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Hi all,

I am new here and looking for some advice on gear for my son who will beginning to umpire behind the plate this year. He is 5'0 and 90 pounds and I have been struggling to find gear that fits him that isn't his catchers gear. The main piece I want to have upgraded is his chest protector from his catchers gear. If you have suggestions on any of the piece of gear for him, it would be appreciated. I do run our youth umpire program as well, but I want him to have his own gear over sharing gear so it is always sized properly for  him. 

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A Champion CP might be a very good fit for him.  To me, they're nice for smaller-bodied umpires and still offer hard-shell protection.  https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/P2/Champion-Body-Armor-

Exactly what I was going to suggest 

Just because no one said doesn't mean they didn't think it. Not only does  @MadMax have mad skills with gear, he also has the inside track on posters' inner thoughts.

1 hour ago, mjenkins3113 said:

gear for my son who will beginning to umpire behind the plate this year.

“Wilson’s all ya need.” 
“Buy for the baseball you want to be doing.” 
“If the guys in the Bigs use it, it must be right.” 
 

Whew! Aren’t we glad that ya came here and talked with us, huh? 

I think my esteemed fellow gear-geek Wolfe’s got you on the best track for your son’s first few years of umpiring – either a Small Champion P2xx (in your case, it’d be a 13” P220), or a used Wilson Gold in Small (but even this might be a bit hefty). The advantages the Champion have over the Wilson are on width (narrower), bulk (lighter, less superfluous material), and cost (half the price tag, and your money doesn’t go off to pay some ridiculous licensing fee, patent cost, or somebody’s retirement fund). 

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1 hour ago, MadMax said:

“Wilson’s all ya need.” 
“Buy for the baseball you want to be doing.” 
“If the guys in the Bigs use it, it must be right.” 
 

Whew! Aren’t we glad that ya came here and talked with us, huh? 

I think my esteemed fellow gear-geek Wolfe’s got you on the best track for your son’s first few years of umpiring – either a Small Champion P2xx (in your case, it’d be a 13” P220), or a used Wilson Gold in Small (but even this might be a bit hefty). The advantages the Champion have over the Wilson are on width (narrower), bulk (lighter, less superfluous material), and cost (half the price tag, and your money doesn’t go off to pay some ridiculous licensing fee, patent cost, or somebody’s retirement fund). 

Max, Max, Max .... you can't help yourself, can you? :)   No one above mentioned Wilson, did they? ;) 

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3 hours ago, Thunderheads said:

Max, Max, Max .... you can't help yourself, can you? :)   No one above mentioned Wilson, did they? ;) 

Just because no one said doesn't mean they didn't think it. Not only does  @MadMax have mad skills with gear, he also has the inside track on posters' inner thoughts.

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Beat me to the Champion recommendation as well.

Hit your local Play It Again sports as the season gets closer and people start trading stuff in to replace it with new stuff. You might be able to find a steal of a deal there.

But at around $60 or so. The Champion is hard to beat.

(Cool side note about the Champion... at one point, it was amongst the fastest growing choices for MiLB umpires because of its protectiveness and its low price point.)

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17 hours ago, Aging_Arbiter said:

dang...........you guys are good.   I was going to suggest double helpings of meat & potatoes. :sarcasm:

I mean... "meat and potatoes" could be a valid answer for many of life's problems. 

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