GM Cricket Bats 2016
Gunn & Moore have some exciting new products for the 2016 season, which were unveiled on my recent trip to their factory in Nottingham.
They have six families of cricket bats: the brand new Mana, Paragon and Maxi, as well as their best-selling ranges: Six6, Mogul and Octane.
All of the above have substantial contoured edges with curved faces with the exception of the Octane, which has a flat face.
GM pride themselves on their bats being made in their own factory, and a trip around this is quite an education, witnessing a tree trunk in the backyard turned into a complete work of art is a beautiful experience.
The guys who make the cricket bats take consummate care and their attention to detail is true craftsmanship at its very best.
There are eight grades of wood to choose from – grade 4 to the very best unbleached seasoned grade 1 – but the important point is that they are all hewn from English willow. Three of the cricket bats come with a ripple grip with the other three sporting the new GM dynamic grip.
All Gunn & Moore cricket bats come with a fitted ToeTek toe guard and all models, bar the 303, come with GM Now – their factory-fitted protection comprising an application of linseed oil and knocking in, before a clear anti-scuff cover is applied to the face and edges.
The Soft Stuff
GM have introduced a new soft range which mirrors the bat range, along with new shoes and a very clever innovation on a couple of their big cricket bags.
The technology is called DVO, which stands for “Dynamic Volume”, and it enables their Original Duplex and Easi-Load wheelie bags to be extended by 15-20% to take more kit – much like your suitcase for your holiday. I think these cricket bags will be very popular along with the Original Duffle, which has seen subtle tweaks applied to their best-selling 2015 model.
All in all, Gunn & Moore should have a cracking 2016. GM cricket bats have already been uploaded to the Cricket Direct website, so you can have a sneaky peek. The full range should be up by November/December, in time for Christmas.
By Bob Ludlam, Cricket Direct
30 years’ experience in the sporting goods industry