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  • Schutt XV Chest Protector

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    Umpire in Chief

    Schutt XV-Umpire-Chest-Protector.jpegThe Schutt XV Umpire Chest Protector is an advanced piece of protective gear for baseball umpires. For nearly a century, Schutt Sports has been committed to developing the most advanced protective gear in the game for players. Using the same technology, their umpire protective gear empowers umpires to focus and perform at the top of THEIR game!


    • Ventilation holes: 10mm ventilation holes maximize air circulation and the evaporation of excess moisture.
    • Greater impact absorption and durability: Utilizing impact absorption technology from their most popular line of football shoulder pads, the XV chest protector is made of high density EVA foam for greater impact absorption and durability.
    • Moisture and heat management system: The moisture and heat management system of this umpire chest protector allows airflow into and away from the body, allowing the skin to dry and the body to cool itself.
    • Superior protection: Features caps to cover exposed gaps in the shoulder area, wider chest plate and a padded Y-back give you maximum coverage and extra protection. The design of this chest protector is form fitting. This chest protector also has a  4” removable extension which provides additional coverage for the stomach area and a t-hook attachment for a secure fit.
    • One size fits most (Measures 13" from top of neck pad to bottom of chest plate.  Shown with 4" pad extension, included.)
    • Weight: Approximately 3 lbs


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    • 4
       7 of 7 members found this review helpful 7 / 7 members

    The XV is the best of the sub-$100 chest protectors, and can very much wade into the same waters as the more expensive hardshells. It is the 3rd iteration in Schutt's AiR Flex line, using the same carapace pieces as its two predecessors, this time in jet black, with a better fitting layout (the shoulder arches are angled differently to create a larger neck opening, the ailettes are positioned more strategically, etc.).

    The major change is the padding vest, this time using Schutt's D3O foam, an advanced TPU-EVA foam, as hole-y bricks arranged with tactful thought. If you thought the AiR Flex I's and II's were well-ventilated, this padding has more holes in it than a Swiss Cheese Contest. Let me assuage your concerns though, these holes do not compromise protection... in the slightest... at all. In fact, the D3O bricks are nearly twice as thick as the Brock Bead tubes of the AiR Flex II, while being around 3/4th's the weight. The foam is _that_ good. And just like the AiR Flex II, there is an abdomen extension included. Ventilation and weight-less-ness of the XV are its real key strengths, allowing for less heat fatigue than the suffocating WestVests, especially when doing multiple-game tournaments.

    The only negative of this entire rig, and the only reason I withhold that 5th star, is the harness. It is terrible. I am known locally and here on U-E for removing the harness completely and retrofitting XV's to use Flex-style harnesses, whether they be the UmpLife RayFlex, the DeltaFlex, or Force3 Flex. This is the only way to really get that optimum, effective, conforming fit you need so as to take this CP into the same territory (game level) as the WestVests, UnEquals, and System7's. I've had my XV for four years now, and I've done MSBL, NABA, NAIA, High School, Showcase, College, Minor League, and Extended MLB Spring Training ball with the XV, with no consideration of switching to anything else any time soon.

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    • 4

    I am writing this review on the Adams, I assume it is the same as the Schutt.


    I wore the Adams yesterday for the first time in a Juco game.  The weight and comfort was great.  I took 1 foul ball to the chest, no ill effects at all.  I have worn a Wilson Gold forever and the protection seemed similar.


    My only complaints are the width of the neck and the way the shoulder caps attach with velcro.  The neck pads seemed like they rubbed my the whole game.  I am going to try and manually widen the neck and hopefully that will take care of this issue.  My neck is wide, 19 inch shirt size.  The shoulder caps fell off while trying to get my jacket on while dressing.  In the end, my partner had to kind of help me get the jacket on and keep the caps in place.


    I will continue to wear this CP this year and see how it is in hotter weather.  So far, so good!

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