Choosing a light, comfortable pair of cricket pads can be difficult and time consuming. The best pads are from Adidas, Woodworm, Puma, Gray Nicolls, Reebok, Newbery, Salix, GM, Slazenger and Kookaburra. Be sure to try a pair of cricket pads on before choosing to buy as you would be surprised on the differences between the pad manufacturers.
There is different sizes of pads that you should bear in mind if buying for a friend or relative. Usually they are labelled as mens, boys, juniors, youths and please remember that you can buy both right handed and left handed pads for batting (batting pads).
For the 2009 cricket season there are some fantastic designs on many batting pads. Adidas have the pro, elite, county and youth models. GM have the 808, 303, purist, teknik, RSB, 5 star, 505, 606, 707 and 909 range which one of the largest available.
Woodworm has the pioneer, performance and purpose in a limited range of both black and red. Slazenger offers the x-tec ultimate, elite pro-x, lite m2, x-tec armour, elite panther and elite armour amongst others. Kookaburra has that Australian feel with Rick Ponting, beast, sub zero, mayhem, blade strike, angry beast, sub 40 and carnage pads that should appeal to the younger cricketers. Traditional UK pad manufacturer Gray Nicolls has the nitro, pro performance, powerbow test, viper 5 star, predator 5 star, fusion, lazer and phoenix range of pads for both adults and kids.
Wicket Keeping Pads
A good pair of wicket pads or leg guards should be light, comfortable and provide the best protection. Many fair priced wicket keepers pads are of test match quality so it can be affordable for all levels of cricketers to buy a decent pair of pads.
These days, many cricket pitches are well prepared especially if they are professional standard. Amateur batsmen don't get this luxury so many cricket pitches can be unpredictable, meaning uneven bounce.
A good thigh pad is a crucial part of a batsmen's armour. Not only does it provide needed protection but gives added confidence even if the wicket doesn't!