Top 10 Trending Summer Umpire GearJul 10th, 2017
If you are working games this summer, you know it's been "HOT! HOT! HOT!". Umpires have seen triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest U.S. and high heat indexes and humidity levels in much of the rest of the U.S.
So what's an umpire to do when you can't just cancel the game and sit in the air conditioning? From analyzing what umpires are ordering this summer, it is obvious many are looking to their gear and apparel for solutions to help them beat the heat.
All the top sellers trend toward:
- Light, Cool Colors
- Performance Fabrics
- Lighter Weight Gear
- POLY SPANDEX Umpire Pants by Smitty
Charcoal and Heather Grey
- SKY BLUE Replica Umpire Shirts
Smitty and Majestic Brands (Majestics sold out until September 2017)
- Richardson Pulse PERFORMANCE Umpire Caps
- WATER-RESISTANT Smitty XL Expandable Umpire Ball Bags
- TAN PADDING Force3 V2 Defender Umpire Masks
- LIGHTWEIGHT Champro Pro-Plus Umpire Chest Protector
- CREAM Smitty Umpire Shirts
(Yes, cream - the best selling traditional umpire shirt color this summer)
- LOW-CUT New Balance V3 MLB Umpire Plate Shoes
- NOSWEAT Cap and Helmet Liners
- ULTRA COOLING Towel with Infused Copper by McDavid
What umpire gear and apparel do you prefer in the summer months?
Feelin' HOT! HOT! HOT!
Don't umpire like Buster Poindexter.
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About the Author
President Jim Kirk
Jim has a heart for sports officials and is one of world’s top experts on umpire gear, apparel and safety. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire during the Elbeco shirt years. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006. Jim is proud of Ump-Attire.com's success, staff and support for multiple groups including Minor League Baseball Umpires, Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy, the Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy and UMPS CARE, the charity of MLB umpires. He served on the UMPS CARE board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient.