The Outfield model features the Bison look. A chocolate palm is wrapped in a black back with cream accents. The single laced post is also carried over from the inside model to the outside field. It gives a unique look in a sea of H-Webs wandering the green ocean.
I am a huge fan of these two color combinations from Warstic. They keep that more classic look with blacks and browns, but also add a modern touch. The embossing seen on the inside of the pointer finger as well as on the middle finger adds to the unique aesthetic that Warstic has cultivated over the years.
Now let’s see how these two beauties feel fresh out of the box. Japanese Kip leather gives this series a soft, buttery feel. The leather is of high quality and is tied with laces which feel strong. This is important because, in a recent article written by a D1 power 5 launcher, we learned that the quality of the lace can really affect the durability of a glove.
Both of these models were stiff enough to shape to your liking, but were malleable enough to close a bit on day one. I did the unboxing video and then jumped straight into a game. As a couple came out it wasn’t that steep that I couldn’t catch the ball most of the time.
My only gripe with either model is visible in the photo above. The leather of the palm that extends between the pointer and middle finger on the back of the glove seemed to tighten up on the 11.5-inch model. This strange crease may or may not have an impact on the feel of the glove. Although this is probably only a cosmetic defect, it could create a bubble that would form in the pocket; not optimal. It may just be a one-time problem, however, as the outfield glove didn’t have the same wrinkle. (Are there other Warstic glove owners who can comment?)
These gloves meet the expectations of the “sensation” category. When you buy a Kip glove at this price of over $ 300, you expect top quality and the DFNDR series lives up to it.
Now let’s move on to the most important thing in the glove game: the pattern. A lot of things come together to make a glove, but the way it’s shaped determines how it breaks. Gloves can still be moved and shaped slightly, but some aspects cannot be changed.
Let’s start with the infield offer, the 11.5 inch single laced post. The first thing I noticed was that this glove has a wide heel, significantly wider than its 12.75 inch field counterpart. It felt good both straight and two in the little finger. The glove is wide and gives the impression that it will suck up the grounders.
The Warstic DFNDR infield glove has the natural tilt of closing the thumb around the middle finger, which means this glove will create a nice, shallow pocket. Going two in the little finger will deepen the pocket a bit (more than an inch to the middle / ring finger) but this glove doesn’t want to create a massive pocket that engulfs the ball. I think it can be a great option for either position in the middle.
Personally, I would like do not recommend this glove if you are an elementary third baseman. The big fingers and shallow closure along with the 11.5 inch length are best suited for the midfield.
Now for the 12.75 inch outfield pattern: As I mentioned before, this glove has a narrower heel but retains the big fingers that the infield model has. While I thought it was a good thing for quick transfers to the infield, I don’t like it so much for the outfield.
Just like the Infield model, the Outfield version also wants to close on the shallower side. With a two grip in the little finger, the natural closure is at the ring finger. While this is achievable, the pocket does not have that “swallow the ball” depth that so many outfielders are used to. The fingertips form an almost straight line from the pointer to the little finger when viewed from above, without that slight curve that would create a more enveloping pocket. The base of the fingers also seems to push into the pocket, reducing the depth. This glove will be part of our break-in series so that we can see how the pocket forms and deepens with use.
I think the field model is more of a win out of the box. With the insight of Ian Kinsler, co-owner of Warstic, it’s no surprise that the model in the field feels as good as he does. The outfield pattern isn’t bad, but it will take more work to form a deep pocket.
Day 1 Thoughts on the Warstic DFNDER Series
The Warstic DFNDR series is an elite line of baseball gloves. At $ 370, this is what you would expect in terms of quality. The pattern on the ground is nice, especially with a traditional grip. Fast hands with a shallow pocket are a dream recipe for many intermediate players and it can certainly fill that need. The outfield pattern leaves much to be desired. The base of the large fingers pushes towards the pocket, creating a shape that many field players might find foreign. Fortunately, I have kept the 12.75 ″ model and will provide an update after the break-in.
The whole line is available for $ 370 on their website and select retailers.
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