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Rock Bottom

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  1. I've used that black trimmed version (All-Star was nice enough to send me one for free before it was on the market) - and it looks great and works even better with the AS Cobalt skull cap. The only minor complaint I have is the neoprene is wearing away in one part where I regularly hook my thumb to put the mask on. But it grips great on the skully, and has almost infinite adjustment.
  2. I recommend moving the chest plate up as high as possible. I took a shot in a 16U came and it hit my collarbone just above the plastic plate - caught the cushioning, but still was painful and could have been a broken collarbone - literally knocked me down. I bought the All-Star CPU4000 the next day. I know many love the Schutt, and I still have mine - but definitely re-arranged the shell after that hit.
  3. Yeah, I know, but it's got the good ball/strike/out combo in 3/2/2 and the numbers are big and optic yellow/black makes it easy to read.
  4. As a former coach I couldn't stand when umps screwed us out of game time. I got ejected arguing once when that happened and knew the ump was lying about the time. Pure BS. If it makes the inning by one second play it. If it misses by a second don't. It sucks, and I understand as an ump why it does, but those teams pay good money and usually the tournament games are already 1:45 games anyway. Tournaments should use hard stops to avoid this ridiculousness but for some reason refuse to. To me it's a matter of integrity the same as not calling a runner safe when you know he's out just because it will get you the slaughter.
  5. A lot of states require it for HS.
  6. If you can't find one here's my favorite, with the balls on top. It's got big numbers and is especially easy to read at night (UmpAttire didn't have this model, at least not last time I checked): https://purchaseofficials.com/collections/ball-bags-plate-brushes-indicators/products/3-way-large-plastic-umpire-indicator-with-balls-on-top
  7. 9+games?! What time are you starting and stopping in the morning and evening, and how short are the games. 18 hours of plate in 90+ heat in one day is crazy!
  8. Did you try the XL? I wear a 7 3/8, but I'm using a combo of M and L pads. When you wear it in games and get warm it loosens up some.
  9. Definitely please let us know - I tried putting a flag sticker on the back and even though the area was small and relativity flat it didn't stick at all.
  10. How do the Team Wendy compare to the AS mags?
  11. R2, pitcher throws ball 4, BR starts toward first and hinders the catcher's throw to third to catch R2 stealing. There still can be interference on a base on ball, is that correct? So, BR is out, and R2 returns to second? Is that correct? And does the answer vary from OBR vs. Fed?
  12. A catcher yesterday told me "your helmet is sick." So they are catching on, or the kid just told me what he thought I wanted to hear. 😂
  13. Where are you reading the S7 is supposed to be worn with a skullcap? Both the FM4000 steel and mag were out for years before the Cobalt skull cap came out. Are they better with the skull cap, yes, but so is every mask on the market.
  14. The top pad is the same, the bottom pad is much bigger on the Mag.
  15. Here's an incredible deal on black All Star FM4000 steel with LUC pads. These have the smaller bottom pad if you're ensure of the mag pads (I've switched to those though and love them). $99.99 and you're good to go. https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/FM4000-MBK/All-Star-Matte-Black-System-7-Steel-Umpire-Mask-with-UltraCool
  16. It's mass market: https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/SC900UMP/All-Star-Cobalt-Umpire-Skull-Cap I took a flush shot yesterday and barely felt it. Hard to compare shots obviously, but I'm sure without the skull cap it would have been much worse.
  17. I really liked the Schutt but it was just too small for me, but the OP had a smaller hat size so it's an option.
  18. Not all others. https://www.schuttsports.com/air-maxx-2966-hockey-helmet-w-matching-os-guard.html
  19. Thanks Jim - I'll check those out! I usually pretty much only go with you for my equipment needs, but since I was looking at actual composite cleats you didn't have those, but i'll look at these options.
  20. Anyone ever use baseballsavings.com? I'm wondering if they are legit. Looking to get some plastic spikes from them because I've had some bad slips in wet infields that my bad knees can't take more of.
  21. I have both the All Star System 7 I linked above, and the Adams XV-HDX. The All Star is definitely more protective, the Adams is a little cooler but I'm wearing the AS no matter what the temp. The Adams isn't in stock I don't think, but I'm open to offers on mine. 😀
  22. Here's a great choice for $140 of that's not too much. I have 2 of them. Great protection and a great deal! https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/CPU4000/All-Star-System-Seven-Umpire-Chest-Protector
  23. I use Lock laces. Better fit and quick adjustments when needed.
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