Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards
Official 2-Minute Review: Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards
Ty takes you behind the plate and shows you why the Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards are top-of-the-line with maximum protection.
- Crew How-To: Measure and Size Your Umpire Shin Guards
Palm Harbor, FL
Best shin guards for the money. Love the detachable pads, easy to wash and keep clean. The plastic clips are durable, don't rust as others metal ones have in the Florida humidity. Protection, value, and coverage factors are superior to other shin guards I've worn.
Awesome quality and very comfortable. Force 3 is at the top of the umpire equipment game. I prefer the plastic clips to the metal on other brands, no rust to worry about. If you wear mid-cut umpire plate shoes, go to the next lower size. I measured myself at 16", but the 14.5" set of shin guards were a much better fit.
According to the measurements, I should have worn the 16 1/2" set, but when I tried them on they were WAAAAAY too tall. They were fine while standing, but whenever I got into my set position as I do behind the plate, they pulled up and had an ungainly-looking 3" extension above my knee. It looked really weird. I opted to try the 14 1/2" pair, which are advertised as the SHORTEST available for baseball umpires, which is weird, because I'm, 5' 10", but these seem to fit fine. The video and some reviews mentioned how the pants tend to get stuck behind them, and that happened to me. As suggested, I moved the inner padding up an inch and it seems to have alleviated the problem. I do like the clips versus traditional buckles. They are very light and form-fitting so I think they will be great behind the plate.
Questions About This Product
|Q:||I am 5’1 and struggle with shin guards being way too high up. Would these work for me? My other shin guards go mid-thigh sometimes higher. |
– Mindy Witt
To find the proper size shin guard, please take the measurement from the center of your knee cap down to where the shin guards will rest on your plate shoes. The 14.5-inch shin guards will probably be the best fit, close without going over. See our Fitting Room and this Crew How-To for more info!– Ty Unthank
Communication & Service Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and 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.