Pros: Nice end loaded bat that gives the feeling of pulling some weight through the zone.
Cons: None yet
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Pros: Nice end loaded bat that gives the feeling of pulling some weight through the zone.
Cons: None yet
Cons: broke 3 already and Easton wont warranty it anmore... my son is only 11 and weighs 85 lbs.. no way he should be breaking these like whiffle ball bats... horrible durability!! i will not buy the same bat again.. We are switching to Combat. 500 day warranty!!
Pros: My son plays 10 Major. The Marucci Hex Connect -8 has lived up to the hype so far. Once it is fully broken in I expect it to be even better. We have had this bat about 2 weeks and I am impressed on how its has performed. I know the durability is there as we have used Marucci exclusively for the last 3 years......best customer service in the industry.
Pros: My 12 year old son has been using the bat for the last 2 weeks. He has hit 3 homeruns, 2 doubles and 2 singles.
Cons: none at this point.
Pros: ball jumps right of this bat . we have XL1 cat7 917 combat maxum . after this bat breaks in there is no comparison. my 11 year old hit 2 homers first day and many more after .
Cons: scratches up easy . I feel bad for pitchers . someone could get hurt lol . but for real .
Pros: its got really good pop not much time to break in. also connect part makes it where there is no vibration.
Cons: so the first bat i had it lasted two months before it cracked. used my warranty and got a new one. the one i got from marucci lasted only 1 month before cracking again. very dissapointed
Pros: Great composite bat. Has a solid sound and is hot right out of the wrapper. I'm 4'10" and weigh about 85 lbs. Hit a 210' fence using the first tournament. Swung the -8 bat trying to work my way down to a drop -3 before high school. 6th grader now.
Cons: Paint chip marks but overall still looks great after 6 months of use.
Pros: great pop out of the box. my boy loved the feel
Cons: only lasted 30 pitched and surface cracks . after 2 games and 1 practice the bat is now on its way for a return because the crack grew to 4â€ and paint is split where its not usable .
Pros: My 12yr old plays Majors used for nearly a month before Barrel broke. Up until then it had excellent pop. He was bouncing the ball off the fence at 300ft easy.
Cons: Hard to get good pop when the Barrel shatters. Only used a handful of times. In the process of getting a replacement. May need to go to a drop -5 for added strength.
Pros: has pop for the 1 time it got used
Cons: lasted 30 swings and had to ship it back as it cracked 3inches in the barrel . had to pay to ship it back and still hasnt been replaced .
Pros: great pop.
Cons: wont last more than a month. 12yr old 5â€™11â€ 145lbs was hitting fence at 300ft but bat shattered after 2 games.
Pros: GOT THIS BAT FOR MY SON TO SERVE AS A SPEED BAT FOR THOSE HIGHER VELOCITY PITCHERS HE IS FACING. ITS LIGHTER SO HE CAN GET AROUND FASTER THAN HE COULD WITH HIS -5 BAT. GOOD POP, FEELS GOOD IN THE HANDS, NICE GRIP, WELL BALANCED
Cons: NOTHING YET
Pros: This is a true drop 8. Swings easy and very little vibration on miss hits. Looks cool and holds up well.
Cons: not as much pop as a the Demarini CFâ€™s, but more inline with the Voodoo
Pros: My Son is 11 and had been swinging a 29 drop 8 2018 CF Zen. We got this bat and he felt it was very similar to the Zen out the wrapper. We have a marucci Cat 5 29/21 and have loved its durability and pop, I placed a 4 on durability as we have only had it for 2 weeks, but not issues at all.
Cons: None yet. Too soon
Pros: Plenty of pop, feels good when hitting the ball. Kids love it.
Pros: My 12 year old loves this bat! He moved from a drop 10 to this drop 8 and i can see the difference. Balls coming of the bat are a lot harder. This bat has good balance and incredible pop. Other kids on the team are now using it with similar results.
Cons: Every ball mark is seen on the white barrel and the lettering is flaking away after a few weeks of play.
Pros: doesnt feel like a -8, kid has confidence with it, loves the feel of it, great pop after break in
Cons: no biggie, but grip tape started to peel off good pop out of the wrapper, but not an im provement from his old bat (mako 2 piece 2014) until broken in fully
Got a question about the Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 ? Ask our team of experts, and they will respond within 24 hours.Ask A Question OR
Does this bat meet the new bat requirements that are being implemented as of 1/1/18?
Unfortunately, the Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 is USSSA certified. It is not approved for play in leagues that are requiring the USA certification on 1/1/18.
What is the MOI for this bat? How does it compare to that of the Mako XL or the Torq XL?
Easton only provides the MOI for BBCOR bats. The Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 is a one piece bat and will swing a little heavier than the Mako XL and the Torq XL.
What is the difference between the SL16X38 and the SL16X35?
The only difference is the drop. The SL136X38 is a -8 drop, while the SL16X35 is a -5 drop.
Is this bat legal in both Nations and USSSA?
The 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 will feature the USSSA bat stamp as well as BPF 1.15. As for use in Nations games, if you are needing a bat for 14U then the bat must be either -5 or -3 (thus it would not be legal since the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 is a drop -8). For 13U and below there are no bat restrictions. All high school divisions must use a BBCOR certified bat.
Is this a big barrel bat?
Yes, the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 is a youth big barrel bat. It has a 2 5/8" barrel diameter.
How does the 2016 XL3 compare with the 2015 XL3?
This 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL16X38) will differ from the 2015 XL3 in regard to cosmetics and drop weight (the 2015 was a -9 model and this bat is a -8 model). However, besides those differences, the bats will be pretty much the same. Both bats feature HMX alloy and an end-loaded swing weight.
Is this bat approved for Babe Ruth league play?
The 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 has a 2 5/8" alloy barrel. These features make it legal for play in the 13-15 Year Old Division of Babe Ruth. It is not legal for play in any other division of Babe Ruth though.
Is this a BBCOR bat?
No, the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 is not a BBCOR bat. All BBCOR bats will be -3.
What is the temperature restriction for this bat?
We do not recommend using any non-wood bat, including the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38, excessively in temperatures below 55 degrees.
What is the major difference between the XL3 and the Mako XL, besides price?
The 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL16X38) is one-piece alloy construction while the 2016 Easton MAKO XL Senior League Baseball Bat is a two-piece, fully composite bat.
My son is transitioning from a -10 to a -8 this year. Would this be a good -8 bat to go with?
Given that the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 has an end loaded feel, it may make the transition from a -10 to a -8 a bit more challenging if he has not swung an end loaded bat previously.
Will this bat be legal for little league 50/70 intermediate league?
Yes, the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL16X38) is approved for Little League Intermediate play.
My son has the 2015 XL3 30 inch 21 ounce -9. Is there any difference between the 2016 XL3 and the Orange 2015 XL3?
The 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL16X38) has a -8 length to weight ratio so it is a bit heavier drop weight than what was featured on the 2015 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL15X39).
Got a question about the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 ? Ask our team of experts, and they will respond within 24 hours.Ask A Question OR
Which bat is better Hex Connect 30 - 8 or the CAT 7 30 - 8?
The main difference between this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 and the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBYC78 is that the Connect is a multi-piece fully composite bat while the Cat 7 is a one-piece alloy model. The Connect will be more comfortable on contact, but require a break-in period before reaching a peak performance threshold. Both are held to the same USSSA standards and therefore there really will not be a noticeable performance difference between the two.
My 12 year old is in 6th grade and weighs 128lbs and stands 5'8''. Would the 32'' 24oz be a good fit for him now and into next year playing 13U?
Our sizing chart has your 12 year old right at the 32'' for his size in the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8. It would be a great bat for 13 and under for your son.
I have a U11 that is 5', 120 lbs and is swinging the -10 Hex Connect and crushing it. I want to get another one and wonder if I should get a -8 at the same 30" or go to 31" -8.
Whether or not to move up in size on the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 for your 11U player would ultimately come down to whether you feel your son's bat speed will be negatively impacted by the added weight. Generally, a player of that age would benefit more from a -10 model but if you feel he can handle an additional 2-3 ounces then there is nothing wrong with going that route.
My son plays 10U tournament ball, and he's 4'10" tall, 100 lbs. Does he need a -10 or a -8?
Weight is difficult for us to recommend as their are other factors such as strength, hand placement on the bat, swing efficiency, etc that all affect that. We do recommend swinging the heaviest bat you can while still maintaining good bat speed, as that will provide the best power. I would probably lean towards a -10 model since that is the most common for 10 years old.
Can this bat be used in cold weather? Is a break in period necessary before using in a game?
There is no hard rule about using bats in cold weather, but we here at JustBats generally recommend about 45-50 degrees as the cutoff to where you would probably want to use a practice bat or secondary bat if you could. This bat is a composite model so it will require a break-in period of about 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss before game use.
Would this be a good bat for a smaller (4â€™11â€, 90 lb) 13 year old who plays travel/select ball? He is not a power hitter but does hit well. He really wants the VOODOO -10, but we are thinking he needs to start using a -8 since he is only 2 seasons away from high school. He really likes the 2 piece bats as well.
The 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 in a 30 inch model would be best for your player. This bat is a two-piece fully composite design with a balanced swing weight and would be an excellent bat for a smaller 13 year old. Would certainly recommend a -8 model for a 13 year old as this will help him transition to BBCOR bats that are required in high school (-3 length to weight ratio).
When will Marucci release their 2018 models?
Marucci will not be releasing a 2018 version of this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8). The next Hex Connect model that will be released is going to be a part of the 2019 release. That release should come out in the summer/fall of 2018.
Is this bat available as a 2 5/8" barrel?
Unfortunately, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is only available in a 2 3/4 barrel. However, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCY5 will feature a 2 5/8 inch barrel, but it will be 3 ounces heavier.
Is this bat legal for 2018 USSSA standards, 11 year olds?
Yes, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is legal for play in USSSA for 2018. It will work well for an 11 year old.
Of the Hex line and the Cat line, which bat generally receives higher marks for balance, power, and durability?
Since the Cat line of bat has been around for more years than the Hex Connect line of bat, I would typically suggest the Cat bats over the Hex Connects. However, the Hex Connect bats have gotten great reviews so far and if you want the -8 length-to-weight ratio combined with a 2 3/4" barrel diameter, I would recommend this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8) very highly. Both the Cat 7 (-8) and this Hex Connect (-8) are well balanced, have shown decent durability and can create power.
How will the -8, 2 3/4" version compare to the -10? Should you expect more pop with the heavier bat if you can generate plenty of bat speed? Just trying to decide between the 2 bats and the 2 5/8" CF Zen.
If bat speed is equal, the heavier bat will always produce more power. We always recommend swinging the heaviest bat that you can handle with good bat speed which will allow for best power results. Both the Marucci Hex Connect and the DeMarini CF Zen will be high performing bats.
Will this bat be pretty hot out the wrapper like the Combat Vigor and Maxum? Usually drop 8 is 2 5/8". Why is this one 2 3/4"?
The 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 features a 2 3/4" barrel to allow players a heavier option, while maintaining the larger barrel diameter. The bat will benefit from a break in period, usually about 150-200 swings off a tee or soft toss, rotating the bat in between swings before hitting off live pitching.
Is this bat legal for a Babe Ruth Baseball league?
This bat would be legal for the 13-15 year old division and older. Cal Ripken requires 2 1/4" barrel bats, so this would not be legal for that league.
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