Smitty Performance Poly Spandex Charcoal Grey Umpire Plate Pants with Expander Waistband
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I was a bit skeptical when I saw them online and referred to as “golf pants,” but I decided to try them for the spring season. When I first got them, I thought they would be wrinkly but that’s not true. I have only used them for the plate and only for about 20 games, bit I am very happy with them. I can’t say yet whether they hold up to ball abuse and sun, but so far there are no issues. Of course, it’s easier to see dirt on charcoal compared to heather, but the dirt brushes off pretty easily. Very comfortable and relatively cool. I will order a pair for the bases.
I decided to get new umpire pants after going 20 years with Fecheimer flat front heather gray plate pants. I went with charcoal gray because it seems everyone from MLB on down is wearing them. The problem is they only come with a pleated front. No one in human history has ever looked good in pleated pants. It looks absolutely awful. I am 6’3 190 and it’s just a horrendous look. I just don’t understand why Smitty wouldn’t offer a flat front in charcoal pants. It’s hard to “look the part” when you have these ridiculous looking baggy pleated pants. Terrible.
Nice umpire pants for plate work. A bit too voluminous for bases but not too bad overall. Be sure to allocate time to hem these pants as they come unhemmed from the store. This is indicated in the product description but I missed it in my haste to replace a pair of pants that had developed a hole.
Questions About This Product
|Q:||Do the pants expand 3” past the stated size? Example size 32” would expand to 35”?|
– Scott Blackford
Yes, that is correct Scott. The pants expand up to 3" more than the pants waist size.– Brandon Lawson
Support Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and Umpire, Football Official & Basketball Referee
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