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15 hours ago, Mister B said:

Wow, horrible placement on the MLB logo and Wilson name. 

Why? It has been on the same place for many years.

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On September 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM, Mahoney said:

My junk...

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What's the bottom frame with the Team Wendys? 

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49 minutes ago, JDavis225 said:

What's the bottom frame with the Team Wendys? 

Wilson TI.

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On 6/14/2016 at 6:07 PM, MadMax said:

My latest lineup:

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While working a semi-pro adult league game, I took a foul-off to my Nike Steel mask (lower left in photo) that caved in the main horizontal tube and cracked the primary weld. Using Team Wendy pads, I didn't feel a thing, but had to stop play and retrieve my backup FM4000 (lower right in photo) to complete the next three innings. With more games and a relocation to Arizona coming up incredibly soon (next week!), I decided to make my +POS ZRO-G (upper right in photo) my primary black-trim gamer for the interim while the Nike goes off to Tony at MaskIt to (hopefully!) get repaired. I had always wanted to at least try out a Honig's K4, and when I discovered they offered it in navy, I was sold, so the K-4N will now be my primary navy-trim gamer. It's a really sharp look!... if you're into that navy trim thing... which I'm not.

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With two solid masks in the arsenal, and having been seduced convinced to purchase yet another Nike Steel from @Rook23 (it was enroute at time of photo), I took the opportunity to send the FM4000 off to MaskIt to be powder-coated and as moral support to the Nike. The FM4000 will be getting the Flint Black (flat black) treatment that a few of you have had applied to your masks. The Nike Steel, if the surgery goes alright, will continue to be gunmetal metallic and will go back to being my primary gamer.

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@MadMax  How heavy is the Honigs frame???

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8 hours ago, midtnump said:

@MadMax  How heavy is the Honigs frame???

Stacey,

The Honigs K4, loaded w/ Team Wendy pads is ....  1.4lbs, or ... 22.4 oz (That's right from Honig's of Ann Arbor)

For a hollow steel w/ Team Wendy pads, ...that's light boys!  An All-Star FM25 hollow steel is 21oz , and an FM25 Ti is 19oz

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Thanks for answering that inquiry, Jeff ( @Thunderheads), I don't have a scale handy any more.

Of my four masks, all loaded with Team Wendy pads, the K-4 is the heaviest. But keep in mind, I only buy and use lightweight masks now, and the K-4 is the largest by volume and materials. Its ear guards are elephantine, and does have the extended crown guard.

@kylejt, I didn't use a throat guard when I played catcher, and I don't wear one now (yet). When I owned an Easton Speed Elite, I put a 4" TG on it because its chin guard is so diminutive. I'll consider using one when someone changes the cheap, bland, fat-shoehorn design to something with some character. And no, Mizuno Spyders don't count, because it's so difficult to get them. The status quo has to change, guys.

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On July 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM, codizzled said:

I'm sure I don't have to explain these set ups to you gentlemen, but here goes:

from left to right...

Nike Ti w/ Wilson memory foam pads

"Fonzie" Rig - Mizuno 2QA-122 w/ Wilson black and grey wrap-around pads & SSK Spyder throat guard

Wilson Ti w/ Wilson tan leather pads

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This is tge best line up I've seen! I may copy sort of with the Nike and Wilson Tis...except chopping the Wilson throat guard and adding a 6 inch.

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1 hour ago, JDavis225 said:

This is tge best line up I've seen! I may copy sort of with the Nike and Wilson Tis...except chopping the Wilson throat guard and adding a 6 inch.

I chopped the chin guard on my WI titanium. Turned out pretty good.

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On August 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM, the_umpire said:

Update: Nike Titanium with the new Wilson memory foam pads and Wilson 6" throat guard. Inspired by MLB umpire Jim Wolf

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Is the original throat guard chopped on this one? I can't tell. 

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I'll post a picture of all my masks (lots of changes) once I get the attachment fiasco figured out, but here's one. 

My question to you all is, what kind of Mizuno mask is it? I have two tone Wilson wraparound pads on there and a SSK throat guard. 

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5 hours ago, Stk004 said:

I'll post a picture of all my masks (lots of changes) once I get the attachment fiasco figured out, but here's one. 

My question to you all is, what kind of Mizuno mask is it? I have two tone Wilson wraparound pads on there and a SSK throat guard. 

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Preferred harnesses?? I just got my Nike and don't care for this harness AT ALL. I have the Wilson on my Diamond that I've used for the last two years. I like it but are there at other great ones out there?

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5 minutes ago, JDavis225 said:

Preferred harnesses?? I just got my Nike and don't care for this harness AT ALL. I have the Wilson on my Diamond that I've used for the last two years. I like it but are there at other great ones out there?

Why don't you like the nike? They're all the same with a different logo to me. Sometimes the wilson harnesses are a little firm. 

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20 minutes ago, Stk004 said:

Why don't you like the nike? They're all the same with a different logo to me. Sometimes the wilson harnesses are a little firm. 

I can't get it adjusted right and just what you said...I like the firmness of the Wilsons. 

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Just now, JDavis225 said:

I can't get it adjusted right and just what you said...I like the firmness of the Wilsons. 

As long as my mask comes off rather easily I don't care what harness is on there. 

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Preferred harnesses?? I just got my Nike and don't care for this harness AT ALL. I have the Wilson on my Diamond that I've used for the last two years. I like it but are there at other great ones out there?

I personally prefer the Honig's harness. It's not too stiff and the logos are all black so it looks cleaner.

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25 minutes ago, codizzled said:

I personally prefer the Honig's harness. It's not too stiff and the logos are all black so it looks cleaner.

I second the Honig's harness.  Have one on all my masks.

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My Nike Steel is dead. Long live the Nike Steel.

Yup. I held out hope that it could be fixed, but when an expert can't fix it and sends you an equitable replacement, it's time to call it. A 90+ mph foul-off on the primary bar is asking alot to survive.

With that (somberly) said, I did get this as a replacement:
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It's a +POS ZRO-G, powder-coated in a very snazzy gunmetal metallic. Looks great with either black or tan pads. If any other service had pulled a switcheroo like this, I'd be rightly upset. In this case, though, MaskIt did what they could and we are able to discuss it out. My Nike Steel would have been dead without MaskIt, and this way, I get a working, top-quality mask out of the tragedy. Now I just need to (re)find a Nike Steel or Titanium.

The real gem, though, was how the All-Star FM4000 turned out...
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Mask enthusiasts, I believe that Stealth (flat) Black is the only color the FM4000 should be produced in. It's stunning. 

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13 hours ago, MadMax said:
My Nike Steel is dead. Long live the Nike Steel.

Yup. I held out hope that it could be fixed, but when an expert can't fix it and sends you an equitable replacement, it's time to call it. A 90+ mph foul-off on the primary bar is asking alot to survive.

With that (somberly) said, I did get this as a replacement:

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It's a +POS ZRO-G, powder-coated in a very snazzy gunmetal metallic. Looks great with either black or tan pads. If any other service had pulled a switcheroo like this, I'd be rightly upset. In this case, though, MaskIt did what they could and we are able to discuss it out. My Nike Steel would have been dead without MaskIt, and this way, I get a working, top-quality mask out of the tragedy. Now I just need to (re)find a Nike Steel or Titanium.

The real gem, though, was how the All-Star FM4000 turned out...

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Mask enthusiasts, I believe that Stealth (flat) Black is the only color the FM4000 should be produced in. It's stunning. 

I have 2 FM25's, ...one just like your +POS ZeroG above, and one in flat black.

My FM 4000 is also matte black, like yours! :nod: 

 

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On 8/22/2016 at 10:27 PM, the_umpire said:

@JDavis225 nope, the original throat guard is still on there. The TG is just over top.  

That ONLY makes sense on the Nike Titanium because the TG goes almost straight down .......

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9 hours ago, Thunderheads said:

That ONLY makes sense on the Nike Titanium because the TG goes almost straight down .......

... and which was one of the chief ways I could tell the mask frame MaskIt sent me was not my ol' Nike Steel. The chin guard juts forward on +POS ZRO-G (and, from the looks of things, on the Wilson too), while both the Nike Steel and Titanium have the chin guard in a more relaxed angle, nearly plum-straight down.

Again, anybody else playing a switcheroo would have incurred mighty wrath; MaskIt did me a favor on this one. I just miss the view. :crybaby2:

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