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    Force3 Ultimate Umpire Socks

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    Umpire in Chief

    Force3_Ultimate_Umpire_Socks.thumb.jpg.aThe Force3 Ultimate Umpire Sock provides extreme comfort while umpiring. Made from CoolMax(TM), Cotton, and Lycra, the Force3 Ultimate Umpire Sock's design keeps your feet at the right temperature no matter if it is cold or hot outside. 

    CoolMax has been specially engineered to keep you dry and comfortable through proprietary four-channel fibers. When the body perspires, CoolMax moves moisture quickly away from the skin to the outer layer of the fabric. It then dries that moisture faster than any other fabric on the market today. One size fits all, adult. Triple padding extends to above heel to protect with hightop shoes. Special compression points support the foot and ankle for comfort. 

    Special airflow weave on top of foot. Socks fit to knee or below. Force3 Ultimate Sock has been tested against leading brand socks and outperforms in a standard abrasion test, lasting more than 150,000 abrasions before breaking down. The next highest rated sock lasted 50,000 abrasions before breaking down.

     

    This product is available at Ump-Attire.com

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    I wanted to be excited when I wore this sock because of all the hype in it's advertising. But I was disappointed for several reasons. First, and probably the biggest problem, is that it only comes up halfway onto the lower calf. I'd much rather wear a sock that comes over the calf or one that stays just above the ankle. It's uncomfortable for that reason. Also, the sock is so tight that it leaves marks on your skin and my skin burns after wearing it for an afternoon of baseball. Finally, it's not worth the pricetag. In summary, I think the Force3 is over-rated and not a good fit for me.

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    alex7

    • 5
      

    The Force3 socks are one of those products that you definitely don't feel you NEED to have, yet once you have it, you never go back to your old ways.

     

    These socks have cushioned soles and a reinforced toe area, so they're definitely comfy.

     

    Their main selling point, though, is their moisture-wicking property that is akin to the under-shirts many of us use.  These socks do the same - they flat out keep you cooler than their cotton counterparts.

     

    I've worn them for 2 summer seasons now and don't notice any significant decrease in quality.

    Get yourself 2 or 3 pair, rotate them during your warm season, and be cooler for it. Simple

     

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    midmoump

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    This review was originally posted at Midwest Ump:


    Today Midwest Ump reviews the Force3 Pro Gear Ultimate Umpire Socks. Force3 is a new product line from the Jim Evans Academy and the Amateur Baseball Umpires' Association (owned by Jim Evans). Force3 currently offers three products: the Dry-Low Ball Bag, the Ultimate Equipment Bag, and the Force3 Ultimate Umpire Socks available at Jim Evans websites:

    http://www.umpireacademy.com/store/index.php

    http://www.force3progear.com/

    http://umpire.org/store/

    The Ultimate Umpire Socks are made from CoolMax, Cotton, and Lycra, and are advertised to keep “your feet at the right temperature no matter if it is cold or hot outside.” Coolmax is a specially engineered polyester that wicks away moisture and has improved breathability compared to natural materials like cotton. The CoolMax fabric is a popular choice in moisture wicking socks. Manufacturers like Champion, Adidas, and Thorlos use CoolMax in their performance socks.

    I was sent the Ultimate Umpire Socks to test and review, and I have worn these socks in the Midwest heat and humidity for two months. As an ex-military guy, I wear Thorlo combat boot socks as my umpiring socks, so my standards in reviewing the Force3 Ultimate Umpire Socks are pretty high.

    The first thing I noticed about the Ultimate Umpire Socks is the light weight. A pair of Ultimate Umpire Socks weighs a mere 3 ounces, compared to my Thorlos at 4.5 ounces. The Thorlos are quite a bit thicker. The CoolMax fabric in the Ultimate is very cotton-like and soft. There is additional padding on the toe, sole, and heel. A mesh weave to increase air flow is located just behind the toe area and in front of the metatarsal. There are two “compression points” made of a Lycra material at the metatarsal and ankle for support and to prevent bunching. The Ultimate Umpire Socks stretch over my calves and Lycra material located at the top prevent the socks from falling.

    The Ultimate Umpire Socks breathe well and the socks do wick moisture away from the foot. They are comfortable even on the hottest days. In comparing the Ultimate to the Thorlos side-by side, the Thorlos are thicker and have a slightly more comfortable sole, but this comfort comes at a price of decreasing airflow. After wearing the Ultimates during hot July games, I consider the Force3 socks cooler than the thicker Thorlos.

    The Ultimate Umpire Socks are holding up well after two months of wear. I just toss them into the washer on cold with my shirts and other under garments. Tumble dry on medium heat. The Ultimate Umpire Socks dry quickly and do not hold odor.

    These socks are on-par with the Thorlo socks I ordinarily wear. While I have not stopped wearing the Thorlos, I have added the Force3 to my sock rotation. The Force3 Ultimate Umpire Socks are well constructed from a thoughtful design engineered especially for umpires. When it is time for new socks, I will purchase the Force3 socks from Jim Evans.

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