Questions and Answers for 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth
What Combat -12 bat has the longest barrel? I am having a tough time deciding between the Wanted or Portent.
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth will have a slightly longer barrel than the Wanted.
Which has the lighter swing weight COMBAT pure gear -12 or COMBAT Portent -12?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth has a slightly lighter swing weight.
What is the difference between the COMBAT Portent and the new COMBAT Wanted? Which one is a more balanced swing weight?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth is a one-piece composite design. The COMBAT Wanted is a two-piece composite design. The COMBAT Portent and the COMBAT Wanted are similar in swing weight.
What is the difference between the Portent and Pure Gear -12?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth is made through a new process with a newer material. The voids in between the composite material have been filled for a stronger barrel and better performance. The Gear technology in the Pure Gear allows the barrel walls to be a bit thinner, which provides more trampoline effect and increases the sweet spot, but still meets performance regulations. Aside from those two differences, the bats are very comparable in design and feel.
Is it approved for Dixie youth?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth is approved for Dixie youth baseball.
Is this bat the replacement for the B4 youth? Same balance and stiffness...? I am assuming the B4 is not legal next year as it only has the words 1.15 instead of the 1.15 shield.
This 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth would be the model that replaced the B4 Youth B4YB1. Both are balanced, one-piece composite bats. As far as the stamp goes, your league should be just fine with the B4. Little League and other Youth Leagues only require the bat say BPF 1.15, not necessarily the new BPF 1.15 stamp. I would check with a league official, but the B4 with the 2 1/4" barrel should still be approved for play.
Does it have to be broken in? If so, how many hits will it take to break-in?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth is a composite bat and will require a break-in period. We recommend 150-200 swings off of a tee or soft toss with real baseballs. Start the swing at 50% power and steadily work your way up. The barrel should be rotated a 1/4" after each swing to assure complete barrel coverage.
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