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Cricket bats are expensive things, so it is in every batsman's interest to keep their bat going for as long as possible. When you first get your bat, it is a very good idea to also get some linseed oil, which you rub onto the bat to strengthen it. This firms the wood and makes it less likely that it will get damaged, especially with prolonged use. However, even the best wood and the best oil will still leave the bat exposed to the rigours of the contact of bat on ball, which is where this fibreglass based tape comes in.
Upfront is a quality manufacturer of cricket products, and their products are also well priced. This 40 metre roll of tape is available for a minimal cost, often a couple of pounds depending on where you shop, is 1 inch thick and will last you a very long time. But the main benefit is that it will make your bat last a lot longer and this is a huge financial benefit when you consider how decent bats are easily upwards of £100.
The tape can be used for repairs if you have a bat that is slightly damaged, so even if your bat has already suffered damage, it doesn't mean that it's too late. Placing this tape on a crack or split in your bat can keep it going for quite a while longer, providing that extra layer of protection, and while it won't mend the bat or fix it back to its original state, it does prolong its life substantially, whereas using it without the tape may mean that the next contact on that crack or split could be the end of the bat.
It is however best to use the tape on the bat as a protective measure. You could in theory plaster the whole bat in the tape, but this would be excessive. Placing it on the edges of the bat and on the toe would give the best protection, as these are the places where a fine nick would give the largest chance of damage. Even the best prepared oiled bat has a good chance of these nicks causing little splits, and taping the edges and toe would certainly reduce this likelihood.
The other beauty about tape is in being able to replace it once it becomes damaged itself. If you're patient, it's simple enough to remove the tape, reoil the bat and apply more tape. It only takes a short while and it could mean a lot longer protection for your bat. Give a decent amount of wrapping around the bat when you apply it, but make sure that you put it on quite tightly, as it fits flush onto the bat that way and won't leave protruding bits. The tape is pretty much clear, so unless you pay close attention it's not all that obvious that you have put tape on at all. Some tapes are white, others vary in colour, and while there's nothing wrong with these, I much prefer to have a more natural look which this tape gives you.
Overall then, a very good product from Upfront, showing that as a cricket brand they're certainly on top of their game. Cheap product that could save a lot of money in the long run if you're a keen cricketer and want to protect your bat. Recommended.
I have been a big fan of cricket since I was a kid. In fact as I write this review, the cricket world cup is on in the background. I love watching the game and I love playing the game. Growing up I had my fair share of cheap cricket bats that always seemed to snap after a big meaty shot. When I was the age of 12 my next door neighbour gave me his cricket bat. He played at a semi professional level and he had some stunning cricket bats. The one he gave me was one that was a little old and the edges were a little tatty. The bat was covered in tape to protect him from getting edges, however it was simply to old for his needs and he was no longer using it anymore, so he gave it to me.
The bat was a beauty. I discovered that to buy new it would cost way over £100. So this slightly old worn cricket bat became my pride and joy. As I got older and found that I could actually start using the bat, it was to heavy when I was 12, the tape on it started to get worn and tatty. So I decided it needed replacing. That is where this came in. Upfront bat edge fibreglass tape for cricket bats. I have used this for a long time and so thought it should get a review.
The idea of the tape is pretty simple. When you have a cricket bat that you want to last you need to give it some love and attention. The edges can get worn and even start to get damaged. So the answer to this is to wrap them with tape. This keeps the edges smooth and stops them getting further damage to them. It also prevents you from getting small edges when you are batting. If you are regularly getting little edges or nicks then you are going to get caught out a lot, so this tap can be very important.
The problem with tape is that if it gets frayed it can cause you to get even more edges. So you need to use good strong tape that will not fray and give you more problems. The Upfront batting tape really is very good. It is strong and lasts for a long time. The tape is easily sticky enough to wrap around the bat and keep it in place. The tape is clear so if you do a good job of wrapping it round the bat you can't really see it unless you are looking very closely.
You can buy a roll of Upfront batting tape for just a few pounds. This makes it very good value as a roll of this should last you a long time. If you use this on your bat it will keep it in good condition and you can make running repairs as your bat gets older. This tape is really handy for people who play cricket on a regular basis. Although you do have to be very careful that you use the tape well and make sure there are going to be no lose bits. Overall then this is a very good product that most cricket fans will find very helpful.
Cricket bats are like your children, even though you might have more than one you always have a favourite, they should be all the same but for some reason one has a better feel than others. Therefore, batsmen are a strange creature in which they will do anything to keep using a bat long after its past its best and one of the problems along with this use is that the bat itself gets damaged.
Cricket bats are made of willow and after extensive use will start to disintegrate and the more frayed a bat becomes the worst a bat will perform. So any decent shots will get a few less runs for each stroke and a misstimed shot might go straight to the fielder rather than going further out into the outfield. There are other concerns in which a bat with a broken edge has a larger surface area in which to edge the ball and give catches to the wicket keeper and slips.
That's the concerns but what's the answer well one is to buy a new bat and get that to the iconic bat status, however, some bats can cost £300 and I for one can only afford a new bat every two or three years so buying endless bats isn't the answer. The true answer is to buy some fibreglass tape which we can use to bolster our bats. The tape is stiff, embedded with fibreglass and the tape will hold the wood together without making the bat unduly wider.
The other best thing is that a role usually costs about £3 and lasts for a long time I think in the last 5 years I've only bought one role and that's got a bit left. The tape is durable and only after years use will the tape start to fray and become a problem, the answer - a sharp knife and then more tape.
This is a brilliant product for maintaining your cricket bat and will make them last for longer, its not a miracle worker but it will give a favoured bat another couple of years of happy batting.
Repairing and preventing cracks and damage to your cricket bat is essential to the way it performs. The fibreglass tape is a great way to patch up your cricket bat. It consists of a roll of tape lined with fibreglass strands to strengthen the bat and therefore your bat too. It works by just simply taping around the bat where a crack is developing or has developed. Go around it a few times to make it strong and unlikely to unstick itself form the bat. This should keep the willow compact and prevent the damage form opening up and worsening before you get proper attnetion to it. The tape can also be used as a preventative by taping the face on vulnerable parts e.g. the toe, working like a scuff sheet to prevent damage. A roll of tape is usually around £4 and can last up to three seasons usually, a must have accessory for your bat. The rolls cna come in thick or thin widths, thin is generally better for normal use unless a huge crack is developing and thick tape may be required to hold the damage stronger.
Reinforced fibreglass tape. Larger size.1" wide and 40M long.