Under Armour, the company who is very well known for the excellent and innovative athletic apparel and workout gear that they produce, has recently began producing a series of catchers gear as well. Dedicated to Youth, Junior, and Senior sizes (equivalent to Youth, Intermediate, and Adult sizes), there is no doubt that you can find the right set just for you. The reason for Under Armour’s surge in popularity is mainly due to the fact that they produce high quality equipment for the athletes that wear them. Since Under Armour tests their products extensively with athletes, they learn the pro & cons of the equipment and create innovative features to help the athletes day in and day out.
Under Armour Victory Series Full Set
From the “Protect this house” line of gear, Under Armour has created Victory Series catchers gear for all levels from youth to adult. This series is perfect for beginning to intermediate level players as it has all of the major necessities required to station yourself behind home plate.
- Pros: Great Value, More Protection
- Target: Beginner to Intermediate
- Sizes: Adult, Intermediate, and Youth
- Colors: Black/Silver, Navy/Silver, Scarlet/Silver, and Royal/Silver
- Price: $175 – $225
Although the full Victory series set does not include the bells & whistles like some others, you can pick up this set of exceptional gear for under $200 (Intermediate levels), whereas others you cannot. Under Armour is one of the top up and coming brands in the catching gear world and is starting to take many sells away from the big players like Easton, and All Star. I would say in the next 10 years Under Armour catchers gear will be ranked as one of the top brands.
- Senior Sizes: Chest Protector (15.5″), Leg Guards (14.5″), and Mask (7″ – 7 3/4″)
- Junior Sizes: Chest Protector (14.5″), Leg Guards (13″), and Mask (6 1/4″ – 7″)
- Youth Sizes: Chest Protector (13.5″), Leg Guards (11.5″), and Mask (6 1/4″ – 7″)
UA Pro Kit
- Pros: Increased Protection (additional inserts), Custom Fit
- Target: Intermediate to Competitive
- Sizes: Adult, and Intermediate
- Colors: Black only
- Price: $240 – $280
For catchers who are a little more competitive and are looking for higher quality gear than the Victory Series above, the UA Pro kit offered by Under Armour might be exactly what you are looking for. For most catchers the Victory series will be fine but there are some catchers that need a little more to perform their best. The Under Armour baseball chest protector included in this kit is a great example. Instead of the regular over your shoulder styled chest protector, the UA Pro takes sizing one step further and features extra inserts in the neck, sternum and shoulder areas to better fit your body shape and deflect any impact to important areas. The leg guards as well are quite similar in that extra high impact plastic has been applied to areas where catchers most often suffer the most damage. There is no better feeling for a catcher when they don’t have to worry about the equipment they wear and can concentrate on catching.
- Senior Sizes (perfect for Ages 12-16): Chest Protector (15.5″), Leg Guards (14.5″), and Mask (7″ – 7 3/4″)
- Junior Sizes (perfect for Ages 9-12): Chest Protector (14.5″), Leg Guards (13″), and Mask (6 1/4″ – 7″)
More Under Armour Gear
Many companies that produce catchers gear also offer a line of different mitts. At the time of the writing of this article, Under Armour currently does not have any catchers mitts available. That could change however. For now, we present to you all of the different pieces of equipment found within the Under Armour gear umbrella.
As you can see from the above, there are many feature to like about Under Armour. With some of the most rigorous testing performed, a catcher can rest assured that a set of Under Armour catchers gear will last them numerous years and provide them with all the protection they could ever need.