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Solution to bulky padding in Wilson Platinum?


Ump0000

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My solution might not be for everybody. I just took those pads out and left them out.

My Platinum fits me so that my shoulders are well covered. The actual shoulder cups hit more at my triceps/biceps area. So, now that area only has the plastic shell of the shoulder cap, minus the padding.

I made this change at the suggestion of another umpire years ago. In all those years, I've never taken a hit in this area that caused a problem. The protector is so much more comfortable! It almost feels low profile...or, at least it doesn't feel like Franken-ump anymore!

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I removed mine as well.

On me, that cap isn't covering any boney parts, just meat, so the padding can be removed. BUT THAT'S JUST ME. Don't do this because I, or anyone else said to.

Everyone is built differently. Some more differently than others. So do a bone check before hitting the diamond, please. Just like checking if that bottom rib is covered, when you're down in your stance. 

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Guys, I know I'm late responding, but thanks for the suggestions.  What I ended up doing is getting a pair of soccer knee pads with neoprene pads and cut the neoprene out to for the shoulder cap of the Platinum and used velcro to hold them in place. Very low profile and I live the result. 

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7 hours ago, Ump0000 said:

Guys, I know I'm late responding, but thanks for the suggestions.  What I ended up doing is getting a pair of soccer knee pads with neoprene pads and cut the neoprene out to for the shoulder cap of the Platinum and used velcro to hold them in place. Very low profile and I live the result. 

Pics please. Thanks 

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Wow that's great! I'll definitely keep this in mind for future CPs. Thanks for posting!

Also, nice to see Wilson got rid of the giant W and started using a police flag instead! ;)  Definitely improves the look!

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Just now, Young_Ump said:

Wow that's great! I'll definitely keep this in mind for future CPs. Thanks for posting!

Also, nice to see Wilson got rid of the giant W and started using a police flag instead! ;)  Definitely improves the look!

I'd rather support the police than Wilson lol

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On 7/23/2020 at 12:13 AM, Ump0000 said:

I have a small size Platinum and was wondering if anyone had any solution to replace or modify to padding in the shoulder caps?

As others have said, the easiest, lowest-cost solution is to just remove them.

Indeed, both the Platinum and Gold CPs suffer from the same lazy, arcane, out-of-touch product regard from Wilson – the (over)use of upholstery foam in the vest. As such, this upholstery foam causes the wearer to look (and feel) just as bulky and unwieldy as an old couch, especially in the shoulders.

@Razzer is a big advocate of low-cost “camping foam”, which is a closed-cell foam, sold in a roll of blue or green, and used as a pad under sleeping bags, cots, or other non-heat-producing camping equipment. It’s cheap, effective, and for gear tinkerer’s purposes (like Ray, Wolfe, and me), is a good stand-in for proposed advanced materials.

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For your purposes, it would work great.

Get some of that, and trace-out and cut it to match the shape of the pauldron plate. Then trace and slice two slits for the attaching strap, or Velcro tab. If you want to run zip-ties thru it, you can. A very low-cost and extremely satisfying act is to slice the Velcro tab itself off the Wilson pad and use it as the anchoring strap. Then, toss the ol’ Wilson pad to a neighborhood dog, which will love playing with it.

Voílá! You have yourself a much sleeker, but still “padded” set of shoulder pauldrons.

Oh, and bless your heart, @Ump0000, on removing that stupid, useless billow pad on your Platy! In the category of “Most Useless ‘Feature’ On A Product”, it’s top of the list.

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This material is fantastic to work with and it will do a great job for this type of fix.

I use it all the time when I am making things and will make a very good back pad combined with HD 80 & LD 45 Plastazote foams 

Think Sandwich covered in a cool max cover and you have a nice low profile pad...me I am working on a pad replacement program and seriously considering doing a full CP. 

Lightweight low profile and offering better protection than the sofa cushion  Max talks about.

Just this week an MLB umpire was asking about making a pad for his Gold but wanted to keep his cover...cannot be done that way because the Gold foam is glued down to both sides of the nylon. Look at he back of any Gold and you will see creases which happen over time and can be created just the way they are shipped from the factory.

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