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Title: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 09, 2017, 09:25:47 PM
Hello all,
I'm new to the forum but thought you might be able to help. I'm getting back into cricket next year after a 10 year plus break, so looking to get all new kit but things have changed a fair bit since I last played (mainly with the bats, width, profiles but mainly costs!). I'm a top order bat and played to a pretty decent local league standard until I finished, so always had decent gear. So I'm looking at spending 200 - 250 for a new bat and have always preferred a light pick up with straight grains, no blemishes etc. I appreciate this would maybe mean a grade 1 bat and maybe purely aesthetic, but it's just the way I've always gone. I saw a Puma Evopower 1 for 220 at a shop, liked the look and pickup but have seen the SE version also for 250.  I'm thinking buy one now and get more for my cash than I would next year. Having never used Puma I wondered if anyone had any experience/views on them?
Thanks
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on October 09, 2017, 09:53:01 PM
Puma softs are always of pretty good quality (even if the pads do sometimes look a bit Storm Trooper).

No idea of the current batch of bats, but a teammate used full gear a couple of years ago and his LE bat (one with all black labels from memory) was a great bat!
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 09, 2017, 10:03:27 PM
Thanks. Bats have changed a bit and there's a lot of smaller makers/brands about to choose from as well as the more established ones, so it ain't that easy knowing what to go for. Obviously with a lot of gear to buy I'm trying to get value and it seemed a lot of bat for the money.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Mel Jessop on October 09, 2017, 10:14:24 PM
Check out what Vitas have on offer today and the rest of the week, deffo more bang for ya buck.

Or check one of the bat makers out on here, deffo get a nice stick for your budget.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: FattusCattus on October 10, 2017, 07:41:38 AM
If you're coming back after a long break, it's definitely worth visiting a shop or a bat-maker to wave something around and see if it suits.

@jonny77  - whereabouts are you based?
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Neon Cricket on October 10, 2017, 07:47:33 AM
Having been a Puma FKW in the past, the quality of the gear is generally pretty good and decent value.

I would however agree with the sentiments of others and look around as you'll find better options for the same price or cheaper
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Mattsky on October 10, 2017, 08:20:15 AM
Yep, one of the sponsors or retailers on here will sort you right out with exactly what you want.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 10, 2017, 10:44:17 AM
Thanks again for the advice. I'm in Leeds and I definitely like to see the bat, so have been to a few shops to get an idea. I've always had a light bat/pick up, as just can't can't use a heavy bat. Some of the Gray Nic ones from Vitas looked nice yesterday, but without being there to see them in the flesh its difficult to say.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Churchy1989 on October 11, 2017, 06:07:59 PM
Hi
I ordered bat from RNS Larson based in India and bat arrived in UK in 6 days.
Now what I say about bat it is one hell of a bat. After 30 mins of knocking ball flying off like a rocket.
I will recommend buying one off them as bats are great value for money and you will save money to buy more stuff.
Amazing ping and balanced n light pick up despite being full back.

Any chance you work for RNS.... 6 days is quicker than a uk hand made bat.....being posted in the same country...
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: parthnayak on October 11, 2017, 06:15:57 PM
RNS Larson ? Hmmm, stay away from them as generally they have mixed reviews ..  since you are in UK, go UK route ...B3 gets my vote. If you want to import from India, Robinson would be much better bet than RNS since Surinder custom service is second to none .
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jayralh on October 11, 2017, 06:52:43 PM
Any chance you work for RNS.... 6 days is quicker than a uk hand made bat.....being posted in the same country...
Well I don't work for any brand.  I gave my opinion and review based on my experience.
Bat was delivered to me in 6 days not made. It was already made and I chose one out of batch.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jayralh on October 11, 2017, 07:00:28 PM
RNS Larson ? Hmmm, stay away from them as generally they have mixed reviews ..  since you are in UK, go UK route ...B3 gets my vote. If you want to import from India, Robinson would be much better bet than RNS since Surinder custom service is second to none .
I agree that communication with RNS wasn't good. I had limited budget so I went with RNS as the guy offered me good price. I contacted RS as well but by the time they replied I had bought other bat. RS guy was more sensible and polite while replying.

My review about RNS bat is based on bat I received. It was cheap but performing great. it's grade 3 or butterfly as some call but performance is awesome. 
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Churchy1989 on October 11, 2017, 08:24:18 PM
. it's grade 3 or butterfly as some call but performance is awesome.

Rule 1 of CBF, no pics, it doesn't exist.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jayralh on October 11, 2017, 10:06:41 PM
Rule 1 of CBF, no pics, it doesn't exist.
Not been able to upload pic as it's saying file too large. I am new here so maybe I am making some mistake uploading. I provide photos if you could explain how to upload.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Churchy1989 on October 12, 2017, 06:14:54 AM
Not been able to upload pic as it's saying file too large. I am new here so maybe I am making some mistake uploading. I provide photos if you could explain how to upload.


@jayralh  see this thread http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=43151.0 (http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=43151.0)
I explained it to dazz
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Maverick06 on October 12, 2017, 07:06:07 AM
Who makes Puma bats?
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Woodyspin on October 12, 2017, 07:56:14 AM
Who makes Puma bats?

Puma of course... :)
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 12, 2017, 10:06:44 PM
Thanks for the advice on the Vitas sale fellas. Picked up a Focus bat, which looks a bargain,  so looking forward to getting it. Picked up some unused H4L gloves on eBay cheap and a few other bits too so nearly there. 
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 13, 2017, 02:17:24 PM
On another note, apart from the safety aspect is there any other benefit of the 2 bar grill on the Masuri helmets? Does it widen the viewing area at all?
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Woodyspin on October 13, 2017, 02:47:16 PM
No difference just pushes the ball up and into the visor
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: edge on October 13, 2017, 02:57:26 PM
On another note, apart from the safety aspect is there any other benefit of the 2 bar grill on the Masuri helmets? Does it widen the viewing area at all?
The theory is that the top two bars line up in your eyeline so effectively you don't see the top one, widening the view. Don't know how much difference it actually makes though as haven't worn one.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 13, 2017, 03:03:46 PM
so does it offer a better viewing area than the standard grill, or just the same but with supposed better protection?
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: Woodyspin on October 13, 2017, 03:18:27 PM
so does it offer a better viewing area than the standard grill, or just the same but with supposed better protection?

No difference just pushes the ball up and into the visor

As before i dont see any difference
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: The Doctor on October 13, 2017, 03:19:31 PM
Thanks again for the advice. I'm in Leeds and I definitely like to see the bat, so have been to a few shops to get an idea. I've always had a light bat/pick up, as just can't can't use a heavy bat. Some of the Gray Nic ones from Vitas looked nice yesterday, but without being there to see them in the flesh its difficult to say.

How about a trip down to Nottingham and see bats being made and get a better understanding of what you are after? Worth the hour or so's travel!

We also have some bundle deals available - https://b3cricket.com/cricket-gear/buy-cricket-bundle-deals/adult-cricket-bundle-deal/

David
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jonny77 on October 13, 2017, 03:34:47 PM
Thanks David, appreciate the offer but I'm awaiting delivery of a bat now, which i think will be suitable.  i have picked up a few other bits too, so only really now only looking at a new lid. I've had whole new kit to buy, so had to shop in the sales! The bats look great tho.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jayralh on November 02, 2017, 06:34:02 PM
Rule 1 of CBF, no pics, it doesn't exist.

https://youtu.be/wFBV1YlPXuE

hers is the link for video i did regarding bat that does exist  :D

this is my first ever video so for any mistakes don't slaughter me . let me know what you think?
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: GoodLeave on November 02, 2017, 07:55:11 PM
https://youtu.be/wFBV1YlPXuE

hers is the link for video i did regarding bat that does exist  :D

this is my first ever video so for any mistakes don't slaughter me . let me know what you think?

Good review Ajay. Looks like a nice shape, and very good for a G3.
Title: Re: Puma bats and general kit
Post by: jayralh on November 02, 2017, 08:15:30 PM
Thank you @GoodLeave . i was bit nervous but video came along nice i think.

When i asked the guy for bat i mentioned to him that i am not bothered about the look but performance is what i am after. He offered me this bat off their facebook page.

I took the plunge due to it was not expensive at all and now i am very happy with it. I haven't used it in nets or match yet but optimistic that it will perform well due to its current  response.