"We've been playing with the Mikasa KOB for a couple weeks now and find it to be a fantastic replacement for the diehard Spalding KOB fans. The weight and basic construction of the Mikasa seem identical to the Spalding with the exception being the leather which feels a bit tackier/ stickier. We played through rainy conditions this past weekend and the Mikasa seemed to do a better job of staying lighter and drier. I suspect that there is a better water-repelling agent in the Mikasa ball. Those who have been dreading the change from Spalding to Mikasa needn't worry - this ball is a worthy replacement."