All-Star 4-Dial Die Cast Metal Umpire Indicator - 3/2/2 Count
Definitely the best indicator I've used to date. It is easily 3 times heavier than its plastic counterpart. Although the dials are stiff, a little silicone lubricant helps with ease whilst holding its place. Robust, easy to read without looking, heavy, and ergonomically correct for my hands. The 3-2-2 was crucial for me as having the additional number on others had thrown me off a time or two in the past.
I wanted to replace my 20-year-old +POS metal notched 3/2/2 and this has done the job. The only thing I hate is when you look down in the sun at it! But with the notches, I only look at the count once a week or so.
Like the weight, little harder than other indicators to move the dials.
Bought two of them, have used for 3 seasons, Love the ergonomics, a little heavier than the plastic ones, but I like the weight. Rolling the dials has a distinct click and has slight resistance which helps me from rolling too many units. One distinct issue I have with (1 less star) it is the polished finish which is blinding on a bright day, I painted the face of mine black to reduce sun glare. Non-reflective surface would make this 5 stars in my book...
Quite possibly the best umpire indicator I've ever used. Size and weight works good for me!
Very good piece of work. Heavy duty. 5 stars.
This indicator is heavy, so I would not expect a thin sheet metal version. This has a cast body. It took me a few games to get used to the weight, but now it is not an issue. The one thing that kept me from giving 5 stars is the visibility of the numbers. The body is fairly shiny metallic, as are the wheels with contrasting black on the numbers. However, I do not feel that this is enough contrast for easy viewing. Since it is cast, I could disassemble easily (2 screws) and then paint the dials with high visibility paint. The black numbers on that background make this indicator perfect.
These are perfect! They are super heavy duty, so will take any knock and the 'no-look notches' are perfect! That saves me having to notch my indicators any more. Would definitely get these again if I ever needed to and will recommend them to my fellow association members!
I've had quite a few indicators but this is by far my favorite! The weight and feel fit great in my hand. The glare can be a big problem, but I used blackboard tape to cover and solved the problem. I also love the fact that I can open it up to clean and oil.
I have used several brands but this is the best so far. I like that I don't have to roll through to get to 0. Super handy and great for fellas with big hands.
Locust Grove, GA
Absolutely love this umpire indicator! Feels rock solid in my hand and I personally love the slightly heavier weight than the plastic indicators, which I used for years before getting this a couple years ago. Also love the 3-2-2 layout, plus the innings dial to use if necessary. Note that the dials can be a little stiff at times, but that has not caused any issues for me. I have heard of guys opening theirs up and putting in a drop of oil to loosen them up, but I haven't felt the need to do so. Highly recommend this indicator.
Love this indicator! I've been using this model indicator for better than 6 years. After using it, I find it hard to use any other. It is so solid and I love the heavier feel. It is definitely worth the few extra dollars. Only negative I can find is the chrome face, sometimes the sun or lights can cause a reflection on your eyes, to solve that, I took a piece of scotch-brite and dulled up the face. Only one on the market like it. Thanks ALL-STAR!
This is my second one, had the first one for over 5 yrs. I think this is the best umpire indicator out there. Works great. Comes apart well, just two screws and once cleaned and oiled up works like brand new once again. The reason for a new one is I wore this one out. I will never buy any other indicators. I don't really get why you would want one that tells you it is strike 3 or ball 4.
Went to this from a pretty cheap plastic one. The bulk in my opinion is worth it since to me it feels stronger. Wheels slide OK but aren't the greatest. As well as going from a 4-3-3 counter to a 3-2-2 counter was pretty difficult. Also carries a hefty price tag that could definitely be lowered to a more plausible number.
Why did nobody tell me these existed when I started umpiring? This is by far the best umpire indicator I have ever used. 1) It does away with the worthless "strike 3" and "ball 4" options (some might not consider this a positive, but I certainly do). 2) You can feel exactly what the status Is without looking. I never miss any game action because I'm resetting my indicator. 3) With a screwdriver, you can take it apart and use a dry lubricant (I use graphite) when it gets stiff. My only regret is that I didn't purchase it sooner.
Neptune City, NJ
Had this umpire indicator and tossed it out...too heavy, wheels don't rotate well, not good for hot days and I can never get used to the strikes being first. It makes no sense to have strikes listed first on any indicator....love the 3-2-2 so I bought the cheap plastic one with the balls first and works just as well and it a lot cheaper.
I know some reviewers don't, but I like the heft of this. Will see how well it holds up, but early indications are good, particularly compared to cheap plastic indicators. Big fan of the 3-2-2. Two drawbacks. Not fun to hold on a particularly humid day if your hands are sweaty. Also sometimes the wheel rotation is not smooth and you wonder if it will be caught between numbers. I suppose the notching is good for those who want to use it, but I don't see myself doing that. Good thing on the wheels is that they don't end up blistering or hurting your fingers as often happens after a full game using one of the cheaper plastic indicators.
This is by far the best indicator on the market. - The "no look" ability of this is fabulous once you learn the groove pattern (its like reading braille) I can go a whole game without looking at my indicator - The weight of this indicator is heavy but I find it makes it easy to find in your ball bag - Well built and will last a very long time - Easy to turn the dials out of the package
I read all the bad reviews, all of them complained about the weight of the indicator, this was not an issue for me at all. I'm a bit disappointed, I should have noticed it myself, but when reading the Indicator from left to right it says Strike then Ball. I would have preferred that it would be like my old indicator where it is Ball then Strike. And you know... because we say "3 Balls, 2 Strikes." NOT, 2 Strikes, 3 Balls.
My favorite indicator so far! I had a bad habit of looking at my indicator too much until I found this one. I learned the pattern of the notches in the first inning that I used this indicator and now I don't look down at it at all! Don't let that habit be what an evaluator dings you on... get this and you won't have to worry about it.
If you like a MANLY Indicator, this is the one for you. It took me a few games to get use to the weight. I like the 2 strike, 3 ball, 2 out. A lot less clicking. The price is quite a bit more, but well worth it if you do a lot of games. Scratch up the shiny surface with a wire brush to reduce sun glare during day games.
I have two of these indicators, and they are the best-made indicators I've ever owned in over 20 years. Very solid in the hand, very durable, these indicators can take a beating. Frankly, I don't place much stock in the complaints about the weight, because while they're heavier than a plastic or aluminum indicator, you're not carrying a brick out there. Buy one of these, and you'll never have to buy another indicator again. One downside to this indicator is that the dials and the casing are both metal, which makes the wheels difficult to turn out of the box. I unscrewed the back (another bonus), took some CLP (lubricant for gun parts) and easily fixed it. The wheels now spin easily. The other downside to this indicator is that the notch the ball wheel is very pointy. Anytime there's a 1-ball count, the notch is sticking straight out. I've taken a couple shots to the hand on this count, resulting in the indicator pinching and creating a blood blister. I've learned to adjust how I hold the indicator to prevent this from happening, but it's something to keep in the back of your mind. I do wish All-Star made a "non-notched" option, since frankly, I've never found these notches to be advantageous. However, I consider both of these "downsides" to be very small nits to pick, and I still give this indicator a 4-star rating due to its excellent construction and durability
Drexel Hill, PA
I love this Indicator. The weight is perfect. I never lose in my bag. Does anyone know if they make a 3 wheel indicator the same die cast? I don't use the innings but I want the weight.
Certainly, this is a well made product. Solid construction, but, also very heavy. My biggest issue was that it is a 3 ball / 2 strike / 2 out indicator, and then rolls to a 0. If you are used to a 4/3/3 indicator, this may effect your game. I found it easier to just do what I've been doing with my 4/3/3 steel, than trying to adapt to this 3/2/2 one. If I'd started with this, I can see where it would last a lifetime. Old dog - no new trick this day.
I have carried this indicator on-field for several years, and I love it. It is the most durable indicator you can find, and it is is the 3/2/2 style that I prefer. It is heavier than most indicators, but that isn't really an issue, especially as I work mine from my ball bag, not in my hand. The weight actually makes it easier to find, as does its slightly larger size. Several umpires in my association have begun carrying it, after having used mine.
Nice indicator. It is very heavy duty and will last forever. The notches are great. It is very nice not having to always look down at it for the count. The only drawbacks are it is too shiny as the sun's reflection will blind you on the afternoon games. But I solved that with a wire brush. Also, I wish it didn't have the innings. I never keep track of them on my indicator, and having only ball, strike, and outs would make it smaller.
Very heavy and slick. The notches are tough to distinguish. The negatives outweigh the only positive which is that it's the only 3-2-2 indicator with innings which I like to keep track of runs scored.
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