Force3 V2 Silver Defender Hockey Style Umpire Helmet
Lake Elsinore, CA
This is by far the best hockey-style umpire helmet I have worn. This provides total protection and can take a hit directly in the center of the cage without feeling the shot from an un-caught ball or foul ball. I purchased this a while back and a fellow umpire took a shot with his traditional mask and received a concussion. I gave him this mask and he will not use anything else. I am the UIC for my local little league and just purchased 2 more. If you umpiring games at 13 and above this is a piece of equipment you must have. Force3 did a great job with the mask. Also, check out the Force3 traditional umpire masks. Many umpires in my district use them and they love them.
Love this mask!!! Took a direct shot and barely felt it. Was a little heavy to begin with but is easy to get used to.
I love it. I had an older umpire mask that was very heavy. I took several balls to the mask that really hurt. I was unsure about the bucket style. But I am very happy with the Force 3 Hockey style. It feels lighter and is very comfortable. I tried to wear a cap under it practicing but it's wasted effort and messed with vision. I wear two ball bags and can fit a 4 stitch hat in my bag. I wear it for plate meetings and in between meetings but do not mess with it for plays in the field or at the plate. I am apart of the Houston TASO chapter and they do not require a hat if you wear a bucket, but I wear it between innings just because I feel naked there just standing without it. I love this Force3 mask and feel I can see and move my head better. All the catchers are jealous.
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UMPIRE GEAR SAFETY PSA: When wearing a cap under your umpire helmet, it is very important to ensure the bill of the cap is not exposed.
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.