Force3 V2 Silver Defender Umpire Mask with Black + FREE Mask Bag
Force3 Defender Umpire Mask Comparison
Force3 compares impact of their Defender umpire mask vs. a traditional style umpire mask
Spring Training game, inexperienced catcher with a pitcher throwing 80+ mph in his warm-up. You can see where I'm going with this. First day breaking in this Force3 V2 Defender Umpire mask and I am saved from a direct hit from this guy's fastball. Even on a cold day, I felt literally nothing, righted the mask on my face and continued with no delay. A day later as I write this, zero residual effect. As for the mask, there's a small mark on the bottom of the top "U" bar (literally he hit me dead-centre) but no bend. I'm very confident with this mask, and I won't wear anything else now.
Can't say enough about this Force3 Defender Mask - I absolutely love it! Have taken a few fouls and one uncaught pitch directly to it - result was absolutely nothing - Force 3 has a winner here! Weighs about 7 oz more than my now backup mask but the protection is well worth it!
Oak Hill, VA
Based on my research on the Defender Umpire Mask as far as protection it is a great product. However, a fellow umpire let me try his out during an evaluation game and the thing is pretty darn heavy. I have a Diamond mask with Team Wendy pads that I would imagine provides a similar level of protection. I keep waiting for them to come out with the 2nd generation of this product that is lighter. Overall, if you can adjust to the added weight and you are playing higher level games you should definitely consider this.
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WARNING: Participants in any sports activity assume risk of injury. This equipment may be used to help aid in preventing or reducing the extent of injury. No equipment can guarantee umpire or player safety from injury during participation, and use of this equipment carries no such guarantee. Do not use any umpire equipment that is damaged in any way.