Softball Bat Review: Easton L4.0 Raw Power Slow Pitch Softball Bat

Easton L4 slow pitch softball batThe most recent bats to come out of the Easton Hit Lab in Van Nuys, California are the Easton Raw Power slow pitch softball bats. This series comes in balanced and end load, ASA and USSSA 1.20.

The Brett Helmer Signature Easton L4.0 Raw Power Slow Pitch Softball bat has been one of the most looked forward to end loaded, single piece bat to come on the market. It is a one piece, 100% composite with a 12 inch barrel bat with a 1 ounce end load.  The Easton L4.0 has been approved for ISF and the latest ASA Softball Bat standard.

The SIC Black Carbon composite fiber material in the handle is Easton’s exclusive.  This gives the L4.0 Raw Power Softball Bat an even, virtually vibration free feel when you hit the ball. The barrel is Easton’s IMX composite.

The Easton L4.0 is very different from the L6.0.  The older IMX composite is used in the L6.0.  The latest SIC Black Carbon in used in the Easton L4.0 Raw Power Slow Pitch Softball Bat giving it an “improved feel.”

The first thing I noticed about the Easton L4.0, was the grip tape being used on the newer Easton Raw Power softball bats. This thin gauze grip tape is like athletic tape and there is no cushion.  It won’t be necessary to regrip this bat with athletic tape.

The Easton L4.0 Brett Helmer signature has the same even feel as every Easton slow pitch softball bat. The bat didn’t vibrate excessively when I missed the sweet spot and hit the ball nearer to the taper. The Black Carbon in the handle of the Easton L4.0 makes the bat even and forgiving. The bat has a good weight distribution for an end load, and doesn’t feel heavy.

This L4.0 Raw Power bat is as stiff as you can get.  The pop is huge when you hit the sweet spot because of the 12 inch barrel. The Easton L4.0 Raw Power Slow Pitch Softball Bat is equal to the other renowned Easton softball bats.

The Bret Helmer Signature Easton L4.0 Raw Power Bat is the best option for the feel of an end loaded softball bat and the solidity of a one piece bat.

This outstanding Easton L4.0 Raw Power Slow Pitch Softball Bat is offered at a very good price.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Easton Baseball Bats

Easton Baseball BatsEaston is a name known around the baseball and softball world. Since being founded by Doug Easton in 1922, the company has worked relentlessly to put out products that their customers could rely on. The company is currently headquartered in Van Nuys, California has grown to include more than 1,000 employees working in various divisions ranging from softball and baseball to ice hockey, cycling and archery.

Easton Baseball Bats really began to make a dent in the bat market in 1969 when they released the first aluminum bat. Ever since, Easton has been trusted to complete other “firsts” in the bat industry, becoming the first company to produce bats from titanium, C405 and the first to use a carbon core. The Easton brand has grown to include more than just bats in the baseball and softball division as the company also puts out some of the most trusted gloves and accessories on the market.

In terms of their most popular bats, Easton puts out bats that can be used in wood, aluminum or composite leagues. The Easton B3.0 is one of the best composite bats available for recreation league players. Approved for use in ASA and ISF leagues, this bat has a two piece composite design completed with ConneXion Technology. It is also a part of the Raw series, which is one of the most popular bat franchises in the sport.

For those looking to use an Easton bat in ASA aluminum leagues, the Easton Salvo is a popular option. This bat has the end loaded feel, making it a solid option for those looking to get a little more power in their swing. It was built with a composite handle with a THT100 scandium barrel, giving it the best of both worlds: production and durability.

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Softball Bat Review: Easton Raw Power B2.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat

Easton Raw Power B2.0 Slow Pitch Softball BatIn their slow pitch softball bat line up Easton has introduced yet another series, the Easton Raw Power bats.  These bats come in a variety of sizes, weights, and colors. The Easton Raw Power B2.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat is the bat I will concentrate on today.

Easton Raw Power B2.0 for 2013 bat has Easton’s exclusive, SIC black carbon fiber handle which reduces vibration, and the bat has a better overall feel. Because of the SIC carbon fiber composite in the handle, you feel very little vibration and maximum stiffness is still maintained all through the bat.  There is no loss of energy throughout a swing.

To get a feel of how the SIC technology worked, I hit a few softballs off the end of the bat and also tried to hit some too close to the hands. There was some vibration in the one piece Raw Power B2 on the bad swings; however, I was distracted by how well I did hit the softball on the deliberate bad swings. In truth, I didn’t notice much of anything else.

I was an enthusiast of the Easton Raw Power B2.0 starting with my first swing. I was hitting the whole lot hard, and was reminded more of a shaved bat.  Wherever I hit the ball on the barrel, it flew off the Raw Power B2.0.

The design of the Easton Raw Power B2.0 has quality engineering going from the 13.5 inch barrel to the new gauze grip tape. The B or L the in Easton Raw Power model numbers is to distinguish between Balanced or End Loaded in weight allocation.

It felt great to swing the Easton Raw Power B 2.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat through the zone because it is so well balanced.  There is a lot control on a bat that I would say is a joy to swing.

You can find this great slow pitch softball bat at at a great price.

2013 Easton Softball Bats Shine In Home Run Derby

Team Easton’s Brett “ the hitman”  Helmer was the top Long Haul Bomber with 12 points using his 2013 Easton Brett Helmer Signature Softball Bat.

Helmer set the pace early, sending homers sailing into the right field bleachers. “ I felt good, balls were flying and I love Petco Park. This morning I hit a hole in one at a charity golf event for the Wounded Warriors and won a trip to Europe, but I donated the trip right back to the charity, so tonight was the capper to an awesome day” .

 Helmer’s Easton team mate Brain Wegman finished with 9 points, putting Easton out front early in the battle for the manufactures cup.

Denny Crine of Team Miken threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Padre’s-Marlin’s game. Crine had a solid day at the plate ending up with 8 points and sent multiple “show bombs “ into the upper deck.

Also taking cuts Saturday night, Team Louisville Slugger’s Tim Cocco and Lee Powers. Cocco is a veteran on the tour and was part of the team that won the Manufactures cup last season. Cocco’s new teammate Lee Powers had an impressive rookie debut with 8 points.

Here are the final standings for round one of the stadium power tour at Petco Park Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Brett Helmer, Team Easton:  12 points

Brian Wegman, Team Easton:  9 points

Denny Crine,Team Miken:  8 points

Lee Powers,Team Louisville Slugger:  8 points 

Ed Vega,Team Miken:  5 points  

Tim Cocco,Team Louisville Slugger: 1 point

Next up for the Bombers, a trip to Seattle’s Safeco Field for a Friday night slug fest on May 25.  It’s the first opportunity to see Team Combat in action. Combat features a mix of youth and seasoned experience, led by veteran Johnny McCraw, who claimed a championship on the Stadium Power Tour and the youthful swagger of Brandon Perry. Team DeMarini is back in the hunt, with stadium power tour champ Chris “ the crusher “ Larsen and wily vet Kevin Filby. Expect softballs to be flying.

The Bombers are excited to announce: “ The Road to Miami “. The Marlins new park will be the host site for the 2012 the stadium power tour finals on Sunday, September 16. Details on a ticket promotion are coming soon. 

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New USSSA Bat Stamp For 2013

By now, most softball players know there is a new stamp required on January 1st, 2013 for USSSA softball bats. All USSSA softball bats labeled as 2013 will have the spiffy new finger print stamp.

The 2013 USSSA softball bat rule is similar to the ASA bat rule from a few years back: 2013 softball bats will not be allowed to exceed 1.20 BPF at any point in their lifespan, meaning break-in time will be cut from a few hundred swings to a few dozen swings on most softball bats.

Upon exceeding the 1.20 BPF, bats will develop spiraling “cracks” up and down the barrel of the bat, indicating the bat should be removed from play.

Don’t throw your old USSSA softball bat away just yet.

Many private fields like Big League Dreams are expected to allow the old USSSA standard softball bats indefinitely. Moreover, many tournaments will still allow the old USSSA bats as well.

The 2013 and 2014 Easton, Miken, and Worth softball bats all carry the new USSSA stamp.

Individuals are rapidly buying up any remaining softball bats with the old standard, knowing that they can no longer be made, they will be in high demand for leagues and tournaments that do not acknowledge the new standard.

ASA To End “Grandfathering” Of Pre 2008 ASA Softball Bats In Early 2012?

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UPDATE: This did not come to pass. We have heard from ASA officials that ASA would rather use a softer softball to curb bat performance, rather than change the bat rules again.

2008 and prior ASA softball bats that were grandfathered in and legal for play in ASA, will no longer be legal in a few weeks. More to come.

This means your Easton Extended, Easton SCN8 and all other pre abi (advanced break in) bats are going to be worthless in about week (according to what we heard).

Easton Salvo Softball Bat – The Best Softball Bat Ever?

The Easton Salvo softball bat may be the hottest softball bat ever made for ASA in the ABI (Advanced Break In) era.  The Salvo was released in 2010, since then it has set sales records at Easton. Easton has decided NOT to change the Salvo (SRV5) for the 2011 softball season. It is a pretty bold claim, but the Salvo may be the best bat purchase for ASA you could ever make.

Easton Salvo Conspiracy? – Some competitors, softball reviewers and message boards have claimed that after “break in” the Easton Salvo does not conform to the ASA softball bat standard of 98 MPH. Others have even claimed that ASA is looking the other way on the Easton Salvo being too hot because of the 2009 debacle of Easton’s line of softball bats that were supposed to prevent shaving and rolling. Easton’s “see through” softball bat were a sales disaster when no other manufacturers did anything to discourage cheating and ASA did not live up to it’s end of the bargain on enforcement. It is important to note that this is a RUMOR and not likely true. One would have to believe that ASA and Easton would get into heaps of legal trouble if it were true and someone got hit by a Salvo.

Easton Salvo Specs – The Easton Salvo came onto the market at a price of $199.99 and has remained unchanged since it was launched. With a 12″ barrel, the Easton Salvo has a smaller sweet spot than most softball bats. The Salvo has a very slight end load which helps the batter whip the barrel of the softball bat around the zone. The composite used is Easton’s IMX or Integrated Matrix Technology, developed for use in the aerospace industry. In order to allow for better feedback to the batter, this bat is one solid piece of composite, there is no rubber Connexion separating the handle from the barrel.

Easton Salvo Break In takes about 100 to 200 swings according to most owners we spoke to.

Easton Salvo Durability is overall, very good. Some Salvo owners have put several thousand hits on their softball bats with only minor wear and tear. There will always be some bats that break early in their life due to a defect in the manufacturing process, but that is why you get a warranty on most softball bats.

Easton Salvo End Cap – When Easton first released the Salvo softball bat, it came with an all black molded plastic end cap with an Easton logo on it. Early in 2011 Salvo’s started hitting the market with Easton’s updated “Orange E” end cap. Some owners claim that the different end caps indicate “first batch” or “second batch” Salvo’s. From my experience, most people think the “second batch” with the orange sticker is hotter, but many believe that the new “Orange E” end cap is merely a sticker and has nothing to do with how the bat will perform. (Note: Many incorrectly believe the orange E indicates first batch)

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Easton Salvo Orange End Cap Sticker

Easton Salvo Vibration – Vibration is minimal on this Easton softball bat. Even on poorly hit balls, the consensus is this bat feels solid.

Summary – At below $200 it hits as well as a $300 dollar bat. Almost illegal pop, durability and value make the Salvo a great choice. All things considered, the Easton Salvo softball bat for ASA is currently the best bat buy in softball.

Buy the Easton Salvo

New batch of Easton Slow Pitch Softball Bats Hit the Market

Easton just released four new slow pitch softball bats today to dealers.

For the ASA side. The two piece Stealth Speed XL Easton SSR4 sports updated graphics for 2012 and is the same bat as of the blue/silver SSR2.

The Easton Brett Helmer SRV6BH Synergy has a smaller but more responsive 12″ barrel and replaces the red SRV3 (also the same bat with new graphics).

As for USSSA goes, the Stealth SCN19 with Tri Zone technology is a two piece softball bat with the patented Easton Connexion rubber piece to prevent sting.

And finally, the Easton SCN20BW Synergy rounds out the four new Easton softball bats. The new USSSA Easton Synergy is a one piece composite bat that provides ultimate feedback to the hitter with every swing.