2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno Fastpitch Softball Bat Review

2014 Louisville Slugger XenoWhen you hear the name Louisville Slugger, usually the first thing you think about is their wooden baseball bats. As the company continued to evolve in the past several years, they branched out to include aluminum baseball and softball bats, including slowpitch and fastpitch bats. Their 2014 line of bats are one of the most talked about in the sport today and for those looking to get a new fastpitch bat, the 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno might be the best bat to add to your bag.

The 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno is currently available for $299.95, $40 less than the manufacturer suggested retail price from our friends at Cheapbats.com. It comes in five different lengths and weights of -10 oz, with the smallest being 30”/20oz. and the biggest being 34”/24oz. The bat was constructed with composite material and the one thing Louisville Slugger is known for is putting their time in money into researching what will make their bats better. That is especially the case with this bat, as they used Pure 360 composite, which is a thinner, but stronger composite material that allow multiple layers of the material to be used. By using multiple layers of this thinner material, you are able to get more power into each swing when you make solid contact.

The barrel of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno was made with S1iD that gives this bat superior production compared to similar bats. There is an aluminum disc built inside the barrel of the bat which helps to give it a larger sweet spot than most bats on the market today. When you hear the bat make contact with the ball, you will hear a nice and crisp sound. This happens because of the material they used in the construction of the bat, and the evenly balanced weight distribution also helps to ensure an easy and controlled swing.

The bat comes with a 12 month warranty and has a traditional Louisville Slugger end cap to go with a thicker handle with a synthetic grip. This bat may not be at the top of your list of bats to buy for the upcoming season, but it should be. To see more of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Xeno, watch the video.

2014 Louisville Slugger Z2000 Softball Bats – Slow Pitch Softball

The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z2000 Softball Bat has received durability improvements to address a small batch of softball bats that may have had production issues. Louisville Slugger will be releasing two new slowpitch softball bats in the second quarter of 2013, but the 2014 Z2000 has been the most anticipated model so far.

The 2014 Louisville Slugger Z2000 is essentially unchanged for 2014, with the exception of improvements in production to be able to produce more bats and address a small concern with a limited number of 2013 Z2000 softball bats regarding durability that did not meet Louisville Slugger’s rigid quality standards.

There are four different 2014 Z2000 softball bat versions: ASA Balanced, ASA End Loaded, USSSA Balanced, and USSSA End Loaded. Each bat uses the impressive LS-2X composite carbon fiber material, and the iST two piece connection.

2014 ASA Z2000 – The ASA version of this softball bat has an added ring in the barrel to meet the new ASA Softball ball exit speed standard. This ring is on the ASA Z2000 only, without it the Z2000 would be too hot. The ring prevents the barrel from flexing too much, which would allow for added trampoline effect, essentially this is a “rev limiter” that prevents excessive home runs. The ASA version is also approved for USSSA play, but if you play more USSSA, get the USSSA specific version below.

2014 USSSA Z2000 –

2013 Louisville Slugger oneX Softball Bat Recalled Voluntarily by Louisville

In a move I have never seen before, Louisville Slugger recalled the 2013 oneX fastpitch softball bat in the minus 10, 9, and 8 ounce versions due to a small amount of bats that have the potential to break into two different pieces. Louisville Slugger is taking VERY GOOD CARE of their customers, and will be giving customers several different options for a softball bat replacement. See below for details.

Louisville Slugger has enjoyed an incredible resurgence in Fastpitch these past few years, driven by the strong innovation in the
bat lineup and the “Beautifully Powerful” campaign. Players like Jessica Mendoza, Ashley Charters and Andrea Duran have
helped put the latest bat innovations on the map and some of the top college programs in the country are enjoying success on
the field with the 2013 line as well.
With any truly innovative products come occasional obstacles and we’re writing this to share some important developments
isolated to the 2013 oneX. We have become aware of a manufacturing issue that has compromised the durability of the oneX
bat (pictured below) which potentially shows up in the form of cracking between barrel and handle. In extreme cases, the
manufacturing defect has resulted in a complete fracture between the handle and barrel. While we know this will only affect a
sub-set of oneX bats in the market, to protect the players and to live up to our responsibility to give you the best product
possible, we are recalling the entire current line of the oneX bat (all lengths and weights) from the market. Model numbers
affected by this recall are FP136, FP1369 and FP1368.
As Fastpitch softball players have learned over the years, Louisville Slugger prides itself on doing the right thing for its loyal
customers. We are committed to resolving this quickly and efficiently so we can get the best product available back in your
hands as quickly as possible. We will be providing a 2013 Xeno bat as a replacement and we will discuss options with each
customer to satisfy the price difference between oneX and the Xeno replacement bat the customer will receive.
Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-282-2287 to discuss this further and address any questions you
may have.
For those of you impacted by this situation, we apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience. We are
working diligently to correct the issue and we look forward to launching our new bat models this summer with the same
industry-leading performance you have grown accustomed to from Louisville Slugger. We pledge to work tirelessly to maintain
your trust, continue to bring you confidence at the plate, deliver you the best in class product you have come to expect from
Louisville Slugger and continue to bring you the best products the sport has to offer.
Please see www.slugger.com/fastpitch/ for continual updates, including answers to anticipated questions from our customers.
Best Regards,
Bill Clark
Hillerich & Bradsby, Co.
President – Louisville Slugger Division