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Rewdog

Mongoose COR3 Premium
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:16:58 PM »

Afternoon Gents,

After returning to cricket after a 6 year absence, I decided to start off with my 10+ year old Kookaburra Big Kahuna, (this beast has served me well over the years) rather than the Hell4Leather Warbird I picked up in the winter. With the tracks bit damp and the weather being a bit soggy in general this seemed a no brainier and proved a good decision as my first innings back yielded 64 runs (only in the 2s but a fifty is a fifty!). Second time out I was on 17 after about 9 balls when I looked down and saw the splice had popped out on the face, the bat was not the only one suffering as I retired hurt in the next over having pulled my hamstring. On closer inspection, a split through the toe and a crack I'd recently repaired had opened right up and run up the edge. Repairable? Most definitely, but I think the old girl has basically given up, probably got a bit dry at some point sat in the garage and needed looking after earlier than I did, having thought I was done with cricket I'd pretty much dumped my kit as it was at my parents house. She was still going as sweet as a nut even after she was damaged, so I'll remember her as she was, serving me well until the end rather than reanimating with tape and glue and growing to resent her.

Anyhow, I like to have at least two bats in the bag so had a bit of a look around for a replacement. My return to cricket has required a full set of kit, so I've taken advantage of some cracking deals at the back end of last year (H4L Warbird, NV gloves and pads) and in the last few weeks (couple of sets of North Gear whites, very cheap). Continuing my bargain tour I found Mongoose who I thought had disappeared years ago, but have since been enlightened with their story.

At 70 for a COR3 Premium, I couldn't resist and got in touch with Tom for a bit of a chat followed by ordering from the Mongoose website. I specifically requested 2lb 10/11 and asked if there was any possibility of delivering today as I already had the day off work, it all went a bit quiet and my order showed as "processing" right up until this morning until I noticed it said "completed". Shortly after noticing this there was a knock at the door and my order had arrived, it is hard to be critical of this when I got exactly what I wanted but an email to confirm wouldn't have gone amiss.

The Bat

Overview



Edges



Face



Back



As you can see, it is a decent looking bat, big profile and whilst perhaps not the most beautiful looking face, the 8 grains are nice and straight, which is more valuable than perfect blemish free pale wood. Let's be honest, you don't look at the face when you are carting the opening bowler over cow corner anyway (not a euphemism). It is surprsingly soft which is nice, looks to be well pressed and taps up pretty well.

Specs

Edge: 37mm
Spine: 57mm
Grains: 8
Dead Weight: 2lb 9oz

The edge/spine figures are a bit of a false measure with this bat, the toe is massive and the hitting zone goes right up to near the shoulders. There is a lot of concaving on the back but given the size of the hitting zone this is somewhat inevitable. As a none standard bat, expect the measurements to be none standard or at least look a bit different to he 'normal' bat in your bag.

I'd asked for 2lb 10/11 so it comes in a little under that, however having flailed it around the living room for a bit (38 not out so far, only dropped once) it feels about right so a stroke of luck.

Stickers and finish

I'll be honest, the stickers are actually better than I expected, neat enough with a bit of silver in there. I am not going to pretend they are ground breaking or up there with the best ones around but clean, pretty enough and well applied is the order of the day here.

This is where things take a small dip, the bat has clearly had a few knocks around the toe, I can probably get them out with a bit of steam and we are only talking cosmetics here. The one that goes onto the face is a bit of a shame but once I've batted a bit it'll look a lot worse anyway!



The grip is a few centimetres short of the top of the handle, might be a bit picky here but it just looks a bit scruffy.

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Conclusion

Let's not beat around the bush, very happy and at the price point a bit of a steal, you're simply not buying a bat of this sort of quality and price anywhere else at the moment. Lacking a bit of polish and a slightly hit and miss ordering process, criticising what is an otherwise nice and incredibly cheap bat for these reasons would be unnecessarily picky. For 70 quid it looks a cracker, delivered in less than a week, what more could anybody want? Performance remains to be seen and a few taps with a mallet is not enough to make any kind of fair estimation although initial signs are very promising, given that the selling point here is an extended hitting area and greater bat speed, judging by mallet would insult the technology.

I also bought the Super Premium bag which at 30 looks a bargain, I seem to have acquired as much kit in 6 months as I did in 20+ years before my self imposed break. The bag looks like it can handle it.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2016, 03:23:29 PM by Rewdog »
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 03:17:16 PM »

Great looking bat for the price, there is some great deals on their website. May have to take another look.
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 03:38:56 PM »

Cracking review so far. Interested to see how you will get on with it.

Any current owners on here that can provide a quick report? How does it ping? Seems to be a superb price for what it is.
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2016, 03:43:29 PM »

Nice review.. i liked the thoughts that went into buying a new bat.. great price too.
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2016, 04:51:32 PM »

Roll that grip up and down at the top and you'll get it to the top in no time. Looks like a lovely stick, belter for the price.
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2016, 05:10:06 PM »

I arrived home on Friday to two bats from Mongoose, a MMI3 Series and a Rebel Series. I only paid 109 including postage, which for bats of the quality I received was an absolute steal! Was tempted to buy a Cor3 but having bought a set of p1 strippers, masuri helmet, two new bats, all new keeping and batting gear, my girlfriend has now told me I'm not allowed to buy anything else! Maybe I'll just end up with one anyway if it ends up looking anything like what you got!
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2016, 08:49:57 AM »

Good honest review and a good looking bat
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2016, 09:20:55 AM »

I arrived home on Friday to two bats from Mongoose, a MMI3 Series and a Rebel Series. I only paid 109 including postage, which for bats of the quality I received was an absolute steal! Was tempted to buy a Cor3 but having bought a set of p1 strippers, masuri helmet, two new bats, all new keeping and batting gear, my girlfriend has now told me I'm not allowed to buy anything else! Maybe I'll just end up with one anyway if it ends up looking anything like what you got!

Is the Rebel a normal size blade?
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:55 AM »

these are bargains for the price, waiting for my joker to die out so i can buy this for t'20s
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2016, 11:51:35 AM »

Is the Rebel a normal size blade?

Yes it's a normal sized blade
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2016, 12:14:30 PM »

My advice is that these won't last long - had roughly 100 orders in May through the website. We have roughly 10 bats left in each grade, they're selling at below original cost price.
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2016, 12:18:20 PM »

My advice is that these won't last long - had roughly 100 orders in May through the website. We have roughly 10 bats left in each grade, they're selling at below original cost price.

Would it be possible to get some pictures on the Rebels and weights you have left at all @Tom ?
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2016, 03:55:40 PM »

Sadly they're all in a warehouse, just awaiting despatch - so can't take photos or really provide much more info on them. Hence the low price, they're a bit of a gamble.
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2016, 08:47:24 PM »

i'll will do a review when i get chance but i ordered a Torg for 45 and thinks its amazing.

cant complain about any details with the order, just need to find time to use it now.

just wish they had some gloves so i could complete the set.

@Tom are you clearing the warehouse to start a fresh next season or is there another reason?
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Re: Mongoose COR3 Premium
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2016, 11:29:35 AM »

All the CoR3 Premium's are now gone.

@jwebber86 - In short my other business is taking up much more time than I can devote to Mongoose (it's also far more profitable selling software than cricket bats), so likelihood is we'll sell the remaining lines and then look to sell on the brand. Unless a 3rd party wanted to take on both.
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