Gunn & Moore Purist Cricket Bat

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.

GM Purist cricket bat

GM Purist cricket bat

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.

The weights on the Gunn and Moore Purist cricket bat range from 2:8 to 2:11. With Gunn and Moore’s comfortable ripple style grip, every weight feels nice in hand and has a great pickup.

Find this bat and other cricket equipment from these top brands: Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Slazenger Cricket, and Adidas Cricket at your cricket store.

The budget friendly new Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves.

Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves

Hammer has brought back its popular Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves. With a classic black and white design, these gloves are great for a wide range of players.

Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves

Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves

These Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves feature a three-part design for maximum use and comfort. Hammer uses Plastozote padding and premium PU finger protection to ensure a safe and protective glove. Hammer takes protection one step further with this glove by including an insert on the main finger made of HD foam filled with added fibre.

The palm of the Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves is made of high quality sheepskin leather, which allows for maximum grip and comfort. The lining in the Hammer Core batting glove is made of soft padded toweling. This helps absorb moisture so you get a firm, great hit every time. To help with cooling, Hammer has included an airflow mesh gusset to the Core batting gloves.

The Hammer Core batting gloves are comfortable and light, without sacrificing quality, strength, or durability. The premium Hammer Core batting gloves have the option to be worn with or without inners. In Hammer’s true style, they have included quality embossed Velcro tabs to make sure each glove has the perfect fit.

Hammer has designed its Core batting gloves to be low-cost and budget friendly, so that all players have access to Hammer’s premium cricket gear. The low cost of these gloves does not come with any sacrifice of quality. You’re still getting a great Hammer product.

These Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves are versatile and meet the needs of different types of players. They’re great for youth players as well as club level games. As a lightweight, comfortable, and affordable glove, the Hammer Core can be used for a range of players and play.

Stop by www.HammerCricket.com or www.CricketStoreOnline.com to pick up your premium Hammer Core batting gloves starting March 2014.

See more from Hammer on the following sites.

www.cricketstoreonline.com

www.hammercricket.com

www.willowkings.com

You can also follow hammer on Twitter and FaceBook.

don’t forget to check out these top brands: Gray NicollsHammer CricketGunn and MooreKookaburraAffinity Cricket and Adidas Cricket. They’re all sure to impress.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat

The 2014 Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat F.45 DXM is now available only at Cricket Store Online. I want to tell you what’s new about this particular bat and why it’s so popular right now.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat has got GM’s substantial F4.5 contoured edges, which means it’s got a nice big edge and the bow on the face only drops 4.5 millimeters (whereas the F7 drops 7mm, and the F2 only drops 2mm and is nearly flat). This F4.5 allows for a nice balanced combination of a big edge and rounded face. These larger edges do mean that the bat has a smaller spine, so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re used to a bigger spine on your cricket bat.

 

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat also has an elongated swell height and GM’s Powerarc bow, which along with the contoured edges allow for the bat to have no real roughness or sharpness in its shape. The sweet spot on this bat is medium, or right in the middle, giving it a good ping. GM actually boasts that this model has an elongated sweet spot. GM has on this model reduced the shoulders and toe, so if you’re switching from an older GM model, be aware of that.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat handle has the new GM ripple grips, which are helpful for better control. It’s a round to oval handle and gives the bat nice balance. According to GM, this bat is ideal for all-round stroke play, but it’s generally a comfortable bat for other types of cricket play as well. These GM English Willow bats are all designed and produced in England and made from English Willow trees in Nottingham.

The 2014 GM F4.5 bat also has a nice color scheme with blacks and blues.

 

Head to www.cricketstoreonline.com for more information, pictures and of course to buy your new bat.

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

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GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

Just a real quick look at this 2lbs 08oz GM Max – E cricket bat for the 2013 cricket season. the full review coming in a day or two on youtube..

Sponsored cricketers using Hammer cricket bats

So the list of sponsored players who are using my cricket bats is growing and im very proud and very happy to be helping these guys out in some way shape or form. My very First official sponsored player to be using hammer products is names Davion Davidson. He is an explosive batsman with just about every shot i the book. What strikes you initially when you watch him in the nets or out in the middle is how hard he hits the ball. He is one of these guys that just hits everything hard and he is not the type of guy you want to be standing to close to when you are fielding.

 Here is Davion hand picking his first Beserker RS cricket bat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastest and newest hammer cricket sponsored player is Jignesh Desai. ex – usa national team player and captain. Jigs is using a lightweight 2.8 Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a look at these bats please feel free to take a look at www.cricketstoreonline.com

 

 

GM players edition cricket bats go under the microscope

GM players edition cricket bats go under the microscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Graeme smith players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 12 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

Wow thats expensive, but so is a ferrari or an Aston Martin. And are they worth every penny. Absolutely. These bats are incredible. Some of the best bats ive picked up in a long time. Great Ping, balance is awesome. total confidence that you will clear any boundary on the planet. This bat only scores a 36/45. however take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Just about everything about it. Shape, profile, ping, handle shape, presence, willow.

pickup index ( 4 ) i like this

We Dislike

– No bat cover…WTF. $699 USD and no bat cover????? Thats lame.

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM Shane Watson players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 12 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 37mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I dont love this bat as much i do the epic PE, but that doesn’t take away from the fact its an awesome bat. all the characteristics as the epic. Expensive, exclusive, brilliant. Pity about the slight blemish on the toe on this one bat.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 32/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Im not in love with the sweet spot location on this and the pickup index.

pickup index ( 3 ) Feels a little light for me.

We Dislike

– No bat cover…WTF. $699 USD and no bat cover????? Thats lame.

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 37mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 35/45

GM Jonathan Trott players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 10oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 10 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 34mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I like this bat and the shape. its has a nice low elongated middle that extends up the blade and its very well balanced. The balance is a little light as it comes in 2.10 with a pickup index of 2 but it carries it very will and i could see myself playing with this bat as its very close to one of the bats i currently use myself. see Hammer cricket bats.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– I love the balance and pickup of this bat even though its lighter than i usually use. Ping is awesome obviously as are all of the player edition cricket bats.

pickup index ( 2 )Its very light but i like this one a lot

We Dislike

– Still…seriously. no bat cover….

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 34mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM Ross Taylor players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 11oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 11 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

This bat and the shane watson are the only two bats in the range that are anything like the actual GM range of bats. eg the watson shape is very similar to the actual flare and this Ross taylor bat is similar to the Icon shape but the G.smith and the Trott bats are nothing like the bats they are endorsing shape and profile wise. Overall however its still an awesome bat with a large middle and will dwarf any ground out there.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Very good weight and balance with the pickup index being a perfect 3. combining control and power. Any batsman will love this bat in their hands.

pickup index ( 3 )

We Dislike

– im starting to not love the sharp icon spine. if 3/4 GM pros don’t have the sharp spine with con-caved rear profile, is that a sign that there is something to the design??

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.11
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

The Bat-off!!

 

 

So, was looking around at a few of the bats i have in my store this morning and saw a few of them had very similar profiles. namely the Gray Nicolls legend cricket bat. The Vindico Geronimo players +. The Malik Bubber Sher cricket bat and the CA LE 12000 + TRD cricket bats.

I was thinking of ways that i could compare these bats on a level playing field so i came up with a rating system i think is fare and wont upset to many people.

The rating system goes something like this.

# 1. Price. rated out of 10 points. $600 is to expensive regardless of quality. $300 is a perfect price if the bat is good. $100 is generally a low quality bat so even if the bat is $100 it wont necessarily get a good grade unless its exceptionally good. eg. GN legend scores a 4/10 on price. its an awesome bat but $500 is a lot of money. Bat makers should be finding ways to keep their price lower, not making bats more and more expensive.

#2. Willow. Rated out of 10 points. This is a grade for the overall willow quality and aesthetics. overall look, grains, knots, butterflies, watermarks etc.

#3. Overall finish. Rated out of 10 points. did the bat maker take time to make the bat look pretty. Do you want to frame the bat its so beautiful or you dont mind throwing it in your kit unprotected.

#4. Performance. Rated out of 10 points. will this bat perform well. does it have a good balance and pickup. does it pick up light or does it feel bottom heavy or off balance.

#5. Wow factor. Rated out of 5 points. When you open up the box or show it to your friends are you going to think ” wow ” or does it just look like one of the other millions of bats that are produced every single year.

#6. Moisture content. Rated out of 5 points. Generally speaking a good moisture content is 12% but have found here in america that 9% is more realistic as bats have to travel a long way to get here. who knows what bats go through during the shipping process. The GN legend is on average about 9% so thats a good benchmark. Some Matrrixx bats have measured 2% so thats the other end of the scale and not where you want to be for sure. Ive also only made it worth 5 point because there is a margin for error and this is not an exact science. it is important however and thats why we have added it to the rating system.

 

So the perfect score is 50/50 and ive rated all these bats according to this scale.

 

First up here are some side by side pics to show you the bats are all very similar in shape, design, weight etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GN Legend cricket bat. 2lbs 10oz ( Buy Now, click here )

 

 

Score :

1: price. 4/10

2: willow. 9/10

3: finish. 9/10

4: performance. 9/10

5: wow. 4/5

6: moisture. 4/5

 

Final score. 39/50

Comments. The GN legend cricket bat is an awesome bat. Great balance. superb quality. One of the best bats money can buy. But thats where the problem is. $495 USD. thats a lot of money. If you want and AUS version you will be paying around $700 USD. Thats just craziness so on the price point it loses some points. Im not saying its not worth that money. just saying its a bit expensive for the average joe like you or me.

 

Vindico Geronimo Players + cricket bat. 2lbs 14oz. ( Buy Now, click here )

 

 

 

Score :

1: price. 7/10

2: willow. 7/10

3: finish. 7/10

4: performance. 9/10

5: wow. 4/5

6: moisture. 4/5

 

Final score. 38/50

Comments. The Vindico Geronimo players + cricket bat is a good quality, solid cricket bat. Its performance outways its initial impression. I have been working closely with Vindico cricket to get there overall quality and finish up to scratch but there is no denying the raw power of these cricket bats. originating from the BAS and RNS factories in India, Vindico have a dedicated bat maker pushing out very limited numbers of quality cricket bats which allows them to make sure they only select quality performance willow. The ping and value for shots are incredible. The price point of $350 is a fantastic place to be as you get the same value for shots as the $495 Legend or the $399 GM original cricket bats.

 

CA 12000 Plus L.E. TRD cricket bat. 2lbs 9oz (Buy Now, click here )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score :

1: price. 6/10

2: willow. 9/10

3: finish. 9/10

4: performance. 8/10

5: wow. 4/5

6: moisture. 4/5

 

Final score. 40/50

Comments. Very impressed with the CA. Probably better quality willow than the GN legend. The grains are 12 evenly spaced, perfectly straight grains. somehow just about every single CA TRD looks exactly the same. i dont know how they do it. James Laver would be happy to press this bat im sure. The grain structure is perfect. The ping however was not quite there as it was on the Legend and the Geronimo but the moisture content was great so it still scored well on the performace scale. With a little oil and some knocking in this is a top performer and thats the reason , along with a good price point of $379  in my opinion scores a 40/50 points.

 

The Malik Bubber Sher cricket bat. 2lbs 12oz. (Buy Now, click here )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score :

1: price. 9/10

2: willow. 7/10

3: finish. 7/10

4: performance. 6/10

5: wow. 4/5

6: moisture. 2/5

 

Final score. 35/50

Comments. People come back year after year for a new Bubber Sher. There is no doubting its a great bat. The performance is there. The price point is incredible at $219. Free shipping inside the USA also makes it more attractive. Malik definitely know what they are doing. It scores low on the moisture meter at 5% which is a bit worrisome. But not the end of the world cos at $219 you can afford to buy another if this one happens to break. Make sure you put 3 coats of oil on it before knocking in and you should be good to go. The grain structure is not perfect and its not the best looking bat. But when someone hits you for a 6 with their bubber sher, no one is complaining about how wobbly the grains are.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Bat-Off with these 4 awesome cricket bats. please head to my Facebook page ( cricket store online ) for all the pics from todays blog.

Some interesting info.

Edges

CA = 36mm

GN = 36mm

Vindico = 36mm

Sher = 34mm

 

I will also upload a video later today to youtube so search for ” the cricket store online bat off part 1 ” and check that out to hear the ping for yourself.

 

Help me get a GM epic graeme smith players edition in mu hands.

please watch my video and give me your support. im trying to get GM to send me a GM epic graeme smith players edition cricket bat so i can do a review for you guys. please give me your support and tweet @richardlowy and @edwardlowy and ask them to please send me one.

 

 

you can also go to www.gunnandmoorecricket.com and send them and email through their contact forms.

Newbery sps cricket kit bag

This is my video review of the Newbery sps cricket kit bag.

 
• Ideal for the travelling cricketer at home or abroad
• Revised model incorporating the SPS and SPS Max models
• New heavy duty zip pulls and retractable handle
• Dimensions – 900 x 400 x 400
• Available in Navy/Gold or Black/Silver

 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog entry and please feel free to leave me comments or questions.

The 2012 Vindico Geronimo test + cricket bat review

VINDICO

Latin for Liberate, Avenge, Punish, Protect.

We are cricketers. We are fuelled by cricket and everything so beautiful about this magnificent game. We are passionate about how we play and the tools that enable us to attain perfection on the field and lose ourselves to it for the few hours we spend on a glorious summer’s day. We are Vindico Cricket. We are YOU.

At Vindico, we are committed to bringing you the best cricket bats for a price that won’t break your bank. Having played cricket across the world, it made sense for some of us to band together and form Vindico.

We are committed to bringing you the best profiles and superior quality English Willow, and shaped into magnificent works of art by a top notch Sub-Continental bat maker.

 

Thats the first thing you read when you take a look at www.vindicocricket.com. That and also the ” are you ready for war ” slogan which i find pretty catchy as well. Needless to say i will probably be taking a Vindico into battle with me at the start of next summer to see if I, ” am ready for WAR “.

 

So far from first impressions i have been pretty impressed with this simple but very impressive new brand. Having spoken to the owners many times now and working closely with them in their marketing efforts i can attest to their statements, they are cricket lovers and they are passionate about the game. They are sourcing top quality materials and having now played around with their bats they do look to be belters.

One thing i really like is their battle or war like theme they have as every time you go to the middle its you fighting a battle not only with 11 other gladiators out there but also with yourself.

They have two bats in their line up for 2012, the Genghis and the Geronimo. Two mighty warriors in their own rites.

Geronimo profile : High to Mid-Sweetspot to counter the bouncy tracks

Genghis profile : Mid-Low/Elongated Sweetspot to counter low bounce wickets.

 

Willow Grades:

PLAYERS+ is our super premium Grade 1 English Willow.

TEST+ is our premium Grade 1 English Willow.

Both are incredible looking bats with imposing profiles and big edges. The test + bats have about 40mm edges. Comparable to any top brands around the world.

My video review of the Vindico Geronimo test+ cricket bat.

Enjoy some more pics of the new geronimo cricket bats.

Another thing i have been playing around with lately is the mositure content of cricket bats. I am finding that here in the united states that 9% is a good amount of moisture to have in your  bats. Here is a pic of my GN legend which i think is a good benchmark as its one the the best quality bats in the world, along with Laver and wood and such other names.

As you can see from the pictures the GN legend gets a solid 9% moisture content.

And as you can see the Vindico scores the same with the moisture content reader. A good 9%.

Moisture content is very important in cricket bat longevity as well as performance. a cricket bat that is to dry will crack and become brittle very quickly whilst you are in battle and worst case scenario will break. There is one advantage to having a low moisture content, and thats that the bat will be very light but if you cant afford to buy a new bat every season ( and who of us can ) the you want a bat with a higher moisture content.

 

The 2012 Vindico bats all come with a padded bat cover and toe guard. Knocking in is available on all bats at a cost of $50 from me at cricket store online. The bats also come with a round 12 piece cane handle with oval handles available on custom orders. As the bats are custom made for Vindico custom orders are quite popular as well.

Most impressive though on the new vindico geronimo is the ping, balance and pick up. This will be an awesome bat and im sure many hundreds will be scored in the 2012 season with these bats. And this bat at only $250 is a genuine great deal. Other cricket bats of this quality are easily $300 or $350 USD. this is certainly a great deal and a great bat.

 

I look forward to hearing your feedback about this blog and also these bats.

 

Are YOU ready for War???