I have been seeing more guys in the pros wearing the All-Star FM4000. I have heard many good things i.e lightweight, durable, comfortable to wear. However, I have also heard many negative things about the mask i.e sparks fly when you get hit, the upper bar does not extend far enough out leaving umpires vulnerable. I know I have seen some guys wearing a matte skull cap with it. I like many of the positives but am concerned about some of the negatives.
I am interested to hear what everyone's thoughts are about the mask
Have you found anything that backs up or disputes the cons of the mask?
By Mister B
While cleaning up some old gear for our league, I came across a bunch of old masks. Not the best, but they work. But most of them had the old plastic belt harness. So In order to make them usable again, I discovered that Honig's is selling their Red harness for $1. Yes, it's red, but it's a dollar. So if you are a league looking to make some gear usable, this might not be a bad alternative.
Probably not the look everyone is looking for, but it's a much better harness than what we had.
Starting to notice guys moving away from the Big Yellow W masks to new ones. We know about Winters and Wegner going Force3 in the last year or two. And Hallion going Force3 at the end of the year. Also, famously, Hunter wearing the All Star Magnesium last year too.
Now O'Nora is rocking the Force3, Everett (as we are all aware) getting that horrible hit with the All Star Mag, and today Jim Wolf had the All Star hollow steel in today's Indians-Mariners tilt.
Would be interesting to see if anyone else has noticed anyone else going with a new rig this season?