Force3 Silver Defender Umpire Mask with Tan
Official Review: Force3 Defender Umpire Masks
Ty takes you behind the plate and shows you the spring loaded technology of the Force3 Defender Umpire Mask.
Cedar Park, TX
BIG fan of this umpire mask. Yes, it is heaver than your other traditional umpire masks but in my opinion it is not noticeable enough to be a deal breaker. First batter to come up even threw me a complement on it. Force3 is doing something right with this umpire mask.
Round Rock, TX
Awesome mask. Prior Wilson mask welds broke after years of use. Bought the Force3 Defender umpire mask. It got initiated at a showcase tournament in Franklin, TX. Didn't feel a thing. Absorbed the force of 80+ fastball no problem. Mask not a virgin no more. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
The Force3 Defender Umpire Mask is heavier than my current Honig's mask equipped with Team Wendy Pads. The difference is 0.28 lbs or almost 1/3 of a lb. After just wearing the mask for an extended period of time the weight difference is noticeable. I think the reason it seems much heavier is because the weight is further from your face due to the dual cage setup. I am hoping this can be overcome with use as I feel The Defender does provide more protection. The other issue I have is with the harness. I have a large head 7-5/8" and the harness was too deep from top to bottom as if it was designed more for use while wearing a catcher's helmet. The side of the harness came down over the tops of my ears. I replaced the Force3 harness with a MLB harness and it fits just fine with a cap. I have not had a chance to try in a game setting so only 3-1/2 stars for now.
Questions About This Product
|Q:||What is the difference between the Force3 Defender V2 and the Defender V1?|
– Lou Scatorchia
|A:||The Force3 Defender V2 Umpire Mask has a 3 spring system, which reduces overall weight (a good thing), whereas the V1 had a 4 spring system. The V2 also has a leather insert on the mask pads.|
– Josh Mann
Pro School Umpire Graduate
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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.