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This looks similar to the B2 Reloaded. Is it the replacement or is it different?
Yes, the 2014 COMBAT Portent Youth Baseball Bat (PORYB112) has replaced the older B2 reloaded models. They both feature the same balanced swing weight and one-piece composite design.
Which is a better bat; the 2014 Portent or the Wanted? Which is hotter?
At their peak, the 2014 COMBAT Portent Youth Baseball Bat (PORYB112) and the 2014 COMBAT Wanted Youth Baseball Bat (WANYB112) will perform similarly and they are both good options. The major difference would be the feel with the Wanted having more flex and more sting and vibration protection due to the two-piece design. The Portent will have a stiffer feel offering more control. The preference would come down to which style you like the feel of better.
When do you guys usually deliver?
Typically, all orders before 8:00 pm central time will be delivered that same day. With the free ground shipping that we offer, you should receive your item within 5 business days. We also offer 3-day, 2-day, and 1-day shipping options at an additional cost.
After 150 soft tosses and 75 pitches thrown at my son, the bat still seems to have trouble launching ball very far. Could you help us on what to try next?
In general, composite barrel bats like the 2014 COMBAT Portent Youth Baseball Bat (PORYB112) tend to get hotter as they break-in. The bat should be starting to get broken in given the process you already tried but you may want to do a bit more soft toss while rotating the barrel to be sure. If it is still seeing issue, you may want to contact the manufacturer about a possible factory defect.
What is the difference between the COMBAT Portent and the COMBAT Wanted? I understand one is a "two-piece" and the other is a "one-piece". How does the structure influence the bat?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent Youth Baseball Bat: (PORYB112) incorporates a one-piece structure. Generally, a one-piece design tends to be a little bit stiffer, and is usually preferred by power hitters.The 2014 COMBAT Wanted Youth Baseball Bat: (WANYB112) features a two-piece design, and this structure provides players with added flex through the zone. Therefore, this design tends to be preferred by contact players. Ultimately, the structure and feel will be one of the biggest differences between these two models.
My son currently plays with an Easton 27" 14 oz. Reflex. He's about 4' tall, 45 lbs. I was looking at the Portent or the Wanted WANYB112. Does one have a lighter swing weight than the other? We tried the new DeMarini Voodoo Overlord 28" 15 oz. but he wasn't comfortable with it.
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORYB112) is a one-piece bat similar to the Easton Reflex. The 2014 COMBAT Wanted (WANYB112) is a two-piece design and is designed for a contact hitter. Both bats are very balanced bats and are very high performing.
How does it compare to the COMBAT Pure Gear (PUREYB1) -12 Youth?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth will not have the gear technology of the COMBAT Pure Gear (PUREYB1) -12 Youth which extends the sweet spot, but will have an extended barrel which also helps extend the sweet spot.
What is the difference between the COMBAT Portent (PORYB110) and the COMBAT Portent (PORYB112)?
The only difference What is the difference between the two bats is that the COMBAT Portent (PORYB110) has a -10 drop and the COMBAT Portent (PORYB112) has a -12 drop.
What's the major differences in this bat and the 2014 Rev-X yrvx12
The 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth and 2014 Miken REV-EX: YRVX12 Youth are both going to be one piece composite designs. The portent is going to have single wall construction, extended barrel and be pretty sturdy. The Miken REV-EX is going to feel lightweight and will provide a smoother swing.
What is the difference between a one-piece design and a two-piece design?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORYB112) features one-piece design. Typically, power hitters tend to prefer a one-piece design since it provides a stiffer feel when the bat makes contact with the barrel. A contact hitter tends to prefer a two-piece design since it allows for a little more flex. We wrote a great article on our blog about the differences between a one-piece and two-piece. Check it out here: http://goo.gl/8z5vLa
Which bat is going to have more pop: the Portent -12 or the Pure Gear -12? And which one has a longer barrel?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORYB112) Youth and the COMBAT Pure Gear (PUREYB1) -12 Youth are both great bats with excellent pop. The Portent has an extended barrel and has a slightly larger barrel.
Is this bat balanced or more end loaded?
The 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORYB112) is going to be a balanced design.
I'm looking for the largest length to weight ratio bat with the longest barrel. Any suggestions?
This 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORYB112 Youth is one of the better options for that criteria. I would also suggest the Louisville Slugger Vertex: YB13V or DeMarini Voodoo: DXVDL if you were looking for a -13 model with a large sweet spot.
Does the 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORYB112 Youth) have a longer barrel than the 2014 Easton MAKO (YB14MK Youth)?
No. The 2014 Easton MAKO (YB14MK Youth) has a longer barrel than the 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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