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!

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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 Slowpitch Softball Bat Review

We’re going to go bat-by-bat to break down Easton’s new lineup of slowpitch softball bats for 2016. It’s broken down into 3 different series: Mako Torq, Bomb Squad, and Speed Brigade.

The Mako Torq Series…

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Balanced SP16MBU

2016 Mako Torq USSSA Balanced

2016 Mako Torq USSSA Balanced

Rating: 9.5/10

“Huge sweet spot, lots of pop, very balanced. Torq Taq grip also much better than last years gauze grip.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with a Balanced Swing Weight and is approved for 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16MLU

2016 Mako Torq USSSA End Loaded

2016 Mako Torq USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“Nice end-load, never felt sting, and after a few swings the torq rotation felt natural.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with an End-Loaded Swing Weight and is approved for 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA Balanced SP16MBA

2016 Mako Torq ASA Balanced

2016 Mako Torq ASA Balanced

Rating: 9.5/10

“Super balanced, nice pop, feels awesome. The only issue I have with this bat is that all of my teammates want to use it. Not cool.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with a Balanced Swing Weight and is approved for ASA & ISF only.

 

2016 Easton Mako Torq Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16MLA

2016 Mako Torq ASA End Loaded

2016 Mako Torq ASA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“As a power hitter I love the end-load weighting. The bat feels really sturdy and it’s easy to swing. Hot out of wrapper and the pop is insane.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. Includes 360 Torq Rotation Technology that keeps you on plane and in the hitting zone longer, improving your timing and rids you of the classic rollover that would normally lead to weak grounders and inning-ending pop ups. This particular Mako Torq is made with a End-Loaded Swing Weight and is approved for ASA & ISF only.

 

The Bomb Squad Series…

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brett Helmer Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16BHU

2016 Brett Helmer USSSA End Loaded

2016 Brett Helmer USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“Worth every penny. Straight out of the wrapper I went 4 for 4 at the yard. Enough said.”

This is the USSSA Brett Helmer Signature Model for 2016. 2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. This Helmer has the CXN Zero Technology, which is the barrel-to-handle connection that virutally eliminates all vibration, improves overall feel, and adds more power behind every swing. This Helmer’s End-Loaded Swing Weight goes as follows: 34″/26.5oz = 1.5oz, 34″/27.5oz = 2.5oz, 34″/28.5oz = 3.5oz. Also, this bat is equipped with Easton’s new Hyperskin Bat Grip for more power through a softer feel. Lastly, this bat has the 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA approval stamps for slowpitch softball play.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brett Helmer Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16BHA

2016 Brett Helmer ASA End Loaded

2016 Brett Helmer ASA End Loaded

Rating: 9.5/10

“LOVE THIS BAT! Powerful, nice pop, sturdy. The paint scheme is clean, too.”

This is the ASA Brett Helmer Signature Model for 2016. 2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using Thermo Composite Technology. This Helmer has the CXN Zero Technology, which is the barrel-to-handle connection that virutally eliminates all vibration, improves overall feel, and adds more power behind every swing. This Helmer’s End-Loaded Swing Weight goes as follows: 34″/26.5oz = 1.5oz, 34″/27.5oz = 2.5oz, 34″/28.5oz = 3.5oz. Also, this bat is equipped with Easton’s new Hyperskin Bat Grip for more power through a softer feel. Lastly, this bat is approved for ASA and ISF.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Bryson Baker Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Balanced SP16BBU

2016 Bryson Baker USSSA Balanced

2016 Bryson Baker USSSA Balanced

Rating: 9/10

“Super Balanced, sturdy, no sting felt in the hands, great pop.”

The Bryson Baker is the Bomb Squad bat that’s made with a Balanced Swing Weight, giving contact hitters the increased swing speed and improved bat control that they long for. Made as a 2-Piece, 100% Composite bat using Easton’s tried-and-true IMX Composite material. The 13.5″ Barrel Length gives you plenty of hitting surface and a massive sweet spot, while the 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle helps optimize the bat and improve the overall feel. Lastly, this Bryson Baker is approved by 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Bryson Baker Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA Balanced SP16BBA

2016 Bryson Baker ASA Balanced

2016 Bryson Baker ASA Balanced

Rating: 9/10

“This bat gives me fast swing speed and the barrel has a nice extended sweet spot.”

The Bryson Baker is the Bomb Squad bat that’s made with a Balanced Swing Weight, giving contact hitters the increased swing speed and improved bat control that they long for. Made as a 2-Piece, 100% Composite bat using Easton’s tried-and-true IMX Composite material. The 13.5″ Barrel Length gives you plenty of hitting surface and a massive sweet spot, while the 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle helps optimize the bat and improve the overall feel. Lastly, this Bryson Baker is approved by ASA and ISF.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Scott Kirby Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16SKU

2016 Scott Kirby USSSA End Loaded

2016 Scott Kirby USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 9/10

“Sweet end-load for added power, nice paint job, great price.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using IMX Composite, which is Easton’s tried-and-true composite material they have used for many years. Made for power hitters, the End-Loaded Swing Weight on this bat goes as follows: 34″/26oz = 1oz, 34″/27oz = 2oz, 34″/28oz = 3oz, 34″/30oz = 4oz. Lastly, this particular Scott Kirby is approved by 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, and SSUSA.

 

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Scott Kirby Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16SKA

2016 Scott Kirby ASA End Loaded

2016 Scott Kirby ASA End Loaded

Rating: 9/10

“Sweet end-load for added power, nice paint job, great price.”

2-Piece, 100% Composite Design using IMX Composite, which is Easton’s tried-and-true composite material they have used for many years. Made for power hitters, the End-Loaded Swing Weight on this bat goes as follows: 34″/26oz = 1oz, 34″/27oz = 2oz, 34″/28oz = 3oz, 34″/30oz = 4oz. Lastly, this particular Scott Kirby is approved by ASA and ISF.

 

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brian Wegman Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA End Loaded SP16BWU

2016 Brian Wegman USSSA End Loaded

2016 Brian Wegman USSSA End Loaded

Rating: 8.5/10

“Love the single piece feel, very stiff and sturdy, great pop and power.”

If you like your bat made with the traditional 1-Piece Bat Construction, then the Bomb Squad Brian Wegman is the bat for you. Made with 100% Composite material, a 12″ Barrel Length, and an End-Loaded Swing Weight for power hitters, this bat is ready to help you drive the ball to the wall. Some other features include a 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle, 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip, and the 1.20 BPF USSSA, NSA, ISA, & SSUSA approval stamps.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Brian Wegman Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA End Loaded SP16BWA

2016 Brian Wegman ASA End Loaded

2016 Brian Wegman ASA End Loaded

Rating: 8.5/10

“Powerful. Stiff. Looks sick. Much better grip compared to last year.”

If you like your bat made with the traditional 1-Piece Bat Construction, then the Bomb Squad Brian Wegman is the bat for you. Made with 100% Composite material, a 12″ Barrel Length, and an End-Loaded Swing Weight for power hitters, this bat is ready to help you drive the ball to the wall. Some other features include a 29/32″ SIC Black Carbon Handle, 1.2mm Hyperskin Bat Grip, and the ASA & ISF approval stamps.

 

2016 Easton Bomb Squad Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA End Loaded SP16BSUA

2016 Bomb Squad All-Association End Loaded

2016 Bomb Squad All-Association End Loaded

Rating: 7.5/10

“I play in both a USSSA and ASA league on different nights. This bat is what I needed. Great end-load, very sturdy, super hot, nice pop.”

This is the dual stamp, all-association Bomb Squad bat, made for the player who needs all the approval stamps: 1.20 BPF USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, ISF, and SSUSA. Made as a 2-Piece, 100% Composite bat using IMX Composite material, this bat is made to last season after season. Power hitters will favor this bat as it has an End-Loaded Swing Weight, giving you additional weight at the end of the barrel for additional power potential with every swing.

 

The Speed Brigade Series…

Easton S500 Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA Balanced SP16S500

2016 S500 All-Association

2016 S500 All-Association

“I play for my church on the weekend and it’s a single wall aluminum league and this bat has been great! Price was totally fair and it has been fun to use.”

This is the top option of the Speed Brigade Series. The 100% 7050 Aircraft Aluminum Alloy build is more durable and better performing than the Durable aluminum the S300 and S50 are made with. With a Balanced Swing Weight, this S500 gives you great bat control and fast swing speed while going through the hitting zone. Ultimately, this bat is made as a price-point single wall barrel bat for those that either play in a coed league, church league, or just need a batting cage bat to take some hacks with while not beating up your more expensive bat. Approved for ALL softball associations.

 

Easton S300 Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA Balanced SP16S300

2016 S300 All-Association

2016 S300 All-Association

“This bat is my batting cage stick. I have a Salvo I use in games but I use this to bang up and get my swing right.”

If you don’t want to spend much money, but play need a bat to beat up on in your coed/church league or maybe need a batting cage bat – you found your match. With a Balanced Swing Weight, this S300 gives you great bat control and fast swing speed while going through the hitting zone. Approved for ALL softball associations.

 

 

 

Easton S50 Slowpitch Softball Bat ASA USSSA Balanced SP16S50

2016 S50 All-Association

2016 S50 All-Association

“I go to Home Run Park batting cages and, even though they have free rentals, I just wanted one that was my own to use now and then. It was cheap and it makes a nice ping sound when I hit the ball.”

The cheapest option of the Speed Brigade Series is the S50 slowpitch softball bat. At a $29.99 price point you get a single wall, 100% aluminum bat that’s ready for the player that’s just trying to have a bit of fun now and then, or if you’re just wanting to hit for hours in the cages and need something to help get your swing right. Approved for ALL softball associations.

 

 

That’s the ENTIRE 2016 Easton Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup, which is available at CheapBats.com!

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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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2015 Easton BBCOR Series

2015 Easton BBCOR Series

The Easton 2015 BBCOR Power Brigade is probably the most highly anticipated bats ever due to the addition of the innovative, revolutionary Mako Torq and the new Z-Core aluminum. All six of these monsters have three things in common: long barrels, fast swing speeds and a drop -3 length to weight ratio for overwhelming power. Here they are . . .

1. 2015 Easton Mako Torq BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15MKT)

The 2015 Torq is crafted with TCT Thermo Composite Technology to maximize the durability and potential of the sweet spot. This 2-piece is connected using Easton’s ConneXion Technology for incredibly energy transfer between the handle and the barrel for an optimized feel, while still limiting vibration to the hands. Last, but definitely not least, is the game changing 360 Torq Handle!

This insane feature allows the bottom of the handle and gauze grip closest to the knob to rotate, allowing the players bottom hand to rotate as they progress through their swing into and out of the hitting zone, dramatically improving follow through. This will result in more pitches being squared up with more power, more often! The Mako Torq is, without a doubt, the best BBCOR bat Easton has ever made.

2. 2015 Easton Mako BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15MK)

The most popular BBCOR bat of 2014 is back! The 2015 Mako is put together using advanced TCT Thermo Composite Technology, increasing durability and the potency of the sweet spot! Once again made as a 2-piece, the Mako barrel and handle are locked together using the patented ConneXion Technology. This connection keeps vibration to the hands in check as players hold the performance diamond grip, while also priming the sweet spot for ridiculous performance! The Mako BBCOR gives hitters the power they want while still having an optimized, balanced feel going through the hitting zone.

3. 2015 Easton S1 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15S1)

Made with an IMX Advanced Composite, the 2015 S1 features a massive barrel and unmatched bat speed for hitters to utilize! The composite barrel is connected to the vibration-eliminating SIC Carbon Handle using the ConneXion Technology for an optimized feel and proper energy transfer. Hold on to the performance diamond grip, utilize that balanced swing weight and you’ll be rounding the bases with this S1 BBCOR on your side!

4. 2015 Easton XL1 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15X1)

Made with an end load weighting, the 2015 XL1 is made for high school and collegiate power hitters who want the meatiest of barrels! The end load means that Easton kept more weight at the end of the bat to increase the mass and power of the sweet spot. The XL1’s IMX Composite barrel and SIC Carbon Handle are connected, making it a 2-piece, by the ConneXion Technology to give hitters limited vibration and a strong, sturdy feel at the plate. The XL1 BBCOR has the biggest, longest barrel of the entire Easton BBCOR Power Brigade!

5. 2015 Easton S2Z BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15S2Z)

As the only hybrid Easton BBCOR bat in 2015, the S2Z gives hitters the best of composite and the best of alloy material all in one bat! Using Z-Core Technology, which is a tool to strengthen the internal core of the bat, Easton dramatically improves the strength and durability of the barrel. The barrel is made with Hyperlite Matrix Alloy, which is the best alloy material on the market, giving the sweet spot a lot to work with! Made as a 2-piece, the alloy barrel is connected to the SIC Carbon Handle with Easton’s patented ConneXion Technology, giving the S2Z awesome energy transfer with limited sting in the hands while holding the performance diamond grip.

6. 2015 Easton S3Z BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB15S3Z)

If you want a 1-piece, traditional bat then the 2015 S3Z for BBCOR is what you’re looking for! Easton crafts this bad boy with the best alloy material in the game, Hyperlite Matrix Alloy, for an expanded sweet spot and greater durability. Using an internal core improvement method, the patented Z-Core Technology, Easton gives players a strong bat with a massive barrel. The S3Z also comes with performance diamond grip and a tapered handle. Step up to the plate with the most feared 1-piece BBCOR certified bat of 2015!

ALL of these bats come with a BBCOR certified stamp on them so they can be used in High School and Collegiate levels. Get your 2015 Easton BBCOR bat with no hassle returns at CheapBats.com.

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2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch Softball Bat

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch Softball Bat

The 2015 Easton Mako for Fastpitch Softball is crafted as a 2-piece made with TCT Thermo Composite Technology, which is advanced 100% composite material and gives this Mako insane performance. Easton always looks for feedback and the consistent thing that kept coming up with girls fastpitch softball players is that they wanted “less vibration to the hands”. Well, Easton has answered the call with ZERO vibration! Introducing the ZERO ConneXion Technology, which locks the barrel and the handle together for the sturdy feel it needs while eliminating vibration completely. Yes, that means no sting to the hands!

The Fastpitch Mako also comes with an ultra-thin 29/32” handle and performance diamond grip to go along with the 1.20 BPF USSSA thumbprint and ASA stamps right on the bat. This bat is also approved for play by NSA, ISA, ISF and SSUSA. There are three different versions to the Fastpitch Mako… which only differ in their drop and available size, otherwise they are identical. Which drop and size to get all depends on preference and each hitter’s size. For more details on that you can always read our guide to buying the correct bat.

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch -8 (FP15MK8) has a drop -8 length to width ratio and is available in 33”/25oz and 34”/26oz.

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch -9 (FP15MK9) has a drop -9 length to width ratio and is available in 32”/23oz, 33”/24oz and 34”/25oz.

2015 Easton Mako Fastpitch -10 (FP15MK10) has a drop -10 length to width ratio and is available in 30”/20oz, 31”/21oz, 32”/22oz, 33”/23oz and 34”/24oz.

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