G-FORM Elite Hand Guard
As much as I try to keep my hands tucked behind my thighs, once in a while I'll get absent-minded and pow. Right on the hand. I've used this hand guard for 3 weekends now and I love it. There are no restrictions to using your hand while wearing it. You have to readjust it every now and again but it's a real hand saver.
San Mateo, CA
The elastic strap that goes around the wrist guard to secure it in place tends to creep off the end of the wrist guard, causing the wrist guard to flop around. I wear long-sleeved jerseys when I’m behind the plate, so I can’t see or feel the elastic strap coming off until it’s too late. I’ve used them in two games and the elastic straps slid off in both games. Left side once, and right side twice. In this evening’s game, I tried wearing sweatbands over the elastic straps to hold them in place and it didn’t work; the elastic strap still slid off the right side wrist guard. It needs something like a belt loop on the backside of the wrist guard to put the elastic strap through to keep it from sliding off or make it a one-piece elastic wrist sleeve with the guard attached to it. Great idea, but the design needs some changes.
I actually used mine for the first time tonight!! It’s hard to rate something without seeing it in action! For umpires that are used to having their hands on their knees like I am, you know what it feels like taking a thrown pitch or foul ball off the hands!! It’s not pleasant! It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, you don’t really forget about it for a couple of weeks!! So I love the way these feel and look while working the plate! But it’ll probably be a little further in the season before I know if they really work!! So please, stay tuned!!
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