Much like in the insect world where the Praying Mantis is known to devour its competition, Akadema's new catcher's mitt will do the same to conventional catcher's mitts. The Akadema patented Praying Mantis is the most innovative catcher's mitt ever to hit the market, with many unique features setting it apart from the competition. With patented "Stress Wedge" technology, located between the index finger and thumb, the Praying Mantis offers shock absorbing protection for the hands against injury and sting when receiving the ball. The Praying Mantis also offers two additional "Finger Hammocks" allowing the fingers to be firmly positioned and more secure in the glove. Additional features include the double sided slim padding, which allows for increased pocket size and easier ball retention. A uniquely designed shape allows the throwing hand easier access into the pocket, resulting in a quicker glove to hand transfer and faster times to second base. The Praying Mantis also features a "Double Flexhinge" which makes the glove snap close on contact. Features include:33" Circumference Praying Mantis PatternSpiral Lock WebStress Wedge TechnologyDouble Sided Slim PaddingTriple HammockOpen BackDeep PocketBlack LeatherCatcher's GloveRIGHT HAND THROW ONLY. To view other Akadema Baseball Gloves designed for catchers please click here. Don't forget to use Akadema's Mitt Masher and Glove Conditioner to help break in your glove!