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  1. kylejt

    Mask Upgrade Question

    I have the Champro Rampage (why Rampage? I'm not angry), with TW pads, a Wilson harness, and a Mizuno throat protector. Lighter than my Diamond hollow steel, with same setup. I like both. I don't know how much of an upgrade it will be for you, unless your Wilson is a flat, New View version, which I've never cared for. It might be a hair lighter, but probably not by much. It does look cool, so you'll have that going for you, which is nice.
  2. kylejt

    Cleaning Smitty Poly Spandex Pants

    Yeah, mine get washed after every game. I owe it to the catcher. Hand wash setting, with similar types of garments (no Levi's, or other types of rough stuff). Just my silky umpire stuff, and my unmentionables If I have a day or two between games, I hang dry them. If it's the next day, they go to the dryer for 20 minutes, Medium heat. Take them out of the dryer right away. No dryer sheets, ever. I don't wash or dry them inside out, for fear of goofing up the "permanent" crease. I do wash/dry other things inside out, as I think it saves on wear and tear.
  3. I sold, or gave away all my Honig's polywools in favor of the Smitty golf pants. There's just no reason to wear wool on the athletic field any longer. That said, they don't look as good as a pair of Honig's, fresh from the dry cleaners. And nothing feels better than slipping on those double kneed plate pants. I had a permanent crease put in my golf pants, and that makes a big difference looks, and ironing. The legs are bit too wide, especially on the base pants. Hopefully they'll fix that down the road. Gerry Davis has their own version out. I might try them this season, as they're getting good reviews.
  4. kylejt

    Need Pants!

    The Smitty golf pants are leap forward in comfort, IMO. I did have a tailor shop put in a permanent crease, and that made a great difference in ironing them. But I catch them still warm from the dryer, and hang them up right away, I can avoid the iron. The legs are a bit wide, on the plate and base pants, though. Not bad on the dish, but a bit floppy on the bags.
  5. kylejt

    Need Pants!

    Some folks are saying the latest Davis pants are better than the Smitty's. https://www.gerrydavis.com/product/B08PTMLB001PL/MLB-Pro-Style-Plate-Umpire-Pants.html?cid=14
  6. kylejt

    Difference b/w All-Star FM4000 & FM4000UMP?

    Perhaps the harness is different, because the All Star catchers masks use those sports bra looking devices.
  7. kylejt

    Orange Riddell

    Yowsers! That won't be a good look under your light blue shirt. Or, will it............................. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Power-Riddell-Umpire-Chest-Protector/173789623251?hash=item2876ab33d3%3Ag%3AJGoAAOSw3bBcYeZB&LH_ItemCondition=4
  8. kylejt

    New Balance 460V3 Fit?

    We all found out that we needed to go 1/2 up on the original 450's. Common knowledge. My feet are slightly wide, so went with the 2E, and my "normal" size (10.5) on the V3's They seem to have a tad extra room for hot days when my feet tend to expand a tad. Or maybe the plastic heats up, and give a little. If you have any doubt, do go with UA. That should be a no brainer.
  9. kylejt

    All American v. Champion

    There's a bit of "cool factor" with the AA, because they don't make them anymore. Here's a little secret: The Holy Grail of Cool chest protectors really isn't any better than either of those two, yet some will pay 10 times that. So in the end, fit, price, protection, and "cool" are all factors that only you can measure. Oh, and don't forget resale value.
  10. kylejt

    All American v. Champion

    I'm a fan of removable, washable pads.
  11. kylejt

    Why not list the price of your stuff?

    $475 with an updated harness. $54 each $61, depending on the size and version $44 See, that was easy
  12. I purposely never respond to "best offer" or "PM me". Just put a price on your gear. (someone help me down from my soapbox, my knees hurt)
  13. kylejt

    New plate coats by OutWest Officials

    I live in San Diego, and have had three plate coats over the years. I just couldn't get the annual use out of them to justify the closet space. A game or two in March, and maybe on in November, and that was it. Anything above 60, and I was sweating too much to be cool. Yeah, they're cool, no doubt. And there's no doubt in my mind that I'll end up with another down the road, gear junky that I am.
  14. kylejt

    Gerry Davis selling MLB pants

    I'm not sure why they want to hang their hat on the three belt loops in the back as their "signature", as that might be some sort of good thing.
  15. kylejt

    New CP

    Lots of great features, but no removable pads for washing, and will still need to update the harness. Close though.