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« on: October 12, 2016, 09:00:15 PM »

Thought I would post a little review of something I picked up mid way through the season. Appreciate the modern fad has been big edges, then high spines - well personally I had always liked the more toblerone shape (obviously different brands have there own profile name). Having had some lovely sticks from Tai at blankbats in the past and remembering the traditional profile bat that was for sale on here a while ago I dropped him a line to see what could be knocked up. Now as far as I believe (and I don't claim to be an expert) the right size cleft is required for this kind of shape so other than a thick oval'ish handle at around 2.11 with a grip I left the rest to the skill of the batmaker.

So this is what I received: -

Specs:
Weight - 2.12.8 With 2 grips (inc the thick GM, tape and opening up sticker)
Spine - 68 mm approx (its difficult to measure with the rounded face and no calipers - I need to take some lessons from Chad but will check next week)
Edge at sweet spot -28mm
Toe edge - 20mm (very bottom)
Shoulder edge - 12mm (very top)
Rounded face
Thick oval handle
12 grains with some heartwood on the right hand side edge which I think adds character
Spine blended into the toe
Nice light pick up

I have only used it in a handful of nets but it does come off nicely especially with all that wood behind you when you connect in the centre of the blade.















To try and show the profile a little better and to give the high spine justice I have compared vs my GN which is the highest spine bat I have (weight wise the GN is 2.11 with 2 grips although they are a little thinner / lighter).













The finish is tip top as you would expect, whilst I do like the black and chrome bb stickers I actually quite like the blue and bright yellow. I think there were previous issues of the back sticker lifting but considering the high spine and the slightly larger design compared with the earlier ones there is no sign of lifting.

The only slight picky points I would say is after the first net I found I was destroying the toe guard so have just added a dab of shoe goo. The second point is the scuff sheet was quite low vs the small sticker so on a bouncy net vs my lack of ability I found I was hitting the exposed face when defending. I have replaced it with one that runs right the way up the blade (yes I know you picky so and so's will say you should have given it a light sand to remove the cherry marks). Both are very minor points and I am very happy with the bat & the excellent service. Whilst I haven't seen the GN XP80 is the flesh I do think the toe's look wafer thin and they look to have a higher circular shaped spine in comparison, this is a more oval shaped spine if that makes sense (appreciate you are loosing some mm but a lower / larger sweet spot is more suited to our UK tracks surely?).

Sorry about the quality of the iphone pictures!
« Last Edit: October 13, 2016, 07:11:46 AM by Ams4287 »
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 09:38:13 PM »

Firstly - am absolutely loving that profile!

Secondly - great effort in not getting your toes into shot!
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 10:22:17 PM »

Firstly - am absolutely loving that profile!

Secondly - great effort in not getting your toes into shot!

True, the slippers add a certain mystery to the shots, the bat looks absolutely perfect!
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2016, 03:57:34 AM »

To me that looks xp70 ish . Nice .
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 06:59:34 AM »

Great review, well done. Looks like a good stick albeit a bit on the heavier side. Hope it goes well for you.

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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2016, 02:43:18 PM »

I have a couple of these bats available, from memory they are around 2.7 and 2.9 naked. If interested get in touch via pm.
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2016, 02:41:14 PM »

Good looking stick @Ams4287 . Any update about the performance?
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2016, 06:49:25 PM »

The more I look at this the more i like the profile!
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2016, 07:18:55 PM »

The more I look at this the more i like the profile!

Appreciate the modern fad for big edges but you can't beat a high spine and the wood where you need it (unless the aim is to nick off)
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2016, 03:31:55 AM »

Missed this post before. Wonderful looking bat. My kinda profile.
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Re: bb Custom
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2016, 09:14:08 AM »

Appreciate the modern fad for big edges but you can't beat a high spine and the wood where you need it (unless the aim is to nick off)

I can do that perfectly well with small edges though?
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