Between yesterday evening and this morning, both Fixcraft and Northern Standard announced the release of their new products: Fixcraft’s UHMW Unibody mallet heads and Northern Standard’s polo specific Gloves.
Both of these developments set my little wheel covered heart into fits, but I also have a kinda-weird feeling about it, too. Lemme get to brass tax.
The Northern Standard gloves, currently, cost 79 dollars (and that’s 1 away from $80!). I kinda am OK with that because they should be- though I haven’t laid a finger on a set yet – well made. Furthermore, leather gloves tend to last for longer than a year, and if that’s the case I can justify spreading out the cost: about 21 cents a day to own for a year.
I know a lot of folks aren’t going to get Northern Standard Gloves because of the price, but I’m definitely one of those guys who values something well made that will last – we’ll see what the gloves are actually like in play shortly, I hope.
But that brings me around to the Fixcraft Unibody. With the announcement yesterday also came the price: $25.99-$26.99 per head.
Let me get some things out of the way so we’re clear with eachother: I know Fixcraft makes really good stuff for polo. Likewise, I know that UMHW lasts longer and wears more evenly than other mallet material. I recognize that a lot of work went into creating these heads and that they’ll feel just fantastical on the court. Hell, Horse was given the Ultralite 2500 (I believe) and he says it’s his favorite ever.
But I compare that with the cost of other mallet heads: the $16 UMHW Arena Mallet Head, the $13 HDPE ST Cago Heads, and of course fixcraft’s other $7.99 Polycarbonite and $3.99 Solid Wall ABS mallet heads.
Oh geez, let’s throw in the $14.50 EighthInch Mallet head as well.
So the new Fixcraft Unibody bumps the price ten dollars. And I guess I am hung up because I don’t expect it to last more than six or so months, that It’s ultimately going to get dinged up like whoa, and it’s such a big jump from the market price of other heads.
But mercy mild, they are so sexy. I am conflicted guys.
Push me one way or the other – am I weird for thinking this much about it?