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Equipment => Your Kit => Topic started by: velvetsky01 on April 18, 2018, 05:29:48 PM

Title: FKW?
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 18, 2018, 05:29:48 PM
So how many of us are FKWs?

Do you feel it important to have all matching kit? Especially when you purchase a nice new bat? Does it make you feel more confident? I mean you have a better feeling that you look the part so in turn feel more confident at the crease?

Or are you not bothered and actually think itís better to have different prices of kit from different brands? As you have the pick of the market then.
Just interested in everyoneís opinions  - on a personal level I like  to have matching kit
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: DorsetDan on April 18, 2018, 05:52:58 PM
I like to match some stuff as I feel a kind of calm to see smart kit but don't like everything from one company due to fit or whatever, and don't have the mad skillz to not cop a load of stick from being a proper FKW

Matching softs (Uzi Test)
Matching protection (Aero)
Matching bags/ bat covers/ whites/ training gear (GN)
Bat depends on the moon cycle and which way the wind is blowing that day :)

I guess the short answer is want to feel confident and have smart kit but want the kit that fits right and I enjoy using
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Biggie Smalls on April 18, 2018, 06:05:32 PM
I used to be a fkw....then i bought morrant pads , so fkw days are over . But i can achieve a certain 'pro' look ,if i feel like , by wearing morrant pads with bas players gloves . I enjoy not being a fkw because now i can interchange my bats freely and pick my absolute favourite softs .
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: FattusCattus on April 18, 2018, 06:55:22 PM
If you play at a lower level (as I do - see: cricketing bottom-feeders), you simply cannot be an FKW. You will look a complete tit, and people will say rude things about you. I actively avoid it where possible. I am currently rocking a Hunts Bat, Red Ink pads and Ayrtek gloves. I am prepared to allow softs to match, but bat as well? #getdafuckouttahere !
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: ppccopener on April 18, 2018, 06:58:34 PM
There some decent people on this forum, yes really, so I don't want to be rude about people who have matching  kit but it really gets on my nerves, it's just too much about the look rather than how you play  :)
But my kit is trampish to be honest, I do have new pads this year to replace the five quid ones I got on eBay for last season

But anyway.....the point  I was going to make is I was reading about the guy who won the US open, dunno if anyone else read the same article about his equipment

Basically he  shunned the sponsorship even for his clubs, so he has the best putter he likes, a different wedge, a different companies driver and so on.....

Not that unusual you might think but apparently very unusual on the golf pro circuit.

So.....what's the difference with cricket?

I'm sure there's some on here that think a particular set of pads are best, and gloves....

Personally I think salix gloves are the dogs do dahs and Newbery pads feel the most comfortable.

It's not a groundbreaking post this....but I was interested in reading about Reed the golfer and how he deals with his own equipment

 :)
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: jamielsn15 on April 18, 2018, 06:59:38 PM
Matching pads and gloves. Bat has to therefore be a different brand. Has to be.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 18, 2018, 07:20:04 PM
Allways wear and use GN matching kit  have done so most of  my career it was quite rare back then  ever since Boycott said you will  feel the part if you look the part
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: six and out on April 18, 2018, 07:24:10 PM
It all depends on which bat I take out as to whether I am a FKW or not. I will be in matching Choice softs so if I use my Choice bat then yes I do realise what i am possibly walking into. However I might take out a different bat so I could be not FKW.

It really doesn't worry me either way, what's important is I am batting in gear I am comfortable it and have confidence in etc...
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Buzz on April 18, 2018, 07:24:39 PM
I have way too much adidas kit... shoes, whites, softs... trusty BB for matches though. I am with @jamielsn15

I also have way too much underarmour
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: jayralh on April 18, 2018, 07:49:16 PM
My kit depends on what's on sale. I played only 1 full season so haven't gotten much of kit.
I had bought whatever I could find cheapest to start with. But then I realised as I played cheapest was not comfortable in long innings.

So bought Focus Limited pads off vitas sale. Bought Newbery gloves and Newbery Infinity cheap on sale. So I just go with what I find is cheaper on sale as financially I am not very good situation.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Gurujames on April 18, 2018, 08:06:59 PM
Never will be a FKW. Love puma gloves and pads, hate puma bats.
Love morrants pads, donít know if they even make gloves/bats.
Own bats from 8 or so makers,  canít afford, and wouldnít want the pads/gloves for each as I personally find certain things from different places suit me best
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 18, 2018, 08:18:45 PM
I knew this would be interesting...

Agree on liking a bat but not the softs - have had experience with this with Alfredís awesome bats awful softs (well the gold sovereigns were)

H4L great bats and softs - havenít used my neon bat yet but the softs are excellent
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: smilley792 on April 18, 2018, 08:24:21 PM
I donít mind being a full kit (No Swearing Please)..... and I donít mind if Iím not.

I was happy to support Marcus a few season back and ended up fill kit..... but prefer sausage gloves and never got on with the affinity splits is ended up with look splits.


The kook splits died so now have neon splits. They are good. Will be going to him if still available when I need new pads.


Bats, I use what I like, not easy to get in my weight. But if I need a refurb, I tend to get one with the softs Iím suing so it comes back with matching softs.

I had my Warner returned by affinity to match my softs.

When my current halestorm needs repair/refurb, Iíll probably send it to neon  for the refurb.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: jjelricksmith on April 18, 2018, 08:36:43 PM
Pads and gloves have to match after a certain level, bat can be any brand performance is key anyone using a plank as they spent £200 on a top end set of softs is worthy of more sledging than the FKW. If you are going FKW just make sure you either score runs or have amazing chat for when you are fielding after the onslaught you are due whilst batting. Used to be a FKW with salix but now have salix softs and aldred bat, as long as the colours go its fine. Pet hate is where colours clash horribly, used to have asics gel spikes with a red team kit, had to go!

Also on the topic of looks at the crease, what are peoples thoughts on wearing pads over laces/ bending the ankle protection. Seen people like Smith who hate seeing shoe laces do it.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: jonny77 on April 18, 2018, 08:38:25 PM
Never was but now I am after having to buy all new kit. It was more down to getting a bundle rather than wanting to be fkw though, I'd have no problem in getting different kit if it works in the future. I don't mind seeing either though, each to their own. Makes no difference in the grand scheme of things.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Yorkershire on April 18, 2018, 08:54:36 PM
Never been a FKW, but recently crossed my mind to get some GN bat stickers (going to have to be off ebay i am afraid), even if I don't have a GN bat.

After purchasing legend pads, I got some prestige gloves which are to be my match gloves. I use non GN gloves in nets.

The urge to experience being a fake FKW has crossed my mind just to see if having matching kit makes you feel better. I it s borderline OCD?
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Gurujames on April 18, 2018, 09:10:34 PM
Pet hate is a bat with stickers that donít belong.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Yorkershire on April 18, 2018, 09:13:29 PM
Pet hate is a bat with stickers that donít belong.

Yup that bugs me, hence why I'd be a fake FKW. Seen some nice GN bats but really not sure I want to pay that much when there's better value out there...
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 18, 2018, 09:51:21 PM
Iím afraid I am and always have been a FKW right down to the bag and thigh guards and including Wicket keeping kit.
Personally own FKW from bag up from GM, GN and Newbery at the moment, personally just makes me feel like the Pro I wish I was I guess lol.
My club is a mix of half are FKW 3 Woodstock sponsored and the other half are not bothered at all really
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: rickjames on April 18, 2018, 09:55:11 PM
Bat and helmet aside everything is New Balance. I play cricket to look good, not score runs.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: edge on April 18, 2018, 10:12:05 PM
I match pads and gloves as much as I can, got to take some pride in your appearance after all! Prefer not to match the full set but do end up with same brand bat occasionally as my favoured wet bat is a Puma and I prefer their softs.

Never mind same brand kit though - what this is really about though is the full matching same brand/range/colour affair, preferably plus shoes etc. Makes you look a right berk, let's be honest...
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: jamielsn15 on April 19, 2018, 05:51:50 AM
I do often think it would be far easier to have a devil may care attitude and simply pick the most comfortable gloves and pads, no matter what the brand. Then i realise that's all I'd be thinking about when batting...

I used to match colours, not brands. Let's put that down to the impetuousness of youth...

I do however think that once you are playing at a good enough level where player's are sponsored it's entirely acceotable to be a FKW.  That many Indian players are not really bugs me!
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Kulli on April 19, 2018, 07:21:24 AM
Pet hate is a bat with stickers that donít belong.
Most international players then?
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 19, 2018, 07:25:53 AM
I match pads and gloves as much as I can, got to take some pride in your appearance after all! Prefer not to match the full set but do end up with same brand bat occasionally as my favoured wet bat is a Puma and I prefer their softs.

Never mind same brand kit though - what this is really about though is the full matching same brand/range/colour affair, preferably plus shoes etc. Makes you look a right berk, let's be honest...

I accidentally almost did that!

Have kookaburra ghost softs, kookaburra indoor shoes, masuri and a blank bat to net with!

Didnít realise till week 2 of nets 🙈
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: DorsetDan on April 19, 2018, 07:44:04 AM
I play cricket to look good, not score runs.

James Vince and I are waiting for style points to be introduced in cricket. Far more important than runs :)
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Gurujames on April 19, 2018, 08:20:34 AM
Most international players then?
Yes. The fact that they mislead people into buying products that they don't actually use themselves does not sit comfortably with me.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: mohawks94 on April 19, 2018, 08:28:38 AM
Apart from one season I've always been an fkw. Always used to be Kookaburra, then Legget and now GN. At the moment I have full GN softs but will be using B3/Hunts bat, maybe get a GN when I can afford! My mild ocd drives my parents mad- they complain about me devaluing bats by taking stickers off, but if the stickers don't go id prefer a plain bat!
Took stickers off my GM Flare a couple of years back, but colour wise that would have matched my Prestige kit.
Always have to have a plain white grip, and I add an Opening Up sticker as I'm a big supporter of what they do.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 19, 2018, 08:52:01 AM
I am also of the view point that when you walk into bat looking the part (Nice neat kit etc) it gives you a psychological edge over the bowling side (abelt for one ball in some cases lol) but an edge non the less.

Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: edge on April 19, 2018, 08:58:38 AM
I am also of the view point that when you walk into bat looking the part (Nice neat kit etc) it gives you a psychological edge over the bowling side (abelt for one ball in some cases lol) but an edge non the less.
Only if you feel that way though, which is an important point I suppose. Alternatively, try some reverse psychology - try to con them into relaxing and thinking you'll be an easy wicket. Simple to do, just stroll out wearing one of these:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41hA0D2kZvL._SX355_.jpg)
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on April 19, 2018, 09:12:46 AM
James Vince and I are waiting for style points to be introduced in cricket. Far more important than runs :)

James Vince has scored more than 8000 first-class runs.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: DorsetDan on April 19, 2018, 09:28:30 AM
It could have been a tongue in cheek comment given the grief he gets....
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Buzz on April 19, 2018, 09:51:06 AM
James Vince and I are waiting for style points to be introduced in cricket. Far more important than runs :)

Or as WG once may have said:
They have come to see my kit not you umpire.
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Kulli on April 19, 2018, 09:54:40 AM
James Vince has scored more than 8000 first-class runs.

Mostly in division 2 mind you...
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: Yorkershire on April 20, 2018, 03:11:38 PM
I like to go with what i think is good for each part, obviously no single brand makes the best product for every equipment type. For e.g., shoes - i would try to go with an actual shoe company such as asics/adidas etc and stay clear of kook/GN/GM shoes. Same thing with bats/pads etc. Why to go with same brand for every item if you know some of the items might not be the best quality or value for money etc.

Based on your stance for footwear, what Softs do you go for? Surely SS or SG in that case?
Title: Re: FKW?
Post by: adb club cricketer on April 20, 2018, 05:44:09 PM
Based on your stance for footwear, what Softs do you go for? Surely SS or SG in that case?

Don't find much difference in softs across brands honestly, I just use one with decent protection and light weight irrespective of brand..