Reviewed by Dovber Chaiton
The Gray Nicolls Cloud Catcher is in all likelihood the oddest cricket bat you have ever seen. It however serves a great purpose, namely hyper training fielders for match like situations. The diminutive bat is comprised of the traditional willow, albeit coated in black and a high density foam slab on top of the willow for extra velocity on in-field catches and fielding.
The Cloud Catcher is a luminous green, while this has no effect on the performance of the bat, it does provide the bat with a spark of verve to this already funky cricket product. The Cloud Catcher is designed to be used with one hand. Such a design in a bat is ideal, as it allows coaches to wear a baseball mitt on one hand and accurately hit fielding and catches with the other.
The high-density foam is essentially the novelty of this product. Aside from the added velocity, the high-density foam gives coaches precision and accuracy with their fielding drills. This means that fielding practices are maximized and weaknesses could be ironed out in a very precise manner.
While the Cloud Catcher is brilliant for in-field and close catching drills, it may not provide the same power when it comes to the outfield and spiraling catches. In this regard it is obviously inferior to the higher priced cricket product in the same category, the Fusion Skyer.
An additional perk, perhaps unintended by Gray Nicolls upon manufacturing the Cloud Catcher, is that it is a very good batting practice bat for young beginners to the game. The size of the bat does not lend itself to all beginners, but the wider hitting surface and extended sweet spot mean that it is a highly enjoyable bat for junior beginners to the game.
The Cloud Catcher is an all-round great product that truly does what it purports to do, increases the efficacy of fielding drills immensely.
Source: Gray Nicolls
The coolest thing about doing the reviews we do is learning about new products and their unique qualities. Often, something that might not seem to have much significance at first glance turns out to have tremendous value and usefulness. Our latest such experience comes courtesy of Dynamic Tape.
We've seen athletes wearing it and, frankly thought it was probably more of a gimmick than anything with true medical benefit. We didn't see how putting a strip of tape vertically down a thigh or across a shoulder could provide any type of benefit other than one that was psychological. Now we understand.
Dynamic Tape is designed to be like a spring, acting as an external muscle. The tape creates a bungee effect, helping muscles spring back from exertion to reduce stress on tendons. Using dynamic tape can not only ease the pain of existing injuries, it can prevent them as well.
Conventional tape gives support, but restricts movement. Therefore, for instance, if one were to apply a strip of ordinary athletic tape from the back of the shoulder, down over the elbow, and to the wrist, the arm would not be able to bend. Thus, someone with tennis elbow who wanted support would be unable to swing a racquet. But Dynamic Tape flexes with movement, stretches as needed, thus creating support, not inhibition. Oh, and did we mention, its cool-looking?
My soccer daughter sometimes experiences ankle pain after long tournaments. All of my baseball-playing sons have had tendonitis in their throwing arms at various times in their careers. We understand that the best cure is rest, but that isn't always possible. Now I know that there is something out there to give them the support they need when shutting it down isn't an option. Maybe playing through pain isn't the only choice. In fact, perhaps with a little preventative taping, they won't need to feel the pain in the first place.
Source: Dynamic Tape
Its finally Spring, or so the calendar says. That means you avid golfers can get out of the doldrums and back on the course at last! First stop, Andux Golf, for all of your golf needs.
And, after you hit that first shot of the new year into the lake, you won't have to dig around the pocket of your bag for another ball. You need to quickly get another ball into position before your partners take notice.
The Andux Golf Ball Holder Clip allows you to keep two handy at all times, clipped where it's most convenient. In fact, if you play like us, you might want to buy two or three.
The Andux product selection is immense and quality is first-rate. They offer golf covers, practice balls, tees and other unique items you won't find anywhere else.
So, since this is the year you're finally going to shoot par, make sure you're not handicapped by inferior accessories along the way.
Their slogan is “What Hard Work Looks Like.” Well if you are going to do hard work on the playing field or anywhere else, your feet will enjoy it more in a pair of true athelite Highlight Elite socks.
Comfortable, stylish and with a super-snug fit, these socks are designed to provide UV protection, odor reduction and sweat wicking. They sent us a pair and we really love them. It's been a long time since we were excited about socks, but these give us happy feet.
There are a ton of other products to choose from on the true athelite site, and we hope to bring you reviews of more of them as time goes by. In the meantime slide into a pair of their fresh socks. Your feet will be saying “thank-you” all game long.
Source: true athelite
Preventing exertional heat stress in athletics has become an important responsibility of many athletic trainers, coaches and other sports-related health-care providers who rely on Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters. At every athletic endeavor, from Little League to professional sports, lives depend on the accurate measurement of environmental conditions such as temperature, relative humidity, heat stress index, wet bulb temperature, wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT ) and several other environmental parameters.
To prevent athletes from suffering exertional heat stress, athletic trainers, coaches and sports medicine professionals can look to a Kestrel Meter for real-time and accurate weather data. Monitoring and recording these outdoor conditions are crucial steps when ensuring heat safety for athletes practicing or playing outdoors. Using a Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker, athletic trainers and coaches can record data during practices and games throughout the season. With 2300 storage points, users can wirelessly transfer the information captured to their PC or android phone for future reference via the bluetooth wireless data option in the Kestrel series.
With its tripod mountable set-up, the Kestrel Meter provides an easy and accurate hands-free option for gathering crucial weather data. Weighing just 4.5 ounces, the Kestrel 4400 is extremely portable and can also be carried around in a user’s pocket or hand.
Unlike other WBGT-monitoring instruments, there is no time-consuming setup required. Users get accurate readings within minutes of exposure to the environment. The Kestrel 4400 has the ability to store 2300 data points in its memory allowing athletic trainers and coaches to record information throughout several practices and games to refer back to later. In addition, the data can be transferred at any time via the bluetooth wireless data transfer model option. The Kestrel 4400 automatically stores measurements even when the display is turned off.
In many parts of the country it still may seem like the dog days of summer are miles away, but we all know they'll get here eventually. Make sure your organization is ready so that those grueling practices under the baking sun can be run with lots of water and peace of mind.