Wilson’s 1799 glove stands as a classic example of an outfielder’s glove. It runs a 12.75 inch length with a massive dual post pocket design. The 1799 is so popular, it is one of only three gloves Wilson offers in an A2K, A2000 and an A2000 Superskin. The other two (1786 and DP15) are infield gloves. The Wilson 1799 classic design, big pocket and good wide measurement make recommending the glove easy enough. Serious outfielders at nearly every level of the sport should have this on their short list. After some use, discussions with manufacturer, major vendors and players on the glove, we write this Wilson 1799 review.
Wilson 1799 Glove Review Article Contents
Wilson 1799 Glove Review Sources
There are more than a few good sources for at least some information on the Wilson 1799 glove. We always check out Wilson’s product pages, and as always, they were very helpful for the 1799. Closeoutbats’ product page also had some useful information. Amazon reviews had enough insight that they may be worth considering too..
On this site, the differences between the A2K and the A2000 article we wrote were helpful. So was a rundown on all the Wilson Glove Reviews we have done to date. Other outfield glove reviews, like the KP92, were also useful.
Wilson 1799 Glove Recommendations
As the most popular outfield glove from the most popular glove brand the in the world, the Wilson 1799 pattern is rather simple to recommend. In short, serious outfielders who want a classic feel and traditionally sized outfield glove should really consider the 1799. As a 12.75-inch dual post glove in a near full catalog of model lines, the only real struggle is to decide if you want an A2K, A2000 or A2000 Superskin.
A2K 1799 Review
The A2K offers the unique advantage of the best leather Wilson produces. We use the word produces instead of uses because Wilson literally owns the cows in Japan that produce this leather. The Pro-Stock Preferred leather found on the A2K is the top 3% of leather found within their system. As a stock model glove, it is the nicest leather an individual can buy.
As well, the 1799 A2K uses a double layer of leather on the palm. Compared to the A2000 or A2000SS, this gives a slightly thicker feeling with the added padding. However, it also forces a longer break in period.
A2000 1799 Review
The A2000 is the traditional feel that made Wilson gloves famous. Of the twenty some odd MLB outfielders who use the 1799, almost fifteen use the A2000 version of the 1799.
We should note, the A2000 Pro-Issue version has a thinner palm, and it does not get the same leather that stock A2000 gloves get from the local sporting goods store. Rather, Pro-Issue versions of any A2000 are specially made for a specific player in terms of how well it is broken in and its use of premium leather. In other words, don’t think your A2000 1799 is the exact quality of glove the pros get. Yours will be a fine glove no doubt, but until you sign that Big League contract, expect gear not quite as impressive as what’s on the hands of the pros.
A2000 Superskin 1799 Review
The Superskin 1799’s most notable feature, like all A2000 Superskins in the Wilson line up, is the use of a synthetic material on the backhand of the glove. This improves the durability of the glove, keeps it drier in wetter conditions compared to a full leather glove and also benefits mobility by creating a lighter glove.
As a general rule, many infielders—especially second basemen—prefer this feature. But, we have yet to see a pro guy use it in the outfield.
Wilson 1799 Glove Comparable Gloves
We did not mention Hanley Ramirez’s glove in the above as it is not offered by Wilson any longer. But, you can still find some of the HR13 in a few stores. It is the Game Model glove design of Ramirez and for all intents and purposes, is the 1799 A2000 Superskin. The obvious exception being the colors that match the Boston Redsox.
Wilson’s OT6 is another 12.75-inch glove in the outfield space that Wilson produces. It comes in an A2000 and A2000SS only and uses a pro-lace web design with no top cross bar. It is not as popular as the 1799, but at least for some, has the draw of a more flashy web design.
SSK Professional 12.75 Outfield Glove
Outside of the Wilson brand we struggled to find a dual post web on a 12.75-inch glove design. Don’t get us wrong, there are many 12.75 inch gloves focused on outfield play. But only one, as far as we could tell, also used a dual post design for the wider pocket and good durability. That glove was SSK’s Professional 12.75-inch outfield glove. SSK makes good stuff, and if these are the exact specs you want on a glove, it will come down to the 1799 in an A2K, A2000, A2000SS or the SSK 12.75 outfield glove.