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Old Wed Jun 25, 2008, 10:35am
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Mask Pads Question

This is a cross post from umpire org, but I know there are different people on here and wanted their comments.

Ok, it's time to get new pads. Who likes what and why. I'm not to worried about price but I do want something that is good with moisture wicking.
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Old Wed Jun 25, 2008, 05:21pm
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I purchased the Amara suede wraparound pads for my mask, and the very first day I wore them, I got beaned with a direct hit fastball to the lower left side of the mask. Catcher didn't even touch it. The pads absorbed the impact. Without those type of pads, I might have been injured. I believe these wraparound pads are the way to go for those who do not use the hockey style helmet masks.
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Old Wed Jun 25, 2008, 09:49pm
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I also got the Amara suede wraparound pads for my new mask this year, and though they SEEM a bit more bulky than the old pads, I like them very much. For years I used kangaroo pads - they were as smooth as doeskin but didn't wear out every year like the doeskins did. For some reason I can't find the kangaroo pads anymore - which is odd, since there are zillions of kangaroos that the Aussies would LOVE to get out of their fields and gardens...

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Old Wed Jun 25, 2008, 10:57pm
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I use the doeskin. They don't last me long (I go through two pair a year) but they feel the best on my skin and that is all that I care about.
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Old Wed Jun 25, 2008, 11:29pm
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I used to think that way of the doeskin, Toad, but I felt the suedes were more comfortable, especially on days when it got real hot or humid. Suede didn't feel as wet on my face.
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Old Wed Jun 25, 2008, 11:58pm
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I like the Amara IF I've shaved in the last 10 hours or so. With a little stubble the Amara feels grabby and itchy. I've got both, and switch when needed.
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Old Thu Jun 26, 2008, 08:12am
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My pads

Are soft leather doeskin. Easiest to keep clean and free of sweat.

Saddle soap & rinse for busy weeks keep them supple.
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