Cricket bat face off results

So after a very successful video cricket bat face off. over 250 views in the first 12 hours its time to reveal the winners and losers of the cricket bat face off. Please remember i have tried to be as unbiased as possible and am gauging the comments of 3 other people in this test as well. From comments and conversations had with the people who helped me do the cricket bat review and also from watching the video.

 

The 5 cricket bats that were involved in the cricket bat face off are:

Vindico Genghis players+ cricket bat

USSZ Zafar Asim cricket bat

Crictech Mellet signature cricket bat

Lekka RDX Envy cricket bat

Lekka TPX big hitter cricket bat

 

So lets start with the bats.

The Vindico Genghis players + cricket bats

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: SH
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 33mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I like the bat, its traditional shaping ( like the GM flare ) and the ping and performance was superb. As you saw from my video review its probably the best Pinging bat ive tested in a long time. I like the fact that Vindico is a very small company, two friends living in america sourcing their bats from a big bat maker in india and making it their own. Their original sticker designs and concept are fresh and inspiring. A solid bat that will score many runs for season to come.

We Like

– The simple, functional design
– The edges. Big but not too big, and the logo detail is a nice touch
– The forgiving middle

We Dislike

– Overall quality of the willow aesthetics let the bat down a little but the ping and performance grading makes up for it.

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 7/10                          edge size : 33mm
Finish: 7/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 4/5

Moisture content: 4/5               total score : 38/50

USSZ Zafar asim cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: Los Angeles ( willow origin unknown )
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: SH but custom bats are available
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 34.5mm
Finish: polycoat
Toe Protection: No

My opinion

Looks to be a good cricket bat. The performance has turned out to be excellent and people who use these bats are very impressed. The finish and stickering leaves a bit to be desired. I would say the finish on these bats is similar to that of an SS or CA cricket bat. Its acceptable but nothing special. This is overall a good performing bat and i like it.

We Like

– Very simple design, a  lot like the Ihsan inferno 950, nothing flashy but effective

We Dislike

– got two pressure dings on the toe, seems not to be pressed properly or may need to spend more time than usual knocking the bat in.

The stickers are also lame.

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 34.5mm
Finish: 6/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 3/5

Moisture content: 3/5               total score : 36/50

Crictech Mellet signature cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: UK
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: all custom options available
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: Oval
Edge (at widest): 33mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I love the bat, its custom designed for me and i feel like a kid again. ive seen thousands of bats come my way the last two years and only once or twice have i had the feeling about a bat like this. Its beautiful. Its like the Ferrari ive always wanted.

We Like

– The simple stickers that allow you to see all of the wood.
– The edges. Big but not too big, and the logo detail is a nice touch
– huge double middle allowing me to have meat on the front foot shots as well as on the back foot. Its custom designed just for me and you feel great confidence when stepping into your shots.

We Dislike

– The willow was a little dry but that adds to the superb pickup, so maybe im just being picky here.

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 7/10                          edge size : 33mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 5/5

Moisture content: 3/5               total score : 40/50

Lekka RDX Envy cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: UK
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: SH
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: Oval
Edge (at widest): 31mm
Finish: Polycoat
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

A very impressive looking bat. The fact that its made by Tim Keeley speaks volumes about the build quality. A very impressive 17 close grains help you to be impresed with the bat. Overall now after using it in the nets it would be sad to have to sell this bat on to someone else.

We Like

– Simple traditional design but also with a slight concave of the spine to help with the superb balance

 

We Dislike

– The polycoat, i like my bats to have a natural finish to them

Not a lot of wow factor with this bat

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 31mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 8/10
Wow: 3/5

Moisture content: 5/5               total score : 39/50

Lekka TPX Big Hitter cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: UK
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: LH / Short blade
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 12
Handle: very long
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: NO

My opinion

Wow, blown away from the second i took it out the bag. very impressive looking monster.

We Like

– the complex yet simple design.
– the edges are huge and it has meat aplenty.
– Somehow the pickup is extremely light and well balanced

We Dislike

– for some reason you have to hold yourself back with this bat. you all of a sudden want to hit everything for 6

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 5/5

Moisture content: 4/5               total score : 42/50

To purchase one of these bats please click on the images or click here.

So i guess by now you are pretty anxious to find out how these bats did in the cricket bat face off right?

if you haven’t seen the face off, i will post a link at the bottom of this blog.

Out of the five bats i have rated them along with the help of my fellow bat testers. thanks to them for their help. The scoring categories are :

First impression ( what do you feel as you take it out the box )

Feel / balance / pickup ( no explanation necessary )

Performance ( does the ball fly off the bat )

Most indestructible ( came out the least scathed or damaged )

Best Ping ( how does it feel & sound coming off the bat when you middle it )

For each appearance in a category the bat will get one point. The bat that scores in the top three of each category the most will be the winner and the coveted title of our favorite bat.

Please remember, these bats are all quality bats, and even though they may not score it doesn’t mean its not a good bat. I was impressed with every single one of these bats and would gladly use any one of them in a match.

The bats are listed in no particular order and listed as the top 3 and not 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

First impression top 3 : Lekka TPX / Crictech / Vindico

Feel / balance / pickup top 3 : Crictech / Lekka TPX / Lekka RDX

Performance : Lekka TPX / Crictech / USSZ 

Most indestructible bats : Lekka RDX / Lekka TPX / Vindico

Best Ping : USSZ / Vindico / Crictech

So the scores are :

Lekka RDX Envy : 2

USSZ custom : 2

Vindico : 3

Crictech : 4

Lekka TPX big hitter : 4

So yes, its a tie for first place. Both the crictech bat and the Lekka TPX big hitter are superb cricket bats and anyone would be happy to buy them. Both have what all bats need. Great balance and pickup & superb performance. Ultimately those two factors to me are what matter with a cricket bat.

Congratulations to both Companies and i wish all of them great success in the future.

In january i am trying to put together another face off with the worlds bets 20/20 cricket bats.

Here is the video of the face-off if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

Please feel free to leave me some comments and opinions.

Cricket bat face off with some of the best bats in the world

So here it is, after many weeks of planning and weeks of knocking in bats ive finally been able to put this together. Not to mention a few bucks spent on bats, net sessions and a host of other expenses. ( so buy a bat off me so i can start paying for this entertainment ).

 

What we have here in the following video is the cricket bat face off and review of the following cricket bats.

Lekka TPX big hitter cricket bat

Lekka RDX envy cricket bat

USSZ cricket bat

Crictech custom made cricket bat

Vindico Genghis players + cricket bat

For more information on purchases please click here.

 

Come back later on as i will reveal scores and opinions in the next blog after this one, so look out for the cricket bat face of scores and results later on.

 

Thanks and please leave me your comments and views. I would love to hear them.

Lekka TPX Big hitter cricket bat

Lekka TPX Big hitter cricket bat

 

So this is my video, and blog review of the very exciting and ground breaking Lekka TPX Big hitter cricket bat.

You dont have to look at this profile twice to see its an awesome looking cricket bat. The handle is 2″ longer than normal making the blade obviously 2″ shorter. The benefit this gives you is quicker bat speed. Quicker bat speed gives you more power transfer to the ball meaning if you time the swing right you should be able to hit the ball further than with a normal cricket bat. So, if you are the type of person like me, who on occasion gets caught out on the boundary then maybe this bat is for you.

 

As im sure you can imagine i see a lot of cricket bats come across my path so when there is something different and unique i tend to get a bit excited. Excited is maybe an understatement. This bat is a big deal. A big enough deal that i actually bought this one for myself and plan on using it in my next cricket match.

Here is a quick video from youtube of some guys using the bat and hitting some huge sixes with it.

Note from the video that there is new branding in place for the US market. The Envy as mentioned in the video is the regular bat and the TPX is the Big hitter cricket bat.

For more information and purchasing please click here.

I have also put this bat through my cricket store online scoring system and this is how it shaped up against other bats.

Score :

1: price. 7/10

2: willow. 8/10

3: finish. 9/10

4: performance. 8/10

5: wow. 5/5

6: moisture. 4/5  (9%)

 

Final score. 42/50

Comments.

Overall so far i am really impressed with this bat. the balance is superb, its exciting and yet also it feels comfortable in your hands. Bowlers are sure to be worried when you come to the crease with this monster. The price is on the high side at $369 but remember you can get two bats at a discounted price in my Lekka cricket bat deal. Saving you about $80 on the two bats.The edges on this bat are massive at 35mm and the profile will scare off any bowler. Hit this baby any near the middle and people cars in the parking lot will need to take cover.

 

For more information and purchasing please click here.


I did another video a few days ago and thought i should put that in here as well.

 

Ok, i think ive hopefully covered everything there is to know about this bat in the text above and the photos and the three videos. Please contact me on jason@cricketstoreonline.com for more information.

 

For more information and purchasing please click here.

Crictech custom made cricket bats

Crictech custom made cricket bats

So a few weeks ago i started with this series of blogs about crictech custom made cricket bats. Well im pleased to announce i have the cricket bat, have knocked it in and am taking it to the nets this evening. Not only will it be me using the bat but also two USA national team players. Crictech have told me they may not like the bat as the bat is custom designed for me but thats ok. Im keen to get their impressions of the idea and what they think of the process of using the hotspot impact marker sheets.

 

To purchase and find out more about crictech, click here.

 

My initial impression of the bat when i opened the box was Wow, my very first, personally designed, custom made cricket bat.

It took me a little while for the stickers to grow on me and now when i look at it i like it more and more. There is just something special about owning a custom made bat that no other big brand out there can offer. Without a doubt of all the bats i now own as a cricket store owner, this crictech custom is my favorite. Other bats i have may be better, may have bigger meat, bigger sweetspots, bigger edges etc etc etc, but this one is my favorite and is probably the only bat i own that is not for sale. ( except also maybe the bat i scored my first 100 with. )

 

The balance on the bat is as good as its gets. It weighs about 2-3 oz heavier than it ctually feels. The pickup is very light. The bat is aggressive with powerful edges and a slight concave on the back profile. It has a slight bow to the face of the bat and the entire package comes together very nicely.

The whole process came together from order placement to bat in my hands in less that a month and Richard from crictech says the bats can be made in as little as 15 days. Thats pretty impressive considering you wait about 5 weeks for a laver and wood.

 

To purchase and find out more about crictech, click here.

 

I remember when waiting for this bat i was like a little boy again waiting for a christmas present. Since i started this company two years ago i haven’t had that feeling for new gear coming in as i see hundreds of cricket bats come and go through my store.  And thats what makes crictech special. They really are offering you that special feeling again when buying a cricket bat. Its an extension of your arms, your sword as you go into battle and it may even save your life as you protect your body against rib tingling snorters.

 

If you are in the market for a new bat i suggest you think about crictech, no kit is complete till you have your own custom made cricket bat.

To purchase and find out more about crictech, click here.

 

Please leave me a comment or two and let me know your thoughts.

 

you can contact me on jason@cricketstoreonline.com

USSZ Zafar Asim custom made cricket bats ( made in the USA )

USSZ Zafar Asim custom made cricket bats ( made in the USA )

 

Yip, you read it correctly, made in the USA.  The story of Zafar Asim is that he learnt his trade in the UK, then travelled to australia where he worked for Impala cricket. He has since moved to southern california where he now works as a groundsman and custom bat maker.

 

My initial impression of the bat was not very impressed. The stickers are not that great, neither flashy, nor classy. But and let me say that again, BUT the bat is a very good performer. The bat is designed to match the Ihsan inferno 950 exactly. ( thats my opinion ) if you hold the two bats next to each other you couldn’t tell the difference. chances are though that this bat is better than the inferno. I used it in the nets and was blown away. The middle is the same size as any other bat but when you do hit it in the middle it flies off the bat. Its not like GM bats either that you need a few games to play it in before it opens up. It goes like a  “screaming cat ” right from the first ball. I didn’t even have to knock it is. ( whilst that is always recommended )

 

The bat came with a round handle, and a poly coat but had some cheap form of mesh resin toe guard. Probably lose a few points for that as all bats these days should have a toe guard i feel. bats are not cheap and toe guards will help the bat last a little longer.

 

On the cricket store online scoring system this is how it fared.

Score :

1: price. 7/10

2: willow. 8/10

3: finish. 6/10

4: performance. 9/10

5: wow. 3/5

6: moisture. 3/5

 

Final score. 36/50

Comments.

 

The bat has 34.5 mm edges, is $300 – $400 and weighs 2.10. whilst its loses points for the look, moisture content and finish its scored as high as any top bat on the performance scale. Some people who are currently using these bats are Orlando Baker, Jignesh Desai, Japen Patel and a few others.

You will probably struggle to get hold of Zafar as he only communicates mainly via email. It might take him 3-5 days to get back to you but his bats are good enough to wait for a few days.

More pics to follow in the next post.

 

PLease contact me on jason@cricketstoreonline.com for more information and dont forget about the store facebook and twitter pages.

 

Fake cricket bats vs authentic cricket bats by cricket store part 2

So this is part two of the small video series about fake cricket bats. If you havent seen part 1 then please click here and watch that first.

 

Thanks for watching, please leave me a comment or message either here, on my facebook page or send me an email on jason@cricketstoreonline.com

Part 3 will be coming soon.

 

Fake cricket bats vs authentic bats by www.cricketstoreonline.com part 1

Ive been getting a lot of emails and questions from fans of my store as to how you can know or what they should to to avoid online scams with fake cricket bats. i thought i would do what i do best and do a short video series on the topic.

 

Here is video 1 or part 1 in the series

 

Please, i would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this topic. i am no authority on this subject and would love to hear your experience if you have any.

 

feel free to leave a message here, email me or post on my facebook page.

Some pictures of my new cricket bats

Just thought i would give you a sneak peak at some of my new cricket bats. all of these will be going up against each other in my next edition of the cricket bat face off. The Lekka RDX big hitter and the Crictech Mellet Signature still need to be oiled and knocked but we will see how this all goes over the next few weeks.

 

So the Bats in the pictures are the

 

Lekka RDX big hitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Next one on the list is the Lekka RDX Envy cricket bat

 

 

 

 

 

Also in there is The Crictech Mellet Signature custom cricket bat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in that pack is the USSZ custom made from Zafar Asim in L.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last but certainly not least is my current bat, the Vindico Genghis players + cricket bat

 

 

 

 

 

So as you can see there are some awesome bats there and i look forward to having a go with them.

GM epic 909 2012 cricket bat review

GM epic 909 2012 cricket bat review

The GM epic 909 cricket bat review

 

1: price. 8/10

2: willow. 7/10

3: finish. 8/10

4: performance. 7/10

5: wow. 3/5

6: moisture. 4/5

 

Final score. 37/50

Comments. The GM epic 909 is a good bat. Very good looking. It has nice grains structure and very clean looking. the bat is also a solid performing bat and at $319 its well priced as well. As all GM bats it will probably take a while to open up but once it does it will play well. the two bats i tested were 2.9 and 2.11. the 2.9 bat had a great balance but the 2.11 bat was a little bottom heavy but im sure a second grip would sort that out pretty easily. the pickup index on the 2.9 was 2 and on the 2.11 it was 3.

For more on the score rating system. see this post.click here

 

Full review of the Vindico genghis players + cricket bat

The Vindico Genghis Players Plus Cricket Bat.

 

ive been dealing with the guys at vindico cricket now for a little over a month and so far have been very impressed. They are obsessed with cricket and love the game as do many of us. Vindico cricket is based here in the United States, as am i. But don’t be fooled into thinking that means they make Mickey Mouse bats.

 

The bats are hand selected at The BAS and RNS factories in india and they have a dedicated bat maker there hand crafting their blades for them. I was lucky enough to get one of their 2011 bats to use as my own. The Vindico Zulu Players + cricket bat.  Made a video of it and posted some pics and before i knew it someone wanted to buy it from me.

 

So i had to look at their new 2012 range and decided on the Genghis players plus bat. It suited my style of batting and i found one in the perfect weight range for me. ( 2.10 ) After oiling it, knocking it in and just generally treating it like another child i decided it was time to take it to the nets. I knew if i wanted to give a proper review of the bat i had to actually use it. I am lucky as well in that my local ” nets ” has the hard juggs balls in their bowling machine and not the soft spongy ones that many others have so it gives a real feeling of a cricket ball hitting the bat.

 

Now i will say right off the bat that the willow being used in the Vindico bats is not the top of the line premium quality willow that you might find in a Gray nicolls legend or GM original LE.There are a few blemishes / watermarks. I would classify the willow in their players plus bats as being the same as a GM 909 or GM original. Another good thing is that the willow is graded when it gets to the Vindico office and then is re-graded when it gets to me here at cricket store online. The reason we grade the bats this way is because we also take performance and ping into consideration when grading the bats. Vindico cricket only uses willow that performs well. You can be sure when you buy a Vindico cricket bat ( whether its a Test plus or players plus ) that it will perform well.

 

Here is my two video reviews of the bat. First one is my normal in store review and the second is my actual bat test in the nets.

Here is the video of me using the bat in the nets.

 

Using my cricket bat rating system which takes things like cost, willow quality , moisture content and performance into account This bat scored a 38/50 possible points putting it very near the top of the leader board.

For more on the rating system, see this post. click here, The bat-off.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this full review of this cricket bat and hope i have been able to instill some confidence in you if you are interested in buy from this bat maker. Trust me, the ball will fly far and the bat will treat you well if you look after it well.

 

Remember the bat will need to be knocked in well. If you dont feel comfortable doing it i can do it for you. Vindico is a good, honest brand and i stand behind that. I look forward to seeing this brand do very well in the future. Rumour has it you might see it on cricket store shelves in Australia sooner than you think.

 

Thanks to Vindico Cricket USA.

Jason Mellet.

www.cricketstoreonline.com

1.888.470.4747 USA

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