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  1. Is this the hit you're talking about?
  2. Ump Attire for $.99: https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/JH1/Metal-Shin-Guard-Replacement-J-Hook-Fastener
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. My personal favorite is the Adidas Speed Trainer in Synthetic all black. I have the Speed Trainer 2 and Adidas changed the design on the 3 and 4, but it looks like they went back to the ST2 style on the newly released version 5: https://www.baseballsavings.com/adidas-mens-synthetic-speed-trainer-5-shoes#color_selected_3074457345617778329_Color_Black/Black The gray gets the Sharpie treatment, then black Turrago on the whole thing. They are SUPER lightweight and durable, the only issue is it they have a loop on the back which can keep your pants from fully extending to the ground.
  6. For what it's worth, I got an UnCap this week (thanks @Rock Bottom). I like it, but I also had to go up on size on the plate hat - same as @Mr Ump. I was between a 7 1/2 and 7 5/8 so I always went down to the smaller size and it was tight. Now it's too tight. Might check out the skull caps too once you get yours @wolfe_man. Please let us know how they work out!
  7. I've only seen a couple guys wearing HSMs. They use black ones, but the cap must be worn underneath. While I understand you could be frustrated by this response, it is what it is. If you'd like to rail on about the inconsistencies of these positions, please feel free to do so....on a different post. I'm trying to get people's opinions on the UnCap.
  8. Great idea, unfortunately most conferences use embroidery on their uniforms. Conferences (except the power 5) are going plain shirt and the embroidered hat to help save on costs. I know some conference used to have patches but I haven't seen one in years. Thanks for the idea though.
  9. I was thinking during the AS presentation the other day that the Skull Cap would be kinda cool to have, but there are 2 glaring issues for me (a college SB umpire): 1. Skull Cap is only available in black right now (we use navy). I know I could paint it but...... 2. All conferences have their own logo-ed hats for conference games. I would have to try and find stickers for all the conferences I call and that would be a HUGE PITA. Looks like the MLB guys are figuring it out - Check out the video @ 43 seconds: I was looking on Ump Attire and saw the Unequal Uncap:
  10. I think @Razzer was making something like that. Might want to message Ray. He's the best!!
  11. @JimKirk I'm a NCAA and USA umpire. I've been told the reason we abide by these uniform spec is SPECIFICALLY to look different than baseball umpires. When I first started, I had a pair of charcoal Gerry Davis pleated plate pants and boy, were they comfortable. It almost felt like having nothing on! Life was great until I umpired a game with a college guy and he said "don't ever wear those pants again". I would love to go to charcoal, to pleats. I would love even more going to white on a shoe - I really dislike the all black base shoes currently on the market and would like to have mo
  12. What level of Softball do you call? I have some college contacts for Juco.
  13. First games of the Summer on Saturday. Alabama opened up for sports last week. Supposed to be 85 and sunny on a turf field. "Friendly" format - no trophies, teams just trying to get in game shape. The rules specifically say "no plate meeting"!! Most of the teams are Elite - National Caliber level and are filled with Power 5 prospects/commits. After having the college season stopped mid March, I'm looking forward to getting back after it!
  14. I think @Razzer is making some gap protection as well.
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