£150-199: BROWSE AND BUY

GUNN & MOORE BRAVA 606

What is clear from our testing process, is that the Brava DXM 606 represents great value for money.

Initial impression: 7.8
Build quality: 8.8
Pick-up/feel: 7.8
Performance: 9.0

RRP: £165

Weight: 2lb 12oz

Edges: 39mm

GRAY-NICOLLS HYPERNOVA 1.3 300

What the 1.3 300 possibly loses in specialist craftsmanship – note the very square toe – it makes up for in basic assets. You can't really argue with a bat that costs less than £200 yet clocks in an average rating of 8.5.

Initial impression: 8.6
Build quality: 8.8
Pick-up/feel: 8.0
Performance: 8.6

RRP: £175

Weight: 2lb 10oz

Edges: 40mm

KOOKABURRA VAPOR LITE

The Vapor has another futuristic set of stickers, if not have the most startling of designs, but Kookaburra have clearly saved their funds for the willow itself.

Initial impression: 7.8
Build quality: 7.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.8
Performance: 7.3

RRP: £175

Weight: 2lb 7oz

Edges: 37mm

GUNN & MOORE KYROS SIGNATURE

Although the Kyros Signature weighs in at 2lb 11oz, the edges are just 34mm thick, and the toe not as big as you'd expect from a modern blade.

Initial impression: 6.6
Build quality: 5.8
Pick-up/feel: 6.2
Performance: 5.2

RRP: £190

Weight: 2lb 11oz

Edges: 34mm

NEW BALANCE HERITAGE

At 2lb 8oz this was a pretty light blade, and the edges of 37mm didn't provide enough oomph for some to find a wider purchase area.

Initial impression: 7.5
Build quality: 6.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.5
Performance: 6.8

RRP: £195

Weight: 2lb 8oz

Edges: 37mm

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