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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 12:32am
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Referee Gear

Any one have any advise on what/where to get the best ref gear for the best price? I want the best deal out there
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 04:21am
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Any one have any advise on what/where to get the best ref gear for the best price? I want the best deal out there
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I'd recommend Honig's. I don't know if they have the best price or not, but they are reliable and knowledgeable---absolutely great to deal with.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 06:44am
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Agreed. I've also had good luck with Between the Lines (http://www.btlofficialsgear.com) and Gerry Davis (http://www.gerrydavis.com).

From your screen name, it appears you are from Illinois. What part?
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 08:05am
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https://officials1st.com/ , http://www.ump-attire.com/index.html, http://www.purchaseofficials.com/

I'ved used all three and all very competitive and good service.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 08:28am
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I've had very good luck with Between the Lines. I have also had good luck with Get Official... or whatever the actual name is. It's the company that took over the the Fed stopped selling stuff.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 09:06am
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By the way, you need to be careful. All of these places usually offer starter packages. The funniest starter package I found was from +POS. They stated they offered everything you needed to walk out onto the court. The problem was that the package didn't include any shoes.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 09:07am
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I've really had good luck with every place I've ordered on the internet. At times the Official's Choice has had slow service, but I've been pretty lucky with them. This year I got the majority of my stuff from Gerry Davis. I'm particular about getting Cliff Keen shirts just because I'm a pretty boy and I like the way those shirts fit me best.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 09:21am
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...had good luck with Get Official... or whatever the actual name is. It's the company that took over the the Fed stopped selling stuff.

http://www.getofficial.com/
I've used this company a couple of time. I was very pleased with their service.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 10:38am
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When I first started out, I was a POS guy. But now I am an exclusive guy of Honigs. If they dont have a particular item in your region, they will ship it out of another part of the country. They also have gret customer service. There prices are in line with everyone else. Perhaps a little cheaper.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 06:51pm
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Thanks to all...by the way I am from central Il.
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Old Fri Oct 27, 2006, 09:16pm
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This is a personal preference (and often, regional) question. I don't stick with one supplier, but use several as I work both football and basketball.

For me, I get my football knickers, football flags and accessories, football hats, and soon to be basketball pants from Honigs. I get all my shirts (foot/basket) from The Officials Choice. The jury is still out on football socks, but if I continue with Twin City, I'll get those from the dealer in San Diego (forgot the name).

The majority of the rest of my gear (whistles, lanyards, etc.), I get from local dealers who show up at association or state meetings or a local guy here in North Texas (officialsports.net). I get to know these folks, especially the north Texas guy, and will buy from them when I can. As for socks, briefs/tights, etc., and even shoes, I usually buy those from general internet sites. I use under armour tactical, and only cop or military online sites sell that stuff.

As you might be able to figure out, I'm pretty picky about my gear, but if I like something, I keep with it.
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Old Sat Oct 28, 2006, 09:52am
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I've been very happy with everything I've ordered online or by phone, except for one pair of shoes I got with a starter football package. Despite having ordered my size, they were too small. So before I order shoes online now, I go to a shoe store and find a similar pair to try on. Then I order the size that actually fits. It's worked so far.
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Old Sat Oct 28, 2006, 04:34pm
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Old Sat Oct 28, 2006, 08:07pm
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