Founded in 1997 by brothers Joe and Lawrence Gilligan, Akadema is one of the most popular and well-respected baseball- and softball-equipment companies, offering items for professional, college, high school, and youth players. Akadema followed up it first product -- the Reptilian ... Read More , an infield near-fingerless glove that allows for better ball handling -- with a catcher's glove that uses "stress wedge" technology. Other popular Akadema products include the Weighted Barbell Training Bat, designed for swinging in the on-deck circle; Glove Conditioner, made of a mixture of leather conditioners to help the break-in process and seal ingredients into the glove; and the ASM47-RT Torino Series 33" Catcher's Mitt, which has a sandstone palm and chocolate shell made from Turin kip leather. Made from genuine cowhide leather and double-knit spandex, Akadema's BTG425 Adult Batting Glove Pair Pack offers a secure and comfortable fit. Akadema also makes the ProSoft Series Baseball Catcher's Mitt and the Prodigy Series First Base Mitt.