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Everything posted by boyinr

  1. Would cost you $20 to find out, if/when they come back in stock. A Douglas is another low profile option but, by the time you add gap protection, a new harness and the T hooks it’s close to $275. I am all for buying American (yes I do own one) but that’s a lot of $$$. I would rather have an All Star Cobolt AND a Shutt/Adams.
  2. Welcome aboard. You are correct. That plate is useless if you have plate shoes. Que up @MadMaxabout the Yellow W's failure to keep up with the industry and adapt. It likely dates back to before plate shoes were a common gear item. The easiest way is to just cut the strap and melt the edges. You can drill out the rivet and fill in the holes replace with a couple of short chicago type screws also.
  3. Welcome. While you are correct about the velocity you will be seeing, you will be getting hit more often. Especially down low. BTDT. Here is my recommendations. Starting from the bottom: Smitty plate shoes Wilson platinum shin guards Nutty Buddy cup Adams XV HDX or Champion Body Armor chest protector. Either way get a F3 harness. Diamond Big League Aluminum mask with a 6” Champro throat guard. It isn’t a cheap hobby to get started. This package will be about $400. All this is suitable to almost any level of baseball. Buy good stuff the first time. Its cheaper in the long run. You will never regret having more protection than you need.
  4. Moved the shoulder caps forward. Wore it today for the first time. I liked it. Took one deflected shot off a foul ball. It did very well. Used a harness that I had from a Douglas. I think it will be even better when I get the F3 harness on Tuesday. It was a warm day but I could feel some circulation of air.
  5. I agree about the harness. I had one laying around from the Douglas that will work until I order one. I think this is going to be a keeper. I like that I can get down to one size of shirts. Simplifies things.
  6. Just picked one up from Hibberts. $56 with discount applied. Can’t go wrong.
  7. Thanks for the information. The Champro might be good enough. But, if I go that route, I will buy an All Star MVP2400 or 2500 (the only difference is the removeable padding). All Star sells the 2400 for $99.99 direct with free shipping over $99.
  8. Based on the above, any idea whose helmet this is? I have never worn a bucket but there are a few fields that I think I would like one on. I like the price point. https://www.douglaspads.com/collections/protective-equipment/products/hockey-style-catchers-helmet
  9. I suppose if I did have it dangling our of my pocket it could serve as true indication of my speed to an evaluator. Kind of like a wind sock. Coupled with my shoes with the white trim someone could be tricked into thinking I was fast.
  10. Back on topic for Jeff’s sake. I personally hate the look of the lanyard hanging down like a tail. We know you have a watch. To me I would almost rather see a wristwatch. Loop it on your belt and put it in your pocket. Only a inch or two of the string needs to show. Keep things nice and tidy. Just my opinion.
  11. It was played in daylight, was a great platform for wagering and finished in less than two hours is how. I am willing to bet than the "Founding Fathers" of baseball never contemplated a 4 hour baseball game.
  12. I would go navy/navy, silver/navy or navy/grey. IMO I think that the red would be garish.
  13. Just picked up an Adidas Icon and already put the TW pads and a 6” Wilson TG before it ever sees a pitch.
  14. I like the defensive side as long as things are going smoothly. The on deck batter is in front of me vs behind me and I can easily keep an eye on him if he is getting too close to the circle. As also mentioned by @noumpere that is the likely source of the changes. If I think there might be an issue I will stay on the other side line. But, I am not sure the extra 15" of distance is an effective deterrent to bad behavior.
  15. I am generally the same size as you are, 5-8, 175. For what you describe, I like the Douglas/Smitty CP with an upgraded harness (S7, UL or F3) and the T hooks. I am waiting to order an All-Star Cobalt when they come back in stock. There is always going to be some bulk there as it needs to protect the collarbone.
  16. There’s still Smittys and 3n2. There would be choice.
  17. I have long since stopped recreational running due to knee issues. I still cycle or row during the season as my schedule permits. I think it aids in the recovery process.
  18. @MadMaxcan really chime in but I don't believe this to be carbon fiber. I believe it is a resin of some formulation. There is a lot of history behind this frame.
  19. I wasn't much of a player back in my youth but, if the pitchers hat falling off is distracting to you, you might be looking at wrong thing.
  20. That's why Smittys did what they did to offer an alternative to NB. Acquired the old model and remarketed it.
  21. I would not think that Nike would miss a logo placement opportunity like that. The swoosh on a a pair of shoes can be much larger than on a shirt. However, it is within the realm of possibility that these are going to be like the Nike titanium masks and the Majestic jackets. Made in small numbers with a very limited distribution. I have no idea how many umpire plate shoes are sold in a year but, the demand can not be worth shifting production for. IMO, we are lucky to have what we have for a reasonable price.
  22. Yes, all the time. Not to be disagreeable but I am not a fan of the measure and see if you need one concept. It is easy to have a "perfect/ideal" position once but, we all get tired and do multiple games. Our positions will change even slightly as we tire. The other day, I neglected to tuck my hand behind my knee for a few pitches and guess what. Ouch. I always wear a 6" attached to the frame. Gotten "clacked" a couple of times. Definitely, worth the $9.95 to not find out what would have happened had I not been wearing one. It takes one tenth the force to crush your throat than it does your testicle (5 vs 50lbs). One is painful, the other could be fatal. The choice is yours. Here's a video https://www.mlb.com/video/umpire-gets-hit-on-the-neck-c937266983
  23. Hopefully you worked out some equitable split and it didn't really cost you $2 to give away the CP.
  24. Any more updates to this since the seasons have started? Thinking about pulling the trigger on this exchange once they are back in stock at U-A.
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