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    All-Star System Seven Leg Guards

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    Umpire in Chief

    All-Star_System_7_leg_guards.thumb.jpg.bLGU 2000 - Double Knee
    LGU 1000 - Single Knee

    The System Seven™ umpire specific leg guards are designed for maximum protection, ventilation, and comfort.
     
    Wraparound style plates and padding completely protect the front and sides of legs.
     
    Toe cap is removable for the umpires who have plated base shoes. Adjustable and repositionable Patella Plus™ knee pad absorbs impact and holds knee in place.
     
    Removable and machine washable 3D mesh shin pad provides a snug fit and helps air circulation. DeltaFlex™ harness features pre-crossed straps to keep the back of the knee free with no pressure points. Harness is by far the most comfortable leg guard harness system around.

     

    This product is available from Ump-Attire.com.


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    Umpire in Chief

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       1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

    I've been overdue in getting new shin guards. For the last 7 years I've used the Douglas West Vest shins I got used.  Shin guards have been on my "like to have" list but never made it to my "need to have" list. 

    Then All-Star released these and the feedback from anybody who had used them was great, so I took the plunge. I didn't do so without reservation. I've always worn triple knee shins. These are double knee, so I had concern.

    I took them out of the box, they look nice, unlike any other shins I'd seen. They had the toe plate attached. I removed these immediately. The great thing is that they were only velcroed and not permanently riveted like other brands. 

    Looking at them I could tell they were designed for both comfort and protection. Comfort in the facts that the inside padding is completely adjustable giving you greater flexibility in sizing.

    Now getting your initial fitting of these shins is different from any other I've tried, and that's not a bad thing. It actually takes some trial and error. You can adjust the patella pad and the straps. These shins use the All-Star DeltaFlex harness which is a tremendous improvement over traditional straps. The Delta harness has sturdy steel hooks and loops, is made of a neoprene type material and the crossing pattern of the straps is very comfortable.

    Another thing about these shins is how breathable they are. Unlike other shins these have designed vents in the plastic and the fixed padding. This will be a welcome feature for those dog-days of summer.

    Protection - This is the most important factor. In full disclosure I feel it is only fair to remind readers that I can be quoted numerous times both at Umpire-Empire and other sites telling people the one place you can afford to go cheap on your equipment is on shins. That said, while I haven't taken a hit in the 3 games I've worked with them so far, I feel there is no better shin protection available than the All-Star System 7 shin guards. The plastic is plenty thick and the shins wrap around to give you ample side and ankle protection. Another thing which is different from other shins is that there is a slight gap in between the plastic shell and the fixed padding. I like this because the way the fixed padding is riveted to the shell towards the edges of the shell that provides yet another level of protection by transferring the impact further back and over a greater area. 

    I mentioned concern of being double knee. After trying them on that concern is gone, and actually they offer greater protection in terms of how far up my leg they go than my triple knee shins.  

    When worn with my plate pants (I do not use combos) they are low profile enough that they are not noticed while either standing or while in my squat. There is a small All-Star logo on the ankle wings which is small enough and will not stand out. I wear mid-cut plate shoes and the wings are comfortable along the outside of my shoes. 

    I weighed the shins and was surprised they weigh more than my former shins. While I don't recall the actual weights, it was nominal. And I think the way the DeltaFlex harness supports the shin on your leg you will never notice.

    Another feature All-Star Sports added was making the shins with Aeigis Microbe Shield to kill bacteria which leads to funky smelling equipment. I think this is a welcome feature with the moisture/sweat they are exposed to.

    I've been criticized in my reviews that I never say anything negative about products, so I will attempt to give cons of products going forward.

    Here are the cons of the All-Star System Seven Shin Guards:

    1. When trying the shins on I found the top strap uncomfortable as I practiced getting in my squat, standing and running. The strap would slide on the back of my thigh. I found it annoying, but in 3 games I have yet to notice it.

    2. Foot plates. At this price I would assume any umpire who is willing to pay $100 more for shin guards than than they could find other shins for they would not come with these plates. Fortunately they are easily removable. 

    3. Price. These retail for approximately $135.00 making them the most expensive umpire shins on the market. Yes, these are new and prices drop over time. Are they worth the price? That depends on your outlook. These shins are an investment and would qualify as a luxury item. Think of it like this, both a 1975 AMC Pacer and a 2012 Mercedes CLS will get you from point A to B just fine, but when it comes to secondary functions like style, comfort and protection that's where the differences comes in and you need to decide what is important to you. These are the Mercedes CLS of shin guards.  

    Conclusion:

    All-Star Sports has hit the nail on the head with these shin guards. They offer the absolute best protection available plus other features like ventilation, anti-microbial shield, style, low-profile design and almost as important as protection, comfort. They are incredibly comfortable. What else would you expect from a company who truly listens to the umpiring community and takes their feedback into consideration when designing their equipment. 

    While I wouldn't consider this a must have item based on the price, I would consider them a highly recommended item if you are in a position to make the extra investment in yourself. You will not be disappointed!

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