All-Star System Seven Umpire Chest Protector
Elk Grove, CA
This umpire chest protector does an amazing job making you feel secure, took 92 fastball foul tip straight off chest, almost painless. The neck opening is a little narrow at first, but you get use to it and it shapes to your body really well. However, it seems to push all my sweat down under my chest towards my stomach and I end up getting these tiger strips of sweat along the bottom side, really wish that went away. Otherwise, love the product.
San Antonio, TX
After taking a shot that hit right between the plates on another CP, I went with this one, in the 15" model. I am 5' 11", 225 lbs, 36" waist, 48" chest, 17.5" neck....by all reviews, I should've gone with the smaller size, but found the 15" fits great. Protection is second to none. Took a shot to almost the same spot as mentioned above and felt nothing. I love that it easily covers the bottom of my ribs without being obtrusive. It takes some time to get it broken in, but the All-Star harness does it's usual great job (have one on all my other CPs). As others have mentioned, and with a 17.5" neck, I feared the size of the neck opening. But, it's not the width that is bothersome...it's the front plate coming up too high. I found that when I got in my stance, it was noticeably distracting pushing up into my neck. I took my Dremel and cut about 1/2" off the front plate, tapering the cut so it matched the original profile...made it perfect!
Probably the best chest protector I've ever owned. I'm 6'2" and have a large frame, the extra plating around the rib area really is nice. I've taken several shots direct to the chest and had no problems whatsoever. I do agree with some of the other reviews that I wish the neck area was a little bit larger but you get used to it.
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