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Just arrived this afternoon:
Yup, that’s a Diamond DFM-iX3-Pro. For catchers. In aluminum.
It weighs nothing.
I gotta say, the pads on this thing, as simple as they are, are better than the default pads on the Umpire version (not the DFM-UMP-BL)! In any case, it’s strong, light, and offers a rather generous eyeport. It won’t bend.
The only reason this didn’t really gain traction with catchers is because it’s not an All-Star or UnderArmour, or Nike, or Easton (who all use titanium or steel), and the NFHS codes prohibit them. Without them carried on retail shelves, they’re only order-able online, where they get undercut by insanely cheap steel masks (Rawlings, Wilsons and MacGregors) or overlooked in favor of the name-brand starlets (Easton, UnderArmour, All-Star).
I ordered this mask in for one of my fellow umpires who is using an old TAG -brand steel, bent like a coat hanger would be to be used as a TV antenna. I have a black harness for it, and we’ll be teaming this up with +POS tan leather pads... which should be arriving any day now.
Oh yeah, the price? Ordered direct from Diamond, $30.
I know the buzz, for some, is to get your hands on a NIKE umpire mask.
I have a BRAND NEW NIKE UMPIRE MASK with black pads. I am not interested in wearing it, therefore, I'd like to sell it. I'm a fan of the Force3 mask and appreciate what it's done for me after getting hit a few times with it on.
You can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make an offer. I won't reply, "How much do you want for it?" You all know what these go for and I have a million other things going on to go back and forth with it.
BIDDING STARTS TODAY & I DO HAVE PAYPAL. Once it's sold, I'll make another announcement on this thread.
This is just a post out of sheer curiosity. I was wondering what is everyone's, current, primary mask. I'm not as interested in all your masks as there is already a thread for that ( see "Mask Porn"). I'm just curious as to the mask that you use on a regular basis.
I currently still use my Nike Ti on a regular basis.