New Balance DC 1080

New Balance DC 1080

No.3 on our list of the best cricket bats from the All Out Cricket Gear Test 2017, it’s the New Balance DC 1080.

RRP £399

AOC GEAR TEST RATING: 72%

FIRST IMPRESSION: 68%
PICK-UP: 70%
PERFORMANCE: 75%

MODEL SPECS

WEIGHT – 2lb 10oz
EDGE WIDTH – 3.8cm
THICKEST POINT – 7.4cm
HANDLE LENGTH – 29cm
GRAINS – 12

New Balance DC 1080

REVIEW

Now they’re just showing off. Two-tone willow, curved edges, optimum number of grains, a forest-load of wood and a hitting zone to die for. “Lovely pick-up,” says Thorpe. “Enough wood, when you look down at it. And I like the handle. I was a handle-phobe when I played – I used to try and get the shape of the handle spot on, especially down the bottom – and this fits the bill very well.” At 400 notes, both of New Balance’s offerings are on the expensive side. More value can be found elsewhere. But you’re buying quality. You’re buying into a brand at the top of its game.

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