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  1. Hi all ... Looking for an All-Star harness.... either new, or slightly used .......thanks .......
  2. Hey guys, I'm looking to get a traditional style mask. Specifically, a Nike Steel frame or silver Wilson frame (I dig the silver frame on black pads look). I don't really need the pads, but would take them or a harness if need be. Obviously, the price will matter too. Thanks
  3. Hey everyone, ... quick question: I know that Joe West went through different iterations of the West Vest w/ the first being produced by Douglas (proud owner ) but ..I digress ....... My question is this ........ Q: Did Joe West ever make masks earlier than going with Wilson and the Dyna-Lite and using the WV logo on the pads and harness? The reason: Guy on Craigslist thinks he has a West Vest mask, not an inferior Wilson Dyna LIte model (huh??) Thanks!!!!!!!
  4. I'm trying to decide if I should buy a black mask on eBay (due to its low price), but I don't really like the color. What do you guys/gals suggest I do in order to remove the original coating?
  5. I got excellent news from Tony at MaskIt that he can indeed repair my busted Nike Steel mask and put it back good as new'ish. So, I don't need this second one I hastily bought from a fellow U-E member just in case my primary gamer was truly dead and irreparable. It's a low-profile Nike Steel, with a MaskIt Powder Coat (MIPC) of bright silver. The Nike harness is included. The TW pads are not included, neither is the Markwart sun visor. Lightweight, resilient and iconic. PM with reasonable offers. I have a number in mind – it is not outrageous and I'm willing to be flexible.
  6. Hey all, looking to sell mask mentioned above. It is in fantastic shape, just some sweat marks in all the right places. Mask itself is spotless. I bought it now knowing what it was and I need a catcher's mask. Asking $150.00 for mask with shipping included of course. I have a new Apple computer and the pictures are taking forever to upload. Email me and I will send pictures if you'd like. .ask1 .ask2
  7. I was wondering if you guys and girls out there could help me out in figuring out Wolf's mask. I know it's a Nike ti but in the picture the frame looks a little wide at the edges. He's my favorite umpire and he wears one of the greatest masks around.
  8. Looking for a Nike Ti (one of many beautiful masks). Please anyone who's willing to send one send pics and requested price. Thanks
  9. Hello all - This is a USED Nike Ti frame with BRAND NEW Nike pads and harness for sale. I bought the frame used on eBay. The pads and harness were from another Nike Ti I bought new on eBay in which I replaced the pads. So, in summary: USED Nike Ti frame (used by me for 3 or 4 games this season) NEW Nike pads and harness (never used by anyone) $300 shipped.
  10. Hey guys, I'm selling the following two masks. Neither frame has seen a pitch. SOLD! NEW: +POS ZRO-G frame - Titanium Silver paint NEW: Wilson harness USED: Team Wendy Pads ***I used the pads for one scrimmage this year on a different mask and I didn't like them. Also, there's no Team Wendy logo because I took it off with nail polish remover.*** $60 SOLD! NEW: Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum frame - Black NEW: Wilson Harness USED: Wilson Two-Tone Black Poly Exterior w/ Dark Tan Leather Interior (non-wraparound style) ***I used the pads on a different mask all the last high school season. They're still in pretty good shape. I always clean all my equipment down after the game. But you can always throw them out.*** $100
  11. Anybody know a model code of a new titanium wilson mask and where I can buy it? I'm looking for a new titanium frame. It is same like wear Laz Diaz and Marvin Hudson this Postseason. See the attached picture. But don't tell me that is same as WTA3009 BLTI or WTA3009 TI, is not same Thank you for help. #3 David
  12. I umpired for several years but took a few year break to play summer ball myself and getting back to the umpiring part of the game. The majority of my equipment is ok but I have a birthday coming up so am considering upgrading my equipment this fall for the coming season and wanted to get some help/advice/opinions on masks. I have used an old hockey-style mask this summer. However, this mask was a used one i bought off a friend and it is starting to fall apart. So I feel it is time to upgrade. I am not opposed to the traditional mask...just used the hockey style mask since I could get it cheap to get through this summer. I am hoping to keep the mask/helmet under $125 or so and would be open to suggested combinations not just straight "out of the box" setups. Any suggestions would be great and I hope to meet you all soon.
  13. In the effort to minimize the risks of concussions and head impacts, Major League Baseball Umpires advises changing out mask pads every year. Now, keep in mind, this is for near-constant use in "high-impact" environments (the speeds of Minor and Major -league baseballs). Also, this does not include the advanced, spring-suspension mask from Force3, the Defender, since the pads are specially designed for the mask, and the mask's springs and struts are taking a significant share of the impacting force. Mask pads themselves vary greatly, and it is equal parts construction, performance and feel (against your face). The two that are the most noteworthy are the Zorbium© pads from Team Wendy and the MemoryFoam pads from Wilson. Other pad sets that work very well are the All-Star LUC pads, Wilson doeskins, Wilson wrap-a-rounds (which are being phased out, IIRC), or any of the "boutique outfitter shops" (such as +POS or Honig's). In fact, the lighter the mask – by using materials such as Magnesium, Aluminum, and Titanium – the more supple and energy absorbent the pads have to be. The "show ponies" from Nike, Wilson, and Rawlings1 (the Titaniums) and the "experimentals" from +POS, Champro and Diamond (two Magnesiums and an Aluminum) are heavily reliant on more-than-adequate pad sets. Diamond skimped by with woeful, paltry pads for 2-3 years, until finally forced encouraged to dramatically improve their stock pads on their aluminum mask, even though one should strongly consider using one of the premier pad sets if using a mask like that frequently. Does that mean get a whole new mask? Not exactly! Most of these pads are available individually. Since the pads are sold separate from the mask, then... well... naturally there are mask frames that are sold bereft of any pathetic sub-optimum pads. Three great outfitters offering bare mask frames, ready to take pads and harness of your choosing are: +POS – Offering its light-as-a-feather-strong-as-an-ox hollow steel ZRO-G mask frame, in silver. Lightweight, great sight lines , rounded chin guard, classic look evocative of the Nike and older Wilson frames (perhaps there's substance to the myth that Nike used the ZRO-G planform when designing their Titanium & Steel iconic masks).Ump-Attire – The Emporium Co-Op of All Things Umpire offers Diamond's DFM-UMP-iX3 mask frame, in black. Aluminum, light but unyielding, with great sight lines, squared chin guard and extended crown guard. And with it sold through Ump-Attire, it has nearly the entire array of pads and harnesses to outfit it, as well as U-A's outstanding customer support.Honig's – The Outfitter keeps their trademark K4 mask frame out there, in black. Hollow plugged-end steel affording excellent, resilient protection, with a brief chin guard (ideally suited for any of a number of dangling throat protectors), "blowback" ear guards and an extended crown guard contributing to a sophisticated look. Nice feature of Honig's site, the frame can be ordered bare, or outfitted with any of the pads Honig's has in stock directly on the online page.1- All-Star is, unfortunately, not listed as their titanium show pony, the FM25Ti with its dual-wire eye slot and huge, radar-tower-like ear guards, is intended for catchers.
  14. Up for sale is a Wilson Dyna-lite gray mask. Photos attached. $90 or best offer for the mask shipped Pay Pal friends and family. Also all-black 14EE New Balance 995 base shoes used but with a lot of life left $50 or best offer shipped Pay Pal friends and family.
  15. ouch ...cross ups BAD! embed feature not available yet http://m.mlb.com/video/v364827083/?query=umpire
  16. +POS Umpire Equipment You guys remember +POS, right? No? Ah, new to umpiring? +POS has been around for at least a few decades as a "boutique" umpire (and other sports official) gear producer. In no way can it rival the mass produced quantities of a Wilson or an All-Star, but its real strength resides in innovation. Dan (founder) is a true gear engineer, and several of his designs have found their way into the production pieces for several of the "big guys". Recently, +POS rolled out a new website, and most of their catalog is currently on sale! That's significant discounts on the Mag-T magnesium alloy, 14oz mask, the iconic Zero-G mask, the Zero-G Chest Protector (doesn't a Douglas look alot like it? Hmmm), and select jackets. Oh, and while not on sale per se, the Zero-G mask makes an appearance as a naked frame! Get an iconic mask, throw a harness on it (they've got harnesses there for $3, seriously) and put your own pads – TWs, Wilson MFs, just about anything other than the Diamond stock pads – on it, and you've got a top-notch mask! Keep things POSitive!
  17. Fellow Gear Hounds, Over the winter, I bought a Nike NR Steel from @JoHart10. He had it powder coated Gunmetal Metallic by Tony at MaskIt, and it is a beautiful piece of equipment. It became my primary gamer, and really want it to be my go-to for upcoming tournaments and CDP. Just yesterday, I finished a stretch of 14 games in a local tournament (lost 1 due to rain), with the championship U16 game being the last game in the entire complex. I'm on plate, and trotted out the really snazzy gear. All pitchers were dealing, with the combined walks kept to the single digits. In the 4th inning, I took a foul ball to the face, and the mask, TWs, and loose harness did their combined job – I didn't feel any pain whatsoever, despite everyone immediately inquiring "You alright, Blue??". Even my grizzled BU partner came in my direction to check before I laughed off everyone's concerns and rearranged my mask and said "Play!" Peering through the bars, I felt crooked. After the next batter, I took my mask – my treasured Nike NRS – off to find... that impact bent the bars!! Just to the right of the lower eye slot, off-center, just off the upside-down-U, the ball pushed the main horizontal bar in noticeably. Now, I'm a farm kid and a technological whiz (quite the combo, huh?), so while I know bumps and dents are inevitable, I also know there must be a way to fix this. How would you fix this? Please advise!
  18. NEW Wilson Aluminum Dyna-Lite Mask The "weight" is over! Get it here first! As seen at Major League stadiums, get the professional quality and protection you need, at a price you want! Save $10 Exclusive Introductory Offer For our loyal customers only, purchase the highly anticipated Wilson Aluminum Dyna-Lite Mask for $99.99! (retails for $109.99) Use code DYNA9999 for your loyalty discount. Don't "weight"! Offer expires 8/31/14. Buy Now! ©2014 Ump-Attire.com Ump-Attire.com | Contact Us | 877.243.1421 C
  19. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wilson-Titanium-Umpires-Mask-/281614493075?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4191882593 Wilson Titanium – Looks like it's in pretty good condition.
  20. Time marches on, and we've got some new offerings in masks for the upcoming season... Hockey -Style Masks (HSM) All-Star is still the iconic HSM producer, but several rivals have made significant improvements to their product lineups. • All-Star: Showing focused refinement, the MVP4000-UMP and MVP2500-UMP models get updated padding and (supposedly) better paint jobs. In fact, the MVP2500 "Molded" is now black through-and-through, meaning that a ding or knick isn't going to discolor the shell. The MVP4000 is now offering a titanium cage, to keep pace with Wilson (see below). The System 7's, showcasing their I-Bar Vision construction, really allow the best sightlines of the HSMs on the market. • Diamond: The brand-new iX5 system is now on the scene, featuring a much more sculpted shell and 3D-formed cage. Unique to Diamond, the iX5 is the only HSM with a "shovel-front chin" on the cage. Looking like a throat-guard on a TM, this adds another deflective geometry to the mask, especially for those that drop the chin. The iX3 name has been dropped, and the previous model (the iX3) received some tweaking and has been released as a value-price-point named the EDGE Core. Of course, because umpires get much less "love" from the manufacturers, the "for-umpires" HSM is an EDGE Core labeled as DCH-EDGE-UMP. While it doesn't have the curves of the iX5, it still has the pronounced chin cage guard. • Easton: Made some needed improvements to the Mako, and are heavily marketing it as their flagship unit. For 2015, they've introduced the M7 (in two finishes – "grip" (matte) and "gloss"), which is a less-technical, slightly-lighter-weight unit that is posed to be their workhorse. It has a 3D-formed cage and a sculpted shell, indicating that is concentrating on deflective properties instead of mass and bulk, and appears to be so much more comfortable than the elder Rival. With the M7 now on the scene, Easton looks to be consolidating the Rival and the Stealth into a mask named Black Magic, and is aiming that more on youth (ie. 12U) baseball, and the budget price points. • Mizuno: Nothing new to report in their Samurai G4 line. It has the largest standoff and padding concentration in the crown of an HSM. • Nike: ... (sigh)... uh... Yes, Nike makes a HSM. It's called the De3539, and is made more as a branding piece (see? We're in baseball!) than as an advanced piece of protective gear. Unlike rival UnderArmour, who re-branded All-Star units, Nike... you can't tell who produces the Nike unit. • Rawlings: The Slowest-to-Update-Baseball-Company-In-the-World finally, finally introduced a new HSM after All-Star kicked their keester all down the 1BL. The CH1 (which, undoubtedly, stood for "Catching Helmet One") saw its shell redesigned, outfitted with new CoolFlo pads, and stuck with a curvy, sleek new cage that, strangely, looks like the negative (opposite) of All-Star's System 7 geometry. Hmmm. But it does look impressive! Debuting as the CH950 (so what happened to the 948 other versions?), look for this to be on a Molina near you soon. The entire lineup received CoolFlo pads. • Schutt: As one of the premier football helmet manufacturers, Schutt took their AiR technology and (finally!) applied it to their baseball HSMs. The catcher's HSM gets the AiR treatment first, labeled the AiR Maxx 2966. Unique and intriguing, Schutt extended the cage back along the temples, covering the ears and flanks of the shell. That means that's even more protection on the sides, and the cage carries and dissipates more energy before it reaches the shell. No one else is doing that! If you don't need the customizable comfort-fit of the AiR system, the 2966 is offered as an "umpire" version, but it (appears) to not get quite the cage treatment, still using the fall-2014 cage. • UnderArmour: UA is really trying to make headway in baseball, and they partnered up with one of the best in the business to do so in All-Star. UA's "Pro", though, is a re-branded All-Star MVP2300, which has the same shell, but doesn't have the iconic System 7 cage. • Wilson: Having already seen a significant improvement mid-season in 2014, the Shock FX 2.0 returns to the field, this time showcasing a titanium cage. The most technologically-advanced HSM of the bunch (for now, unless and until Force3 debuts a HSM entry), the SFX 2.0 is the apex protector for umpires; it just gets kinda haughty about it with the ... ahem... particular paint-job Wilson loves to show off. If you can't afford a Shock FX, but still want an HSM with the... Wilson paint job... look for the Prestige. Traditional Masks • All-Star: With a trimmer, more defined lineup, All-Star presses forward with the FM25Ti, FM25, FM4000 and FM2000. All four are offered as "umpire versions" with a hat-harness (instead of the Delta-Flex helmet harness), and give All-Star some distinction between itself and Wilson. This is noteworthy with the FM25Ti, which may be physically (titanium alloy and double-wire, more difficult to deform) and financially (titanium alloy, less costly) more appealing to a mid-level umpire than the pure-titanium show ponies Wilson and Nike trot out. Besides that, the FM4000 and FM2000 are instantly recognizable because of their bar layouts. • Diamond: How can you mess with one of the best-selling TMs in the industry, but still make it more appealing? Fix the pads! The iX3's geometry didn't change, but Diamond now offers new, improved pads on a re-labeled mask called DFM-UMP-BL (for "Big League", woo woo). This, and the venerable iX3, are one-in-the-same mask... one's named Ed, the other Fred. Oh, and you can get pads that have no logos on them. For those who really cling to tradition – we're talking Charleton Heston's grip – the DRM-PRO (used to be iX3) and DFM-43 double-bar masks are still available. • Easton: The Speed Elite returns, still with exceptionally lightweight construction in a robust geometry. It has some of the largest ear-guards in the business, and very reliable pads (think the complete opposite of the miserable pads on the Diamond iX3). It also has one of the smallest chin-throat guards, such that it encourages and makes easy the mounting of a hanging supplemental throat guard. • Force3: The mask everyone is rooting for. Now available in colors (and tan pads!! Sexxxxyyyyy), the Defender is a tangible promise that someone, somewhere is looking out for us who stand behind the plate. While it still is noticeably heavy, that weight has been steadily declining as Force3 continues to pare down the geometry and improve the hardware. The standoff distance is still something to be negotiated, as it feels like you're in cage, but this is the mask that should be your chief candidate if frontal, concussion-inducing impacts are your main concern. • Mizuno: Nothing new to report on out of Japan. • Nike: Unknown if Nike is even going to offer a mask for retail sale this year. • Schutt: Teamed up with Diamond, and offers the DFM-UMP labeled as the Comfort-Lite Mask. (If anyone from Schutt ever reads these forums, please contact me – I've got an intriguing mask design for you.) • UnderArmour: Continuing the relationship with All-Star, UA's UAFM Pro is a rebranded FM25, complete with I-Bar advertising tab on the chin. • Wilson: The big news came during the 2014 season, with the debut of new Memory Foam pads! They are meeting with rave feedback, and are probably the best rival to Team Wendys. Additionally, while the pads were developed independently, they debuted with the new Dynalite Aluminum mask, taking the spot as Wilson's lightest traditional mask in their lineup. This mask may be a Titanium-slayer, because with the lighter weight (marginal, but still), better pads, and lower cost, it addresses the three main issues umpires face (bad pun!) when selecting a mask. Disclaimer: I did not list Champro nor +POS because Champro's HSMs are rebrandings, and they have nothing new in TMs, while +POS designs some really innovative TMs, but has nothing obviously new for 2015 announced yet. Bonus Note: For those needing to protect a banged-up forearm, these might do the trick: https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/ua-forearm-pad/pid1220728-001
  21. Have any of you tried out this visor for your mask? Im thinking about adding this to my mask for my high school games. http://www.amazon.com/HS9500-Baseball-Catchers-Sunshield-Amber/dp/B001DXF0V2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420651538&sr=8-1&keywords=bangerz+baseball+visor I wouldnt dare do this for my college games just wanted to see how it looks.
  22. After searching this forum and using the Google machine, I've seen surprising little on the Wilson WTA3017 mask. I'd like to know if anyone has opinions, recommendations or cautions for or against using one.
  23. So my Alma Mater is having a "snowshoe baseball" tournament in February. I live in Northern Ontario, Canada, so needless to say, it will be really cold and lots of snow. Our February's are very cold (around -30C to -40C on some days). I have three masks, All-Star FM4000 with TW pads but I do have the stock pads, Diamond ix3 Featherweight with TW, and Wilson TI with stock pads. My problem is that I want it to be, not warm, but something that will be decently comfortable. I think the Wilson wrap around leather pads will be too cold. I think the TW pads will stiffen up. What experience do you have with this such cold weather and what mask do you recommend that won't cold on my face, but will still absorb the impact if I get hit?
  24. Recently bought a Nike Ti Frame from ACpar. Like new! I need money to pay for an upcoming camp! Frame Only $375 With New Black TW Pads $410
  25. Testing the market on a Wilson Dynalite with new doeskin wrap around pads that i purchased from bkesler and have yet to use. This mask also comes with a 6' Wilson Throat Guard. The frame is in good condition and the pads are in mint condition. Im in the market for Wilson platinum or Unequal shin guards. I am interested in selling or trading for a pair of shin guards. PM me with offers. Thanks!
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