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#101 johnnyg08

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:43 PM

Well, here I am a day early. I had the opportunity to wear my new Douglas leg guards tonight for a game.

Some things I wish I had done before putting them on to walk to the field.

1. Taped the straps. They stick out...it wasn't an issue because my polys were heavy enough.

2. The wider ankle plates that wrap around, kept my plate pants from catching on the back of my plate shoes, this was a pleasant surprise because I didn't have to adjust my plate pants b/c the back didn't catch on that strap on the Reebok Plate shoes.

3. They fit like a glove. They might be a bit warm in the summer. Tonight it was in the 50's and chilly so they were pretty comfortable.

4. Overall, these give my All Star leg guards a run for their money.

5. They're super low-profile too. I got a pretty good deal on mine, but I wouldn't hesitate suggesting them to anybody on here who's looking for a high end leg guard. Very, very impressed!

Way to go Douglas!
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:33 PM

Well, here I am a day early. I had the opportunity to wear my new Douglas leg guards tonight for a game.

Some things I wish I had done before putting them on to walk to the field.

1. Taped the straps. They stick out...it wasn't an issue because my polys were heavy enough.

2. The wider ankle plates that wrap around, kept my plate pants from catching on the back of my plate shoes, this was a pleasant surprise because I didn't have to adjust my plate pants b/c the back didn't catch on that strap on the Reebok Plate shoes.

3. They fit like a glove. They might be a bit warm in the summer. Tonight it was in the 50's and chilly so they were pretty comfortable.

4. Overall, these give my All Star leg guards a run for their money.

5. They're super low-profile too. I got a pretty good deal on mine, but I wouldn't hesitate suggesting them to anybody on here who's looking for a high end leg guard. Very, very impressed!

Way to go Douglas!

So what do you think is best, douglas or all star leg guards? Or is this one of those douglas vs all star CP decisions and it's a coin toss?

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

I want to try them both when it's 85 degrees out and see if one is cooler than the other. I think protection is a push. I like the fact that my pant legs stay down w/ the Douglas...at this point, it really is a coin flip w/ a slight edge to the Douglas for the maintenance free experience I had today.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:11 AM

I want to try them both when it's 85 degrees out and see if one is cooler than the other. I think protection is a push. I like the fact that my pant legs stay down w/ the Douglas...at this point, it really is a coin flip w/ a slight edge to the Douglas for the maintenance free experience I had today.


I've never had a problem with my pants getting caught up using All-Star shins

Jeff
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:14 AM

Not sure why it's different for me. But it was noticeable for me yesterday.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:16 AM

Not sure why it's different for me. But it was noticeable for me yesterday.

Johnny, what do your pants catch on?

Jeff
"To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag." Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:20 AM

The back of my plate shoes. The loop that a person could use to pull the shoe onto the foot.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:22 AM

The back of my plate shoes. The loop that a person could use to pull the shoe onto the foot.


CUT THEM OFF!!!

Jeff
"To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag." Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:24 AM

Yeah i had those on the 460's and cut them off cause pants got caught up.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

I got my Douglas leg guards returned to me yesterday.

Jeff did make some modifications that I will post (pictures) on here in the next day or two.
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Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:12 PM

John...  we're still waiting for those pictures!


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:31 PM

John...  we're still waiting for those pictures!


Funny you should bring it up now. I actually have to send my leg guards down to get fixed. Something came loose near the ankle plates.
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Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:56 PM

Well, John, when you get them back, we'd like to see some pictures!

 

(I couldn't stop laughing the whole time I typed this.)


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:35 PM

$170 for shin guards is absurd!


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:47 PM

Wow.  And I remember the reaction I received on here when I mentioned they were not very well built. 



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:47 PM

 

$170 for shin guards is absurd!

 

 

In business school, I had a professor guy who called that "strategic [sales] volume control."


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:01 AM

I love my Douglas gear. I have a 13-inch factory fresh last generation black CP sitting in the closet unused. I have a 12-inch black CP customized with T-hooks and slots and fitted with an All-Star Delta Flex harness. It fits beautifully, is crazy comfortable and very sleek. And I have the shins I acquired with the 12-inch. 

 

The shins are awesome. They are every bit as protective as the Wilson Golds (very similar design and coverage) but markedly lighter and more comfortable. Once I got them refurbished by Douglas (new hooks, eyes, straps and cleaned and repaired pads), they were my go-to shins for the highest-velocity pitching. That being said, I acquired them for $20, and refurbished them for $40. So for $60, they are truly remarkable. For as much as $40-to-$50 more, they'd still be great. For $100 more than I paid, I don't see it. I'd buy a pair of Bauers, a pair of Wilson Golds, and I'd still have enough left over to buy a new pair of poly-wools.   


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̶ Bob Uecker





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