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I've been lurking here for months, reading posts and admiring the knowledge of, camaraderie in, and passion for this avocation of ours. I finally have a post of my own to make.
I have been working my way up in the college ranks, and it looks like I will be getting some D-I work this coming spring. As a result, I've been thinking about upgrading my equipment, specifically my mask and CP. Even the D-II and -III stuff I am have been working probably warrants an upgrade.
The mask is first, as the one I have been using is a few years old, and not as heavy-duty as I think is warranted at the D-I level. The CP is good, but I will likely upgrade to a West Vest next year. So, I have narrowed the masks down to these, and would like input from the group on what would be the best choice.
Diamond Pewter Grey iX3 Aluminum Umpire Mask with Quik-Dry
Diamond Silver Big League Aluminum Umpire Mask with Leather
Wilson Silver Dyna-Lite Aluminum Umpire Mask with Memory Foam
I came to these choices because I don't want a hockey-style mask, and I don't want to drop 2 bills on a Wilson titanium. I get the feeling the Wilson is the best, but was wondering if the Diamond ix3 and Diamond Big League are equivalent (or close) for $30-$50 less. There is also this:
Wilson Silver Dyna-Lite Aluminum Umpire Mask with Black and Grey
which seems to be the same mask, with different pads, but this is another $30 above the memory foam padded Wilson.
LOL -- And as I type that last sentence, I can hear "Why take a chance with your head and face for $30-$50?" So maybe I have my answer.
But if anyone can speak to these masks, I'd love the feedback.
I would like to try out a Magnesium Alloy mask. Two extremely similar models were put to market just a couple years ago (they were likely clones or copies of each other) from +POS and Champro. My preference would be the +POS, but I would not decline a Champro.
Once you contact me that you have one, we can discuss purchasing, lend-lease, or trade options. It's only crucial the frame is intact – if the pads are shot or the harness is kaput (or missing), no worries.
Up for sale is my Nike Titanium mask. This thing is in GREAT shape. Only worn for about 1 season, and has been treated like royalty. This thing pretty much looks brand new. I'm looking to get $375 plus shipping. Send via paypal as friend. Selling frame only. I do have another thread open with some other stuff for sale... bundle some stuff together and I'm sure we can work out a price discount.
PM me if your interested.