£400+: BROWSE AND BUY

GRAY-NICOLLS VAPOUR PLAYERS
A heavy piece of wood that pings off the middle tremendously and was a hit with all of The Cricketer's testers.

A disarmingly generous pick-up given its weight, and a pleasure to use.

Plenty of runs to be had.
Initial impression: 7.7
Build quality: 7.8
Pick-up/feel: 8
Performance: 8.7

RRP: £400

Weight: 2lb 13oz

Edges: 40mm

PRYZM PURE SIGNATURE

Nearly the heftiest bat going under the scanner on our testing day, and it handled with far more dexterity than you might expect from a bat this size.

For most of our testers the ball flew out of an ample middle which somehow avoided bottom-heaviness.

Initial impression: 7.5
Build quality: 7.7
Pick-up/feel: 7.4
Performance: 7.9

RRP: £449.99

Weight: 2lb 12oz

Edges: 36mm

WOODSTOCK AIRSTREAM PLAYERS LE

They never let you down.

For some of The Cricketer's testers, the bat of the day, fresh from Woodstock's subtle rebrand.

Beautiful bats with terrific sweet spots and excellent pick-ups. Hard to beat.

Initial impression: 8.3
Build quality: 8.1
Pick-up/feel: 8.6
Performance: 8.5

RRP: £450

Weight: 2lb 12oz

Edges: 36mm

WOODSTOCK TOUR DE FORCE

Another excellent Woodstock product that is still going strong after several years as the brand's star turn.

Freshened up by a slight rebrand that has seen the main logo shifted to the bottom.

Initial impression: 8.2
Build quality: 7.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.3
Performance: 7.3

RRP: £450

Weight: 2lb 11oz

Edges: 36mm

KIPPAX SANCTA GRAIL

 A smart buy and by far the least decorative of the Kippax collection.

A solid bat, albeit at a lofty price point, with a generous middle, healthy grains and a balanced pick-up.

Initial impression: 7.7
Build quality: 7.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.8
Performance: 7.6

RRP: £480

Weight: 2lb 9.5oz

Edges: 35mm

NEON SKY
Every bit as fluorescent as the name suggests, Neon's bats are sparkling with Ian Bell onboard as an ambassador.

Their willow, though, is doing all the talking.

Generous grains and, in the words of The Cricketer's resident pro: "All you'd want in a bat."
Initial impression: 7.9
Build quality: 8.1
Pick-up/feel: 8.1
Performance: 8.5

RRP: £484.99

Weight: 2lb 10oz

Edges: 34mm

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