Top 10 Trending Summer Umpire GearJul 10th, 2017
If you are working games this summer, you know it's been "HOT! HOT! HOT!". Umpires have seen triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest U.S. and high heat indexes and humidity levels in much of the rest of the U.S.
So what's an umpire to do when you can't just cancel the game and sit in the air conditioning? From analyzing what umpires are ordering this summer, it is obvious many are looking to their gear and apparel for solutions to help them beat the heat.
All the top sellers trend toward:
- Light, Cool Colors
- Performance Fabrics
- Lighter Weight Gear
- POLY SPANDEX Umpire Pants by Smitty
Charcoal and Heather Grey
- SKY BLUE Replica Umpire Shirts
Smitty and Majestic Brands (Majestics sold out until September 2017)
- Richardson Pulse PERFORMANCE Umpire Caps
- WATER-RESISTANT Smitty XL Expandable Umpire Ball Bags
- TAN PADDING Force3 V2 Defender Umpire Masks
- LIGHTWEIGHT Champro Pro-Plus Umpire Chest Protector
- CREAM Smitty Umpire Shirts
(Yes, cream - the best selling traditional umpire shirt color this summer)
- LOW-CUT New Balance V3 MLB Umpire Plate Shoes
- NOSWEAT Cap and Helmet Liners
- ULTRA COOLING Towel with Infused Copper by McDavid
What umpire gear and apparel do you prefer in the summer months?
Feelin' HOT! HOT! HOT!
Don't umpire like Buster Poindexter.
About the Author
President Jim Kirk
Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.