I have a slight issue with Gray-Nicolls in regard to these pads, and that is that they pitch them at County/Premier League but I think they are better than that. They are certainly priced at a similar level to pads positioned at a higher level by other manufacturers (as seen in this review) so I would bear that in mind: they may seem rather expensive compared to other pads aimed at the same level, but they compare well with pads pitched at the higher level.
Gray-Nicolls Classic Prestige Batting Pads 2018
If you think you are only paying a premium for a more enhanced brand model then you are wrong. These pads are different and in a good way.
They still feel light and not at all cumbersome, but at the same time they feel more substantial. For me the length is better, and I like the extra ankle protection but depending on your stance you may feel they get in the way. As I stand with my bat ‘hovering’ rather than tapping the ground it is not an issue for me.
The pads feel like they are standing out further on your legs because of the extra protection, but they are not. They are a little wider and more moulded which I think is the reason they still feel so snug, and my attempts at a jogged single were not impeded by the pads.
Whichever pads you buy I don’t think you will be disappointed, but you will know why you have paid more if you go with the Prestige version.
Manufacturers Product Description
The Gray-Nicolls Classic collection features batting leg guards that bare the unmistakable hallmarks of our iconic brand. The Prestige batting pads, ideal for professional or club players alike, fulfil just about every wish a cricketer could have, and then some.
Featuring the quintessential Gray-Nicolls check design across the straps, with flashes of red coming from our logo, the Prestige batting pads are only equalled in their beauty by their quality.
The Prestige batting pads have a range of features that will ensure your performance is never compromised. They include fantastic Vapour foam bolsters with cane rods, which deliver fantastic protection against even the fastest bowlers, but without adding excess weight that can burden some pads.
Further to this, the Prestige leg guards also feature Vapour foam knee with Poly-armour. This will allow the batsman to move freely at the crease, moving forwards and backwards with ease as their innings develops, while also protecting them in the heat of battle.
Additionally, the Prestige pads give batsmen fantastic coverage on the side of the pad – an area that has previously been overlooked – courtesy of the full-length diffuser foam wing. This will provide significant protection if the ball cannons into the area, saving you from what can be a very painful blow.
Lastly, the diffuser foam instep gives incredible comfort during what can long, sweaty innings. They are soft and supple, reducing the risk of soreness, while the foam adds yet another layer of protection regardless of the bowlers you face.
The Prestige is a fantastic product that takes pride of place in our new collection. Designed with high-level club cricketers in mind, the Prestige looks and feels exactly what it is – an incredible product.
Protection Level: County/Premier League.
- The leg-hugging design combined with butterfly padded straps and buckles offers a superior and comfortable hit.
- Gel-Zone knee cups with added EVA and side wings provide added impact resistance.
- A combination of high density foam and cane rods provide improved impact absorption.
- A Vertical Bolster incorporating 30mm Vapour Foam offers added armour to the leg.
- Additional foam around the ankle increases comfort and fit.
MRP 2020 £99.99
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