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  1. AL-Ump

    Uniforms

    The outside protector pre dates my umpire career. How did you hold the thing? Left arm? If so, how'd you take off your mask? How did you make a "safe" call?
  2. Looks like it ended early @ $800.
  3. I purchased a Zero G earlier this year and it comes with black "Cool Mesh" pads. Was thinking of changing the pads out to something else. I bought some Wilson wrap around pads (Ump-Attire), but I couldn't get them to fit. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I tried for a couple days, watched the video UA has, but couldn't make it happen - at least looking as good as they do at the UA site on a Wilson mask. Different shape maybe? Guessing that I can put on Team Wendy pads - Can anyone confirm they will fit? I have an All Star Mag and am familiar with their pads, but not a fan of the thin top pad.
  4. Anyone on here use a massage gun to help their legs recover? I'm kinda looking around, thinking about buying one. Everyone I've talked to about them absolutely LOVE them. Have a couple guys I call basketball with that use them on a daily basis on their legs, arms and chest after games or workouts. Is it worth the $200 to get a good one?
  5. Did you all see the video from Ray @ Umplife on his FB page? Looks like he's going to be getting into the replacement pad business. He wants to offer pads similar to the Mag pads but with the reinforcement on the top pad as well as the bottom pad. I think it sounds great and am looking forward to the product!
  6. Yup, 15". I apparently can't tell my 3's from my 5's. Sorry
  7. I ordered a mask this Summer. I texted Dan before placing the order and got nothing....for like a couple weeks. Follow up text was replied to that day. Placed my order and the mask was at my door in like 3 days. I read on here that someone else had suggested this method of correspondence with Dan. It worked for me. Hope you have good luck on this order!
  8. If you're doing Fast Pitch, patent leather is definitely frowned upon for most situations. If you're doing park ball or C class tournaments - who cares. If you're doing anything that remotely looks like REAL softball, steer clear. People will think you're a park ball/C class umpire. The NBs are shiny to start. That lasts about 3 plate games, then you get the shoe shine out. My guess is to make a good first impression and improve sales. I used the Mags for years starting out, then went to the old NB high top. I switched to the low top a couple years ago and recently ordered my second pair.
  9. Additionally, I used a hairdryer to form the shoulders and make it fit better. Thanks for the inspiration @MadMax - without looking at your posts on your mods I wouldn't have tried doing tricks to mine!
  10. Was goofing around on the site and went down a rabbit hole - found this. @The Short Umpire Just going to throw my $.02 in...... This is the CP that I currently use for Softball. I bought it on Epic Sports for $40 and spent several months modifying it. Had to take it half apart so that it would accept an Umplife harness (or any other harness). The stock harness and clasps to the CP are trash and had to be replaced. I also removed the extra side rib protectors, removed the throat foam thing, changed out the shoulder pads to my old Honig's (cause it looks better) and removed the gap protection. Took a long time, several trips to the fabric store and me learning how to sew through plastic by hand. Pretty big pain in the ass, but I wanted something that was cool (live in Alabama) and offered more protection than what I had: I just got a promotion to Power 5 non conference and those girls are hitting low 70s. Don't want to break a rib. The CP looks good on, breaths well and I feel protected. But....... For Baseball?? I would be REALLY careful. I don't think it offers good protection for the ball speeds you see. Wouldn't recommend it for more than lower levels of HS and without spending time/money to modify it and get it to fit, you'd probably get frustrated and toss it. I know I wanted to a couple times, but in the end I got the 3DO foam that @MadMax loves and some plastic plates for extra protection. Hope this helps
  11. I was given the tip a couple years ago to use Wintergreen Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle: https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-isopropyl-alcohol-70-wintergreen/ID=prod6373279-product I was using Febree, but my mentor explained that the alcohol will actually kill the bacteria that makes your equipment stink, and the Wintergreen is a nice scent. Been using it since. I'll wash my equipment with a soap and water from garden hose about once a month when it's hot.
  12. While it's hard to let your hobby go, it sounds like it's for a worthy cause! I commend you on your tough decision! I hope that time will bring you back to the field but know that you will be missed by the players, the coaches (), and your fellow blues.
  13. Umm is someone gonna tell the seller? Nike Pro Issue Titanium Baseball Catchers/Umpire Mask. It is in perfect condition with little to no signs of use.
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