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Cricket Manufacturers / Brands => Hell4Leather => Topic started by: velvetsky01 on September 22, 2019, 01:25:51 PM

Title: H4L Warbird Review
Post by: velvetsky01 on September 22, 2019, 01:25:51 PM
I recently purchased this wonderful Grade 2 Warbird via @Uzi Sports during their H4L sale. I went last sunday to have a little look at what they had one offer and I was not disappointed. It was between this and a stunning Pro grade warbird. I am after a spare for my Kippax hence the shape As my Kippax is a shorter blade longer handle config - So wanted something similar. As this would be a "spare" I couldn't really justify the Pro.
(https://i.postimg.cc/mPjdTnKF/D77-EC9-A9-8-CCE-403-C-9960-9223313-AE315.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mPjdTnKF)
This G2 example is just over a "half and half" (more heartwood than sap - just) and has 15 straight grains through it. There are a few small blemishes within the heartwood which I assume is why this was graded a G2 as well as the amount of heartwood.

As you can see - Simply Stunning.....
(https://i.postimg.cc/PP9DYQZF/2-B6-F2796-B213-4-C05-ACCD-7478-BF3-A8412.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PP9DYQZF) (https://i.postimg.cc/kBB82pVb/ECE22-C28-5-A4-D-43-C9-AC93-4760-D527414-D.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kBB82pVb)


The pickup is very good and is aided by the counterbalance on the handle. The handle is interesting as Uzi told me that it is not the usual H4L handle - and in fact an SS one - which Uzi gets Matt to use on their bats for him. It has a lovely feel to it and is oval at the top hand and feels very solid.
 Here it is;

(https://i.postimg.cc/qzfDwy8g/075-EF91-B-0-C2-A-41-F4-80-CF-EA0598349-FF1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qzfDwy8g) (https://i.postimg.cc/jDtg0T3b/4-F2-A3-C5-F-8908-4-A4-E-A518-9-B7-BAEB4-B810.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jDtg0T3b) (https://i.postimg.cc/y3RQB8zV/52-F3395-F-729-A-4-B33-972-F-C6236-D80-B2-D6.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/y3RQB8zV)


The bat as you would expect from Matt performs brilliantly and will only improve with knocking in - although it said it was Knocked in by H4L I shall still do some more. It is a touch hard in some spots but that must be due to the heartwood. The bat feels great in the hands. I think I will enjoy driving the ball with this bat feels great. The bats pickup will also help with batspeed to the shorter ball. The bat has a nice high spine which runs into the toe - well its almost taped *(i think thats the term)* Iv tried to show it in this photo
(https://i.postimg.cc/5jQk8nQZ/CB74-A6-A0-D9-E9-4204-95-FA-E344-AFA8-EA3-C.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/5jQk8nQZ) (https://i.postimg.cc/zbbpSGvn/35-F391-FD-9915-4861-A5-D9-2-C778-F0-F62-BC.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zbbpSGvn)
(https://i.postimg.cc/34s1LQ0z/BA592-EAB-623-E-403-B-B5-FC-F4-E5-C9-A96674.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/34s1LQ0z) (https://i.postimg.cc/kDSf2GkC/BD7-F7924-C087-4-D8-C-B66-C-D08573-AED91-C.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kDSf2GkC)

I really like the shape of the warbird

(https://i.postimg.cc/B8vmbgG7/291-DBF4-B-AFCA-40-D1-BB18-38-BAB686-AB77.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/B8vmbgG7) (https://i.postimg.cc/xNLRhpK8/C9-FC9-FA2-6-D5-C-434-E-BF13-DE3-CDEDA879-F.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/xNLRhpK8)

Next to my Kippax (for shape comparisons)
(https://i.postimg.cc/VJP6zGX1/12-F3-A268-8688-439-A-9-BC4-F34-E7-E2-B0-A55.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/VJP6zGX1) (https://i.postimg.cc/KRMjSSkJ/DB2-DD164-1306-42-C1-A65-F-16-DDB4-B73-B3-D.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KRMjSSkJ)

I hope to use it through out the winter to prep it for next summer.

I just need to work out if i am going to keep the stickers or remove them and put some Kippax ones on to match my kit - OR take advantage of H4Ls current softs sale  :D :D

Thank you again to uzi for allowing me to take the time to go through lots of bats until I made my mind up as well as all the cricket chat
Title: Re: H4L Warbird Review
Post by: alexevo94 on September 22, 2019, 03:07:56 PM
Looks a lovely shape, always wanted a H4L just never got round to purchasing one
Title: Re: H4L Warbird Review
Post by: jonny77 on September 22, 2019, 05:45:42 PM
Looks great although having problems getting to the postimg pics for some reason?

Really lovely bats H4L obviously and the Warbird is my favourite shape of theirs. Looks like a good purchase and hope it goes well.

Still not convinced the 'counter balance' does anything tho tbf.  :D