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  1. I work the slot and rarely get hit in the mask. However, my beautiful +POS with gray wrap-arounds took a direct shot from a horsehide sphere and bent the bar just above my right eye. No pain whatsoever, but as usual, it took a second to figure out what hit me. The good folks at umpattire.com were having a sale, so I decided it was time to pull the trigger on a F3. Unlike most who have to wait several games to get smoked in the face, I put it on last Friday for a postseason game and took some shrapnel from a fouled bunt attempt in nearly the same place as my other mask. No pain whatsoever, and it took me a second to figure out what hit me, but there was a noticeable slight difference in the impact from the Wilson wraparound pads and the Force3. No two shots are alike, so it's difficult to compare, even though these were very similar. With the mask adjusted tight, I'm not complaining about weight. Crud, I started in the 90's with a double-bar Rawlings loaded with vinyl pads. When the Dynalite came on the scene, I thought it was the greatest invention ever. 'I noticed the difference, but a few ounces aren't a big deal. I plan on replacing the frame and carrying both masks, but I consider the F3 my #1 mask now.
  2. Yes sir! The problem with the shoulder on the Cobra was the gap protection plate. It was riveted solidly to the underside of the shoulder plate and extended over the top of the shoulder cap. This wouldn't allow me to raise my arms enough to adjust my mask. I drilled out the rivets and reattached the plate on top with Chicago screws and a piece of vinyl strap. Our high school season wraps up after next week's state tournaments. After that, I plan to buy wide elastic straps to replace the vinyl straps I used. As far as the irritation around the neck area, the padding is secured by velcro, so I moved the padding over and reattached it. I think the Cobra is a fine CP. I've heard the rivets rust, but I haven't seen anything yet. It provides good protection, but others do, too, without having to go to all the trouble I've done to make this one work.
  3. I've got a dremel tool and am not afraid to use it. I've "customized" pretty much every chest protector I've owned. If I can find a remedy to this padding issue, I'll give this thing another go. I said in my original post I'd get rid of this thing for shipping cost. I've had a couple of offers and apologize for not taking you guys up on the offer. I now consider this thing a challenge!
  4. Hopefully these pictures load correctly. You can see the small neck opening. The plates aren't the problem. The padding that is nearest the neck is rough. In this closeup, the small, white things you see that have pierced the outer layer is what irritated me so badly. They protruded from inside the padding. Upon further review, the straps that secure the shoulder caps are made of a terrycloth-type material. This should be an easy fix.
  5. I'm in Arkansas. I've been brainstorming solutions to the neck opening issue myself. I'd take any ideas/suggestions.
  6. I bought a Cobra on the cheap this winter. After spending a lot of time to get this thing to fit, I took it out for a test drive last night. I had replaced the original harness with a Delta Flex and heated the shoulders for contour. Here's my review: Positives I like the look. It's slim and looked good under a long sleeve black shirt. I felt very comfortable with the protection. I was only hit with a glancing blow on the shoulder, so no testimonials on hard shots, but I was confident in how it felt. Negatives The first couple of innings were good, but then a problem developed. This CP has a small neck opening, much like the All Star I've worn in the past. I'm a tall, skinny guy, so I'm good with that. Unfortunately, some of the inner padding began to stick through the outer layer. This is hard to explain, but there are some kind of plastic strands (visualize the makeup of fiberglass) inside the padding. A couple of these things penetrated the outer fabric along the neck line and rubbed me like sandpaper. I pulled and tugged at the CP all night, but the end result was a very sore neck!" I would post pictures, but these things are so minute, you can barely see them. The shoulder pads aren't attached by elastic or velcro. I didn't examine it thoroughly, but it appears that the strap holding the shoulder pad is more of a leather-type substance. There isn't enough flexibility, so every time I raised my arm or put on my mask, the CP would choke against my throat. Grade I'd give the Cobra a D. It would have been an F, but at the plate conference one of the coaches (who I've known for a long time) asked me if I've been working out, so it wasn't just me who liked the look! I really wanted it to be my go-to chest protector this year, but it will probably go to the closet. I've got a Champion I can wear until I decide the next way to spend some money on a CP. Message me if you're interested. I'll get rid of it for a little more than the shipping, or I may try to cannibalize it. It's got some good parts, but overall isn't for me. This isn't the first piece of equipment I've taken a loss on. Something tells me it won't be the last!
  7. I'll rival @MadMax for long post of the day : I bought a +POS Cobra off facebook marketplace a few weeks ago. I've been wanting to try one for a while but was, like everyone else, afraid of how long it would take to arrive. I'm 6',2" and 190, so I need a protector for a tall and slender build. In my 20+ years of umpiring, I've worn a 15" black Douglas (that I wish I had back), a Honigs K2, a Wilson Gold, a 15" All Star System 7, and a 15" Champion. I started with a ribbed Wilson, but that doesn't count! As far as protection and comfort for my build, I'd rank them: * All Star (Very underrated CP in my opinion. Never felt a shot. Breathes in hot weather. Has a bulky feel because of the large chest plate, and I know some don't like the neck opening.) * Douglas (I loved the black Douglas, but was hit in the shoulder and it hurt! This was before Douglas would add protection, so I sold it cheap. Stupid.) * Champion (I don't have anything bad to say, and suggest to any umpire just getting started on a budget to go with a Champion.) * Wilson Gold (Good protection, but that thing didn't fit me. I was never comfortable in it. Hot, hot, hot. Even with a Delta Flex, I pulled and tugged all the time. Plus, the Gold needs to be about two inches longer for me) * Honigs (The bulky shoulder protection looks like old videos of Hershel Walker carrying the football. I wore it a couple of years and gave it away. The guy is still wearing it.) * Cobra (Untested other than making it fit. I've installed a Delta Flex harness and it feels pretty good so far. I expect it to go toward the top of this list.) As was mentioned, I've spent a while with a heat gun on the shoulders of the Cobra. The neck is about the same width as the All Star, which works well for me but would be uncomfortable for some. The outer plates on the Cobra are thick like the American-made CPs listed above, much thicker than the Champion. The Cobra is low profile - not as much as the Champion - but there is a balance in protection/profile. I like it, and will wear it when our HS season starts in a couple of weeks. I don't think there will be any problem with protection. I'm wearing the 13" model, which has about 2" of padding at the bottom which is not covered with plastic, but the padding feels good, so I'm not worried about it. It has removable throat padding, which I'm still playing with. I'll give an update whenever I take a direct hit to the chest or shoulder area. I work a lot of high school and American Legion and a few crappy NAIA games where guys can throw harder than their catchers can catch. It's too bad +POS has such a terrible reputation now for processing and shipping. I think they still have some quality products. The bottom line on this CP for me is... I'm happy with it because I paid less than half what a new one costs. Not sure at this point if I'd pay $169 for this CP on a website that isn't always trustworthy. The jury is still out. Update soon. I don't know anyone wearing a Schutt and haven't seen one in person. I'm intrigued, so it probably won't be long...
  8. So you pretty much just bought a frame. (For the record, I'm cool with that, as I hang my preferred pads and harness on every mask I buy!)
  9. mgford

    Mask Porn?

    Nice collection. So which is your "go to", or in what order do you like them?
  10. The gray/black pads are back in stock at Ump Attire. They have one less set in stock than they did this morning!
  11. I use one of those Easton frames in a backup mask. I replaced the pads with a set of black/tan Wilsons before I wore it. The mask has a good look, and performed well in a recent high school state tournament game as a fouled bunt attempt got me.
  12. Received my mask order today. I surely can’t complain about the service on this order.
  13. The chest protector, Wilson shin guards, and plate coat are headed to OH. All Star shin guards are still available.
  14. I have a few things I need to clean out of the closet. Picture quality is bad. Message me and I'll text something better: L/XL Wilson Gold CP. Pectoral pads were gone when I got it. Hasn't been used much in the last few years. Harness has been upgraded to System Seven CPU4000. $75 shipped. Black Wilson Triple Knee Shin Guards. I wore these for about 5 seasons but haven't used them in a few years. Size 18/19. Like the CP, they show some wear but are in good shape. $50 shipped. Grey All Star Low Profile Shin Guards. Size 17. Wore these twice. They are light and very low profile. $50 shipped. Navy Plate Coat. Executive Apparel brand. Size 44L. We don't wear navy anymore. I have had this coat about 10 years but only wore it a handful of times. $40 shipped.
  15. I ordered a ZRO-G from +POS on Monday (May 21). I received an email immediately and my card was debited later that day. I would hope it gets here anytime, but I won't be surprised if it takes a while.
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