We are continuing this list with a great set made by a fantastic Japanese company, Mizuno. This set shares the name with legendary Japanese warriors, the Samurais and we must say, it looks very cool, like the Samurais armor. It comes in a variety of color combinations but our favorite is the Black/Grey and Grey/Cardinal.
Now, let’s talk about the parts of this set. We will start with the helmet; it is made from ABS plastic, like other high-quality catcher’s helmets. The thing that sets this one apart is its ventilation system, a system that allows for more breathability and comfort for the catcher, an important feature to have during long, competitive games when you are sweating much. Comfort to the side, the catcher is also very protected because the Samurai helmet has a three-layer EVA foam padding. The mask is, like all high-quality masks, made from steel.
We are resuming with the chest protector. This one is truly high-quality, as we expected. Since it is designed specifically for female players, the fit is great and the protector is true to size. The foam used to make this protector is the Low Rebound Foam and it also has a mesh liner that will keep you cool throughout the game. It is not bulky at all and that allows for a quick movement. Great job by Mizuno.
Let’s finish with the shin guards. They have K-Pad construction, a patented Mizuno construction that gives these shin guards durability and comfort. You will also have a lot of protection because these guards have a Triple Knee Cup design, which also allows for better and more flexible movement.
Mizuno Samurai is just a fantastic catcher’s set; it protects the catcher (which is the most important), has enough breathability and flexibility, and is one of the most comfortable sets. The only downside is… you guessed it, the price. But, with these high-performance sets, the price can’t be lower and this one is truly a great investment, a quality set that will last you a long time.