Questions and Answers for 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL105 Senior League
Will this bat have more pop than the XL1? Why don't any college teams use COMBAT if it is so good?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL105 Senior League will be a one-piece, balanced composite bat, whereas the XL1 is a two-piece end loaded bat. The COMBAT will be better suited for a contact hitter, and the XL1 for a power hitter. Most large colleges have agreements with bat manufacturers which limits the type of bats they can use. However, we always have college players swing and love COMBAT products.
Is Easton planning on manufacturing a -5 MAKO?
No, the 2014 Easton MAKO will not be available in a -5. Easton's -5 bats for 2014 will be the XL1, the XL3 and the S500.
Is a one piece composite better than two piece composite bats?
A one-piece bat is recommended for power hitters and will have a stiffer feel. A two-piece bat is recommended for contact hitters and will offer more flex. One is not better than the other, it mainly depends on the type of hitter and personal preference.
What bat would have greater pop the Portent -5 or -3?
The performance on the 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League would be better than the Adult BBCOR version. The Senior League bat will have a higher BPF (Bat Performance Factor) than the Adult BBCOR Portent.
What is the difference between the Portent PORSL105 and PORSL110?
The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League bat is a -5 length to weight ratio.The PORSL110 is a -10 length to weight ratio.
Is this bat very balanced? If so, how is the pop on this bat? Does this bat have any comparison to the 2013 CF5?
The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League will be 100% composite and also be very balanced in swing weight. The 2013 CF5 was also very balanced and 100% composite in design. Both bats will have great performance.
My son is 5'5" 130 lbs. and is 14. He is one of the strongest kids on the team. Do you think he should get the 31" 26 oz. or 32" 27 oz.? Do you think this bat is for power or contact hitters?
The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League will be a balanced model. It will hit great for contact hitters, yet have the bat stiffness that power guys also will love. At his size I'd use the 31" 26 oz. model.
Is this bat better than the XL1?
The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League and the Easton XL1 use top of the line composite materials. Both bats are very high performing. The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League has a more balanced swing weight. The Easton XL1 is end loaded and best for a power hitter.
I'm 5 2" and 90 pounds. Will this bat be to heavy for me?
The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League is a little heavy for someone your size. We recommend the 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL108 Senior League.
What is it made out of?
The 2014 COMbat Portent: PORSL105 Senior League is a one-piece composite bat.
Will this bat need a breaking in period, or will it really be "hot out of the wrapper"? How will this bat perform in cold (under 50 degrees) weather?
I still recommend a small break-in period for this bat, maybe like 50 soft toss swings. This bat can break in any temperatures under 55 degrees.
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