Wilson 1787 Baseball Glove Review
Wilson’s 1787 baseball gloves come in an A2K and an A2000 Superskin version. We took them for a spin, spoke directly to the manufacturer about the gloves and worked with a major vendor to get a feel for which players prefer this pattern over others. We found, on the whole, this 11.75-inch utility infield to be the least popular of Wilson’s infield gloves. Turns out, most either want an 11.25, 11.5 or 12 inch glove for infield. The 11.75 1786 Wilson pattern serves the proverbial no man’s land of infield gloves. That said, the glove is packed with top shelf features, quality construction and premium leather.
Wilson 1787 Wilson Glove Review Article Contents
Wilson 1787 Wilson Glove Review Sources
On this site we checked our Carlos Correa glove review, as it is the same glove, but with different colors. We also referred to our A2K vs A2000 Wilson glove comparison article. In addition, we spent some time on our Superskin review article making sure we had our facts straight.
That data, combined with both our experience with the 1787 and conversations with Wilson glove reps and a major glove vendor, gave us a thorough view of the glove for this article.
Wilson 1787 Wilson Glove Recommendations
We would recommend the 1787 pattern to any player who wants a bit more length than the the traditional 11.5-inch middle infield glove provides. We also think, the H-Web design lends itself better to the middle infielder who needs a smooth glove flip every now and again. That said, an 11.75-inch glove should work just fine on a third baseman’s hand, and in younger classes, might even serve as a utility outfield glove.
Wilson’s 1787 comes in both an A2K and an A2000 Superskin. We dive into many of the functional differences below, but in terms of recommendations we would suggest the A2K is more appropriate for the elite player who wants the best stock leather available. They may also prefer the thicker palm and better factory work in.
The 1787 A2000 Superskin is for players who have decided on an 11.75 inch glove, but also want the light feel of Superskin. In theory, the Superskin will also last longer.
Wilson 1787 Wilson A2K vs A2000
In short, the major differences between the A2K and the A2000 in the 1787 pattern are the upgraded leather and the additional support and thickness the A2K provides. Otherwise, both are 11.75 inch gloves built for the utility infielder who likes the H-web pocket.
The other difference really worth noting is that the A2K usually runs $100 more expensive than the A2000. We refer you to our A2K and A2000 differences article if you would like more details.
Wilson 1787 Wilson Glove Features & Sizing
As we see it, there are three main features those thinking about the Wilson 1787 should consider. They are the type of leather, the I-Web design and the need for an 11.75 inch glove.
Pro-Stock or Pro-Stock Preferred
One major difference between the A2K and the A2000 1787, as with all A2K vs A2000’s, is the difference in leather. The A2K uses a more premium stock leather than the premium stock leather found in the A2000. This leather is specially bred in Japan by Wilson to deliver the best glove, they believe, on the planet. A choice for the Wilson 1787 in either the A2K or the A2000 is ultimately a choice to use this select leather.
We should note, the leather you will be getting on either the A2000 or A2K is not Pro-Issue. Rather, this is a stock leather glove. This is not to imply the stock leather A2K or A2000 1787 is not elite, but rather, the very best of all the Wilson leather is reserved for the gloves issued to the professionals.
I-Web Design Purposes
Wilson has made the I-Web (or H-Web depending on how you look a it) quite famous. It is the quintessential middle infielder pattern that allows for good access to the ball and easy flipping. Those considering the 1787 should prefer the I-Web design.
An 11.75-inch glove is often no man’s land. Many third basemen think it is too small and would prefer a more durable single post web design, while many short stops think the 11.75-inch glove is too long and bulky to make smooth plays, despite the glove’s I-Web.
Second basemen are usually deciding between an 11.25-inch glove and an 11.5 glove. To them, an 11.75-inch glove feels like something that belongs in the outfield.
As such, the 11.75-inch I-web design is not very common. It is, as far as we understand, the least popular infield glove Wilson makes.
Wilson 1787 Wilson Glove Comparable Gloves
The most comparable glove to Wilson’s 1787 pattern is the CC1 glove. That is, the Carlos Correa Game Model Glove. The glove pattern is identical to the 1787, but serves the A2000 non-Superskin category. In fact, we can consider a full line of A2K, A2000 and A2000 Superskin categories offered in the 1787, with the A2000 represented by the CC1 Wilson glove with Astros’ colors.
Outside Wilson, not many companies offer a traditional H-Web on an 11.75-inch utility infield glove. We could find only two. The first is likely the most similar model. Marucci’s Honor the Game series has an H-Web on an 11.75-inch glove. It is the same price as the CC1. Rawlings has a top shelf Wing Tip Pro Preferred 11.75-inch utility infield glove with an H-Web. In terms of price and attention to detail, it is more similar to the A2K version of the 1787 than the A2000 CC1.