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Hi all .....
Well ......It's time for one of my masks to go. I now have 4 and it's tough to decide, but ...my original All-Star custom job is the one I've decided on. This was done by Tony at Mask-It ... Matte black, and he took the " i-bar vision" tag off for me also. On here is an All-Star sunshield and gray/silver LMX pads. Gray vinyl on the outside, tan leather on the inside.
The FM25 is a work horse! Known as a catchers mask but anyone who's used them know that first, yes, it IS a dual bar mask, but you don't notice it because of the iBar vision bars (flat), and .... VERY light for a hollow steel mask. Plus, it's durable as a M4A1 Sherman!
Throat guard I'm keeping (it's in the photo, but I'm keeping it)
LMX pads are used, but not very much ...still in good shape!
I have over $100 in this rig .... PM me with offers please.
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For the 2016 season, All-Star supplied one of its marquee sponsored catchers, Jonathan Lucroy, with a FM4000 mask. In the past, Lucroy had utilized the latest titanium models All-Star offered, typically the venerable FM25. This particular FM4000 looked a bit strange, though, appearing to have tin-foil clad ear struts and some of the cleanest welds I'd ever seen.
That last photo, from the side, those bars look kinda... bloated... for being hollow steel. Turns out, it might not be a hollow-steel FM4000 after all...
Lucroy was equipped with the ultra-brand-new Magnesium FM4000MAG:
All-Star hasn't even listed it on their site yet; but then again, they didn't publish the 2015 FM25Ti either, leaving it to forum and discussion sites to show details about it.
Hello all -
A fellow teacher is wanting to umpire for the first time this year. Since everyone in this community is amazing, I thought I'd reach out and see if anyone has some extra equipment lying around to help get him started. I've got him hooked up with base shoes, shin guards, and ball bags that I wasn't using anymore. Here's a list of other things we're looking for (preferably at a cheap price and in good condition):
Mask (just a basic Dyna-Lite if available) Chest protector (XL or 13 inch) Plate shoes (Size 13 2E would be ideal, but 13 D will work, too) Thanks!
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.