How to Attach A Wilson Premium Replacement Harness to Your Wilson Umpire Chest ProtectorSep 14th, 2018
In 2018, Wilson released an option to upgrade the original stock harness of the West Vest Umpire Chest Protectors. The Premium Umpire Chest Protector Replacement Harness offers a major upgrade to your Wilson chest protector.
Here's how to replace your original stock harness with the upgraded replacement harness, focusing on the Wilson Gold, Platinum and Charcoal umpire chest protectors.
Before getting started, turn your chest protector over and take a good look at how your current harness is threaded. You will be using the same attachment style as the original stock harness.
The Wilson Premium Replacement Umpire Chest Protector Harness comes with all the hardware needed to attach to hard-shell Wilson chest protectors.
Chest Protector Top Strap Removal
First, remove your harness from your chest protector by unthreading the top connection points. Pay attention to the steps you take here. You will be doing the steps in reverse to attach your replacement harness.
New harness into top of chest protector
With the back side of the chest protector facing you, thread the top elastic strap of the replacement harness through the plastic buckle connection point on the chest protector itself. To secure this strap, thread the excess back under the plastic buckle on the harness. You will feed the excess under, then over, then back under the plastic buckle on the elastic strap. This will secure one side of the replacement harness to your chest protector. Repeat this process on the other side.
Note: Sliding the plastic buckle on the elastic strap prior to this step will adjust the final length and fit of the chest protector.
Feed harness strap through buckle on chest protector shoulder
Thread excess strap through plastic buckle on harness
Under, over, Under to secure shoulder strap in buckle
Pull Tight through the buckle
Adjust lenghth of elastic shoulder and body straps
Adjust the straps so the chest protector is high and snug to your collar bone / neck and around your midsection. Once you find the best fit, you may want to secure the straps from shifting with a small ring of tape just behind the buckles.
That's it! Your Wilson Umpire Chest Protector has now received a major upgrade.
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