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Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:32:17 AM »

First of all apologies for taking rather very long in posting the following review.

It all began when Buzz posted Stretton Fox tumblr link in his mighty 'Thigh Pads Thread.' My curiosity arose as soon I clicked it, despite owning a set of Remfry and Aero P1's. Shortly I came to know that Roco, is contemplating to purchase a set. After some respite from resistance, Roco received his set, he was all praise for them. That agitated and I became intrigued, then after getting George's contact details from Roco I sent him an email with few questions. With each email going out of my outbox, it meant I was getting closer on becoming an owner of Stretton Fox.

Once all of my initial questions were answered, we then moved onto shape selection. Stretton Fox have various pre-designed shapes which were easily accessible from their website, after going through all of them I came to a conclusion that none of these appear to be the one I am after. So I sent George picture of Remfry thigh guards, he then sent me a shape which was closest to them. Those did not stir me either so I began to ruminate about bespoke option, once I decided that was it I sent George some templates of the shape I wanted and sizing of my Remfry's, which follow;



And a small note in regards to the shape I wanted...


..then George replied with following;



I printed them out and wore the templates along my batting pads to see how they fare. Everything appeared to be spot on, the only concern was the width which was predominately due to the fact that Remfry are narrower but I had utmost of faith in George and his abilities especially since likes of Buzz and Roco appraised his skills.

Subsequent to the size specifications, George proposed idea of black (must commend his exceptionally creativity skills!) which caught my eye as I always try to get stuff different from what others have. Seeing Remfry and Sehwag inscription on their respective thigh pads, I wanted mine to be exclusively for myself. So I asked George whether its an viable option or not?  He swiftly replied with wide array of options, he emailed me a link of website which had billion fonts (I was not even aware that there were thus many fonts!!) so due to time constrain I went over few pages and chose what caught my eye, I have no regrets of missing any 'better' one! Moreover, I asked George if I could get custom flags which I did.

George was extremely prompt in posting the thigh pads off, to be honest, they were made quicker than I had expected them. They came in a box and were extremely well packed. So I upon the box and first thing I saw was this note (below) that was certainly a kind gesture by him which I was touched upon;


My review was halted due to various reasons where one of them was that I wanted to use them prior to commencement of the review and I was able to give them a decent run over the course of past three weeks. At first I got the shape adjusted to my preference which was rather a fun activity, I was unable to contort them initially but Roco told me to gently stand on them which I was afraid to do so, but did.

In my first net, I had ought them to be bulky as its my first time using them but to my surprise that was not the case, they felt extremely comfortable. Throughout my net session they felt like part of my thighs, extremely comfortable. With all due respect to Remfry which I have high esteem for, I must say these felt a lot more comfortable because of its inner padding, that makes these more comfortable across my thighs than Remfry's. For me, comfort is extremely vital as I am paying a premium price so I expect them to be utterly comfortable when I bat or sit on bench. Moreover, the sweat absorption on Stretton Fox is lovely, due to its thick foaming it absorbs the sweat better than Remfry and Aero P1.

I vividly remember the first time I had worn Remfry they felt slightly bulky before I acclimatized to them and acclaimed them to be world beater but this was not the case with Stretton Fox which I believe is due to its characteristic as its malleable and could be bent in any shape that fits best on our thighs unlike Remfrys which are rigid.

Stretton Fox are also the thinnest among the three, they are 1 cm thick while Remfry's are around 1.5 cm mark whereas Aero P1 being close to 3 cm mark. So there is a substantial difference in terms of thickness and I was unable to measure weight as I don't have a scale but from feel I can say Stretton Fox feel lightest among the three followed by Remfry and then Aero P1s. Moreover, in terms of price the standard ones are cheaper than Remfry albeit expensive than Aero P1s but then comfort and mobility comes into play.

Here is a short video which I made just for protection comparison between the three;

Stretton Fox vs Remfry vs Aero P1 | Thigh Pads Protection Comparison |


(Bear with my skills in the video as its my first ever video review!)

As you can see, Stretton Fox by far are most protective. Aero P1 are close to Stretton Fox in terms of protection but then they are significantly bulkier! Significantly!!

George also sent me extra straps (white ones) which was extremely generous of him.

When I ordered Remfry I faced obstacles when it came to payment because he would only accept wire transfer which for me is steep option as I would have to pay 35 GBP circa to transfer the funds, whereas with Stretton Fox that was least of worry as George was amenable so he readily accepted payment via PayPal which is what I prefer. So overall I got everything I had asked for, I must wholly praise George here. He is extremely courteous, considerate and helpful. Certainly a recherch gem of a individual, I have dealt with loads of manufacturer and George is among the best, if not THE best. I can't recommend Stretton Fox enough, truly astonishing product and more importantly service as I ordered all the way across Atlantic, Canada. Transaction couldn't have been smoother than this..

Lastly, here are the pictures;










































I didn't knew when I got infected with thigh pads syndrome...:( (Blame Buzz :()


Therefore, after discuss over all aspect I feel Stretton Fox edge Remfry and Aero P1 out but then to deem a sole winner between Remfry and Stretton Fox continue to be a mystery, perhaps I could reach to that verdict after some more use? But going by the review and by the facet outlined aforementioned it appears that Stretton Fox is the winner. Regardless, thats it for now and I hope it was an enjoyable (I know it was boring!) read.

Fire any question/criticism you guys have.

Cheers
« Last Edit: January 20, 2013, 06:07:03 AM by Cover_Drive »
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 01:42:45 AM »

Use your bat a bit more! ;)

Seriously, they look very very nice. Your name and the Canadian flag are very nice touches.

Stretton Fox are based very close to me, i sense there may be some contact made with them soon.

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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 01:48:01 AM »

My only criticism is that your review has made me want some of them -.-.

Lovely stuff mate
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 02:14:24 AM »

Use your bat a bit more! ;)

Seriously, they look very very nice. Your name and the Canadian flag are very nice touches.

Stretton Fox are based very close to me, i sense there may be some contact made with them soon.

Haha, I should :)

Certainly mate, I also find white strap to look better than black ones for some reason, black on black makes me look like MIB on crease :D

My only criticism is that your review has made me want some of them -.-.

Lovely stuff mate

Cheers mate, you will certainly not regret!
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013, 02:16:14 AM »

Really enjoyable review CD, love the level of detail you go into  :)
These do look rather nice
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013, 03:00:45 AM »

Really enjoyable review CD, love the level of detail you go into  :)
These do look rather nice

Thank you mate :)
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 03:21:03 AM »

Do a video comparing all of your bats.
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2013, 05:47:34 AM »

Great review CD, love your enthusiasm. Video review didn't work, maybe my phone. What's the cost for these thigh pads?
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013, 08:01:57 AM »

depending in what you go for about 110 posted for the inner and outer set.

lovely work cover drive, great to see someone who has invested as much in thigh pads as me!

glad you like them.
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2013, 08:28:26 AM »

Cheers; as far video is concerned its still in the opening post. I note that if you view from iPhone browser it's not visible but nevertheless here is the link;

Stretton Fox vs Remfry vs Aero P1 | Thigh Pads Protection Comparison |


Edit: Just click ^above^ text and it will lead you..
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2013, 09:07:25 AM »

love the video!

sponsored by FedEx bat delivery service ;)
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2013, 09:11:50 AM »

Top vid mate really informative and great set of guards as I love mine as well

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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2013, 09:31:14 AM »

110!!!  A 110!!!

You lot must be facing some serious fast bowling.
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Re: Bespoke Stretton Fox Thigh Pads Review
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2013, 10:05:22 AM »

or have several less bats than most on this forum!
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