Yes I know, I have two helmets, but just the one head, but as ever there was a “cunning” plan behind by madness.
First though let me digress a little and share with you how much extra satisfaction you can get when you start to look into the various helmets.
My start point was that I have always liked the look of the Masuri and Shrey helmets, thought the Gray-Nicolls ones looked strange, and didn’t really register the ones from the likes of Gunn & Moore and Kookaburra, and had never heard of Ram or Splay, which if nothing else shows the power of the TV for getting a brand in front of people.
Initially I had assumed that there was probably a Pro level and ‘the rest’ level helmet but how wrong (aka naive) of me. There is a whole array of options:
Shrey have eight (8) batting helmets, Matsui eleven (11), Gray-Nicolls eleven (11). I counted four (4) Gunn & Moore the last time I looked, Kookaburra three (3), Ram one (1) and Splay a rather surprising seven (7).
Without doubt there will be something in your price range, and my brief exposure to club cricket last year gave me the impression that the majority of players are not overly concerned about the quality of their helmets BUT my exposure was small and I was with 3rd and 4th teams!!!!
I now need to figure what to do with two helmets! I could use one in the nets I guess, but the whole point is to become familiar and comfortable with your kit. I suspect I will carry it round as a spare and lend it to people if necessary.
Shrey Armor Adult Cricket Helmet Mild Steel Powder Grill
This was my first helmet. I had borrowed one once before (the first time I had worn one) and it was not a great fit. I did not think it was appropriate to turn up expecting to borrow kit, especially with COVID-19 protocols in place.
Without knowing too much (well anything) about them I opted to only look at Shrey and Masuri, and decided up front that Steel would be more than adequate for my skill level: I was not going to be batting for hours on end, nor was I going to be facing particularly fast bowling.
I considered a Neckguard but felt that was excessive BUT seeing how much cheaper the Shrey ones were I decided a Shrey helmet would be a good idea as I could add the Neckguard later. (NB: Surprise Surprise I have done so!)
The helmet is a good fit, very light and comfortable, with good vision. My only gripe with it is the strap at the rear that is used for adjusting the size (see photo below) as it makes getting the helmet on a little fiddly and it can become a little uncomfortable. A minor gripe for sure, but I would avoid this style in future (as indeed I did).
I doubt this is a surprise, but it is a great helmet, and you will be more than happy with it if you are club cricketer.
Manufacturers Product Description
Weighs approximately 940gms. New Permanently attached SHREY embossed side plates. Improved Rear retention system with cushion pads for better ?t and comfort. New improved fixed grille for increased safety. Increased facial & side protection. Removable and washable sweatband. Confirms to Latest ICC/BS 2013 safety standards with both 4 ¾ and 5 ½ OZ Ball. Extended at the back for increased safety.
Masuri E LINE Steel Helmet
I have reviewed this helmet elsewhere on the blog so I will not repeat myself too much!
It would be a little unfair to compare the two helmets to closely as they are clearly of a significantly different quality and aimed at a very different calibre of player.
I much prefer the comfort and fit of the Masuri, largely because of the internal foam pads which mould to the head rather than the strap on the Shrey. I am somewhat partial to the yellow on the side as well, which may not be the most startling thing you ever read about in a review.
Manufacturers Product Description
This helmet is FULLY BS7928:2013 COMPLIANT. Leading the way and defining the industry standard in cricket helmet manufacturing, Masuri is the only cricket helmet manufacturer that has ISO accredited factories and processes, giving you reassurance that all of its products are made to a consistently high standard.
Built for maximum protection and comfort, this helmet boasts Masuri’s unique safety features including the HALO REINFORCEMENT SYSTEM for greater durability, AIR-FLOW COOLING SYSTEM for comfort and the Masuri SINGLE SHELL for extra protection.
The Elite model takes technology to another level with the introduction of the patented EYE-LINE GRILLE for added protection for a players face and STEEL GRILLE making the helmet incredibly light.
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