Wilson A2000 vs. A2K
When it comes to ball gloves, there is no doubt that the Wilson A2000 and A2K series are among some of the top gloves on the market today. On top of them being extremely popular amongst players of all calibers, they are really put in the spotlight and sported by some of Major League baseball’s finest including Clayton Kershaw, Juan Soto, Mookie Betts, and so many more. When it comes to Wilson, their two main series are the A2000 and the A2K. Though when it comes to choosing between the two, there are some key differences to keep in mind.
So, what are the biggest differences between the A2000 and the A2K?
When you look at the gloves, the main differences are going to be the leather quality, how the4 gloves are crafted, and the palm. Obviously both models are going to be made with great attention to detail, but a key difference is that the A2K gloves are exclusively made in Japan, while the A2000 is not. This is where the leather differences come into play.
The Wilson A2000 uses a Pro Stock leather, while the A2K uses a Pro Stock Select leather which is a cut of leather that is a step above the A2000 leather. When you put them on your hand, you can really feel the difference, rather than see it. The A2K seems to have a little bit of a stiffer, harder leather due to the firmness of the Pro Stock Select, while the A2000 seems to have a little bit softer leather. This doesn’t take away from the quality of the mitt, just the feel of the glove itself.
The next biggest difference is the palm construction. On top of having a more premium leather, A2K models are built with a Double Palm Construction, which gives the palm of the glove not only a little more padding and softer feel, but it also helps preserve the shape and forming of the pocket. This is why you see some A2K gloves still hold their shape and form even when pout through the ringer, while A2000 may loose that firm shape over time.
So, which one is right for me?
When it comes to choosing a glove, I am a big believer in going with what feels the best on your hand and what you feel the most confident with, as well as what makes your wallet feel the best, too. Right now, most A2000’s are going to start at $299.95, while A2K’s start at $399.95. While there is a price difference, there is still the same question: which glove feels best on your hand and which do you think looks the best. If you want a stiffer feel, the A2K is your better choice. If you like a glove that will break in easier and be a little more versatile, the A2000 may be your choice. Again, it’s always different feels for different ball players.
Then, you can always go age/caliber of player. I would truly not recommend either of these models for players under $13 simply due to the price tag unless you are an elite or travel ball player. Wilson also has the A1000 series which starts at $199.95 and is still a great mitt with a lower caliber leather that pairs well for little league or seasonal ball players.
When it comes down to it, choosing a ball glove, no matter brand or style, should always come down to what you feel comfortable with and what you feel you will be able to perform at your best with in game situations. When it comes to A2000 and A2K, yes there is a $100 price difference between the two with some different leathers and palm construction, but what matters is the feel and how the glove plays. Both mitts are phenomenal and should last you a good while if properly taken care of – so when it comes down to it, choose what feels right for you!