Top 4 Best Batting Gloves

Pro baseball player Doug Bernier discusses how to choose good batting gloves and recommends a few of his favorites.

Batting gloves are important equipment.  They can create a great relationship between your grip and the handle of the bat.  Sorry to say it but this is another place where you get what you pay for.  In my educated opinion, these are 4 of the best batting gloves out there.  Please feel free to comment or message me if you think there’s another best batting glove I haven’t included in this list.

The NOT-top-4 Batting Gloves

Common problems with bad gloves can include:

  • Some cheaper batting gloves (even by the highest rated companies) can have weak stitching making for an easy rip or tear.
  • I have seen areas of the batting glove that makes contact with the handle of the bat come off when the pine tar is too sticky.
  • Also, less expensive batting gloves also tend to be a little thicker.  This creates two problems: (1) Your hands will sweat more inside the glove making them slide around on your hand compromising your grip.  and (2) Because of the extra sweat the batting gloves will not dry out effectively making your gloves very hard and brittle. This makes for a very uncomfortable batting glove and the only way to get it soft again is to sweat in it again or give it a little moisture, thus putting the glove back in the compromising position of being too wet.

Best Batting Gloves

These are the batting glove brands that I personally have used, liked, and would recommend.
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Franklin batting glove

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Franklin cold weather batting gloves

1. Franklin Batting Gloves

Franklin is one of the best batting gloves, and the most popular, in baseball.  I recommend the CFX Pro Series ($29.99), and here are the reasons I like them:

  • The softness and thin leather.
  • The overall breathability of the gloves (which help it to dry out faster),
  • They are very comfortable by having seems in the proper areas so my hands can move and bend freely.
  • They also fit tightly on my hands to ensure a quality grip on the bat.
Franklin also has a cold weather batting glove ($29.99) that keeps your hands warm in cold conditions. It is a little thicker and has a neopreme back that is warm and flexible. This is a great glove to have. It is durable and keeps your hands warm. When your hands get cold, your whole body follows and tends to get cold.

I talk more about cold weather gear on our page about baseball performance clothing.

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2. Under Armour Batting Gloves

Under Armour batting gloves are very popular right now.  They are a durable glove that has many styles and colors which can add a little flare to your game.  I like Under Armour’s batting gloves because:

  • They tend to be a little thicker than other top quality batting gloves which some people prefer.
  • I really like the way they fit around the wrist, ensuring for a nice fit.
  • They have a lot more styles and colors to choose from so you can decide on how much flare you like.
  • They tend to be more durable and last a little longer than some other batting gloves.
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Nike Jordan batting glove

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Nike batting glove

3. Nike Batting Gloves

Nike is another very popular batting glove. They are a trend setter and a quality piece of sports equipment. They definitely hit the mark on their batting gloves.  In the past I’ve been pretty happy with Nike’s batting gloves because:

  • They have thin leather so I have better feel of the baseball bat.
  • They breathe and dry well so the leather stays soft and durable.
  • They fit your hand really well and the creases are in the right spot allowing your hand to move and bend well.
  • They velcro around the lower part of the wrist (this helps for a better fit to your hand)
  • The colors and styles are plentiful.
buying guide evoshield batting glove

Evoshield batting glove

4. Evoshield Batting Gloves

I have not tried Evoshield’s batting gloves ($59.99), but they have been getting great reviews. I have used their other protective products and couldn’t have been happier. The unique features on these batting gloves are:

  • There is a pocket on the back of batting glove where you can place a custom molding hand shield for protection.
  • A durable mesh back that keeps the glove breathing well and fitting tight.
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Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 5 organizations (CO Rockies, NY Yankees, PIT Pirates, MN Twins, & TX Rangers) over the past 16 years. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher. (You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier) Where is he now? After 16 years of playing professionally, Doug retired and took a position as a Major League scout with the Colorado Rockies for 2 years. Currently Doug is the Data and Game Planning Coordinator with the Colorado Rockies


  1. Avatar für Jessica

    My son is a jr and starting in varsity high-school baseball, but isn’t the best at batting. I got him a pitching machine with net and new bat, but I am looking at what type of batting glove would be best for him. Sometimes he can crank it, but I’m hoping that isn’t just luck. He does better at home when the pressure is off. What type of glove would be best? I’m asking grip would have a lot to do with making sure he makes contact? I’ve spent thousands already since he started playing for the first time ever in 9th grade, but now he has the potential to possibly get to bat. He is the fastest runner on the team so I’m hoping we can figure something out to insure he isn’t just a pinch runner this year……again….. lol. All suggestions extremely appreciated

  2. Avatar für Joyce

    I have a nephew who loves playing baseballl. At birth he was born with three stub finger he has his thumb and fourth finger. He is eleven years old. The better the bat gets he is having trouble grippiing the bat. He needs something to help hold the bat.

  3. Avatar für KAB

    I also like the Truletic gloves. They fit well and are comfortable while providing much better protection than similar manufacturers.

  4. Avatar für Jack hurley

    You should try the new glove just out, Trueletic! Great feel and has the most protection ever for both your hands. Fabulous Glove!

  5. Avatar für Robert Baskow

    Hi Doug,
    I appreciate your knowledge and your video tutorial. What would you recommend for someone going to college that has not played in a couple years due to being discouraged by politics but has a lot of potential and could go a long way?

  6. Avatar für Elias Morales

    Doug what are some durable gloves I can wear?because I shred batting gloves I go through two or three pairs a year, I’ve tried franklin cfx those have lasted me a good 9 months by far my longest lived pair.

  7. Avatar für Casey Schwamb
    Casey Schwamb on

    I am having issues with blood blisters and the overal tearing of my hands in the cage. I’ve been using the cheaper model of the Nike mvp line. What do you recommend to help combat this issue?

  8. Avatar für Odin

    Can you recommend a specific model for Nike batting gloves? Which one is the highest quality, best performing, ect.?
    Thank you,

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      I am not sure about nike batting gloves, I can ask around the clubhouse. I am more familiar with franklin batting gloves because that is what I use. I can look into it.
      Doug Bernier

    • Avatar für Nick Rulli

      The MVP Elite Pro 2.0 will be the highest quality Nike batting glove on the market. A comparable batting glove with a slightly different fit/style will by the Vapor Elite 3.0. Although still high quality gloves, Nike also provides an array of slightly lower tier gloves with the MVP Pro and the MVP Edge. Our MVP gloves are absolutely the most popular of the two.

  9. Avatar für Lisa Anton

    What batting glove would you recommend to decrease the vibration when the ball hits the bat?
    My son has worn the Easton VRS but the quality has gone down hill.
    The gloves rip within the first week of wear.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      To be honest I am unfamiliar with batting gloves that decrease vibration. I used to use the VRS when I was in little league but i had similar problems. The more balls your son hits the more his hands will get used to the vibration and it won’t hurt as bad. It’s a tough phase but tell him that it gets better (every now and then some still really hurt), but its not as frequent. Sorry I wasn’t more help, but thanks for writing in.
      Good luck,
      Doug Bernier

    • Avatar für Elias Morales

      Yes I can’t recommend the Easton VRS I used to use them my Freshmen year of high school and I went through 3 pairs of them that year.

  10. Avatar für Kayla Robey

    Hi ,

    Thanks for sharing this review post. I have a question:-I have a 10 year old son that is the size of a 12 year old and not sure what size to get in these gloves. Any advise?

    Kayla Robey

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your question. I am assuming you are talking about batting gloves. I don’t have a sizing chart. That is a very good idea for me to look for or to try to come up with my own to help people find the correct size. I would say for now, try your local sporting goods store and try on some sizes to see what fits best. All batting glove companies use the same sizing and have pretty much the same fit. Sorry I can’t be more helpful but hope that helps and thanks for the question.

  11. Avatar für Maurice Lemoine
    Maurice Lemoine on

    what is your opinion on wearing batting gloves inside the baseball glove? and or do you use the same glove as you do for hitting? or do you use a thiner leathered one

    thank you

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