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 Post subject: Louisville evolution
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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Am I the only one who thinks that these look strangely like Nokona gloves?


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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gomarlins47 wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks that these look strangely like Nokona gloves?


Thought the exact same thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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JacksonMonty wrote:
gomarlins47 wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks that these look strangely like Nokona gloves?


Thought the exact same thing.


Same here. I wander what the lodic behind these were? They dont even resemble louisville gloves and are a bit pricey.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Louisville switched their glove manufacturer or supplier to the same company as Nokona.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Anyone else find it odd that even though most high level OF's use 2 in the pinky, lots of new OF glove models have an index finger pad?


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Yikes.
Thought the price point on this would be ~$34.99 while using the zoom feature. Looked over at the actual retail price and thought my contacts were acting up.

The Morton C55's serve even more bang for your buck now.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:53 pm 
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These gloves remind me of Primo gloves or Nokona Bloodline gloves in color scheme, but they seem oddly misshapen like they were pulled from the bottom of a big pile. Some of them have poor stitching. Gloves in stock photos are usually pristine, and it's odd to see stock photos look so unprofessional.

For a glove line called Evolution, these gloves seem like throwbacks. And why is it that every manufacturer matches sizes and webs the same way: 11.25 = I web, 11.5 = modified trap, 11.75 = H web, 12 = basket weave, 12.75 = trap or modified trap? Some originality would be nice: different designs, new webs, new color combinations. Judging from the custom gloves I've seen on this forum, customers like different combinations of webs and sizes.

Who is making these gloves for Louisville in the US? Insignia, the old Massachusetts branch of Nokona? I know that Insignia continued to use the same patterns for its gloves after breaking up with Nokona, and these gloves do resemble Nokona gloves. I doubt that Nokona has the capacity to make additional gloves for another manufacturer, but maybe Rous would know.

For those of you who are interested, there is also the Louisville Slugger Icon line of gloves at $199, and the colors seem nicer.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Baseball Ben wrote:
For those of you who are interested, there is also the Louisville Slugger Icon line of gloves at $199, and the colors seem nicer.

Yeah, but even those scream "Nokona". That palm leather looks suspiciously like Nokona Walnut. I'll bet dollars to donuts that these gloves are made in the old Nokona/Insignia facitlity. If you notice, the gloves have "American Crafted" stamped above the heel. Well, (unless that's a blatant lie) that pretty much narrows it down to Glovesmith, Nokona and Insignia. I think we all agree we can rule out Glovesmith. And I agree with Ben in that Nokona doesn't have the capacity to contract for Louisville...they've got trouble meeting the demand for their own brand. So that pretty much leaves Insignia. And I think most of us are aware of what a disaster the majority of the gloves were that came out of that facility.

Oh man...Louisville is seriously gambling with their reputation making a move like this. For the sake of those looking for a solid TPX glove, I honestly hope they keep their ProFlare line intact. Hell, from the looks of it, I'd easily take a 100 buck Omaha Flare over one of these "Evolution" or "Icon" abominations. Just go compare the photos of the ProFlares or Omaha Flares to these new gloves. The pics speak for themselves.

I think the photo that Dirty posted above pretty much says it all.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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For $50 to $75 they might move some of those gloves. $250 is going to be a disaster. Just horrible looking.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Ditto
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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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I think they ripped off Insignia. Because they are the only glove brand I know of that uses a palm liner like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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I posted about this custom program coming out a while ago and found out they were switching leather. Low and behold they look like absolute junk. Never been a fan of Nokona's or Nokona leather. Huge downgrade from their previous awesome gloves.


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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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Was about to say the same thing about Insignia and the liner. These look like trash...

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 Post subject: Re: Louisville evolution
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In my opinion this is sad. This is a huge step backwards, TPX just dropped me as a fan of their gloves. Looking at the C55's, these glove are the equivalent to their Omaha Pro Series in my opinion. Should have just made TPX pros instead of these. :cry:


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