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  1. 3 hours ago, Thunderheads said:

    I must agree that I did really like my System 7, but the neck was an issue which made it feel bulky - even though it wasn't (if that makes sense)!?!?

    So, ...if I understand all of this correctly,.... does this mean that if the Sys 7 CP had a larger/better fitting overall neck, it would sell better?


    1 minute ago, Umpire in Chief said:

    Potentially. I was basically at a coin toss b/t the System 7 and Force3. If anything leaning towards the System7 because Brad Jurga's relationship to UE, but the reports of the tight neck scared me away.

    100% agree. When I was trying to find a less bulky replacement for my Gold, I was up in the air between the S7 and the Schutt. I really wanted the S7 to be the one. It looks just as protective. But less bulky and cooler temp wise. It ALSO is a sweet looking rig in general! BUT THAT NECK AREA!!! So I went with the Schutt.

    I dont think a larger neck area would help now. It is out on the market for a few years and has gained the reputation of having a small neck area. If they did decide to widen it, the should market it as the 2nd version with maybe an improved harness or something. Not just "hey... look what we have done to the original."

  2. My issue isnt that there are ads. Warren has to make some money to be able to give this to us all. My issue is the size. This same size is at the top and bottom of my screen.

    I use a Samsung Galaxy S9

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  3. 14 minutes ago, FranklinT said:

    To each their own.  I feel supporting a company like Douglas is like shopping at a local, family owned store where as buying Wilson is like shopping at a Wal Mart.  To each their own.

    Not at all. I'm all for shopping from Douglas if I could afford it. I have become a disciple of the Church of @MadMax and stayed away from purchasing Wilson if at all possible. 

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  4. On 7/10/2019 at 7:05 AM, noumpere said:

    Personally, I find these really annoying, and of limited practical value.  At a minimum, is there a way to get them to stop palying after 1 (or 2 or 5) run throughs so they don't display constantly?


    (I fully expect some curmudgeon gif to follow)

    get off my lawn GIF by South Park

  5. On 7/27/2019 at 5:18 PM, RC2004 said:

    Thank you for the links! My bad I am new to the forum. I think I narrowed it down to the All star system 7 or the west vest.

    There is a 15" All Star S7 for sale in the "For Sale" section at a banging price! It even has the Greyhawk Mod for the shoulder caps!

    I can personally offer up a Schutt MaXV if my current guy falls though.

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  6. Great thing about this is that it is Douglas. Which means that when the padding wears out, you can send it to then hand have it refurbished into basically a new CP. Add on to that the chance to change the colors of both the main padding and the padding piping, and you would have yourself a unique CP that no one else has!

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  7. On 6/30/2019 at 7:15 PM, Rock Bottom said:

    A lot of turf fields have turf mounds too.  And worse, many are the terrible portable turf mounds.  But even at the D-1 college level, some of the pitcher mounds (especially in the North) are turf.

    The only turf fields you find up here in the PNW that have dirt also also minor league parks like Hillsboro and the park at University of Oregon. I dont even believe there is dirt on the field at Oregon State. 

  8. On 7/22/2019 at 4:00 PM, The Short Umpire said:

    I just found someone today that had the tools to chop the throat guard. I can report back that it is indeed a hollow steel. I was hoping for Titanal... :unsure: however it’s still a really lite mask that is well worth the money, imo. I just dropped the chopped mask off to get powder coated, along with an All-Star magnesium throat guard. (The guy acknowledged the risks with powder coating magnesium and said he could do it no problem.) Cant wait to pick it all up!



    If you really want a Titanial Nike... I can offer up a cage.

  9. 22 hours ago, RC2004 said:

    I bought a samurai throat guard and am worried about it breaking with a chin chopped mask. I am going to see if I can make the top straps and screws like a mizuno. Can anyone who has a mizuno shovel send me a picture of the back and front of it or help me find the materials I might need.

    @Razzer suggested Chicago Screws to replace the ones that come with the Samauri tg. I have done so and it works great.

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  10. 18 hours ago, BDong said:

    So I am fairly new to umpiring and am looking at getting a nice lightweight mask setup.  I've read that the TW are not good in cold weather. I live on the wet coast of Washington where baseball season is usually anywhere from 45 to 75.  What would be a good all around pad or do you guys swap pads out for the weather?  

    I too live in Washington. I use the TW year round. They usually soften up after a half inning or so. You can also take them and put them in the sun... or at least in a place where the UV rays can warm them up... on your way to the game.

    What part of the Evergreen State do you live in?

  11. On 7/8/2019 at 11:40 PM, yannick said:

    yh it looks awsome but after consideration i'm also leaning towards the aluminum diamond big league mask with TW pads. For the simple reason: weight. I have an extremely light mask at the moment and i'm not a big guy so i'm a little worried that i'll have trouble with the weight increase. The wilson i think is about 580 grams (1.3 pounds) and the diamond mask 1 pound (nearly the same as what i have now). Any opinions on the diamond big league mask?


    I have a Diamond mask that I cut the extension off of a few years back. We can negotiate. But I can do the mask, TW pads, and a throat guard if you want to try and work out a deal.

  12. On 7/9/2019 at 6:26 AM, Ty said:

    If you want light, inexpensive, and great sight-lines, consider the +POS ZRO-G mask with TW pads. You can order just the mask, or for 20 extra bucks get a solid harness and fine cold weather pads (their cool mesh pads seem almost identical to the All-Star LUC pads from what I can tell).

    You just need to order in advance. Dont expect it to get to you in a reasonable amount of time.

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