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wolfe_man

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    Visor in Nike Ti

    I've done it... not a lot of difference other than it is definitely darker. A normal visor allows light through it, but a painted one does not. Therefore, I would assume it is cooler somewhat, but it is most definitely better in terms of blocking out more light.
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    Nike TI

    Sorry, been crazy this week and was in a hurry. No doubt I misjudged and jumped to a wrong conclusion. Thanks for being fair and not ripping me, which I deserve.
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    Nike TI

    Yes, but the Taiwanese think of themselves as independent. They are governed by the Republic of China (ROC) versus the mainland's People's Republic of China (PRC). It's an old story and a long one, but PRC (mainland China) has been trying to bring them more in line with their thinking in recent years. The US government only recognizes one China, but Taiwan isn't officially part of the PRC, but is part of the territory claimed as one China. So they are... but they aren't if that makes sense. I guess it is similar to our territories (i.e. Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, etc.). In short, I guess we agree. It's different, but it evidently works for them.
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    Nike TI

    Taiwan is technically part of China. China has been trying harder and harder to bring Taiwan more fully into their grips, so it's possible this was made in Taiwan and China slapped a 'Made in China' tag on it to show their ultimate control. To my knowledge, the Nike Ti's were - and are - only made in Taiwan.
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    How to best clean Nike pads

    I wash all my mask pads in the washing machine using delicate setting, then air dry. So far it hasn't hurt any of mine. Nike, Wilson leathers, Team Wendy, etc. All of mine came through fine and smelled and felt much better. Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. This poster is not responsible in case of damage. Et cetera. Et cetera.
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    Transaction Experience Thread

    Great transaction with @jwclubbie. Item is as described - magnificent! Shipped quickly once payment went through. Thanks
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    New Diamond CP

    Any Wilson CP I've used (Charcoal, Gold and Platinum) are all very hot in the summer. The same goes for all CP's I've owned including Champion and Douglas. This is not a weight issue, but a sofa foam issue. Sofa foam is designed to be sat on to provide softness. It is simply there to provide a cushion to sit on. It is cheap and semi-light, so it makes a good lining for a CP protector. The ball impacts the hard plates and then the foam provides a cushioning effect so we don't feel the ball impact the skin/muscle and bones of our chest. It works as designed, but it is not cool. Worse, it acts like a big sponge and holds in heat and water (sweat). It doesn't get a chance to dry or cool down until you remove it at the end of your game. On the other end of the spectrum is the best CP for heat that I've ever had. That is the Adams/Schutt with its lighter and thinner D3O foam. It is definitely much cooler and lighter to wear than most CP's. It still stands up to any impact that I've had at this point with the same rigid plates that Wilson/Douglas/Champion/All Star would. By that I mean no pain or uncomfortableness from any shots I've taken - to the contrary, they are seldom felt beyond knowing it hit you. The D3O foam is like swiss cheese with all of its holes. Each one of those holes allows your chest to breathe and allows air to get in and begin drying your body off. By allowing water (sweat) to evaporate while you wear it, it feels like every breeze turns on a little air conditioner inside your CP! Note: I had an All Star but didn't care for the fit, so I sold it before I used it in hot weather. I'm told it breathes well also, but I doubt it would out-perform the Schutt/Adams. I know the chimney should allow heat to escape out the top of the front of the CP, but that's right where your neck and chin are so I'm doubtful it really makes a huge difference. My final two cents: if I could get/create a D3O-lined Wilson Gold, then that'd be my CP of choice forever. I really love the looks and protection of the Gold, but that sofa foam is hot and the thick pads make me look even larger than I already am (5'11", 235 ). My shirts fit fairly well with the Schutt/Adams and most other CPs, but with the Gold it's a struggle to get it over my CP. D3O would help to thin it out and offer a more streamlined appearance and the holes would allow greater comfort. I would also drill some holes into the plastic plates to help with breath-ability if I could design such a CP. Sorry so wordy. Hard to explain in a brief manner.
  8. Ohio doesn't have a year now. I can't speak too far back as I've only been with them for 3 years now. Here's our current forward-minded navy gear. As a side note, I like the looks of the new dye-sublimated shirt. I'm wondering how it holds up.
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    Epic Sports.com. Ever had any issues?

    There are exceptions of course, but I'm speaking more as a rule. Some of their prices make it worth it - even with the shipping.
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    CI, BI, nothing, Benintendi swing

    I saw this one and thought for sure they'd get Benintendi for BI as well. It was a late swing and you could see that Barnes had to adjust his throw due to follow-through of late swing. I really believe that's why his throw went into CF. A good throw to the bag had Betts there. It was close - no touching occurred, but in my mind there can be hindrance without actual touching the catcher with the bat. In my humble opinion, Benintendi was trying to protect Betts and did not make a normal swing, but a late. slow swing that was designed to move Barnes and not allow an easy throw to 2nd there. Honestly, it surprised me that Barnes didn't say anything to Timmons about it. I guess that's why I was okay with a no-call there, because if the catcher isn't upset about it then he must not have felt interfered with. If he's okay, then I'm not going to open up a can of worms without physical interference.
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    Epic Sports.com. Ever had any issues?

    Agree with this. Epic is setup to be used as a "buy in bulk" store for teams and associations versus an individual. You can buy items for yourself, but there is no such thing as free shipping. If you're only ordering a CP for example, after you pay their shipping costs then you'll be right around the price of other sites who ship for free at that cost (over $99). If you're in a hurry, I'd pass on Epic. They ship 2 day express, but it may take 5-8 business days before they ship (so 10 business days before you get it). The reason is due to what @boyinr stated, they order directly from the manufacturer who then ships the items to you. So you have to get the order processed through Epic, then again through the manufacturer/warehouse themselves. In my humble opinion, unless you're (A) not in a hurry and/or (B) ordering a lot of equipment - then my suggestion would be to use an existing store that stocks everything and gets it to you quickly (and offers free returns) like Ump-Attire instead. Edit: I should add I'm in Ohio and can get stuff within 2 days from Purchase Officials. The problem is they don't carry everything I like, so I use a variety of places.
  12. While I cannot speak for Max, I think he was speaking of states with navy uniforms in general, not necessarily saying Ohio doesn't care about performance. I don't mind our uniforms too much, but I do sometimes wish we would move to black as well. I could care less about the powder though. Just my two cents.
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    All Star FM4000MAG

    I can attest that they are wicked light. Feels like nothings in the box when you get it. Offers good vision and then what BT_Blue mentioned - better angles for deflection, etc. Plus, magnesium doesn't bend. It's a super tough mask with great looks and next to no weight. Nothing to dislike here.
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    New Diamond CP

    I agree with you @ofhs93. Foam is 1" thick - has to be standard sofa cushion stuff. While I'm intrigued, I'm not leaving my Adams/Schutt HDX just yet. I'm not sure about the neck opening either. I can't tell by the neck size, but the shoulder area might have small coverage. EDITED: It doesn't have the "wings" like a Gold/Platinum and XV/HDX comes with as standard equipped. I know some remove them, but with these gone it just appears like all you have is the top covered - very little wrapping down over the front. With the big cutout for neck and then cutout around arms... worried a ball might find a spot there. I was wrong, upon closer inspection there do appear to be removable wings/pads to help cover up this area. Ultimately, I like the looks and functionality it appears to offer. But, at $125 regular price ($99 special intro offer now at UA) I don't think it's going to get a lot of looks. There are too many smaller, lower profile options for $25-40 less. Plus, the old foam doesn't help it any. Why release a new CP without updating to D3O versus sofa foam?
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    New Diamond CP

    Hmm... intriguing. Looks very form-fitting with all the small pieces that can bend to your body individually.
  16. Very good condition. Comes with All Star umpire harness. Includes shipping within continental USA.
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    All Star MAG umpire mask - $150 SHIPPED CONUSA

    Nope just too many masks. it sold today to a local umpire so this can be locked. Thanks
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    All Star MAG umpire mask - $150 SHIPPED CONUSA

    Perhaps, that is the problem. Those that like them already have theirs.
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    All Star MAG umpire mask - $150 SHIPPED CONUSA

    What is your opinion on what the market has spoken? Do you think it's a bad mask or just that the F3 has taken over the market? I'm curious. I am honestly surprised there's no interested parties in a practically new mask for $75 under the retail price - including free shipping. It's super light, has a great look, very good sightlines and offers excellent padding to help minimize the chance of a concussion. What's not to like?
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    All Star MAG umpire mask - $150 SHIPPED CONUSA

    @Thunderheads please go ahead and lock it up. Doesn't seem to be any interest, so I'm keeping it.
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    Transaction Experience Thread

    Thanks! Pleasure doing business with you too!
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    Champion Sports Armor Style Chest Protector

    This CP has been out for quite a while. It doesn't seem to sell very well. I can't speak from experience, but I'd recommend a trusted name (i.e. Wilson, Douglas, Schutt) or one of the many CP's recommended on here before I spent money on one and then have either wish I hadn't spent it or need to upgrade in a year or two. I know guys like the other Champion due to small size and thin profile, but those same guys will admit shoulder plates crack easily and need replaced. Champion you get what you pay for - and not in a good way in my honest opinion.
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    Mizuno 2qa-122 --- SOLD

    Mizuno 2qa-122 mask that's been powder-coated silver. Used Mizuno pads and almost new Mizuno harness. I have a Spyder and black Zett throat guard available as well. I'm willing to make a deal if you're interested.
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    Mizuno 2qa-122 --- SOLD

    @Thunderheads lock it up please. sold!
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