After several hours researching, testing and getting player insights on pancake gloves, we decided Mizuno’s GXT-1A Classic Pro is the best. Although a tough market in which to differentiate products, Mizuno’s flat training glove offers great durability, real leather and the weight of an actual glove. Users liked the feel of the hand pocket, the left and right handed throw options, as well as the reasonable pricing.
What to look for in a pancake glove
If you are looking for the best experience in glove training work, then a real glove with real leather is the way to go. Other options, like the foam uni-hand pancake from SKLZ, are cheaper but lack the real feel of a glove. Whether this affects training is yet to be truly measured, but testers categorically liked the feel of the Mizuno training glove better.
Durability could not be any better in the Mizuno GXT. The genuine leather glove and leather straps will last as long as you are willing to take care of them. Also, the price point is attractive and not much more expensive than the cheaper SKLZ option. At the time of this writing, the glove is $35.
Pancake Glove Box Opening
Other Pancake Glove Options
There are a few other real leather training gloves in the market that may be worth your while. Our runner up would be MacGreggor’s leather pancake glove. Although only made for right-handers, the MacGreggor does come with a full leather construction with accurate glove weight and legitimate durability. It lacks a little bit of the traditional glove feel the Mizuno masters, but at $24 it might be worth the savings for some.
Pancake Glove Drills
YouTube is always a fantastic place to find glove drills. There are many pancake drills to be found, too. This might be the best: