Pros: Hard as a rock. Just does not break. Handle absorbs sting. Balls fly off the big 2 5/8 barrel. My 17 year old hits just as far in Summer with this as he did in Spring with Easton metal. While his teammates are breaking Marruccis, Eastons, Rawlings, Demarinis and Old Hicks, my son uses this same bat in pracrice and games without a crack! This bamboo maple combo is amazing.