Each year when GM do their launch i always keenly watch to see what one of the market leaders will be bringing to market. In the last year or two i have been watching very closely as they are bringing more and more products out giving customers much more choice and selection. For a while as a retailer i was mad at them as this just created massive amounts of work for me to try and keep updated with all their new inventory. but now im turning over a new leaf and rather embracing it and using it to my advantage. I know there are very few retailers like me who will do the due diligence and properly inform their customers of whats really out there as far as choice and price is concerned. So along with the other blog i have written so far about Gm gear ( new GM tech specs ) and this one im hoping to fully educate the public in exactly what their choices are for the 2014 season. So in this blog i will simply be showing off all the new blades from GM and whats F-tech specs they will be available in for 2014.
The first new bat if the GM six6 cricket bat. Made in england from prime english willow one word came to mind when i picked up this bat. that word was WOW…it was an original LE and gave me the same sort of feeling when i picked up the Graeme Smith Epic players edition a few seasons back…just an incredible blade with an awesome pickup and balance..Now obviously the lowly 303 or 404 model probably wont do that for me as well but in concept the GM six6 cricket bat is excellant.
It looks like the GM Six6 will only be available in their new F4.5 camber face profile.
Moving on from the GM Six6 we move onto the newly designed GM icon cricket bat. Now this is where it gets slightly confusing as the Icon bat is available in the F2, F4.5 and the F7 face.
The above picture clearly breaks down exactly what the difference is between the 3 different F-tech GM specs. Please note, the greater the camber e.g. F7 then the smaller the edge..edge size is directly affected by the camber on the face. F2 bats will have the biggest edges.
Now we move on to one of my personal 2013 favorites. The GM octane F2 cricket bat. This bat has a lower sweetspot, less wood up at the handle / shoulders and more in the meat of the bat. just where you want. The Octane will only be available in the F2 spec giving it a bigger edge profile and flatter F2 face.
Moving on now to the long awaited GM Purist cricket bat for 2014. And what can i say? Well i have to be honest and say i was very underwhelmed. Picking up a lot of different models from original LE down to 404 and 505 the thing that impressed me and stood out the most was the new GM ripple grips…and thats not a good thing. i gotta say..i didn’t like the bats at all and i don’t know what it was…it may have been the F2 flat face with now bow or camber what soever. we all know ive never been a fan of the flat face, and this one really doesn’t do it for me..
The GM Zona F2 in my opinion was a fail for 2013. It was avery difficult bat to sell and in my humble opinion is evident in the that GM got Shane Watson to drop the icon stickers off his bat and start using GM Zona stickers. Thats certainly something i would do if i wanted to boost sales. It seemed to work well as Zona sales and requests picked up on my end towards the end of the year.
The GM argon was a great seller for My store in 2013 and look to continue the trend in 2014. A truly exceptional bat and as you can see from below will be available in the F2 and F7 varieties. A great traditional bat as well as doing very well in the T20 arena.