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.
Have been looking for replacements for old shin guards and everything I read pointed to the Force3. I finally broke down and bought them and they have been terrific. Very comfortable and seem to be quite protective. I would recommend them to anyone that asks!
I bought the Force3 umpire shin guards. When I got them I didn't know how I would like them. I used them over the weekend. They where so comfortable and light. I couldn't even feel I had them on. I just have to say thanks to Ty for talking about them. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys umpiring.
Fellow umpire suggested these umpire shin guards and I'm extremely happy. Was a little concerned about the 4 straps, but to be honest, I don't even feel like I'm wearing guards. Very light, no issues coming out from behind the plate even in the late innings. Highly recommend them. Have used them for games up to 19U level.
Almost a perfect umpire shin guard. I have worn them for years. Just purchased my second pair this season. I added the Umplife harnesses and now they are ridiculously comfortable. A significant upgrade from the Wilson Platinum shins I started out with. And the removable, washable, inside pad is really convenient.
New Fairfield, CT
I just worked 7 games in two days. Foul balls pounded my shins and I didn't even blink. My old shin guards would have let some of these shots sting, but I felt nothing. The ankle guard saved me twice. Slim fit and light weight so moving out from behind the plate is very, very easy. The removable inserts are really good for the sake of repositioning. The knee hinge is excellent, and keeps you from running "straight legged". Great look under Combo umpire pants so you don't look you've got them on. Excellent value for the $119.00. I don't see me needing another pair of umpire shin guards ever.
Las Vegas, NV
The only umpire shins I have ever worn were Wilson West Vest Pros, and I have always thought they were unnecessarily bulky. Now that I have used the Force3 umpire shin guards, I know that you don’t have to have bulky heavy shin guards for the ultimate protection behind the plate. It’s so much easier to move and be in position to help your partner. I do agree with moving the padding up slightly to avoid your pants being caught when you come out of your crouch. Buy these shin guards!
Costa Mesa, CA
2nd set of these that I have purchased. I gifted my 1st pair to my teen aged son who is starting out. Not much more I can say than I chose them again and purchased a second set. They are the best, period.
These umpire shin guards are awesome! You can remove the inner padding for machine washing or to adjust the height of the padding. Super light weight but extremely strong protection. Forms and molds to your leg to give great side protection. Super comfortable.
North Babylon, NY
Sleek, protective, light-weight & comfortable. Changed over from Wilson Platinums. I loved the protection form the Wilson’s, but wanted more lightweight shin guards with the same protection. Some of the other shin guards I tried, like the All-Star Cobalt, those were too right around my ankles. Only suggestion I have that seems to be of popular opinion, is to buy a size smaller. By measurement I was a 16.5 but those actually went well above my knees because I wear mid plate shoes. 14.5 are absolutely perfect. I am a huge fan of the buckles as well.
Best umpire shin guards I’ve owned. You take some shots in college baseball at times, but with these umpire shin guards you barely notice. Well worth the purchase.
I don’t have much else to add than what others have already said but I agree with the general consensus that these are excellent umpire shin guards. Very light and very comfortable! I’m 5’11 and bought the 14.5 size and they go perfectly with my New Balance mu460v3 plate umpire shoes. Very much worth the investment.
St Albans, VT
These are by far, the most comfortable umpire shin guards I have worn. The stretch straps and click buckle are unique and easy to use. Thank you Ump-Attire.com for another quality product.
Best umpire shin guards I have had. They are so comfortable and the buckles prevent rust. These are the best.
Picked up a pair of these Force 3 Ultimate umpire shin guards as I had been seriously considering retiring my Wilson West Vest Golds due to their bulkiness and weight. These umpire shin guards were the perfect selection. They’re definitely lighter and possess a lower profile which is a great feature. Padding is comfortable and the plastic buckle style clips are superior to the traditional hook style on the Wilson West Vest Golds. Definitely worth the investment!
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.
These are the lightest umpire shin guards around and are extremely comfortable. You almost forget you're wearing them.
The first word I said when I saw these shin guards was Waooo looks great. When I put them in my shins was Waooo Waoo Waooo. These are the best shin guards ever. Very light weight and you will not feel them during the game. Great product!!
Lehigh Acres, FL
BEST SHINS ON THE MARKET HANDS DOWN! This is the 3rd set I've bought from Ump-Attire.com. Lightweight, nice and snug, easy to clean, and Ray Brownlie's shin guard harness completes these shins. I will not go to any other shin guard!!!
Recently purchased a pair of these shin guards and had the opportunity to recently wear them on the field. WOW was I impressed!!! I could not believe how light they were and there was no bulkiness around the knee like a few other brands that I have worn. I almost forgot I was wearing them on the field. These will be my choice of shin guards when I need a replacement set! They should be your choice as well.
Not much to add other than what others have already said - very light, give great protection, easy to clip in and out of. Ventilation may not be a strength but definitely not a weakness. Couldn't be happier I got a pair.
Michael George S.
I've been using these umpire shin guards since the 1st year they came out, and still give mine 5 stars. They are lightweight, hug your legs, are very easy to run in, I have never felt an impact (and I've taken some hard ones), I love the snap clips (vs. metal hooks that rust on the Wilsons), and they are fairly easy to clean. Other shin guards used: Wilson Platinum and Wilson Gold Pro. These are vastly superior in almost every way, except if you really want a metatarsal plate or an extra plate above your knee. I highly recommend these shin guards to anyone, working any level of ball.
I just got these and have worn them for several games. They are much more comfortable than my old pro 9 shin guards, and the padding is great.
Atlantic Beach, FL
A MAJOR upgrade from my previous Diamond shin guards. These are light weight and extremely comfortable. They are by far the best option on the market when it comes to shin guards. Extremely pleased.
Best shin guards I have used. I love the fit being a shorter umpire and they are very low profile. Also, like the plastic buckles so they won't rust. Highly recommend!! I look forward to trying other Forece3 products in the future (maybe a bag).
Love these umpire shin guards. These are my second set. Very durable and breathable when working on the hot turf.
I bought these to replace my Wilson shin guards. I am very pleased so far after 4 games. They are more comfortable, and I like the quality better than the Wilson shin guards. I recommend these very much.
I have trouble with sizing. My old shin guards were size 15. I am 5'6" and I finally settled with the fit of the 14.5. They fit well with my mid-cut or low-cut plate shoes and offer proper coverage for my knees. They are light, comfortable, and protective. I am looking forward to wearing them for the 2020 HS baseball season. The best equipment with a great company!
The news is out! Force3 makes the lightest, most comfortable shin guards on the market! If you don't believe me, then listen to your peers. I know more guys wearing these than any other shin guard today. I've had Douglas, Diamond and Davis shin guards and they all got the job done - but the F3 is more comfortable than them all. They feel lighter to wear and can take a beating without you feeling a thing! Spend the money and buy the best gear you can afford - you'll save money in the long run instead of buying cheap gear to start then replacing it after a couple of years.
Great shin guards, feel very strong yet light. My only complaints are that the snap buckles they use are harder to get off than the classic metal hooks. Also, the top of the shin guards tend to catch my pants. Thanks to the customer service rep at Ump-Attire.com, I learned that if you raise the adjustable pads to have a bit above the top of the shin guards, the problem is mostly alleviated.
I purchased the Force3 Shin Guards for my son before going to the MiLB Academy. He is describing how light they are but strong at the same time. He put them on and great fit.
Prior to last season, I bought a pair of Wilson umpire shin guards and although they provided terrific protection, I found them to be a bit bulky and a little unconformable. After speaking with a couple of friend I decided to buy a pair of Force 3 umpire shin guards and have found them to be just as protective with less bulkiness and more comfort. Great shin guards!
The most comfortable umpire shin guards I have owned.
Amazing umpire shin guards! Fit great under plate and combo pants! Took a shot first game and felt nothing! After using Douglas for the last 3 years, I am now SOLD on Force3 shin guards! Great Investment!
I recently ordered the Force3 umpire shin guards for tournament play in our community, Legion and Babe Ruth. First pitch of the game I took a foul ball to the shin area. Didn't even feel the impact. The size 16.5" worked great under my combo pants. Great mobility in them.
The best shin guards I have ever owned. The one and only hit to these was on a wild pitch and I never felt a thing.
I ordered the 16.5" as my current guards are 16-17. These were a little long but the next size down was 2" shorter which would be too short. I am not a huge fan of the plastic buckles as I prefer the metal hooks. Just easier to get on and off IMO. The biggest concern I had was the ankle protection. The round ankle protection was too far back and left my ankle bone expose and only protected by the liner. Just did not work out for me.
Very lightweight and comfortable. Unfortunately, I returned them as the knee cap sticks straight up when you get in the slot. I sized them correctly, but they did not work for me. This is a great product, it just doesn't fit my body. I could have dropped down to the 14.5, but it would have left gaps in protection. If they did fit me, I would have enjoyed them. Perhaps a design change is in the works.
Round Rock, TX
After putting these shin guards on, I will never wear anything else. Perfect fit, great protection, low profile and can take a direct shot without me feeling a thing. Force3 is definitely on the cutting edge with this product.
Love the fit, weight, breath-ability, and the buckles. Haven't taken a ball off them yet, but they feel great!
East Englewood, FL
Force3 Umpire Shin Guards are great! They fit well, and are very comfortable along with being lightweight. In addition, they look good under your plate pants, not a bulky, but clean professional look. If you get hit, you shouldn't feel a thing!
I love these umpire shin guards! I have only had one other pair which was old, bad quality, and resulted in bruises when I'd get hit in high school games. These Force3 shin guards are light, thin, and protect me from high school pitchers with no bruises! This was a great purchase.
Clifton Park, NY
Very nice product. Fits well. Nice and light to move around. Adequate protection.
These Force3 umpire shin guards are worth every penny! Lightweight, durable, and the snap buckles make for a secure, tight fit. Best shin guards I have owned!
Palm Bay, FL
Quite possibly the best leg/shin guards on the market. Lightweight, but you still can't feel a thing when you take a shot to the leg. The sizing/fit is true: middle of the knee to top of your ankle/plate shoes with no gap. I am 6'4 and require 18.5 leg guards - sizing was perfect. DEFINITELY worth spending the extra money to get a pair of these leg guards.
Great Force3 shin guards. Light weight. Fit well with New Balance mid-cut plate shoes.
Light feeling but hard to choose a size. Could you have a video on how?
Myrtle Beach , SC
Very light and comfortable umpire shin guards. They fit well in my combo pants.
I'm a bit shorter so the 14.5" fit great. I've used Douglas and WV gold in the past and these are much lighter with a similar level of protection.
Really really good shin guards. If you size properly you will struggle a bit with them pinching your pants when you come up from your crouch. They are light and sturdy. Will last longer than the Platinums.
Clinton , MT
I used to use the Wilson Gold shin guards and switched to the Force3 this year and glad I did. The Force3's are so much lighter and not as bulky and offer great protection, well worth the price.
Belle Plaine, MN
These Force3 shin guards are awesome so lite weight you don't even know you've got them on, another great product from a great company.
Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Protection at its finest. Light weight yet after repeated fouls/missed balls I have yet to feel any pain from an impact. They fit great and work well under the Smitty Performance Poly Spandex Plate Umpire Pants. Worth every cent!
Have taken 2 or 3 off these and haven't felt any of them, fit is great, light and not too hot. The only reason I gave them 4.5 stars is the price.
Force3 did a super job of making a shin guard that wrapped your legs up securely, yet allows you all the movement you need. Covers the area just over your plate shoe more than I ever had with my old +POS equipment. Great choice!!!!!
I love these umpire shins with how lightweight they are and especially enjoy the plastic clips over the metal. Been hit a couple times and didn't feel much. I would probably add a little more ankle protection, but all in all very happy with them.
Very comfortable and hugs leg for a great fit. Don't feel bulky. I love the plastic clips! Great ankle protection with my New Balance low cut plate shoes.
Very protective and light weight. Great feeling without being super bulky.
These shin guards are very light and very comfortable with rock solid protection. I must agree with Randy M. that occasionally your pants will get hung up a bit. The top tends to open when going into your crouch. A thigh cap would have been a perfect addition to keep everything nice and flat. Still, very satisfied.
Chapmanville , WV
Amazingly light and don't feel a thing.
I've worn the F3 shin guards for 16 games now. I gotta say...I think they're great. They're very light. I'm running very well in them to get into position from behind the plate. The fit, especially in the lower calf and ankle area, is really comfortable. I've rarely had to adjust their position mid-game unlike my old ones. I barely ever think of these shin guards while I have them on...which I think is the best endorsement you can give. The protection they provide has been great. No issues there to this point.
Shin guards are shin guards. But when it comes to comfort, these can't be beat. Worth every cent!!
...Ok after working 10 games this year, I'm adjusting my original 5 star rating to a 4. I'm finding that my Plate pants get hung up on the shin guards where the top of the guards open slightly when bending, and I'm constantly pulling at my pants to free them. I'm 6'3". I ordered the Douglas guards and with the double knee, the problem is gone...and I must say...the Douglas is the way to go...more money, but they are lower in profile and the extra protection is great! The ankle protection is better on the F3, but the lower profile and Douglas design work better with your pants! I would say they both are built to take a beating, but if you like the single knee, then F3 is the way to go. The F3 interior is outstanding and very comfortable...easier to clean, but I'm much happier with the Douglas as they are lower profile where the F3 is a little more bulkier. Both are great, but as I've said a million times now, the Douglas is so much nicer!!
The umpire shin guards are light and not very bulky. I like the plastic clasps instead of the old metal clips. The 18.5" guards are perfect for a tall guy like myself (6'4").
These are incredible umpire shin guards at a very reasonable price. They appear a bit bulky, at first glance, but once you've got them properly fitted and they form to your legs, you don't even notice that you're wearing them. One of my best purchases in a LONG time, highly recommended!
Lightweight and comfortable shin guards. Definitely worth the money.
Haven't used them in a game yet, but I'm happy with the weight and structure. They are as described.
Ryan C. O.
These shin guards are light, very comfortable, durable & provide ultimate protection. Not to mention the removable pads make for easy cleaning. Well worth the money!
Perfect fit and very comfortable.... the removable padding easy to clean
Force3 umpire shin guards are great! Well worth the money spent! Don't let the lightness fool you. They provide great protection, and work nicely with the poly spandex umpire pants.
These are so comfortable and light. I drove home in them after a game one time because I forgot to take them off because I forgot I had them on. They protect amazingly as well.
Lightweight, comfortable. Didn't feel any hits. Clips have rubbed a little bit but not an issue as I wear under clothes.
West Orange, NJ
Reviews have all been dead on about these shin guards. They are light. They fit great under my pants. They are much easier to run in. The only complaint I have are the clips can be a little tough to undo. Other than that, great product.
Cannot say enough good things about these shin guards. First of all, it feels like you're not even wearing them. The fit over my plate shoes is perfect. I'm 6'2" and the 18.5" fit nicely. Super light and comfortable.
Very comfortable and light weight. I don't even realize I'm wearing them until it's time to take them off at game's end!
Pelican Rapids, MN
I have tried a few different pairs of shin guards and the Force3 are second to none. They are light, provide outstanding protection, and do not move around. Well worth the price. It is also beneficial that they come in three different sizes... especially for vertically challenged umpires!
Only problem with these shin guards is they can be very bulky around the knees. Other than that I love them!
Lehigh Valley, PA
One game in, and I can already give these shin guards my 100% endorsement. While I didn't take any shots to the legs in my season opener, they remained snug and comfortable throughout the 7 innings. I'm used to the (10-year-old pair of) Davis shins, so I don't like the strap behind my knee. No problem - I removed that strap and they were even more comfortable. I especially like the removable liner - which I'm sure I'll take out to air-dry after summer games. They fit well over the NB plate shoes, too. Solid protection from toe to thigh.
Great shins guards. So comfortable. No rubbing and I accidentally wore my base pants behind the plate and they fit!
VERY comfortable, lightweight. Highly recommended. Only knock is a small one. I don't like the snap buckles but not a deal breaker.
So Far so good. Some getting used to but other than that they work well.
Absolutely love these shins - after wearing them for 20+ games - I have taken a few uncaught direct hits to them - the result was not even feeling the hit - had one shot the other night that went off my shin and all the way past the dugout and I didn't feel a thing!
Fairl Lawn , NJ
I have worn these Force3 shin guards for a year. I have taken many hard fouls and terrible catchers missing balls into these guards. You do not realize you are being hit. I like the clips to keep them around your legs so they don't have to be so tight to keep them in place. Well worth it.
I love these shins! The way they conform to your legs makes it feel like you're not wearing anything. At the same time the protection is top notch. The removable pads make them easy to keep clean if you work a lot. I've had a bunch of different shins and these really are a step forward. I have not taken a shot to the outside of the ankle where the protection seems less bulky than other shins.
Questions About This Product
|Q:||Any recommendations on how to clean these shin guards? |
– Chandler Hodges
The interior padding is removable and can be machine washed. For the body of the shin guards, treat the cleaning like a car wash. Rinse, soapy water and a scrub brush all over, rinse, and hang dry. In between series or games, spraying lightly with a sprayable disinfectant.– Hunter Fry
Buyer, Customer Service Specialist, Former Basketball Referee
|Q:||I am a baseball/softball ump in Yellville, AR. I am looking at the Force 3 shin guards. My measurement from top of ankle to middle of knee is 14.5-15 inches. I wear mid-cut plate shoes, so would I need the 14.5 inch guard or the 16.5 guard??
I am also going to order asap and want the next day air as I would like to have them for my game tomorrow. Will they arrive by 3:00 tomorrow?|
– Garrett Ramsey
With a measurement of 14.5 - 15 inches, the 14.5 shin guards should be your next shin guards. Better to get closer to your measurement, than to overshoot it and have shin guards that are too long and uncomfortable. UPS Next Day Air generally arrives by 12N, however, we cannot guarantee this time, only the date.– Sherie Sandifer
|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
|Q:||What size would you recommend for someone who is 5'9" to 5'10"?|
– Adam Bergman
Please see our Fitting Room to find the proper sizing by measuring the distance from your ankle to knee cap.– Brandon Lawson
Support Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and Umpire, Football Official & Basketball Referee
|Q:||Should the top of the shin guard be taller than the knee when bent? Seems to catch the plate pants on every squat? 6-3 bought the 18.5", feel good on but the length seems to catch the plate pants tops? No 17.5"? |
– Donald Dugas
Shin guards should cover your knee. With the extra padding on the inside creating more of a space between the top of the guard and your knee, some umpires have found that these shin guards "eat" the pants when coming up out of a squat. You may find that the 16.5 match up better to your leg and reduce this space. These shin guards are manufactured in 14.5, 16.5, and 18.5.– Ty Unthank
Communication & Service Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and Umpire
|Q:||About the bottom extensions over the inside and outside of the ankle -- do they slip comfortably inside the ankle of high-top plate shoes?|
– Curtis Lewis
These Force3 umpire shin guards are not designed for the ankle protection to fit inside of your plate shoes. An ideal fit has the bottom of the shin guard meeting the top of your plate shoes with no gap or overlap. See the Fitting Room for sizing tips to determine the size that will work best for you.– Staff Member
Ump-Attire.com Customer Service
|Q:||If I'm 17.5" from top of shoe to middle of kneecap, would you recommend the 16.5" or 18.5", or another brand altogether that makes a 17.5"?|
– Aaron Rossin
When you find umpire shin guards you like, but are between sizes - while you could search for a more closer size in a different shin guard - sizing up is perfectly fine. This will ensure there is no gap in protection, and you, at 17.5” will not notice the additional inch of the 18.5” size (you may actually prefer it). There is more detailed sizing information in the "Fitting Room.”– Jim Kirk
|Q:||Does the Force 3 come with toe extensions or can we order additionally?|
– Christina Coluccio
I'm sorry Christina, but these shin guards do not come with toe extentions. There is no way to attach toe extentions without modications to the shin guards. Rather than toe extentions, plate shoes are recommended for optimal protection behind the plate.– Josh Mann
Pro School Umpire Graduate
|Q:||I would like to order the Shin Guards but not sure what size to order - I am 6 feet tall.|
– Terence Shoebridge
Measure your leg from center of your kneecap down to where the shin guards will rest on your plate shoes. This will result in your shin guard size. More details can be found in the "Fitting Room".– Josh Mann
Pro School Umpire Graduate
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