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AL-Ump last won the day on August 7 2019

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  1. I bought a couple Wilson mask harnesses from UA in the Spring. I know some people don't like them but I do. The harness I put on my "gamer" mask was really wrinkled out of the package. I've washed/dried it, tried to iron it, hit it with a heat gun to no avail. The nylon part has wrinkles in it that I'm afraid might be permanent. I used my backup mask with an older Wilson harness and it's smooth as glass. Elastic isn't so great and probably needs replacing at some point, but the nylon is in great shape. Any idea how I can get the harness to look smoother?
  2. I think they started a couple years ago. Maybe Summer 2019.
  3. I've heard on the forum that the MLB guys (and some of you) have your shirts tailored and I thought that this would be a great time to make an investment into myself. With the new softball uniforms coming out in January, why not have them tailored to look so fresh and so clean clean (OutKast reference)? I'll only need a handful of shirts since there will be no more conference logos - so the cost shouldn't be too bad. Once I have the 4-8 shirts done, they should last me for several years. Look the best to be the best - the motto of a local shirt vendor. Sorry I'm not cultured, but I have a naïve question: If I want to have a shirt tailored, what do I need to tell the seamstress? I've never had tailoring done before...to ANY garment other than my umpire pants. I know with the pants there are some tricks of the trade - leave them very long in back, the tapered front to back cuff. Anything special I need to tell her?
  4. Got this notification today: New shirts, new pants, new coats. I was just thinking I had too much money. I have some Smitty shirts and I think they're fine. I've never owned a pair of Smitty pants and the ones I've seen softball umpires wear are atrocious. Their Heather Gray looks more like a silver and the only guys I know that wear them are park ball umpires trying to do 12 games in a day. I have a closet full of Fechheimers that are now relegated to Summer ball. The announcement says "Dark Gray" pants and I assume this means Charcoal, but I've also heard that Smitty is making a special color of pants just for softball. What's the low down with Smitty's charcoal pants? Are they any good? According to Ump Attire, they have Poly Spandex and a Regular non Poly kind. I assume the Poly's are the better pant. Please - someone tell me they don't suck. I've had some Davis pants about 10 years ago and loved them. Looking forward to going into some pleats!! I just hope they have enough merch in the pipeline to support the launch because everyone's gonna be looking to buy the new uniform in January.
  5. @Thunderheads please lock it up!
  6. I thought it was OK. Good protection - definitely warmer than a plain hat.
  7. It's a L/XL. UA says it fits 7 3/8 to size 8.
  8. Yes....still available. Not sure on shipping charges, probably $10 or so, maybe less. You can send me $30, I'll mail it to you and tell you how much it was when shipped. You can send me a second transaction.
  9. Unequal Uncap. Bought at the beginning of the year. Used is a couple times - been sitting in the garage and needs to find a new home. $30 plus shipping.
  10. Ump Attire for $.99: https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/JH1/Metal-Shin-Guard-Replacement-J-Hook-Fastener
  11. I've owned both, and taken shots with both - albeit in softball. While I agree that the F3 has very good protection, one item on the F3 drove me crazy. I'm OCD, like bad. After I I took a pretty good shot to the nose, the clips that hold the outer frame to the inner frame bent. Not a lot, but just enough so that the outer frame rotated in the clips and was no longer centered on the inner frame. The outer frame would rotate easily by hand, so you could recenter it, but the next time you took the mask off it would be cockeyed again. I contacted F3 and they replaced the frame as a "one time" service, but they said that it was not uncommon for this to happen. So I started thinking what happens the next time I take a shot and have to deal with a mask that rotates around? I ended up selling the F3 and bought the Mag. I've used the Mag since Fall 2019. The first thing I noticed about the mask is the top pad. The top pad of the Mag is pretty crappy - why make a pad with such thin, lightweight foam? I know...It was developed for catchers. Still a BS answer for a company people trust with their safety. If you're going to sell it to Umpires, make sure they won't have problems using your product as intended. I ended up purchasing a +POS Zro-G mask and put Honig's leather pads in it. I used the +POS most of the Summer with good results but always planned on it being a back up once I felt more comfortable with the Mag. Based on the feedback from this forum I recently purchased a ConCussion and have started using the Mag again. I feel a lot safer with the ConCussion, though I did have to go up one hat size (I needed new hats anyway). I wore the Mag last weekend for 3 high level D1 scrimmages and had no concerns about insufficient protection. I would say there are pluses and minuses to both masks. I'm pretty happy with my current set up but the Engineer in me REALLY wants to like the F3. If they can ever fix the clips so the two frames don't rotate on each other, I might go back.
  12. Similar to what @kylejt states above, I wear tights under my shinguards - however, I wear 3/4 tights. I find that tights over my socks and both under a shinguard can be a bit too much and I'm more comfortable in the 3/4. I have a couple UA outlets close to where I live so I can pick them up when I need to. I also use a different shinguard than most of the guys here - one that will not move around my leg, even with the tights. I umpire SB so the need for protection is not sooooo high. Here they are if you're curious: https://www.icewarehouse.com/Bauer_Pro_Ball_Street/descpage-BPBHSG.html
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