The Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin glove may be the most popular specific model in Wilson’s entire line. We have both used the glove and spoken to others who have, as well. Time on the phone with major vendors and Wilson corporate helped us get a feel for the type of player the glove is made for and who should buy this particular model over a number of different models Wilson offers. We compared to the A2K and A2000 versions. Those details, and more, are found in the following Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin review.
Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin Review Sources
There are a number of places to look for more information on the Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin glove. We used the closeoutbats product page to gather some details. Also, Wilson’s product page on the DP15 is helpful to find the latest versions. We also reviewed our Wilson A2000 Superskin reviews, as well as our 2017 Wilson Glove review page, to make sure we knew what we thought we knew about the SS versions of the gloves.
Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin Review Article Contents
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Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin Recommendations
We would quickly recommend the DP15 to middle infield players who are comfortable with a thinner palm for a better feel on the placement of the ball. Generally, the DP15 will be better for middle infield players, but we don’t see why a third baseman could not use it as well—as long as they are cognizant of the fact that a hard grounder at the hot corner placed in the palm will ring less with a glove that has some added padding.
The A2000 Superskin version of the DP15 is better for those who like or need a lighter glove and subscribe to the idea that the Superskin is more durable and performs better in wet weather. We agree that it does. It is also helpful to like the look of the Wilson A2000 Superskin DP15.
Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin Sizing and Construction
The DP in the DP15 stands for Dustin Pedroia. This glove is an 11.5-inch middle infield glove with an easier work-in, long laces, and a tapered wrist slot. The Superskin version of the DP15 adds flexibility and an even quicker work-in than the A2000 and A2K. The DP15 is built with those specifications.
The easier work-in comes from a thin and flat palm. Whereas most other premium gloves come with at least a little bit of padding in the palm, the DP15 is considerably flat and thin. Other A2000 and A2K gloves do not use this design, as many really appreciate the added padding.
But it turns out, thinner padding in the palm allows for both an easier work-in, and some would argue, better and quicker access to the ball. As a premier second baseman, we can see why Pedroia would prefer this feature.
Tapered Wrist Slot
Unlike most other gloves in the premium space, the DP15 has a considerable tapered wrist slot. Those with larger hands may struggle to get the glove on. But, those with average to smaller sized hands, or those in the youth and travel ball space, may very well like the tighter fit.
The tapered fit (Wilson likes to call this the Pedroia fit) is not necessarily made for smaller players. it is, however, made for players who like a tighter fit on the hand. Those players can be big or small. Our experience is that smaller handed people like the tapered fit. This feature is what makes the DP15 one of the most popular gloves on the market.
The unique feature to the DP15SS is the synthetic backing instead of the same premium grade leather in the palm. This Superskin, as Wilson calls it, makes for a lighter glove that is easier to break in. As well, the Superskin is claimed to be more durable and does not get weighed down in wet weather.
We have yet to see Dustin Pedroia use the Superskin version in game. He prefers the A2K or A2000 versions that have the full leather backing. Still, the DP15 Superskin (aka DP15SS) is a very popular glove, and likely, the most popular glove in the DP15 lineup.
Wilson A2000 DP15 Superskin Review Comparisons
A2K DP15 vs A2000SS DP15
The A2K DP15 maintains the same sizing specifications and thin palm as the DP15 A2000 Superskin. However, the A2K version is heavier, as it does not have the same Superskin version on the back. Additionally, the A2K uses what Wilson refers to as Pro-Stock Preferred leather, instead of the Pro-Stock on the A2000 SS. Wilson claims the preferred is a more premium leather, and at first touch, it would appear so. The A2K has a softer feel.
Also, the A2K version has an additional layer of leather on the palm to help with durability. This makes for a more difficult break-in (although it should hold longer) when compared to the A2000SS.
The 2017 version of the A2K DP15 also has straighter fingers and a deeper webbing than previous years. These changes are almost unnoticeable if you are not a DP15 connoisseur, but they are there. As of this writing, the DP15 A2000SS was last produced in 2016 and has yet to see those slight changes.
A2000 DP15 vs A2000 DP15SS
The A2000 DP15 and the A2000 Superskin DP15 are differentiated only by the use of Superskin on the back of the glove. We detail the general differences in our A2000 vs A2000 Superskin Wilson Glove article. In short, the addition of a synthetic on the back makes the glove more durable, more weather resistant and easier to break in.
1786 vs DP15
Compared to the 1786, the DP15 uses a more tapered wrist slot and a lower knuckle bridge. It also has longer laces, and as we discuss above, a flatter (less padded) palm. They are similar in the sense of an 11.5-inch glove made for middle infield. They both also come in a Superskin, A2000 and A2K version.