Perhaps one for @Simon_GK_Mason but thought other's here might be able to help me out here. I'm having a look at the Mercian kit they've brought out with Tommy Alexander, and am interested in making a switch from OBO, partially because OBO has gotten incredibly expensive and partially because I've always used OBO and want to give something different a try. I'm currently playing on a pretty grotty sand based pitch, which was meant to be replaced over the summer due to being a health hazard, but it looks like we may be playing a further season on it. When it's wet it's usually fine wear wise, but it's similar to a waterbased in terms of stickiness in the dry, making it a kit grating nightmare. Thankfully in Ireland dry days tend to be few and far between (the one saving grace of the weather) so over the winter months this is perhaps not the biggest issue. Has anybody else used mercian style kit on a grotty sand pitch that can attest for the durability of the kit? Unfortunately nobody in the south of Ireland stocks mercian, so I can't take a look myself at the new stuff. Is it likely to last or will it disintegrate like I'd imagine a set of TKs would? With the lower price to the OBO I'm not totally averse to buying new kickers every 18 months to two years or so, but obviously want them to last at least that long and ideally for the leg guards to see me through a bit longer. Any help is appreciated - I'm finally earning money so my newfound kit magpie status is confirmed!