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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