If I may reply to who was first
I am a hockey guy who once had his hand in everything goaltending.
Growing up or Shoulder pads and chest pad were 2 separate units which I solved that problem by joining the two parts into one.
I used the same design as my current harness although it was not neoprene at the time....this was over 30 years ago using the triangle donut only inverted
I then adapted the donut to baseball when I payed baseball and did some catching.
Next came umpiring and what we have today is nothing more than me figuring out what to do with it.
Many people over the years have had me fix and make better all kinds of sports equipment as it was just a hobby
On the new W Harness all I will say is I gave an umpire samples and last year I asked what happened to those samples...The MFg has them
In those samples were a cooling vest, female harness and thinned out CP pad with ventilation
I also do not believe the inspiration came from the W catcher CP because what they had was covered in plastic and rubber parts
One thing comes to mind and that is the length is identical and elastic is used...coincidence ?
My age right now 57 so maybe I was first