When you first picture a catcher, one of the first things that pops into your mind is the the look of the chest protector. Although they look a bit bulky, they are vital for protecting some of the most important body organs in the catcher’s body. With such a small distance in between the hitter and catcher, without protecting the front of your body the catcher leaves themselves vulnerable to extensive damage if hit with a foul ball. This page features all of the different brands that we review allowing you to choose the best chest protector for your game.
This page is dedicated to what we believe are your best choices when it comes to protecting this area. We provide an overview of our top-3 choices and then offer some tips on how to find the right one in case you don’t like what you see from our three featured models.
Although early, we believe that for the 2017 baseball season that these three particular models would provide more benefit than the rest. We’ve tried to stay away from just naming the three most expensive models as we believe that in some cases a middle of the road option (in terms of cost) would provide more value than some of the pricier models. However if you feel that we’ve completely missed the boat on a particular model, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
What to look for?
One of the most important things to consider when selecting a new chest protector is the weight. Having a light feeling as a catcher is extremely important when you are sitting behind the plate on hot summer days. Having too much extra weight can make a catcher feel slower and less efficient on the field.
Another important characteristic is how well it fits. Many use a triple back adjustment system so that the gear is nice and snug against the body leaving no areas unprotected. As described in the next section you should also be aware of what size you need. Most adult sizes range from 16 to 17 inches while Intermediate sizes can run from 15 to 16 inches. It is important to know what each model considers to be an Adult, Intermediate, and Youth size before ordering.
One of the last things to keep an eye on is the type of foam used on the inside. Most catchers should look for one that includes numerous layers of high level foam that is still lightweight and allows for a great fit.
To measure the perfect length, take a piece of measuring tape and measure from the bottom of your throat to your belly button area. Match the resulting length (in inches) to the nearest model available from the purchasing location.
We realize that choosing the right baseball chest protector can be a daunting task so if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or Contact Us with any questions that you may have.