Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves

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.

Other great cricket manufacturers who all make high quality batting gloves are Hammer cricket, Affinity cricket, Gunn and Moore, Newbery & Puma cricket.

Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves

Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves

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.

Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves softbac

Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves softbac

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.

Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves protection

Salix Pod Arma Batting Gloves protection

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.

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Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat Blog Review.Read NOW.

Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

The Bat.

New to 2014, Puma has released a Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat. With customers in mind, Puma has created this bat to be very similar to its popular Black Edition bat, but slightly less expensive.

The Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

The Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat has a very full profile, with nice large edges and a high spine. It’s an ideal player shape profile with lots of power behind every hit.

Features.

While on the heavier side, the Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat still has a very nice pickup, thanks to the minimal bow and comfortable, slightly oval, handle. A solid piece of wood, bat is available from weights 2:10 to 2:13.

Sweetspot.

The sweet spot on Puma’s Platinum Stealth 2014 cricket bat is comfortably right in the middle. With little to no concaving, it’s a nice wide sweet spot as well. Check your cricket store for exact specs and to feel it out.

Now I’ve mentioned that this bat is very similar to Puma’s Black Edition, and it is. In terms of shape and profile, it’s nearly identical. The difference here is that for the Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat, Puma has used a slightly lower grade English willow, allowing them to lower the cost and pass the savings on to the customer.

Don’t let the lower grade wood bother you; it’s still a great quality Puma bat. Puma has given its Platinum Stealth 2014 cricket bat a nice sleek look with shiny black and silver decals, with a black and silver handle to match.

Even though this bat is more affordable than the black edition, don’t expect it not to sell out. Head over to your favorite local cricket store to pick one up. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out these top brands: Gray Nicolls, Hammer Cricket, Gunn and Moore, Kookaburra, Affinity Cricket and Adidas Cricket. They’re all sure to impress.

See more at www.cricketstoreonline.com

Puma Bionic batting gloves review by www.cricketstoreonline.com

Puma Bionic batting gloves review

 

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 : Puma Bionic cricket batting gloves

Price $99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality : 3

Comfort : 2

Protection : 3

Score of 8/9

Very nice gloves, great protection and certainly quite rare at the moment. you wont see many of these around. Typical www.cricketstoreonline.com having all the coolest gear available and the biggest range as well. Its very obvious these gloves are made by SS. As are most batting gloves the world over these days and would say the only thing that makes these better than the SS gladiators is the use of a better quality Pittards leather on the palms.

Puma Calibre 4000 Batting Pads 2012

Puma Calibre 4000 Batting Pads 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is a quick look at the new 2012 Puma calibre 4000 cricket batting pads.

Price : $99

Comfort : 7/10

Weight : light

Straps : 2

design : good, current, eye catching, overall i like the design

protection: whilst the protection is good it is a little lacking and whilst the quality of these pads are superb they do lack a bit in protection. So if you want the international level protection you need to look at the 6000 series pads and not these 4000’s. So what am i paying for then you might be asking? you are paying for high quality materials and the puma name in my opinion. If these pads had the SG badge ( and taking into account the quality of these pads are better than any SG pads ) the protection level would probably be the same as a $45 set of SG’s. Enjoy some more close up pics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

for more information please contact me at jason@cricketstoreonline.com

Puma Cobalt 4000 cricket bat

Puma Cobalt 4000 cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: According to Puma its a superior english willow blade ( no mention of grade)
Weight Guide: 2lb 7oz-2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 11 oz
Handle: oval
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

Actually very impressed with this bat. the willow quality is superb and the craftsmanship is some of the best ive seen out of india. This is a good bat for the price around $300.

We Like

– the willow quality, the ping, the finish.

We Dislike

– the balance, even though it has a low sweetspot doesn’t mean it should have a 3 or higher pickup index.

Star Rating

Price: 8/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 7/10
Wow: 3/5

total score : 36/45

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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???

Is the new 2012 GM epic cricket bat the best in the world for the 2012 cricket season.

Is the new 2012 GM epic cricket bat the best in the world for the 2012 cricket season.

I have done a review on this bat previously but am interested if people think this might be the best bat in the world next year.