Wilson MLB West Vest Pro Umpire Shin Guards
Michael George S.
If you routinely work a 4-man crew (never have to run/hustle up to 3rd or up the line), and you want heavy huge bulletproof shin guards with maximum coverage, then these get 5 stars. However, if you don't want to look like Gumby, hate hook straps that rust (vs. snap-clips), don't need a metatarsal plate because you have plate shoes, need to be able to run and hustle, then there are much better options. Personally, I'd give the Force 3 shin guards 6 stars, the Wilson Platinums 3.5, and haven't used any of the others available for sale. I originally bought these my 1st year, thinking I needed the absolute best protection for LL--and I was afraid :-) 10 years later, I wish someone had steered me in a different direction starting out. I've taken 85-90 mph+ shots off the Force 3 shin guards and never felt a thing. Those, you don't even know you have them on. These, you can't ever forget you have them on.
I'm 6'1, I needed the extra length to protect above my knees. I had the Wilson platinum shin guards and didn't cover my upper knee and got hit there a couple times. These are bigger and I feel more protected. These are the gold standard shin guards, especially for taller umpires!
These umpire shin guards are the real deal. A lot of protection and very comfortable! They are a bit bulkier than the platinum pair but I don't feel any mobility issues with them. I am looking forward to using them this season!
Questions About This Product
|Q:||I've had these shin guards for a few years, and I really enjoy them. But both the clips and the rings they clip to have heavily rusted. What causes this, and is there a way to fix it?|
– John Uhal
Moisture and exposure to the air combined will eventually rust these metal pieces. Best practice is to wipe down your gear after each use and store in a dry area.– Ty Unthank
Communication & Service Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and Umpire
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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.