Salix SLX Cricket Bat
The lighter counterpart to the Pod, the SLX echoes the Pod in complexity of shape. With a uniquely hybrid profile, the apparently rounder, traditional lines are actually achieved by carefully blending our modern flatter pressed edges. An extended low bow leads naturally into the lower driving area. The SLX has a beautiful profile showcasing classic handmaking, underpinned by very advanced manufacturing which generates sublime performance. All wrapped up in stunning new etched and embossed fingerprint metallic labelling.
- semi-flat (modern) face profile
- standard shoulder line
- semi-concave sanding through back
- powerful edges
- gentle bow
- lower driving area
- unique Salix CRC semi-oval handle
- for accomplished players who like to dominate off the front foot, a stroke-maker’s bat
- maze etched chrome labels with white embossed SALIX
- highest level of English artisan batmaking: individually handmade by Salix
- CNC free: individual in-house pressing and processing from cleft to bat
- Bat Vax toe dipped: especially developed natural, plant based sealer to help prevent water ingress, sealing end grain to protect against cracks
- trademark Salix angled toe and blended edges to minimise tapping and running in damage, in conjunction with the player’s care and maintenance regime
Salix Willow Grading:
Finite grades will be the best pieces of wood we have in the workshop i.e. tight grain, predominantly sap wood (the whiter looking timber), no blemishes and exceptional performance. These rare grades can only be obtained through investment in lower grades (ratios) and the most expert handling in pre-pressing processes
Players grades will be either tighter grain (8 plus grains) or predominantly sap wood and the performance of the bat will be exceptional.
Generally around 7plus grains with the odd blemish higher up in the blade; still predominantly sap wood.
Performance grades generally again have around 6 to 7 grains but may have the odd blemish around the driving area and will probably have some heartwood on one of the edges.
Select grades will generally have around 5 to 6 grains, some heartwood, with the odd blemish or twig mark in the driving area.
Alba grades are very much a grade 3, this grade will generally have 5 grains, mainly sap wood blemishes or twig marks on the face and heartwood on either edge.
Often downgraded bats due various factors, such as unsightly knots etc. Will still perform well