As umpire chest protectors cover your vital organs, whether a baseball or fast-pitch softball umpire, youth or MLB umpire, you want the most protection you can afford. In hard shells, Wilson sells more. However, other brands have longer hard shells for taller frames.
Some umpires prefer lower profile and lighter umpire chest protectors found in Champion and Douglas brands or the soft shells of Diamond or Champro. The Wilson Guardian chest protector is a hybrid - part-hard and part-soft.