Pros: Hot right out of the wrapper, amazing feel, cheaper than most of the other high performance bats with being as good if not better.
Cons: Paint chips at the end cap.
COMBAT B4 Portent XL Senior League Baseball Bat: B4SL210
Played last weekend in Myrtle Beach SC (8u machine pitch)
this bat has a lot of pop, our son has used it in two tournaments and loves it
Pros: Hot right out of the wrapper, amazing feel, cheaper than most of the other high performance bats with being as good if not better.
Cons: Paint chips at the end cap.
Pros: I've had this bat for 5 days and I have 6 homers. Not one dent
Cons: nothing of the sort
Pros: Purchased this bat for my 9 year old grandson based on reviews and it has not disappointed us. Great pop out of the box. His hitting seems to have improved instantly. First at bat hard line drive past short stop. Second at bat hit by pitcher. Third at bat best hit ever. Had wind not been blowing in hard towards home plate it would have been over fence. Sadly, the rain started and cancelled the tournament. His confidence has greatly improved using this bat. Very pleased. Can't wait for next game.
Cons: None yet
Pros: has a lot of pop and wouldn't want anything but it
Pros: best bat for tse on the market. I would recommend for clean up and 5 hole hitters(more for power)t.and by the way 22 homeruns with it.
Pros: Great Pop out of the wrapper. My son has had the 2-5/8" version but this new 2-3/4" version is way hotter. I would equate it to the original B1 Bomb! For the $$$, there is not a better -10 senior bat on the market. This thing hits bombs if you are a strong hitter. Easton is about to loose some market share!
Cons: Now we have a 2-5/8" Portent, 2-5/8" Combat Pure and a 2-5/8" Marucci Elite sitting in the bag collecting dust.
Pros: Great bat very good pop.
Pros: i hit 10 homers in 10 games
Cons: nothing is wrong
Pros: Bat has tons of pop. very little vibration if any. Turned into my travel ball team favorite bat. I actually have kids swinging this instead of the Mako. Once its broken in its hot
Cons: Took a while to break in.
Pros: amazing pop right out of the wrapper. nice grip.
Cons: I broke my B3 first BP session. got the B4 broke it after two weeks. three other people on my team broke their B4, portents, B3 etc.
Pros: Bat was very hot
Cons: bat chipped during during some practice games which I was not worried about, son was hitting it strong but he is no babe ruth. played a tournament the next weekend after going 4 for 7 with a triple, double and 5 RBI's checked the bat again and it is toast found 4 or 5 cracks - so no durability.
Pros: sounds great, no break in time, hit line drive true double first at bat lots of pop ball really jumps.
Cons: nothing yet
Pros: Great feel and pop right out of the wrapper
Cons: After 10 swings the bad had cracked. Have sent back for a one time replacement. At thi rate I will get 20 swings out of two bats. That breaks down to about 5 dollars a swing! Spend more and get a company you can trust.
Pros: This bat was on sale for so I wasn't expecting much. My 9 year old son loves the feel of it. He dropped back down a size to get the faster bat speed. It is definitely going to be a good season. He hits the ball hard off the T and during the game, his teammates also love the bat.
Cons: Black paint always chips easy
Pros: The barrel is huge and very balanced. The bat is hot out of the wrapper and gets hotter as it breaks in. Everyone that uses it loves it.
Cons: It doesn't sound like a composite bat, when hit. It actually sounds like it is metal.
Pros: good pop out of the wrapper for young hitters. My 6yr old hits with more power because of this bat. big Difference between a cheap aluminum versus this for coaches pitch. not sure of the durability
Pros: So far this bat has done everything my son has asked of it. Hot out the wrapper, great pop, and good feel. It was on sale which made it a great buy.
Cons: none so far
Pros: worked well for about 100 at bats>
Cons: the bat cracked in two locations after about 100 at bats.
Pros: this bat has a lot of pop, our son has used it in two tournaments and loves it.
Cons: none yet. we will see how long it holds up
Pros: Good bat has lot of pop and if you hit it right on the sweet spot it's going to go somewhere
Pros: i love this bat. the pop is great. the paint job is amazing. i just wanna keep on using this bat over and over again, too bad i can't find it in BBCOR because i would still be using this bat and it is a shame that i can't use it anymore. but when i get the chance i use it in the batting cage just to have fun and when i use it in the batting cage it still has the same great pop like it used to. this bat will make a great bat for a power/contact hitter like me
Cons: none at all
Pros: My 6 year old loves it. He hit 5 homeruns in one game, and two triples and a double last night. bat is weighted correctly if kid has good bat speed.
Cons: a few small chips on paint but doesn't effect performance. Have not had it but a few weeks so not sure on durability.
Pros: Good Pop Lightweight Easy to Swing
Cons: Durability Durability Durability
Pros: Bought this for my 12yr old. He's used it in 4 league games, so far, and he loves it! The pop he's been getting off has been so great that half of the team has started to use it! - Good pop - The kids say its really light - Very stylish
Cons: Nothing thus far.
Pros: Good pop and good looking bat. Other than that, it will crack!
Cons: Zero Durability. Would not buy!
Pros: Played last weekend in Myrtle Beach SC (8u machine pitch). Had big hits, with lots of pop! Great bat for the price. P.I.Y.B.
Pros: Good pop, feels good in hands, good price point
Cons: We practiced with this bat for two weeks and played in one tournament and it cracked. Another player on our team has the same bat and it cracked as well.
Pros: For the price...pretty good bat
Cons: I bought this bat for my son to use in USSSA baseball. Being an avid softball play, I have bought many bats from the Combat Co. and all of my sons have had Combat baseball bats. This is the first bat I have ever bought from Combat that disappointed me. It just doesn't have the pop that other Combats have had. It feels good, but the ball does not jump off the bat. I even hit with it, the ball still didn't jump like the B2 or B3 (both outlawed), which was a let down. But when I can grab his TPX or Easton and they out perform it....I was really really surprised. Still a good bat for 50-60 bucks...for 70 bucks...look for a 2013 Matrix...
Pros: Good looking bat and that's it
Cons: Bought 3 cracked 3
Pros: great to swing and has nice pop. Can drive the ball hard now.
Pros: Compared to most of the aluminum bats of similar size and weight the balance of the bat is better. Making it easier for the different sized players to use it. It gets drug around everywhere with a 7 yr. old and is still holding up great.
Cons: I haven't found any yet!
Pros: My boy is on his second season of pitching machine and used this bat the entire time. No dents and pops the ball far. He hit 6 home runs at hIs last tournament. he loves his bat and his teammates love it too!
Pros: Great Bat with good feel. Very durable...Held up for 2.5 years before a crack. Tons of pop.
Cons: Vibration off end of bat or in on hands is bad.
Pros: all i can say is its a great bat and i love my combat B4
Pros: Hopefully will be one with replacement bat
Cons: Received 2 weeks ago and broke in on a tee rotating every swing. Cracked the 4th practice my 9 year old hit live BP.
Pros: Big Sweet Spot
Cons: Not the great pop I was hoping for. The bat cracked after three 30 minute BP sessions and 1 practice.
Pros: Has a lot of pop. I would prefer it to a power hitter.
Cons: It busted after 5 tournaments.
Cons: It breaks so fast.
Pros: It has a lot of pop I have hit 3 home runs with it and a player on our team has hit a 280 ft. shot and it was a home run. It has a lot of pop.
Cons: It breaks so fast, it broke on me, so it lasted like 6 months.
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Is this bat Pony approved?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL Senior League Baseball Bat (B4SL210) is not approved for play in any Pony League. It features a 2 3/4" barrel diameter and Pony does not allow a barrel diameter bigger than 2 5/".
Do you know if this bat has been approved by Dixie Youth?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) Senior League has a 2 3/4" barrel diameter and is not approved for play in Dixie Youth. You are require to have a 2 1/4" barrel diameter in the A division through the Majors 12 and under division. You are also not allowed to have a barrel exceed 2 5/8" in diameter in the 'O'Zone division through the Majors 15-19.
What's the difference between Senior and Junior league bats ?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210 Senior League) is created for kid pitch leagues. A Junior Big Barrel bat would be created for Coach Pitch type leagues. The barrels of the Junior bats could dent or damage more easily if you use them in kid pitch leagues.
My son is 6 and playing on a coach pitch travel team. He really likes this bat. Does it make that much of a difference to use a Senior League versus a Junior League bat? He is currently using a "normal" 27" 16 oz. bat.
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 can be used in coach, machine and kid pitch. The junior big barrel bats have thinner walls, and are designed for coach pitch only.The COMBAT B4 Portent XL is a high performing bat and would work well in a coach pitch league.
Which would you consider the better bat for an 8U playing tournaments for both machine and kid pitch?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) is an excellent choice. It is high performing and can be used for machine and kid pitch.
My son is a 9 years old and 67 lbs. Would you suggestion for a size, 27" 17 oz.? He is 3'9".
Based on his height and weight we recommend a 27" 17 oz. COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210).
My son is 8. He weighs 76 lbs and is 55" tall. What bat would you recommend?
I would highly recommend the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210). Based on your son's height and weight, I would recommend a 28" bat.
My son is 7 years old (will turn 8 Sept 1st). He is big for his age (56" 115-120lbs) and is moving up to play with pitching machine/kid pitch, Mustang league. What do you recommend? The chart says 29" but I wonder if 28" is better for now.
Using our Bat Coach, I determined that a 29" bat would be the size I suggest for your son in the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210).
Some leagues don't allow composite bats. Can my son use this bat in 8U under Nations Baseball?
According to the Nations Baseball website there are no restrictions in that age group. Therefore, the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL21) would be legal. Here is a link to the website: http://www.nations-baseball.com/documents/Nations%20Baseball%20Rules%202014.pdf
In many of the reviews/comment sections for this bat and the TPX it is with in the bat pack, it says the bats cracked or broke after some uses. How do you handle that situation, how long is it warranted from you vs manufacturer? What is you customer service in this situation? TY
All bat warranties are through the manufacturer. If you ever have a defect in a bat you only need a copy of the receipt from us and the warranty number for the manufacturer. If you do not want to pay for shipping to the manufacturer, you can ship it back to us using our free return label and we can forward it on to the manufacturer for you.
Please help me choose between this and the Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha XL: SL136XL Senior League. My 7 year-old son is just under 60 lbs and about 52" tall. I am thinking a 28" -10 and his biggest need is more bat speed to increase power.
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) and the Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha XL (SL136XL) are both very high performing bats that are very balanced. For a younger player that needs more bat speed we recommend a -12 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL112).
I am just starting baseball and I am wondering if this is a good bat to start with and what size I might need? I am 5ft tall and 114lbs.
Yes, the COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League is a very solid bat that will offer quality performance. For someone your size, we would recommend a 30" bat, which is the longest bat that we offer in this model. You could also elect to go down to a 29" bat, depending on if you are more comfortable with a slightly smaller bat, or if you like to stand closer to the plate, or other variables of such nature.
Is the B4 Portent end loaded? If so, which is more end loaded: the 2014 S1 or B4 Portent?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) Senior League has a balanced swing weight. The Easton S1 also has a balanced swing weight.
My son is 3' 10" tall and weighs about 52 lbs. He plays in a pitching machine league that's throws 39 mph. Is this a good choice? Or what would you recommended?
Yes, the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210 Senior League) would be a great choice with its 2 3/4" big barrel size. The 26" 16 oz. size would be best recommended at his size.
My son will be 7 in April. He is 4' 1" and weighs 48 lbs. What bat size do you recommend?
The correct size for him in the COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League would be a 28".
I have an 11 yr old who is 60 inches tall weighs 85 pounds. He currently has an Easton S1 30 inches long -13. He can use a big barrel bat this year for the first time. He hits line drives and ground balls; looking of something that will jump off the bat.
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) uses high quality composite materials. It is very high performing and durable. The Portent is very balanced and is great for a player making the transition to a big barrel.
My son is 7 yrs old weighs 75 lbs and 4'2". What size would you recommend?
Based on his height and weight we recommend a 28" 18 oz. 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210).
What would you prefer for a power hitter. This bat or the 2013 Easton XL1?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League will be considered a balanced model. Most power hitters prefer an endloaded feel, so I would recommend the Easton XL1.
Can this bat be used in 11U USSSA baseball?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) carries the USSSA thumb print stamp and will be legal for play in 14U & below.
Kara said "make sure to avoid using it in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls." Why is that?
The yellow dimpled balls used in a batting cage are too dense. They can damage the composite materials used in the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League.
My son is 10 years old. He is 5' and 87 lbs. What is a good size for him?
Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League in a 30''. For more information on sizing please visit our Bat Coach at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/.
Can you use this bat all year long? Can it be used in cold weather or does it have to be a certain temperature to be able to use it? I know composite bats don't line the cold for the fact they tend to shatter.
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League should not be used in temperatures below 55 degrees.
My son will be 9 in January, and he plays on a travel team. He is 50 inches tall and weighs 49 lbs. What size would you recommend?
Based on his height and weight, we would recommend a 28" model of the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League.
Is this better than the regular b4 portent senior league?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL has a 2 3/4 inch barrel and the COMBAT B4 Portent has a 2 5/8 inch barrel.
Just want to clarify---This bat would not be legal for 11U in USSSA ball?
This bat is approved for USSSA play. If you look closely on the taper of the bat you will see the USSSA BPF 1.15 thumbprint stamp.
My son is 4' 4" and 70 lbs. with average bat speed. Would this be a good bat for him to use? And what size bat do you recommend?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League is a very balanced bat, great for increasing bat speed. Based on his height and weight we recommend a 28" 18 oz.
I have read great reviews about this bat but the one con I've read is that it breaks fast. What is the warranty like for this bat? Is the bat prone to breaking?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat will have a 12 month warranty through COMBAT. This bat is not prone to breaking and will have great performance.
How much break in is required?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League will take approximately 100-200 swings we break-in. We recommend to break-in a composite bats by taking 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss. Rotate the barrel about 1 1/4" each swing. Make sure to avoid using it in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls.
What does the XL stand for? I noticed there is also an SL of this style bat.
The XL in 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League represents that this bat has the larger, 2 3/4" barrel diameter. Some leagues do not allow the use of bats with the 2 3/4" barrel diameter. The other model with the 2 5/8" barrel diameter is the B4SL1. The SL in each product code stands for Senior League which is another term for Youth Big Barrel.
Why did they make a 2 3/4" size, and what is the difference between the 2 5/8" barrel?
Some Youth Big Barrel leagues allow the use of the 2 3/4" barrel diameter models. The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat provides a larger hitting surface than models with 2 5/8" barrels.
I play in a USSSA AAA team and was wondering if 2 3/4 barrel bats are legal in that league?
The 2 3/4" barrel like the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent can be used in 14U and 15U and above USSSA.
What is the difference between this bat and the Easton S1 -10?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat is a one-piece composite bat with a 2 3/4" barrel diameter. The Easton S1 Senior League: SL13S110 is a two-piece composite design with a 2 5/8" barrel diameter. The S1 provides a bit more trampoline effect on contact while the B4 Portent transfers energy more efficiently to the ball. Both are also very balanced models.
Is the 2 5/8" barrel one very balanced?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent with the 2 5/8" barrel will be a fairly balanced bat.
I just received the following COMbat B4 SL Portent model, B4SLl210 31" 21 oz. 2 3/4" barrel made in China all composite. The bat hits and sounds like an aluminum bat and I cannot find one with specs online, the specs being made in China 2 3/4" barrel , just concern it may not be composite.
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat is a fully composite bat design. Here is COMBAT's number if you wish to contact them: 866-266-2287.
Everywhere I have seen this bat for sale, its listed as a 2 5/8" bat. You have it listed as a 2 3/4 bat. Does it come in both?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat features a barrel diameter of 2 3/4", as listed. The B4 Portent was also produced in a -10 model with a 2 5/8" barrel diameter. Unfortunately, we no longer carry that model.
Does this bat have more pop than the XL1 big barrel?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League and Easton XL1 will be very similar in performance, as they are both full composite bats.
I am in a 12u AAU league. I want to take advantage of the fact that we can use big barrel bats for the league. Weight, balance, and technology aside, which bat has more pop, this one or a Senior League B3?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League and the COMBAT B3 will be just about identical in performance. It would be near impossible to see a performance difference between either bat.
Do you think this bat is better than the Marucci Team bat.
Since the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League is a Composite bat it will be a higher quality then the Marucci Team.
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