When you buy a WIlson football, you are purchasing the only American Made ball of any of the major U.S. sports leagues. Not only does Wilson manufacture the official NFL football, ‘The Duke,’ in Ada, Ohio, but they also make NCAA and Highschool footballs in their USA factory.
The ball we’re reviewing today is the Wilson 1003 GST football. The construction of the ball we bought is flawless. Seams are tight and straight and the feel of the materials is top notch. The 1003 GST is unique in that the white stripes on the ball are sewed on to create another level of grip and texture. This additional attention to detail makes for a great feel and better ball control, especially if you don’t have the big hands of an NFL or NCAA quarterback. The composite leather laces have a slight rubberized texture to them as well adding to grip control. The ball is light in weight, and although not ideal for the leather, will keep its tackiness in wet conditions.
From Wilson’s website: “The Wilson GST football is the preferred ball of over 180 NCAA programs and 26 high school football state associations. The GST is the only football to offer patented sewn on stripes and ACL composite leather laces. Combined with exclusive Wilson GST leather, the GST offers one of a kind game saving technology. Wilson is the #1 name in football and offers the best selling game footballs in the country, the Wilson GST.”
Price range: $70-100
NOTE: Not all Wilson footballs are made in the USA. As always, be sure to check the label before purchasing.
Make sure to also check out the Wilson Football Factory Tour feature on 50 Built.