Smitty by Douglas Umpire Chest Protector
Crew How-To: Properly Measure and Size Your Umpire Chest Protector
Ty shows you how to easily find your size for an umpire chest protector. For more sizing tips, check out our Fitting Room here: https://bit.ly/2Znhts4
High quality umpire chest protector. Solid fitting and protects all the necessary areas. I'm just under 6' and got the 15". I do recommend getting a different harness (All-Star System 7 or the Wilson Premium replacement) as the harness it comes with will easily twist around and make it uncomfortable.
A very high quality, low profile umpire chest protector from Douglas. Would have been 5 stars if not for the unusually flat panels. As mentioned in other reviews, they do show under your shirt and it's a constant battle to use the hairdryer to get the edges to curve (and stay curved) around my torso. Once done, it feels really comfortable. I do agree that it needs a better harness. I switched out the manufacturer's one with the "UMPLIFE Flex Umpire Chest Protector Harness". It fits perfectly. Another plus is it makes it easier to put on and take off. I have not yet had the opportunity to "game test" the product because our season is delayed due to covid, and I expect to be totally satisfied. I will be updating my rating after I have used it in a game.
If this is essentially the 3-panel 15" Douglas hard shell rebranded for Smitty, then this is an awesome umpire chest protector, my favorite hard-shell over either Wilson. If you're tall, the 15" 3-panel protector will cover your lowest ribs and then some. I've taken shots above 90 mph (honest) and not felt a thing. Drawbacks: (1) the chest panels are kind of flat, and this protector will show under your shirt more than some others. I find myself continually trying to bend the ends to be more wrap around; (2) stock harness is just ok, get an All-Star Delta or Force 3 harness right away, both fit, and I've worn both with this protector. Did I say the Douglas is hands down my all-time absolute favorite hard shell?
Questions About This Product
|Q:||Hello. Great chest protector - "Smitty" I am 5'9". Is a 15 inch too big? It sounds like it is for taller folks. I assume a 14 inch would fit my size?|
– Jeff Zelsdorf
Thank you for reaching out, Jeff. You are correct, a 15 inch chest protector is most likely suitable for a taller umpire. Our website has a Fitting Room Guide and a Crew How-To video with information on how to properly measure and size yourself for an umpire chest protector.– Brandon Lawson
Support Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and Umpire, Football Official & Basketball Referee
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.