Questions and Answers for 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League
My son is a big 8 1/2. 4'7" and 87 pounds. He is a power hitter, many triples and a fair amount of homers. He loves his Easton S3 29" 19 oz., but it is dimpled. He needs a bat for the all star season and hopefully next season. We are debating between the Easton S1 and the COMBAT Portent. We were looking at 29" 19 oz. for both. What is you suggestion? We need composite.
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) and the 2014 Easton S1 (SL14S110) are both very high performing composite bats. The S1 is a two-piece composite and is best for a contact hitter. The one-piece design of the Portent is better for a power hitter.
Does the bat have a big sweet spot?
Yes, the 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) has one of the largest sweet spots available on the market. The high end composite material, along with the balanced swing weight, make this one of the best bats you can get.
According to the 2014 Dixie League Rule book this bat would be legal for "O" zone division as long as it is no greater than 2 5/8 in diameter and 33" in length. Do you agree with this?
Yes, 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) is legal for play in the "O" Zone division of Dixie Youth Baseball.
Is there a difference in barrel length between PORSL110 and the PORSL112?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) and the 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL112) will have a similar barrel size.
Is this bat legal for Babe Ruth League 13-15 year old?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) features a composite barrel, so it will not be legal for the Babe Ruth League 13-15 age division. If a bat is composite, it must be BBCOR certified.
Are the barrel lengths the same between the PORSL110 and the PORSL210? Thanks.
Yes, the barrel lengths should be very similar between the 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League and the PORSL210 models.
What is the difference between the 2014 COMBAT Portent and the COMBAT B4? Which one has more pop?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: (PORSL110) Senior League bat's composite material has been improved upon from the material used in the B4 Portent. COMBAT utilizes a new manufacturing technique that improves the quality of the composite giving you a stronger design that should also increase performance. Both are very balanced bats and feature the same BPF 1.15 performance certification.
Besides the diameter difference, are there any other differences between the Combat PORSL110 and the PORSL210? Does the 110 have more pop? Is the material different? Why would I buy the PORSL110 when I could buy the PORSL210 with a bigger diameter?
The only difference between the COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) Senior League and the COMBAT Portent XL (PORSL210) Senior League is barrel size. They are constructed with the same material, so pop will be the same. Some league do not allow the 2 3/4" barrel which is why someone could purchase the 2 5/8" barrel.
What is the difference between the PORSL110 and the COMBAT B5 Da Bomb?
This 2014 COMBAT Portent: (PORSL110) Senior League offers a very comparable design to the COMBAT B5 Da Bomb, but the Portent's composite is made through a new technique that eliminate voids/gap in the material and gives you a more durable and better performing bat. That B5 Da Bomb is a special edition model that was also a balanced one-piece composite design.
Is this bat legal for any other league besides USSSA? Do you know if it's legal for Dixie league?
This bat would not be legal in the Dixie Leagues, and is only certified for play in the USSSA sanctioned games.
What is the difference between the PORSL110 & the PORSL210?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) Senior League features a 2 5/8" barrel and the PORSL210 has a 2 3/4" barrel.
How dose this bat hold up in the cold temperatures?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) Senior League is a one-piece composite design and should not be used in temperatures under 55 degrees.
What is the difference with this portent and the b4 portent? Is this bat good for line drive hitter who has lots of power?
The only differences between the 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL110) and the 2013 B4 Portent are cosmetic. This bat would be a good choice for a line drive hitter with good power because it is a one-piece composite.
My son is 12 1/2, weighs 90 lbs, and is 4' 9". He's short but strong. Last year he hit the Combat B3 30" 22 oz. and did well. Should I keep him in a 30" 22 oz. or is the 30" 20 oz. better suited for his age and stature?
If your son was successful last year using a -8 COMBAT we would not recommend dropping down in weight and using the 30" 20 oz. 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League.
My son is 11 and is 5'2" around 105 lbs. He has been using a DeMarini Voodoo (29/19) for a year now with good success. I am trying to decide what is the next bat size to get for him for 2014. I was leaning toward a 31" COMbat Portent, but cannot decide between a drop -10 and -12. Thoughts?
At age 11, the -10 sizing would be more typical on the 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League. This would be an ideal choice for any younger player looking to add performance.
My son is a big 9 year old. 5' 125 lbs. He is very strong and was thinking about the 30" 20 oz. or 30" 22 oz.? Plays travel ball and in Pony league.
Based on his height, weight, and ageand we recommend a 30" 20 oz. 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League.
My son has loved the B3 bat and done very well. He is 12, 5'2" and 80 lbs so definitely a contact hitter as opposed to power hitter. We have been waiting for the 2014 B4 to come out. What is the difference between that and the Portent?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League is more balanced than the COMBAT B3. This is great for a player who needs to increase their bat speed.
My son is 9 and a big kid for his age at 5ft tall and 90 lbs. He has grown out of his 28" 18 oz. Easton S3 and is currently using a 29" 19 oz. Vexxum. He has adapted well to the end load and has good, but not great bat speed. It seems to be getting faster as he gets stronger. We are looking to upgrade his DeMarini. He really likes the feel of the COMbat bats he has tried. How would he fare with the Portent or is there another model (Combat or other)better suited for his size/strength?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 Senior League is a balanced bat and would be great for player that needs to increase their bat speed. The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 uses top of the line composite material for outstanding performance and durability.
My son is 11 (12 baseball age) and a pretty strong kid with good bat speed. He has been swinging a B4 Portent 30" 20 oz. and I was thinking about the new B4 31" 19 oz. i figured the combo of an extra inch with reduced weight would keep his swing weight pretty close. Is there anything other than the B4 that you can recommend? We really love the pop of that bat.
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL110 is a -10, but they make that same model in a -12. The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL112 Senior League is one of the only -12s made with a 2 5/8" barrel. The only other option is the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX Catalyst: SL13C, which won't have the extended barrel like the Portent. The Portent will also be slightly higher performing than the Catalyst.
My son, who is 10, seemed to be more of a contact hitter. However; he has been swinging the bat a lot faster over the past several months, and seems to be getting quite a bit stronger. I have been debating whether to get the 2014 Voodoo or the 2014 Portent. Not sure I understand the differences well enough. For a 10 year old close to 70lbs, athletic build, with an increasing bat speed, which would be a better fit?
If your son has increasing bat speed you might consider going with a slightly end loaded bat like the DeMarini Voodoo. This will help him generate more inertia and kind of balance his bat speed.
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