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  1. Which SSK mask is this please? I'm assuming it's not the 2qa-122 or 121 if it has a fixed chin guard attached. Is it the Diamond-looking one or the one with the arrow-head ear struts?
  2. Yes, they are unbelievably soft against your face. The biggest knock I hear from those who have had them is that they seem too "orange". In person, I think they look pretty good and they are amazing pads! Don't pay that much - buy from @acpar72 for $35 I believe it was in the for sale posting.
  3. After 4 years of warnings, we were told no marks, then no game as of last year. They've all had time (and now another year) to get some approved baseballs.
  4. Was it a night game or a day game? Sorry, I had to do it before someone else did. I have to agree with our rules master, Senor Azul and go with E. You have to go with the one that makes most sense - or is the truest. E makes the "most" sense. Of course, if this is NFHS it doesn't matter what's right as they miss one or two a year it seems.
  5. They're hot and large. You'll definitely need plate pants. Mine squeaked too when I got into my stance. But they are bullet-proof and cover everything. I took the 2nd knee off of mine as they're hard to put on without a dressing room. Dressing in parking lots, I can't not wear pants while I put on shins, so I removed the 2nd knee and they went on much easier for me. After F3, it'd be really hard to go back to them again.
  6. Was it while watching barrel-racing? Because I always feel like the horse rounding the barrel. It not only looks ridiculous, but it feels like it too! @Thunderheads we may need a new thread started for the Pivot and a couple of these moved over. I know you like to keep a clean ship.
  7. I understand where you're coming from, but respectfully disagree. Again, I'm hot-blooded and an older gentlemen working with me may need his jacket whereas I do not. Why should I be hot just so he can be comfortable? So I look good? Sorry, I can't get behind this reasoning. But then again, I hate the pivot between 1st and 2nd when I can pick up the touch/no-touch/interference/obstruction with a glance over my shoulder - but the regs mandate I pivot! I guess I'm a rebel. I know it's an appearance thing - but I'm told the higher levels (2 man, not MLB of course) do not pivot either, so
  8. I quit using Honig's for the same reason Max loves them LOL! Unfortunately, that goes for TOC also. While I love their colors, I can't have two sizes of each color of shirt. I'm not that rich yet. I only use Smitty now. Around my area, it's what everyone else has and the size always fits me right - regardless of for plate or bases. I do wish I that I had vertical stripes instead of the old-fashioned arm and collar stripes though. I think they'd look more slimming and they certainly offer a sharper look in my opinion.
  9. I find it amazing that people worry this much about matching. Is there a book somewhere for fashion faux-pas for amateur umpires? "Oh, that jacket is just so totally last year Bob. I can't work with you anymore!" It is ridiculously expensive to start as a baseball umpire, then let's add another couple hundred dollars in coats, jackets, long-sleeve shirts, etc. so he can be sure to match up with his partner all of the time - even though he may only wear it once or twice a year! This is why we all need to go to black as our main color, instead of navy. You have to have navy for HS,
  10. Mine is virtual State and Local meetings. There will be no person-to-person this year until games start.
  11. A Champion CP might be a very good fit for him. To me, they're nice for smaller-bodied umpires and still offer hard-shell protection. https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/P2/Champion-Body-Armor-Umpire-Chest-Protector
  12. That's what I did in my haste. Sorry, now I am confusing everyone. There is no V2 - it's a Cobalt. I have gone back and edited my post, but I can't correct everyone's quotations from my original post. I should have waited to post anything this morning, but started to post and then was distracted by other work and ended up making an inaccurate post.
  13. My apologies @Ump0000and @BT_Blue, I misread the OP. Although, my post did reference that the CPU4000 aka System Seven was also as a good CP. Now on-target this time: I really like the CPU4000 aka System 7 CP. I don't find it any bulkier than any other CP out there. It's comfortable, breathes better than most and offers excellent protection. For me personally, I don't think there's a better CP out there for the money ($129 at UA right now). I'll be honest, I've been thinking of grabbing one as my backup at that price point. I have no experience with the System 7 shins,
  14. My advice is buy F3 shins. 14.5" fit great and you'll forget you're wearing them. When you finally do get hit, you'll be so glad you bought them as they're practically bulletproof. When you buy shins too large for you, they fit oddly and can hinder your appearance and ability to run from my experience. The F3 shins are also pretty low profile, many can even wear them using combo pants instead of plate pants. I've even read of guys on here able to fit them under their base pants! Bonus - F3 is cheaper than the new All Star guards. At the risk of offending so many who seem to think the
  15. Thanks! @ATXBlue is a great buyer also! Prompt payment and communication.
  16. I agree with Jeff here. I think it's only cosmetic. They fill these masks through the ear guards (hence the block-y guards) but if a little piece of anything got in the mold, it could have made that indentation. It looks very shallow to me and I would say that you have nothing to worry about. If you are truly concerned, I would contact All Star as Jeff recommends.
  17. I left the existing F3 strap there on the top for mine. Then used Ray's harness for the bottom 3 straps. I suppose you could use it for the top 3 and then keep the existing F3 strap for the bottom one.
  18. LOL I noticed they were back. Main page has a big FESTIVUS banner. Made me laugh!
  19. No, our Stu is a Gibbs. He's a tough boss.
  20. Brand new F3 V2 silver frame with new tan AND red pads. Plus, a new silver sun visor. New silver F3 V2 frame New red F3 V2 pads & harness New tan F3 V2 pads New F3 silver sun visor F3 V2 masks are now $199 at UA plus another $20 for the visor, so this is a deal for someone. Thanks!
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