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JimKirk last won the day on February 15

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About JimKirk

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    Owner of Ump-Attire.com
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  1. JimKirk

    Tight Umpire Jacket

    This is referred to by MLB as their rain jacket. Majestic never made these available to the public.
  2. JimKirk

    F3 throat guard?

    I like seeing all the discussion on throat guards. I think F3 did a really nice job on incorporating the style of the Defender while keeping it lightweight and functional. One more piece to add to all the throat guard discussion this week, now that @Go Navy Beat Army mentioned it, is that All Star is discontinuing their Magnesium throat guard. https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Throat-Guards/TG4000_All-Star-6-Magnesium-Umpire-Throat-Guard We have about a dozen left.
  3. JimKirk

    Force 3 V3 Chest Protector - any reviews?

    @Thunderheads that may have changed in 2018. Our numbers showed that MiLB umpires were moving to the Force3 V3. It was the 2nd most popular they purchased in 2018. They love the low profile.
  4. JimKirk

    New Balance 460V3 Fit?

    Well, I think you touched on something worth talking about. My post above did not advocate sizing up or increasing the width as a general rule...only if you are in between widths....and that with plate shoes that when you do size up that going up a width may be a better strategy than going up a length size. If we said “EVERYONE go up a width” we’d be off in MANY more cases. Talk about retuns then! So please do not misinterpret what I was saying. I was mainly saying for this individual and others who may be in between widths to be ok if they did go up in width. To clarify, most umpires wear D width. But there are more 2E wearers than you’d think (not actually more than D). And that wide widths are a necessary OPTION for umpires, as D alone won’t cover it for the whole community. In other words, I did not mean “wide widths are necessary for ALL in plate shoes”. So I apologize if I was not clear. The bottom line is shoes we offer are about as true to size as they can be. If they didn’t we wouldn’t have them (or have them for long). One issue worth mentioning is that going up a width in any shoe - plate or base - MAY give you any space you might need in the toe box, but then in the heel the extra width MAY be TOO MUCH (your heel in that case would come up a bit when you run). New Balance is good about keeping their sizing the same through generations of shoe models. In that way, once you figure out your size and width, you’ll know for sure what will work. Regardless, thanks @yawetag for pointing out what needed clarification.
  5. JimKirk

    Early Hard-shell CP

    The top of his CP is rubbing against his neck is my thinking and that is a maybe a piece of athletic tape. If I were pushing the New Balance Mock Neck Short Sleeve Shirts, I would use this opportunity to mention it now...but I won’t.
  6. JimKirk

    New Balance 460V3 Fit?

    This is one issue with plate shoes. Due to the hard composite in the toe box, it will not stretch like a typical shoe. Most of our feedback is that New Balance does run true to size but you may just be in betweeen a D and a 2E (like me...for me it’s in my forefoot where I need the extra room). When this happens on plate shoes, going up a width is the better alternative than going up a size. (Whereas that strategy can work with a turf or running shoe). In your case, I would use the shoe in your possession to see if the length is good. If it is, 11-2E would be my recommendation. If not, your normal 10.5 size but in a 2E should be fine. I will add that some get a little bent out of shape thinking “I don’t have wide feet”. In reality a 2E is only a pinch wider than a D. And a 4E a pinch wider than a 2E. That small difference can make all the difference especially in a plate shoe. If I showed you how many umpires purchase 2E shoes to D, you might be surprised. Wide widths are popular and a necessary option for (some, not all) umpires. You will just be one of the many. Hope that helps!
  7. JimKirk

    Wilson Special Masks (Flag, Camo, Pink, Blue)

    All hollow steel
  8. JimKirk

    Base shoes question

    The Elements are a nice looking shoe but the combination of being narrow in the instep and the material there not being flexible did not work for most - hence the reason we only sold several for a short time. I would say if you need base shoes now, get them. I would not count on any estimate on first-time availability from any supplier as solid for a variety of reasons. At this point the fall possibility is only a possibility if you follow the logic of their usual 3-year cycle. We haven’t been given a date or any updates beyond a prototype. There is always the possibility NB says “we are going to go one more year with this style”. If they did have a new style, it’s typically November when NB brings in new shoes and even then they roll things in (say midcuts first then low cuts a few months later). Add to the fact that NB shipments from China are running a month behind (and counting) due to customs delays, take the bird on the hand.
  9. JimKirk

    Wilson Special Masks (Flag, Camo, Pink, Blue)

    More labor, yes. Also, only a few of the camo and stars/stripes masks were made.
  10. JimKirk

    Wilson Special Masks (Flag, Camo, Pink, Blue)

    Thank you @wolfe_man. We love what we do and are happy to do it.
  11. JimKirk

    Wilson Special Masks (Flag, Camo, Pink, Blue)

    Both pink and blue frames are powder coated. Our descriptions were just updated to reflect: https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Masks/A3009-BL-TN_Wilson-MLB-Sky-Blue-Dyna-Lite-Steel-Umpire-Mask-with-Sky-Blue-and-Tan https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Masks/A3009-PK-TN_Wilson-MLB-Pink-Dyna-Lite-Steel-Umpire-Mask-with-Pink-and-Tan The specialty Camo and USA/Stars & Stripes frames are wrapped. Stay tuned from us for more on those masks.
  12. JimKirk

    Wrist protection.

    These are the only things out there at the moment we could find that works best for umpires: https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Arm-Wrist-Guards/ The G Form Wrist Guard is a pretty nice item out of the box. I came across this company at the ABCA convention and loved their technology. The Evoshield requires an extra step to mold to you but might give you the peace of mind you are looking for. While we have black, the link @midtnump shared has more color options. (However, Evoshield doesn’t make an all-black version anymore. My hunch is Dick’s black pic is wrong and ours is correct - but they could have old inventory.) Hope that helps.
  13. JimKirk

    Officials Depot vs Ump attire

    We spoke with Majestic about this several years back. They were no longer interested in making it. It is time to let go of that ex-girlfriend who dumped you years ago.
  14. JimKirk

    Officials Depot vs Ump attire

    Thanks for mentioning us on the Smitty convertible. This jacket has a 4.5 star rating from umpires (Majestic had 5). It is worn by umpires in Minor League Baseball and NCAA conferences including the SEC and ACC. This jacket was placed on sale today for $39.99. https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Clothing-Apparel/Jackets/S326_Smitty-Convertible-Umpire-Jacket-Black
  15. JimKirk

    Metal throat guard straps

    If you had a choice, guard and throat straps would work/look better in general matching each other....but there could be some exceptions depending on the frame/pad color combo you had.