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I recently had my vehicle broken into and a bin with all of my gear in it was stolen.  So, since giving up umpiring is not a possibility, I'm in need of new gear and was hoping to get opinions on which way I should go. 

For years I wore the steel shock FX and loved it. Took shots and never felt a thing. Only draw back is I'm older and the steel HSM is a bit heavy. Cost is also an issue. I was thinking of going back to the traditional mask, especially after reading every post in the "mask porn" thread and taking dozens of screen shots. My mind is about to explode.  

Masks I'm thinking of...

Wilson Moliben.  Is the view that much better then most with the low profile?  

Wilson Dyna Lite Aluminum.  Any drawbacks?

Shock FX Ti.  $239 is pricey but is it worth it?

Plate Shoes...

was considering new ones anyway.  Been wearing the Davis Mid Patent leathers for yrs and always got compliments on them, but they were heavy.  I don't think he still offers them or I may be tempted.  I prefer the look of patent leather or high gloss.  

NB (all black).  Noticed there is mesh on the sides.  Are they easy to clean?  Mids or low cut?

3N2 reaction pro patent leather.  Are they heavy?

CP.  sticking with the Wilson Gold.  It's been good to me.  

Shin guards. I have no clue.  Had a pair that was given to me yrs back, don't even know what brand they were.  Suggestions?

Pants.

had the Gerry Davis Combos and loved them!  Considering the new polyspandex UE offers.  Thoughts?

Thank You in advance for your opinions!

 

 

 

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I've got the 3N2 non-patent and they are very light. I've heard that they may not be as durable, but much of that has to do with care. I wipe mine off after every game and let them air out in between. I would suggest added support on the inside as they don't seem to have much of an arch. It actually works out nice as my insoles fit in quite nicely. 

If I were looking for a new mask these days, I'd probably be looking at the Force 3. 

Oh and sorry about the loss. Insurance? 

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14 minutes ago, Mister B said:

 

Oh and sorry about the loss. Insurance? 

Thank You!  No, unfortunately!  Was actually my girls car w/liability.  Ball bags, cold weather gear, 3 pr base shoes, hats, 4 BB gloves (which really pisses me off, took ten years to break those things in, lol). $750+

im thinking of telling my assignor to give me all bases next season to be able to recoup.:mad:nahhh 

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I have a Wilson TI fx nearly brand new. I wore it for a game and didn’t like it. $235 and it’s yours

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5 minutes ago, tpatience said:

I have a Wilson TI fx nearly brand new. I wore it for a game and didn’t like it. $235 and it’s yours

Tx for the offer bro!  Unfortunately my purchases r going on a credit card and basketball money over the next four mos.  

what didn't you like?  Heavy?

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9 minutes ago, Tborze said:

Tx for the offer bro!  Unfortunately my purchases r going on a credit card and basketball money over the next four mos.  

what didn't you like?  Heavy?

I just like the traditional mask more

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7 minutes ago, tpatience said:

I just like the traditional mask more

I'm leaning that way too, especially after mask porn!  I was a lil jealous!

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I think the Moliben is low profile, and speaking as an older umpire the low deflects the hit less than the regular profile I believe.

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For the shins, do yourself a favor and get the Force3. I like all of the Force3 line, but can certainly understand the pros-and-cons of the chest protector and mask. For shin guards, there is nothing else comparable.

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Of the masks you mentioned, I'll give my two cents on the Aluminum Dyna Lite. Light as a feather, comfortable, good vision and built like a tank. One drawback is the fact that aluminum is a bit like titanium (rigid and doesn't flex with a hit as much as steel). Other than that, I love it.

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Sorry for the loss.That really sucks. For the price, the Diamond iX3 with upgraded pads(TW's are my choice) gives the best bang for the buck IMO.

Don't even think about shin guards.Get the force 3. You won't regret it.

I have the new NB plate shoes. They are VERY comfortable. The strange thing is, I find the mesh on the sides clean up easily, but the mesh under the pad, around the laces seems to be tougher to clean. At least the pad moves out of the way easy to get at the laces to clean around them.

I'm with you. I wouldn't trade my Wilson Gold fora anything.

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20 hours ago, kylehutson said:

For the shins, do yourself a favor and get the Force3. I like all of the Force3 line, but can certainly understand the pros-and-cons of the chest protector and mask. For shin guards, there is nothing else comparable.

I just can't force myself to pay $100 for shins....can't do it.  Of course, Ebay is your friend....

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Just now, catsbackr said:

I just can't force myself to pay $100 for shins....can't do it.

I can make that in a single varsity doubleheader. ...or in less than a half-day of youth tournaments. Definitely worth it!

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8 hours ago, catsbackr said:

I just can't force myself to pay $100 for shins....can't do it.  Of course, Ebay is your friend....

Those shin guards are the best I’ve had. Worth every penny. You get what you pay for

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Thank You!  No, unfortunately!  Was actually my girls car w/liability.  Ball bags, cold weather gear, 3 pr base shoes, hats, 4 BB gloves (which really pisses me off, took ten years to break those things in, lol). $750+
im thinking of telling my assignor to give me all bases next season to be able to recoup.:mad:nahhh 
That actually comes under your homeowners or renters insurance. It's worth a phone call.

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5 hours ago, txump81 said:

That actually comes under your homeowners or renters insurance. It's worth a phone call.

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In California this would be true as well... personal property, anywhere in the world is normally covered... and most homeowners/renters repay at replacement cost versus depreciated value... 

Depending on your deductible, this may well be worth a call. Go price out everything you lost, new, today and see if it would be worth a call.

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10 minutes ago, Mudisfun said:

In California this would be true as well... personal property, anywhere in the world is normally covered... and most homeowners/renters repay at replacement cost versus depreciated value... 

Depending on your deductible, this may well be worth a call. Go price out everything you lost, new, today and see if it would be worth a call.

And see how your rate go up.

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So for the mask, I have the Hong's pro frame with the Team Wendy pads. It's light but not too light that you forget its there, takes the force of everything and easy to maintain. Highly recommend it.

 

For the base shoes, I have the NB's and I love them. It's like running in regular sneakers.

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1 hour ago, Bloodhound1042 said:

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If you ask coaches, fans, and players.... that pie chart is WAY to full.

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