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JimKirk last won the day on August 13

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  1. JimKirk

    Problem with Force 3 shins

    I am giving this some thought based on if you were in my office, and we could test this out thoroughly. Here are the things I would check first: Are your shin guards the right size? Is it possible that you purchased a size too long, and these are riding up past your knee (as these are not supposed to) and causing the problem in some way. Is your top strap tight enough? With the strap being on the top "knee" and that "knee" fitting at the knee, being too loose could cause it to not hug to your knee as well. I have a strong hunch that 1 is your issue, but read further if you still have the issue despite the 1st 2 checks. Given that your shin guards worked with your pants before and these are even lower profile, I assume it is not a cut of the pant issue (e.g. that you need combo or plate pants). Beyond the above, I would consider 1 of 2 things if you want to stay with the shin guards: Try a different fabric pant. The poly spandex material is great as it slides more easily over your shin guards. We would throw a pair of those on to check. If you don't want to do that, I would send you off to a tailor or seamstress to add a layer of silk on the inside of your pants where your shin guards are catching so that it slides more easily. This is an old trick I learned from former Minor League Exec Director and now MLB Replay Center Head Justin Klemm. If this still does not work, then you should quit umpiring for good...just kidding...then either give it some more time and/or try a different shin guard. I would love to hear how all of this works out for you or if you find something different that is causing the issue. I learn something new every day.
  2. JimKirk

    Throat guard for F3 Defender V2

    Whether you go plastic or metal, make sure the throat guard won't hit you in the throat. You want it long enough so it hits your chest protector. Check that in your stance. If 4" is not long enough, go 6".
  3. JimKirk

    Throat guard for F3 Defender V2

    That is true. Heard him say it, too. Makes 3 people.
  4. JimKirk

    Mask Porn?

    New throat guard to match that mask coming soon from Force3. Stay tuned!
  5. JimKirk

    Shin guards question

    There have been some good comments here already. @BT_Blue alluded to it, but for starting umpires out there who come across and read this later, be aware that as an umpire, in most cases, your stance is not squarely forward facing. Especially the closer to your shoes you go, the more your legs will open up (and the more they might as you go through a game as you fatigue). So you need at least “something” protection-wise around the inner sides of your legs. THIS does not have it. In your case, you have more than 1 option suggested above in the $50 and under range that is much better for you than the one in the photo. Good luck (BTW - we have a thorough but terribly boring shin guard buying guide you can find on our site. It is so boring I am not even going to link to it. Read at your own risk.)
  6. JimKirk

    Looking For A New Equipment Bag

    I can certainly share that we travel with the Wilson Gear bag often and have never been charged an oversized baggage fee. Many use the Wilson bag, and I can attest that with us offering free shipping and free returns on this product that if it were “problematic” then we would certainly not offer it. We would get killed on shipping costs. Now it is one thing to say that a product needs improvement. You have no argument with me on those type opinions. But if we ever do offer a product that turns out to be problematic, we discontinue it. The Wilson bag, on the other hand, has been one of our most liked, highest-reviewed products. We were very happy to end up with an exclusive on the previous version. And we are looking forward to offering the V2 to our customers including the 200+ who have already requested to be notified as soon as they arrive.
  7. JimKirk

    Looking For A New Equipment Bag

    @BlueRanger Because you mention Champro, Diamond, Force3 and Wilson, here is a link that compared just those 4: https://www.ump-attire.com/Buyers-Guide/Umpire-Equipment-Bags-Buying-Guide Hope that helps. Also some really good reviews to check out on product pages.
  8. I recall writing something like this up 5+ years ago (match your last stripe color). In the past several years, the trend has become more relaxed (and simpler). Red and white are no longer the "in" colors for base layers. Basically, if you have black in your umpire shirt, whether it is the main color or a trim color, go with black as your base layer. If you have navy in your umpire shirt, whether the main color or trim color, go with navy. This applies to both baseball and softball but do check to see if your association has specific details. IN SUMMARY: past (last trim color); current (match black or navy).
  9. JimKirk

    They’re back!

    We did a limited edition pink mask last year and were planning on skipping having one available this year to focus on the sky blue. I will add your suggestion of pink pads only to the discussion for product adds for next season. Is pink and tan the way to go or pink and black?
  10. JimKirk

    They’re back!

    Good question. We have been waiting patiently as well after a manufacturing spec issue required a redo. Late June or early July is the projected time frame we have been given. Anyone interested in black/grey pads should sign up for the “notify me” email. Those go out instantly the second out of stock items are made available so you can grab what you need first.
  11. JimKirk

    They’re back!

    This is a great combo as well. The sky blue, tan and silver combo is for the same reason you wear light blue shirts when it's HOT outside. Given the match with those color shirts - instead of black - and that the timing of our shipment was just before the summer, we knew the lighter color combination - with essentially no-black except on the harness and around Wilson logo would make this a great mask for summer. Leather outer and memory foam pads also are for added comfort - anything to make your summer games more tolerable.
  12. JimKirk

    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.
  13. @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.
  14. JimKirk

    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)
  15. JimKirk

    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!