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  1. blue32

    What throat guard is this?

    An old one.
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    Ebay finds

    If the USMC can build barracks using 3D technology, I'm pretty sure someone can print a lil' ole throat guard. https://www.marines.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1611532/mcsc-teams-with-marines-to-build-worlds-first-continuous-3d-printed-concrete-ba/
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    Ebay finds

    Not if you 3D print it.
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    Mizuno Shovel

    We had a discussion going on in another thread, so I decided to start one here to give an update to those of you that are all wanting to get your hands on one, here is what I found out, according to our friend So Yamaguchi, owner of Samurai Gears. I’m not real optimistic on a reboot, at least one directly from Mizuno. I asked So about offering Mizuno a pre-sale, and if specific numbers were met, they could do a limited production run. He floated that to Mizuno, and their answer is, when they stopped production, they threw out all the molds for these. (I find that answer from Mizuno as a little suspicious. If these were made by injection molding, the molds are VERY expensive). But maybe they did. He then asked if he were to get a manufacturer to make a similar throat guard, if people would be interested. I said if it had the same look and feel, I think it would do well, because these aren’t necessarily something that brand matters on. If he gets it right, then they should sell well. If it looks cheap, then probably not. i also mentioned one of our members here (sorry to who it was, I can’t remember, so shout out if it was you, or if you know who) talked about a 3D printing angle, and he was very excited at that prospect, and was going to look into it. Not sure how he gets around the copyrights, but maybe Mizuno doesn’t care anymore. Doubtful but who knows. In a nutshell, it’s not much to convince me that there is any real chance, but the one thing we do have, is that So told me he wants one for his mask, so at least we have someone that is motivated, and had a personal stake in it. I’ll let you know when I hear from him again.
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    All Star FM4000MAG

    Nobody likes a whiner Stu!
  6. blue32

    Mask Porn?

    I’m sure it’s just the lighting in the top pic, but the Velcro straps kind of remind me of this:
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    Smitty's Poly-Spandex Pants Fading

    Let’s see, 75 games at $50/game (an average game fee). That’s $3750. Deduct $60 for a pair of plate pants and $120 for plate shoes, because those are the items that wear out the quickest. $3,750 for a $180 investment, plus your time, of course. Now, add another $3750 with another $60 investment for base pants, and another $75 for base shoes. That’s a grand total of $7500, with $315 spent on “supplies.” I would say that’s a pretty good deal. I’m not sure there are many articles of clothing that will still look brand new with zero fading after approximately 150 to 200 hours out in the sun. I’m not saying this to make you feel bad, or to be a wise guy, I just wanted to add some levity to the topic. Have a great night y’all!
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    Adams XV-HDX received today thru hibbetts

    Chutes & Ladders, triglycerides, triceratops notwithstanding, this vest is the real deal. Compared to others on the market, it’s an absolute steal at $72. It has been a tremendously capable substitute for my Riddell. No, I’m not taking offers for the Riddell. I said sub not replacement. Not going to Pipp my Power!
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    Adams XV-HDX received today thru hibbetts

    I’ve had a chance to wear the XV HDX a few times now. First thing I did was take off the bicep protectors and belly extension.Overall, this is a very good protector. And for $72, it’s an absolute steal. My only critique is, for me, it’s a bit too wide, but in no way does it affect anything. It’s very comfortable, and will serve very well as a backup to my primary. If you are in the market for a new vest, I highly recommend it for any level.
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    Champro Magnesium

    Well, I went ahead and ordered one of these, received it last week. I was really looking forward to it, but when I opened the box, I was super disappointed because I wanted the silver one, but received the black one. I checked my order confirmation and realized it was my mistake. On the site I ordered it from, instead of paying attention to what the color selection actually said, I went off the color of the mask in the thumbnail product picture. I’ve gotten so used to sites like amazon where the color you select is what is displayed. i figured I would return it, so I ordered one in silver. After looking at the black one again, I decided, like the gear junkie I am, to just keep both. I loaded both with Wilson memory foam pads with the “dubya” removed, Wilson harnesses with the mlb logo removed, and 4.5” Champro Vented throat guards. I also added a visor to the silver. I like the look of these, I also like the smaller size of these masks, like others said, the “Japan gear” look of these. They are extremely light, and even took a solid shot to the chin yesterday with no ill effects to me or the frame.
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    Adams XV-HDX received today thru hibbetts

    They must be back in stock.i have one on backorder with Dowdle’s and just received shipping confirmation this morning.
  12. blue32

    Transaction Experience Thread

    When I need something, and don't want to pay full price for retail name brands, the old saying "I got a guy" couldn't be applied any better than to @wolfe_man I needed a couple of mask harnesses. So I thought, "Wait, I got a guy!" So, I shoot him a text asking him if he has something for me. Lo and behold, he had two really nice Wilson's: one brand new, and one pretty much brand new. Had them to me in 2 days at a fair price. Always appreciated, Keith!
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    Umpire jacket

    What size are you looking for? I have a few tuckable black plate pullovers in black with the white stripes on the shoulders in 2X.
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    Champro Magnesium

    I remember that fire sale. One for the ages. Didn't they let those masks go for 10 bucks or so? I know i bought several shirts for like 6 bucks, if I remember correctly.
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    Mike Estabrook helmet/traditional mask

    I believe I would pay to see him head butt that d-bag with that shiny new helmet. Can’t stand how he treats umpires.
  16. blue32

    Well If That Don’t Beat Al(l)...

    And it comes with that magnificent top handle so you never have to worry about dropping it!
  17. blue32

    Mizuno Shovel

    Not since the last email I got from Mr Yamaguchi a few weeks ago. I’ll reach out to him as soon as I can here, and see if he made any headway with his potential supplier.
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    Champro Magnesium

    That is one sharp looking rig! Who knew ole Champies would step up like this? I’m impressed! Damn!
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    ISO Black Nike Ti Pads

    I took coach’s advice and bought a couple of these sets. Nice pads at a low price, and easy to remove the Rawlings patch with a seam ripper.
  20. blue32

    Fit bit or wrist band?

    It's to track their daily alcohol intake, so they can be sure they are getting enough.
  21. blue32

    ISO Force3 CP shoulder caps

    You guys and all your concern about CP's being too short. If you just put on an extra 50 to 60 pounds, you wouldn't need the extra protection, it would be built in. Geez, you make things so complicated sometimes.
  22. blue32

    They’re back!

    I think pink and tan would look great. Especially in the silver mask.
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    They’re back!

  24. blue32

    Mask for season. Need a vote!

    There's still hope, buddy. So Yamaguchi, proprietor of Samarai Gears, sent me an update last week. Here is an excerpt: "I'm recently working really hard to produce Mizuno type throat guard. I found some possible factories who might be able to satisfy our needs. So please wait my next update with optimistic view. There may be a chance.
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    They’re back!

    As long as you take the hideous looking dubya off of it.