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JimKirk last won the day on February 18

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About JimKirk

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    Louisville, KY

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    Owner of Ump-Attire.com
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    High School
  1. Force3 Shin Fit

    Lots of overthinking here. Find your length, and if not spot on, then go UP to the next size. 5’9, 5’10 heights would in most cases put you at 16.5 for Force3.
  2. @The1yankee. Force3 just shipped a large shipment out to us today. We have plenty on order and are hopeful they will arrive by the end of the week. Go here, pick your size and enter your email address to be notified when they come back in: https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Shin-Guards/F3-LG_Force3-Ultimate-Umpire-Shin-Guards Sorry for the delay.
  3. MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    Thanks for posting. We were able to grab a sample, liked what we saw and got an initial shipment in-house. Just came in 2 days and got those up and in stock yesterday. The 3 main upgrades of the XV-HDX over the XV are: Redesigned harness Plastic clips buckle on the side (instead of the front) Bicep protectors (adjustable / removable)
  4. Shin Guards

    These are specific reviews on the DLG-LITE product page that discusses the level you are asking about: Michael V. Sammamish, WA These are lightweight and offer adequate protection for lower levels. A little light for 13 yr olds and above though. Ryan Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania These are the best i have ever used. i am 16 and started umpiring when i was 13 these are the best out there they are extremely light and don't feel like any other, and with only two straps they don't even become a pain. The best thing i will ever use and if mine take any damage ill be back for new ones. And they could use a little more padding for upper level ball like high school, they work but you feel it a lot more then any other. Tony Madren The DLG-Lites are OK for middle school and lower but needs more padding for varsity baseball. The two straps are great!
  5. MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    Schutt is sending us a sample. We'll share more when we find out more details.
  6. Wilson Shin Guard Comparison

    You are most welcome. Please let me know what works out.
  7. HSM suggestion large head

    @Jmaytx, it's a question I see often, including here. I will save you some time. I researched this issue last year after an umpire with a 7 5/8 head size wanted a helmet. There was no umpire helmet or catchers helmet - offered by us or otherwise - at that time that fit a 7 5/8 or larger head size. Due to a one-size-fits all approach, sizes on both extremes just are not covered. Sorry to be the bad messenger. I do notice that Pro Nine lists 7 3/4 as the high end of their range, but I do not see it - as you have discovered. @MadMax made a few good points that might reassure you on a traditional mask. If protection is what you are most concerned with, and with your interest in helmets that weigh more, I would't hesitare to recommend a Force3 umpire mask. Hope that helps.
  8. Wilson Shin Guard Comparison

    The sizes are the same from the standpoint of where they are supposed to fit from the bottom of the shin guard to where your knee is supposed to sit. Reading between the lines of your being a 17-175, you will get more mileage out of the Gold 17" given it's physicaly longer. However, for the platinum if you are in between sizes, I might recommend going up to the 185 larger size there given there is not as much space up top (especially if you wear low cut plate shoes). Hope that helps.
  9. NAIA Hats

    Yes, only place. Contract goes back several years through this year.
  10. New Wilson helmet

    No longer making. The Pro Stock is new but there are current stock issues from Wilson until April on those. So for all practical purposes, the ShockFX is still current for customer purposes ad we have around 40 steel and 10 titanium. The HELMET20 code is still active as of writing if anyone wants a ShockFX or other helmet now.
  11. New Wilson helmet

    I agree. Spendy. Especially the titanium.(Not so spendy version coming in April). I will say I had the same first impression when seeing a photo before I saw it in person. I was pleasantly surprised though on how comfortable and lightweight it was when I did. It definitely changed my perspective from my first impression.. 2 pounds 4 ounces spread across the entire head would feel weight-wise like a 1 pound mask would...if that's fair to compare that way. This is going to NOT be for those who don't like buckets, but the ones who have been thinking of switching or upgrading their current one, this one will be one to consider. You guys now can check out equipment and then send back on our dime. Only problem is we sold out of the titanium version today. More or on the way. Sign up for a back in stock alert from the product page if interested.
  12. New Wilson helmet

    Good points @kylejt. It is definitely more protective there. Curvature there is more similar to All Star MVP plus it has more padding inside at that spot than before. A cage would have added even more protection but weight is trade off. And weight is something they were working hard to reduce.
  13. Fred Munster Feet

    Hmm. Thought I saw 6E on those. You are correct. Call overturned! Here is another I found that might work: https://m.shoes.com/mt-emey-9713-walking-boot/829941/1816725 Either way, there are some close enoughs out there. Might just take some trial and errror (if a site is offering free returns then that will help as well). Necessary goal in this case is protection and comfort (I do worry the safety toe on some of these shoes may not go high enough...do check.) Secondary: functionality (can move in them / have at least some traction). Least important: look.
  14. Fred Munster Feet

    I would just Google "6e safety shoe" or "6e steel toe" and there will be options. My search found some NB, Skechers and other options including a Dunham's "Lexington" oxford style that looked somewhat close to an umpire plate shoe. http://www.wideshoes.com/mobile/Black-Steel-toe-Work-Oxford-P458.aspx
  15. Adidas Base Shoes

    One thing is there are lots of holes there if you are going for a deep polish to be concerned about doing just right. But for a day to day cleaning and buffing, these start out "shiny", should stay that way and that is throughout the upper (no mesh, hence the holes for venting). This post got some conversation going in the office as well to make sure I had explained myself to you correctly. Hope this helps.