They don’t only look good … GM’s new protective gear and bat are made to benefit the cricket player and cover all his needs.

The new Neon bat’s blade is shorter, which creates a more dynamic sweetspot, explains GM, locally distributed by Opal Sports. Other features that a batsman would enjoy are its massive edges at the drive zone, a slightly offset edge for an increased power-to-balance ratio, reduced sweeping spine profile for a superior pick up, and the mid-to-high swell position will help improve his overall strokeplay.

GM’s new Original limited edition (LE) batting gloves have XRD technology incorporated into the finger roll design. XRD is marketed as the best repeated impact absorption material and is lightweight, thin and breathable. While resting the material is soft and flexible to the touch, but upon impact it hardens and can absorb up to 90% of the energy — it can also handle consistent, repeated impact.

The new Original limited edition (LE) batting gloves feature XRD technology.

The palms are made from top quality Pittards leather, and the gloves also have Microban antimicrobial protection, which stops stain- and odour-causing bacteria from growing. Each also features a palmwear patch, pro PU on the back of the hand that is made from multiple sections and is filled with HD foam, as well as soft-fill comfort, comfort lining, two-piece thumbs, side bar protection, and double sided sweatbands.

Similarly, the Original LE batting pads also make use of the XRD technology — this time in the knee locator. “As a batsman this allows you to focus on the intensity and challenge of the game situation, not the impact,” says GM. The pads also feature comfort straps.

The Original LE wicket keepers gloves were developed closely with England’s wicketkeeper, Chris Read, who had a contributing say in the shape and specifications. Each features Aniline leather on the back of the hand, full leather lining, an octopus palm facing, palm made of sheepskin and GM cotton filling, and padded cuffs.

The Original LE batting pads also feature XRD technology in the knee locator.

In addition to its lightweight upper, loPro sole unit and triple layer of cushioning, GM’s new Maestro multi-function shoe can also be fitted with steel spikes. The upper alone has several features to sell the shoe with: the XLO airmesh is ventilating, the 3D comfort lining provides long lasting fit and feel, an ergonomic slip lasted construction keeps a consistent sock-like fit time after time, and the moulded TPR heel cradle locks the foot in place to protect the heel. The loPro sole gives the look of a sleek, athletic, functional shoe minus the bulk, says GM. Its compression moulded, lightweight EVA midsole provides cushioning and comfort, the durable and lightweight two tone TPU outsole has strategically placed spikes with supplementary moulded pimple studs for additional grip and stability, and the injection moulded mid-foot shank provides stability through the arch, reducing foot fatigue. The shoe’s tri-layer cushioning is made up of an ergonomic cold press moulded EVA foot bed with a natural latex heel insert, a cushioned EVA strobel stitched insole board, and a compression moulded phylon midsole that provides “the perfect balance between cushioning and weight”.

For a versatile and manoeuvrable duffel to move his kit and gear around, your cricket customer needs look no further than GM’s new Original wheelie duffle. It measures 96x41x32cm, has two pad pockets and offers two convenient ways of moving it: pulled on its wheels, or carried with the use of its concealable, comfortable shoulder straps.