The bespoke cricket bat is becoming a buzz word in the cricket gear world. As a huge movement pulls away from the inferior bulk machine made cricket bats, brands like Affinity Cricket and Hammer Cricket are popping up with fantastically crafted cricket bats. These bats fill the void of superbly handcrafted cricket bats and give consumers far more options in terms of buying a high quality hand crafted cricket bat.
Salix has released the Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves as its entry-level cricket gloves. While these cricket gloves are around the lower middle of Salix’s range, they’re very affordable, and you’re still getting great pieces of Salix cricket equipment for your money.
One thing that Salix has done a great job with in its Pod Arma batting cricket gloves is the air flow system. These cricket gloves are incredibly cool and comfortable, really allowing you to bat for a long period. On top of the mesh gussets and thumb vents, the Salix Pod Arma batting cricket gloves have extensive airflow on the sides, between each finger, and even on the back of the hand.
The Salix Pod Arma batting cricket gloves come very flexible and comfortable, and are ready to use right away. With a split finger and split thumb system, these cricket gloves really don’t need any working in before use. For the multiflex Pod Arma batting cricket gloves, Salix has used lightweight D7 merri-skin PU, and a soft sheepskin palm. Every little step Salix has taken with the Pod Arma batting gloves helps to make them comfortable and flexible.
Salix’s Pod Arma batting cricket gloves offer a good amount of protection, with the most focus and protection on the leading fingers. These cricket gloves are ideal for the club cricketer or youth cricketer in terms of protection. Salix has included on its Pod Arma batting cricket gloves extra protection on the back of the hand.
The Salix Pod Arma batting cricket gloves are in very traditional all-white coloring, so you don’t have to worry about clashing with other cricket equipment from Salix and these other top brands: Gunn and Moore, Gray Nicolls, Slazenger Cricket, Kookaburra, and Adidas Cricket.
If you missed Gunn & Moore Purist Cricket Bat from the 1990s, you’re in luck because it’s back now! It was so popular in the past that Gunn and Moore decided to bring it back, with a few small changes.
Be sure to stop by your cricket store ( Like www.cricketstoreonline.com )for this great bat and other cricket equipment from these top brands: Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Slazenger Cricket, and Adidas Cricket
I mentioned that the Gunn & Moore Purist Cricket Bat is different from its previous version. Gunn and Moore has updated this bat by making it bigger and giving it a slightly different shape that allows it to pick up a little better.
A bit unique to Gunn and Moore, the Purist bat has pretty large edges. The edges on this bat are also offset, allowing for an expanded sweet spot. The offset edges on the Gunn and Moore Purist bat also provide power and help in a great deal with the pickup.
For the Purist cricket bat, Gunn and Moore has given it a player shape by leaving more wood in the center and at the edges, with a little less wood at the top. Not to worry, though. It’s still a solid Gunn and Moore bat. Like with all Gunn and Moore cricket equipment, you can be sure you’re getting great quality.
One of the elements of the older version of the Purist cricket bat that Gunn and Moore did keep is its slightly lower sweet spot. The placement of this sweet spot is great for the front foot batsman. Even with a lower sweet spot, the Gunn and Moore Purist cricket bat his very nicely all over.
The Gunn and Moore Purist cricket bat is part of the Gunn and Moore F2 series. This means that while it’s still a flat faced bat, it’s got a 2 mm camber to help with surface cracks. Gunn and Moore also uses players grade English willow to construct these cricket bats.
Hammer Cricket now has in stock an updated 2014 version of its very popular Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat. Hammer recognized the reputation of the 2013 version of this bat, and therefore only made minor changes to the 2014 version.
Each Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat is handcrafted in England and made from performance grade English willow. This ensures that all Hammer bats are going to have a high number of straight grains with little to no blemishes.
The shape of the premium Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat allows it to be great for one day play as well as T20 cricket and longer formats. It’s got a slight camber and a very subtle bow, which gives the bat a nice neutral pickup. The edge on this bat sits at around 35 mm, giving the bat a nice balance.
The Hammer Hel 156 bat features a medium hybrid sweet spot. This means it’s got lots of wood where you’re going to be hitting the ball, but it also has a really nice amount of wood up high at the shoulders, allowing you to still play defense and defensive shots well.
This premium Hammer cricket bat is fitted with a comfortable oval handle. New to 2014, the decals on the Hammer Hel 156 bat are updated and take up less space on the bat. They’re still classic orange and black, but a little more minimalist.
Hammer’s Hel 156 2014 cricket bat is available in four grades: Core, Pro, Limited Edition, and Platinum. Platinum bats are custom made to the customer’s specs. Each bat is fitted with a toe guard, scuff sheet, and a Hammer bat cover.
All-in-all, the Hammer Hel 156 2014 cricket bat is a great all around bat for different types of play. Head over to HammerCricket.com or CricketStoreOnline.com to pick up your premium bat today.
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Affinity cricket Ayrtek edition cricket bat
Speaking with the creators of this Affinity Ayrtek edition cricket bat i asked one question. The question was if you could describe this bat to me in 2 minutes what would you say. The answer went something like this.
@Ayrtekcricket company has a number of professional cricketers using their highly specialised state of the art Ayrtel cricket helmets and they needed to partner with a specialist who makes high quality professional grade cricket bats that can stand up to the demands of county, list A, 1st class and international grade cricket. The majority of their users are top end batsman and tend to need a bat with above average performance and also have strong enough shoulders and edges to fend off the quicker bowlers at the beginning of an innings. Taking these two performance factors in mind Affinity cricket together with Ayrtek cricket came up with the Affinity cricket Ayrtek edition cricket bat.
Having already supplied cricket bats for Ayrtek professionals, Affinity cricket gained valuable feedback from the players and observations of county/international pitches to create a cricket bat to suit that environment. Other professionals also gave input into what was required of a cricket bat at this level and when facing 90mph + opening bowlers on a variety of pitches. Thicker shoulders and a mid high swell were the first notes made, a little concaving was a compromise to allow the edge to remain thick and parallel with the spine from top to bottom. This helped balance a bat capable of both defense and attack and complete the Affinity range and provide Ayrtek with a cricket bat that meets their requirements for the elite level player.
Kookaburra Ricochet 1000 2013 cricket bat review
So having a look at the recent “cricket insight Bat of the year for 2013 ” recently i had a quick little read and the Kookaburra turned out to be the 3rd best pinging bat on show but overall best bat. It was surprising to me that this bat did so well as its probably the most generic bat profile available today. Its about the same profile as every 2013 SS cricket bat. also very similar to the new Gray nicolls bats but on looks alone it is very difficult to judge a bat. You really do need to take a bat to the nets to get a proper feel for how a bat plays, feels and performs..So in this case i think we will take the CI opinion in thats its a really good bat. So here is my video review for you to look at.
Unfortunately as a reviewer of cricket bats, i have to share my opinions..I have never been a huge fan of the flat face / big edge theory. I just don’t like the look. Also Big edges are a nightmare for me when trying to sell cricket bats as people are obsessed with big edges, rather than things like performance. In my opinion the perfect bat has a 30mm edge and a 65-70mm spine height, with little to no concaving on the back with only a very gentle bow in the face. And thats exactly the opposite of what the Kookaburra bats for 2013 are. If you say the magic words ( 40mm ) you cant keep the bat on the shelves, they just fly off. A few weeks ago i got an enigma in store. The cricket bat was 2.8, 20 perfectly straight grains, SH and had 50mm edges. my first thought was…wow where can i get 100 more of these.. Then i bounced a ball on it and something was certainly wrong with it. It had been dried out completely…The moisture content was 0.0% and was basically a piece of cardboard. It was useless unless you were looking to make a fire.
So in this world of big edges, massive concaving and over drying clefts i have this to say to you. Take a bit of time to know where your bats are coming from. Everyone has different opinions of what makes a good cricket bat. and because i like one thing, doesn’t mean the kookaburra isn’t a good bat, just means i don’t like it. As the Cricket insight test suggests, its actually a pretty good bat. The one model i have left here which is 2.7 with 7 grains is a nice piece of willow and someone will be lucky to have it. But with a world of choice out there i would just like to mention some other brands you may want to look at as well.