Force3 Silver Defender Umpire Mask with Black
Official Review: Force3 Defender Umpire Mask
See our review on the latest generation of Defender Umpire mask and the improvements Force3 has made.
The mask itself is comfortable to wear however the padding behind the spring mechanism needs to be reinforced. As a catcher's mask this works very well. As an umpire's mask however, you need to wear a hard shell underneath. I took a shot off the mask right at the spot where the springs are located and the impact drove the mechanism into my head causing an injury. The actual blow from the baseball didn't injure me, the mask did. If you're getting this mask, be sure to get a hard shell cap to wear with it. Since using the hard shell, I enjoy this mask much more.
I made this upgrade prior to the season and used it for the first time last night. It is a bit heavier than my old Diamond mask but still very comfortable. The top pad will cause you to put more bend in your cap, but nothing to worry about compared to the added protection you receive. Another great purchase from Ump-Attire!!!
Genoa City, WI
I love this Force3 mask. I took two foul ball shots in the mask barely felt the impact. Also, the downside is that this mask made my neck hurt a lot when I umpire USA Softball tournaments to High School Softball Freshmen and JV games.
Questions About This Product
|Q:||Is there a way a tighten the harness? The straps that are side to side are not adjustable. When the adjustments on there are made, those other straps bump up and look funny.|
– Kathy Kilgore
The harness tightens around the umpires head by adjusting the straps extending around the mask frame. The straps down from the center to the sides do not adjust. The Force3 harness has the longest straps of all mask harnesses.– Ty Unthank
Marketing Specialist, HS & College 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.