2018 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats – Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, Omaha 518

Louisville Slugger’s all-new 2018 BBCOR bat lineup has launched! The top dog, year in and year out, is the Prime – which continues to set the multi-piece, all-composite market in consistency and performance. Aside from all-composite, LS has two hybrid options, as they bring back the Select (after a year on the bench), while also have the Solo for its 2nd campaign. The 100% alloy bat market is always led by the Omaha, a tried-and-true aluminum bat that brings maximum ping with every swing. Lastly, there’s the Vapor, a price-point bat that gives you incredible bang for your buck. Check out each bat below . . .
2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B32018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B3
The Prime 918 BBCOR Bat is made with Louisville Slugger’s Proprietary MicroForm Composite, which features a Patented Fused Carbon Structure for maximum pop right out of the wrapper. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The all-new RTX End Cap allows for a longer barrel shape, ultimately increasing the potency of the sweet spot for futher hitting distances.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% Proprietary MicroForm Composite
  • Patented Fused Carbon Structure Design
  • RTX End Cap
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.7
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B32018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B3
The Select 718 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel and the Composite Handle. Hybrid bats are viewed as the best of both worlds, as you get the ping of an aluminum barrel, but the flex and sting elimination that comes with a composite handle. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel
  • Composite Handle
  • Speed Ballistic End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Slightly End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 3.0
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B32018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B3
The Solo 618 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle with the Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone. This year, for the first time, the Solo will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle
  • Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Very Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.1
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B32018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B3
The Omaha 518 BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy for that stiff, traditional feel. The Omaha, year in and year out, delivers a huge sweet spot and maximum ping with every swing! This year, for the first time, the Omaha will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Injection Molded Knob
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Mid-Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 2.3
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B32018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B3
The Vapor BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy for a stiff, traditional bat at a cost effective price. The Vapor comes with a 31/32″ Standard Handle, Durable Synthetic Bat Grip, and a -3oz Length to Weight Ratio. At the end of the day, if you need a backup bat or a batting cage bat that’s reliable – this is a great option to consider.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy
  • Durable Synthetic Bat Grip
  • 31/32″ Standard Handle

 
Louisville, this year, gives players looking for the right BBCOR bat a “BBCOR Swing Weight Profile Score”, essentially giving a more accurate look, on paper, at the weight distribution of the Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, and the Omaha 518. The Vapor, however, did not get included in this swing weight chart. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)
Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats Swing Weight Profile Score Chart
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2017 Easton Mako Beast vs. 2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between the 2017 Easton Mako Beast and the 2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917?

Bat Battle - Easton Mako Beast vs. Louisville Slugger Prime 917

Bat Battle – Easton Mako Beast vs. Louisville Slugger Prime 917

Well, they both have models ranging from BBCOR for High School/College, to Senior/Youth Big Barrels in both 2 5/8″ and 2 3/4″ barrel diameters, and Youth 2 1/4″ models for little league/dixie/babe ruth as well. But, what is different about them? Well, it’s the composite type, the barrel length, and the barrel-to-handle connection piece.

Let’s start with the composite. Easton uses Thermo Composite Technology (TCT) on the Mako Beast, which is Easton’s top composite material. Louisville Slugger uses MicroForm Composite on the Prime 917, which is an upgrade over the Pure 360 Composite they used in years past. TCT and MicroForm are very similar and comparable, while also being very durable. They each have good pop out of wrapper, but the break-in period is key for the sweet spot to reach its full potential.

Next is the barrel size. The Mako Beast’s barrel length is definitely longer, as Easton made it their goal to create more potent hitting surface and longer barrel lengths on the 2017 line of Mako Beasts. However, even with such a big barrel, the Mako Beast is still pretty balanced, so you’re not going to have an end-heavy bat that slows down your swing speed. The Prime 917 doesn’t have the extended barrel length of the Mako Beast, but the weight distribution with the Prime gives the bat an incredible “feel”, with the sweet spot just as potent as any other bat in the composite game.

Lastly, the barrel-to-handle connection piece. Above mentioned was the incredible “feel” of the Prime 917, but part of that is due to the TRU3 Technology, which connects the Prime 917’s barrel to one side and the handle to the other, without allowing them to touch, which increases flex and also eliminates sting/vibration as much, if not more, than any other bat. This construction gives the Prime 917 a “feel” that no other bat can compare to. However, the Mako Beast is better if you want multi-piece composite, but don’t want so much flex, since Easton’s CXN piece is just a simple barrel-to-handle connection with no separate piece in between. It still kills a good amount of sting/vibration, and has a great feel of its own.

Which is better? That just comes down to personal preference, as they’re both top notch. You really cannot go wrong. Below is each model, or group of models, allowing you to find what you’re looking for.

BBCOR 2 5/8″ -3

2017 Easton Mako Beast BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB17MK

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP9173

Youth Big Barrel 2 5/8″ -5, -8, -10

2017 Easton Mako Beast Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bats SL17MK

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bats WTLSLP917

Youth Big Barrel 2 3/4″ -10

2017 Easton Mako Beast Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz SL17MK10B

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz WTLSLP917X

Junior Big Barrel 2 3/4″ -12

2017 Easton Mako Beast Junior Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -12oz JBB17MK12B

Youth 2 1/4″ -10, -11, -12

2017 Easton Mako Beast Youth Baseball Bats YB17MK

2017 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Youth Baseball Bats WTLYBP917

 

Easton Limited Edition Release BBCOR, Fastpitch & Slowpitch Softball Bats

Easton has released 4 pre-summer limited edition bats for May/June 2016. This includes the Z-Core Speed Whiteout BBCOR Baseball Bat, the Stealth Retro Fastpitch Softball Bat, and the Helmer Flex Slowpitch Softball Bats (one for USSSA and one for ASA). Only so many of these bats are going to be manufactured and distributed, so when they’re gone – they’re gone!

Baseball (BBCOR)

2017 Z-Core Speed Whiteout (-3oz length to weight ratio, 2 5/8″ barrel diameter)

2017 Easton Z-Core Speed Whiteout BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB17ZSW

2017 Easton Z-Core Speed Whiteout BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB17ZSW

Introducing the Limited Edition 2017 Z-Core Speed Whiteout BBCOR Bat! “Z-Core” is the internal core technology that ultimately produces a bigger, longer, and more potent sweet spot for you to take advantage of! Easton constructs this Z-Core Speed Whiteout with a 1-Piece build that’s crafted using 100% HMX Hyperlite Matrix Aluminum Alloy material, giving this Z-Core a sweet ping contact sound while being extremely hot right out of the wrapper and game ready from day one. The 31/32″ Tapered Handle comes with Easton’s 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip, giving you the comfortable hold you need to grip it and rip it. The Speed Barrel Design gives this Z-Core Speed Whiteout a Balanced Swing Weight, so you have faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone. This bat is available for purchase today and ships out to customers 5/13/2016.

Fastpitch Softball

2016 Stealth Retro (-10oz length to weight ratio, 2 1/4″ barrel diameter)

2016 Easton Stealth Retro Fastpitch Softball Bat Balanced -10oz FP16SSR3B

2016 Easton Stealth Retro Fastpitch Softball Bat Balanced -10oz FP16SSR3B

The Stealth Retro has a 2-Piece Bat Construction and is crafted with a 100% Composite Design. The patented 2-Piece ConneXion (CXN) Technology maximizes energy transfer and eliminates vibration from getting to your hands, ultimately eliminating that unwanted sting at the moment of impact. The barrel is made with Easton’s tried and true IMX Composite, which combines durability with ridiculous pop right out of the wrapper. The barrel also has a Balanced Swing Weight, giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control. This Stealth also has advanced Carbon Nanotube Technology, which is an advanced composite that makes the bat lighter. Making the bat lighter allows Easton to make the bat longer without the extra weight, giving the Stealth Retro a larger sweet spot for you to take advantage of! Lastly, the Focus Flex Technology increases the overall power of the bat, which results in further hitting distances with just the right amount of barrel flex. This bat is available for purchase today and ships out to customers 5/13/2016.

Slowpitch Softball

2016 Helmer Flex USSSA (comes in 34″/26oz, 34″/27oz, 34″/28oz)

2016 Helmer Flex ASA (comes in 34″/26oz, 34″/27oz, 34″/28oz)

2016 Easton Helmer Flex Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16BHFXU

2016 Easton Helmer Flex Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16BHFXU

2016 Easton Helmer Flex Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16BHFXA

2016 Easton Helmer Flex Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16BHFXA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Limited Edition 2016 Helmer Flex softball bat features an all-new flex barrel construction for softer compression and maximum performance right out of the wrapper. This bat is also made with a 2-Piece Bat Construction and is crafted with a 100% TCT Composite Design. TCT, short for Thermo Composite Technology, is Easton’s top composite material that gives you the biggest possible sweet spot, great performance, and incredible durability. The CXN Zero barrel-to-handle piece works with the 29/32″ Handle to maximize energy transfer for an optimized feel, while also eliminating vibration/sting from getting to your hands. The 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip has a nice tacky feel with the right amount of cushion so you can grip it and rip it. This Helmer Flex bat is also made with an End-Loaded Swing Weight, which gives the barrel additional weight towards the end cap, giving you more power potential at the plate. These bats are available for purchase today and ships out to customers 6/2/2016.

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USA Bat Standard – Youth BBCOR Bats are coming!

USABat Standard

USA Bat Standard Baseball Bats

First College, next was High School, now at the Pony and Little League levels we will see a Youth BBCOR Bat!

Starting in 2018, to be legal for play in Little League, Pony, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth, AABC, AAU, Dixie baseball, your bat will need the USABat stamp on it.

USABat Standard baseball bats will go on sale in the Fall of 2017. Major brands like Easton, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger, and Rawlings are already hard at work on these new youth baseball bats with the USABat stamp.

USSSA vs USA Bat Standard

Key USABat Standard Baseball Bat Facts

  • Approved YBBCOR 2 5/8” barrels will be legal for all ages (14 and under) in Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie, AABC, AAU.
  • The 2 5/8” big barrel lengths will be much shorter than the current 2 5/8” 1.15bpf barrels used in today’s game due to the performance regulations put in place.
  • All current youth baseball bats will continue to be legal in the above mentioned organizations through December 31st, 2017
  • 1.15bpf bats will NOT be grandfathered in for the 2018 season.
  • The goal is to make youth bats perform like a wood bat.
  • There will be no limit to how light a bat can be, which should be helpful to younger players.
  • According to USA Baseball, the governing body that oversaw the research and ratification of the new USABat standard, this change is being made for “integrity of the game”, and not “safety” reasons, as it claims “Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports”.
  • USSSA, which governs nearly all travel ball teams, is not affected by the change to the USABat Standard, and currently has no plans to change their bats

Long story short, everyone who plays Little League, Pony, and the other organizations mentioned above will need to buy a new bat starting in 2018. These bats will perform like wood bats. Baseballs will likely not be hit as far with these bats, BUT the larger diameter barrel on the baseball bats can and will make the baseball easier to hit for many players.

2016 Easton Mako BBCOR Baseball Bat Review (With and Without Torq)

It’s official… The hottest baseball bats from Easton for 2016 are the highly anticipated 2016 Easton Mako and Mako Torq.

Let’s take a look at what Makos (sorry) them the top choice among Easton Baseball Bats…

We spent a day hitting all four of the 2016 Easton BBCOR Mako and Mako Torq Bats. We noticed several things about the bats.

BBCOR Stamp

With the introduction of both a balanced and end loaded version of each, there is a Mako for power hitters and a Mako for line drive hitters. 

There is absolutely NO vibration unless you really mis-hit the baseball. At no point during our testing did anyone experience unwanted sting or vibration in their hands. We literally had to TRY to hit the ball off the end of the bat to even feel any discomfort.

The swing weight is meticulously thought out for each of the bats. The balanced version is not overly balanced, and the end loaded XL models are not over-the-top heavy.

End-Loaded Mako BBCOR

End-Loaded Mako BBCOR

Four BBCOR Bats – There are two BBCOR Mako and two BBCOR Mako Torq bats for 2016.

Composite – Both the Mako and Mako Torq baseball bats use the best composite Easton has ever made. The TCT (Thermo Composite Technology) is light weight and strong, allowing Easton to make the sweet spot MASSIVE compared to other composite bats.

Two-Piece Technology – The 2016 Mako and Mako Torq also share the patented CXN (ConnXion) rubber piece connects the handle and the barrel, eliminating sting and vibration.

360 Handle (Torq models only) – The revolutionary 360 Easton Torq handle gives hitters a shorter path to the hitting zone. This allows batters to get the baseball bat to the ball faster, ultimately giving the swing more power to all fields, especially when the batter is jammed with an inside pitch.

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2016 Easton BBCOR Baseball Bat Review

This year, if you include the Speed Brigade Bats, Easton has delivered 13 all-new BBCOR Baseball Bats for 2016! That has got to be some kind of a record. We’re going to go bat-by-bat and let you know what each bat is made of and what type of hitter they cater to.

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The Mako Line-Up . . .

Balanced Mako BBCOR

Mako BBCOR

2016 Easton Mako BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16MK

Design: 2-Piece, 100% Thermo Composite Technology

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 10/10 – This Mako gives you everything a Mako stands for: great balance, fast swing speed, super durable, great pop, and you hardly feel any vibration/sting even on miss-hits. A true champion of a bat.

 

End-Loaded Mako BBCOR

Mako XL BBCOR

2016 Easton Mako XL BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16MKL

Design: 2-Piece, 100% Thermo Composite Technology

Swing Weight: End-Loaded for Power Hitters

Rating: 10/10 – Made exactly the same as the Balanced Mako, but with an end-load added to the barrel for added power behind your swing. So, if you love the Mako but are more of a power hitter, than this Mako XL is perfect for you.

 

Balanced Mako Torq BBCOR

Mako Torq BBCOR

2016 Easton Mako Torq BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16MKT

Design: 2-Piece, 100% Thermo Composite Technology

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 10/10 – Returning for a 2nd year is the balanced Mako Torq. This bat is basically the balanced Mako with the rotating Torq handle added, along with a different paint job. Super balanced with great pop.

 

End-Loaded Mako Torq BBCOR

Mako Torq XL BBCOR

2016 Easton Mako Torq XL BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16MKTL

Design: 2-Piece, 100% Thermo Composite Technology

Swing Weight: End-Loaded for Power Hitters

Rating: 10/10 – Same build as Mako Torq, but with an end-load added to barrel. It has the same end-load as the Mako XL. This will help Mako Torq hitters drop bombs if they have the strength to cut the baby through the zone in time.

 

The Z-Core Hybrid Line-Up . . .

Z-Core Hybrid BBCOR

Z-Core Hybrid BBCOR

2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16ZH

Design: 2-Piece, HMX Aluminum Alloy Barrel with Composite Handle

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 9/10 – Great pop, hot right out of wrapper, sweet ping contact sound. If you like alloy barrels then it gives you that plus the benefit of a 2-piece, so vibration is limited and the barrel is optimized. Very balanced.

 

Z-Core Hybrid XL BBCOR

Z-Core Hybrid XL BBCOR

2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid XL BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16ZHL

Design: 2-Piece, HMX Aluminum Alloy Barrel with Composite Handle

Swing Weight: End-Loaded for Power Hitters

Rating: 9/10 – Great pop, hot right out of wrapper, sweet ping contact sound. If you like alloy barrels then it gives you that plus the benefit of a 2-piece, so vibration is limited and the barrel is optimized. Nice end-load for added power.

 

Z-Core Hybrid Torq BBCOR

Z-Core Hybrid Torq BBCOR

2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid Torq BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16ZHT

Design: 2-Piece, HMX Aluminum Alloy Barrel with Composite Handle

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 9/10 – Great pop, hot right out of wrapper, sweet ping contact sound. If you like alloy barrels then it gives you that plus the benefit of a 2-piece, so vibration is limited and the barrel is optimized. Includes rotating Torq handle.

 

The Z-Core Line-Up . . .

Z-Core Aluminum BBCOR

Z-Core BBCOR

2016 Easton Z-Core BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16ZA

Design: 1-Piece, 100% HMX Aluminum Alloy

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 8/10 – Super hot right out of wrapper, great pop, sweet ping contact sound. Very balanced.

 

 

Z-Core XL BBCOR

Z-Core XL BBCOR

2016 Easton Z-Core XL BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16ZAL

Design: 1-Piece, 100% HMX Aluminum Alloy

Swing Weight: End-Loaded for Power Hitters

Rating: 8/10 – Super hot right out of wrapper, great pop, sweet ping contact sound. Nice end-load for added power.

 

 

Z-Core Torq BBCOR

Z-Core Torq BBCOR

2016 Easton Z-Core Torq BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16ZAT

Design: 1-Piece, 100% HMX Aluminum Alloy

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 8/10 – Super hot right out of wrapper, great pop, sweet ping contact sound. Includes rotating Torq handle.

 

 

The Speed Brigade Line-Up . . .

S500 BBCOR

S500 BBCOR

2016 Easton S500 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16S500

Design: 1-Piece, 100% 7050 Aircraft Aluminum Alloy

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 7/10 – Upper echelon batting cage bat with a tried-and-true alloy build. Extremely durable.

 

 

S400 BBCOR

S400 BBCOR

2016 Easton S400 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16S400

Design: 1-Piece, 100% Durable Aluminum Alloy

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 6.5/10 – Batting cage bat, good value, very durable, slight upgrade over S200 BBCOR.

 

 

S200 BBCOR

S200 BBCOR

2016 Easton S200 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BB16S200

Design: 1-Piece, 100% Durable Aluminum Alloy

Swing Weight: Balanced for Contact Hitters

Rating: 6/10 – Price-point batting cage bat – plain and simple. It’s made to be beat up and it holds up well.

 

 

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Bat Comparison: 2016 Easton Mako vs 2016 DeMarini CF8

DeMarini and Easton have just released all-new baseball bats for 2016, which leaves some room for questions – for example – what’s the difference between the 2016 Easton Mako and the 2016 DeMarini CF8? We’re going to break it down with each particular type of bat, from BBCOR to Youth Big Barrel to Youth to Junior Big Barrel.

BBCOR -3oz Comparison:

Bat Duel - 2016 Easton Mako vs. 2016 DeMarini CF8

2016 Bat Duel: Easton Mako vs DeMarini CF8

DEMARINI CF8 BBCOR BASEBALL BAT – The CF8 BBCOR is constructed with a 2-Piece Design and crafted with 100% Paradox +Plus Composite material. This CF8 features the D-Fusion 2.0 Handle, which is new and improved from last year with even better energy transfer and less vibration/sting felt in the hands. The new grip is nice and tacky, while the bat overall just feels like it’s made for champions. It’s flawlessly put together with a great combo of balance & power, not to mention the insane pop it has once you’ve passed the 200+ hit break-in period.

EASTON MAKO BBCOR BASEBALL BATS – Easton has not one, not two, not three (LeBron?), but FOUR Mako BBCOR Bats for 2016! They got the balanced Mako, the end-loaded Mako XL, the balanced Mako Torq, and the end-loaded Mako Torq XL. All of these bats are made with a 2-Piece Design using the patented barrel-to-handle ConneXion piece, which connects the 100% TCT Composite barrel and handle. The energy transfer is fantastic and the bat is made to perform at this highest level for the most elite hitters. The balanced Mako and the end-loaded Mako XL have 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip, while the balanced Mako Torq and the end-loaded Mako Torq XL have a 1.0mm Torq Tac Bat Grip. The Torq Taq is a HUGE improvement, as last year the Torq bats had a gauze grip that was not very popular amongst hitters. Having a great stock grip is very important on Torq bats because it’s more difficult to re-grip due to the rotating part of the handle that’s closest to the knob. With the four different Mako BBCOR models, Easton really does make a bat for every hitter. Balanced or end-loaded – Torq handle or not – Easton has you covered.

Youth Big Barrel, Youth, & Junior Big Barrel Comparison:

All of the CF8 & Mako Youth Big Barrel, Youth, & Junior Big Barrel Bats (except the Mako Junior Big Barrel) are constructed with the same materials as the BBCOR, all being 2-Piece crafted with their own brand of composite (CF8 with Paradox +Plus, Mako with TCT). Just like the BBCOR, Easton has more models to choose from due to the Mako Torq being available in most sizes. Below is a list of the models for each bat:

Youth Big Barrel:

2016 DeMarini CF8 2 5/8″ -5oz  -8oz  10oz 

2016 DeMarini CF8 2 3/4″ -10oz 

2016 Easton Mako XL 2 5/8″ -5oz  -8oz 

2016 Easton Mako 2 5/8″  -10oz 

2016 Easton Mako 2 3/4″ -10oz 

2016 Easton Mako Torq 2 5/8″ -5oz  -8oz 

2016 Easton Mako Torq 2 3/4″ -10oz 

Youth:

2016 DeMarini CF8 2 1/4″ -11oz 

2016 Easton Mako XL 2 1/4″ -10oz

2016 Easton Mako 2 1/4″ -11oz -12oz

2016 Easton Mako Torq 2 1/4″ -10oz

Junior Big Barrel:

2016 DeMarini CF8 2 3/4″ -11oz

2016 Easton Mako 2 3/4″ -12oz

It’s amazing how these two brands, which are HUGE in the baseball world, have such a different approach. You have DeMarini, as always, staying with their traditional models and improving upon them each and every year. Then you have Easton, who probably has as many bat models themselves as the rest of the bat world has combined, continuing to strive for new ways to engineer greatness. While some of you buy simply because you have a name brand preference, it’s tough to say that one is better than the other. No matter which way you go – know this – your friends won’t have a better bat than you.

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2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Baseball Bats Review

The Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Baseball Bats are available at CheapBats.com!

The Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Baseball Bats are available at CheapBats.com!

Louisville Slugger’s 2016 Prime 916 Baseball Bats are going to be made in versions of BBCOR, Senior League/Youth Big Barrel, Travel Ball, Youth & Tee Ball. With the exception of the Tee Ball version, the Prime 916 Baseball Bats are all made with a 3-Piece Bat Construction and crafted with 100% Composite material. Louisville Slugger uses the Fused Carbon Structure Design to properly and efficiently layer the composite material throughout the bat, which will maximize the performance and durability of the Prime 916 from knob to end cap. The 3-Piece construction is held together using the TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection piece, which holds the barrel on one side and the handle on the other without allowing them to touch. This TRU3 connection method is going to eliminate vibration and give you explosive energy & power transfer, ultimately increasing trampoline effect in the barrel and adding distances to your bombs.

Here are all the versions of the Prime 916 Baseball Bat with some bullet points:

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BBP9163

Stamp: BBCOR

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $399.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -5oz SLP9165

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $349.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -8oz SLP9168

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $349.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz SLP9160

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $349.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz SLP916X

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 3/4″

Release Price: $349.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Youth Baseball Bat -10oz YBP9160

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Release Price: $249.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Youth Baseball Bat -12oz YBP9162

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Release Price: $249.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger PRIME 916 Tee Ball Bat -12.5oz TBP9162

*1-Piece Design with 100% Aluminum build

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Release Price: $29.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

 

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2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Baseball Bats Review

The Omaha 516 Baseball Bats are available at CheapBats.com!

The Omaha 516 Baseball Bats are available at CheapBats.com!

The Omaha series of bats from Louisville Slugger are back and ready to take on the 2016 season! Once again made as a 1-piece, the Omaha 516 Baseball Bats are crafted with a 7U1 Alloy Design, making these bats 100% aluminum and hot right out of the wrapper. The Omaha 516 bat is made in versions of BBCOR, Youth Big Barrel/Travel Ball, Youth & Tee Ball. The BBCOR & Youth Big Barrel/Travel Ball bats come with Lizard Skins wrapped around the handle, giving you the benefit of the best batting grip in the game. Lastly, Louisville Slugger provides the Omaha bats with a full One Year Manufacturer’s Warranty, giving you the benefit of gripping and ripping without holding back. Below is a list of all the Omaha 516 Bat versions for 2016 and some bullet points.

2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BBO5163

Stamp: BBCOR

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $199.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -5oz SLO5165

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $179.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz SLO5160

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $179.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz SLO516X

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 3/4″

Release Price: $179.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Youth Baseball Bat -13oz YBO5163

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Release Price: $99.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Tee Ball Bat -11oz TBO5161

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Release Price: $19.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

 

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2016 Louisville Slugger SELECT 716 Baseball Bats Review

The Louisville Slugger Select 716 Baseball Bats are available at CheapBats.com!

The Louisville Slugger Select 716 Baseball Bats are available at CheapBats.com!

Louisville Slugger’s 2016 Select 716 Baseball Bats are going to be made in versions of BBCOR, Senior League/Youth Big Barrel, Travel Ball & Youth. The Select 716 Baseball Bats are all made with a 3-Piece Bat Construction and crafted with an AC21 Alloy Barrel and a Composite Handle. The alloy barrel on the Select 716 bats is going to be hot right out of the wrapper and game ready from day one! The 3-Piece construction is held together using the TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection piece, which holds the barrel on one side and the handle on the other without allowing them to touch. This TRU3 connection method is going to eliminate vibration and give you explosive energy & power transfer, ultimately increasing trampoline effect in the barrel and adding distances to your bombs. Lastly, besides the Youth version, all the Select 716 bats come with Lizard Skins, giving you the benefit of the best bat grip in the game.

Here are all the versions of the Select 716 Baseball Bat with some bullet points:

2016 Louisville Slugger Select 716 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz BBS7163

Stamp: BBCOR

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $299.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Select 716 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -5oz SLS7165

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $279.99

Release Date: 9/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Select 716 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat -10oz SLS7160

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8″

Release Price: $279.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Select 716 Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat 2 3/4″ -10oz SLS716X

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 3/4″

Release Price: $279.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

2016 Louisville Slugger Select 716 Youth Baseball Bat -12oz YBS7162

Stamp: 1.15 BPF USSSA

Barrel Diameter: 2 1/4″

Release Price: $179.99

Release Date: 6/1/15

 

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