Kookaburra cricket bats 2013

Kookaburra 2013 Kahuna cricket bats

The Kahuna unleashes and enhances that awesome power that guided Ricky towards his selection of “ICC Player of the Year”.  The Kahuna Range delivers dominating power and protection.

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The new 2013 Kookaburra kahuna bats have displayed some very pretty willow, some super nice straight grains which im sure will not stay that pretty as we start getting to the bottom of the barrel. The upgrade to the new stickers are also a nice improvement over the 2012 gear. One of the things that dissapoint me about the new 2013 kahuna bats is the Indian profiles they have adopted in this range. Meaning flat face, big edge, high spine and mega concaving. its hard to differentiate between the Kahuna range and the Ricochet range as they are almost identical. Its not only Kookaburra falling into this line of thinking, Gray nicolls  and SS are doing this very same thing as well.

 

My thought is that sometimes the consumer doesnt always know whats best. All customers want are big edges so my thought is big brands need to sell bats to remain big brands so they go ahead and do what they need to do to sell bats. And thats to  make bats with big edges. I spend my days talking people out of bats with massive edges and rather into bats that ping well and have big sweetspots. Big edges are achieved by making a bat that looks like the Kahuna. High spine, lots of concaving and a flat face. My personal bats have 30mm edges, minimal concaving and a rounded face and weigh 2.12+. What ive found is the problem with lots of concaving and a high spine means you have a potent sweetspot but its very narrow meaning you have to middle everything for it to go anywhere and off centre shots go nowhere meaning your big edges are useless.

 

Here is a look at my videos of the latest 2013 kookaburra kahuna cricket bats.


If you want to look for a kookaburra bat with a much more convincing profile then look at the Kahuna T20. Its has a lower spine, less concaving and big edges. Watch my video here.

This is a much better profile for big hitters and a much wider sweetspot. Whats also great is that it costs only $199 USD.

If you are looking for an innovative new brand maybe have a look to see what Slazenger are doing for 2013. There Hex handle and TAS inserts are probably the most innovative new technologies the cricket industry has seen in years and both technologies work well.

2013 Gray Nicolls cricket batting gloves head to head

2013 Gray Nicolls cricket batting gloves head to head

This will be simple. Nothing to complicated.

Scoring system.

Quality of materials used will be called quality score. scored out of 3.

How comfortable the gloves are on the hands, fit, around wrist on fingers etc will be Comfort level. scored out of 3.

Protection will be scored out of 3 as well with a best possible score of 9.

#1 : Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Batting Gloves

2013 Gray Nicolls legend cricket batting gloves

Price $94.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 1

Protection : 2

Score of 6/9

These gloves look so cool, but boy, are they uncomfortable taking them out the packaging..The problem is they are probably made flat on the table, rather than moulded on a persons hands or model or something. you may have to leave these rubber banded / folded under your mattress over night to get some sort of shape into the gloves. My hands got tired in about 5 seconds holding onto a bat and forcing some shape into them. Really disappointing from Gray Nicolls.

#2 : Gray Nicolls Oblivion test cricket batting gloves

Gray Nicolls oblivion test cricket batting gloves

Price $69.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 2

Protection : 2

Score of 7/9

I prefer these gloves over the Legends. Even though they have a sausage finger i would say these are far more comfortable and flexible than the super stiff legends. ” test ” level protection is not quite there but adequate for any club level cricket.

#3 : Gray Nicolls Oblivion 5 star Cricket Batting Gloves

Gray nicolls oblivion 5 star cricket batting gloves

Price $64.99

Quality : 2

Comfort : 3

Protection : 2

Score of 7/9

Now this is more like it. If you want comfort and flexibility then its the oblivion 5 star gloves you want. Very soft leather, nice and flexible. The legend guys can learn a thing or two from these gloves.. And these gloves provide enough protection for your average club cricketer. Save your money and get these guys…

#4 : Gray Nicolls Oblivion 4 star Cricket Batting Gloves

Gray nicolls oblivion 4 star cricket batting gloves

Price $34.99

Quality : 1

Comfort : 1

Protection : 1

Score of 3/9

These i would say are good to be thrown into the bottom of a school boys cricket kit bag, never to be seen again.

 

#5 : Gray Nicolls Maverick Elite Cricket Batting Gloves

Gray nicolls elite cricket batting gloves

Price $84.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 3

Protection : 2.5

Score of 8.5 / 9

These are very nice gloves. The color is bold but thats ok…The comfort is supreme and softness is top notch. Very comfortable gloves, great protection level and very good materials used. Anyone would be happy wearing these..

#6 : Gray Nicolls Maverick 4 star Cricket Batting Gloves

Gray nicolls maverick 4 star cricket batting gloves

Price $44.99

Quality : 1

Comfort : 1

Protection : 2

Score of 4 / 9

Another one that is destined for the bottom of the team kit bag. Very low protection, low flexibility, low protection. I would think at least for cheap gloves that they would be able to make a pair of comfortable gloves, but apparently not…My thought is that the sausage finger design would be more moulded to the shape of your hands around the handle rather than dead straight, that would make these gloves much better than they actually are.