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Questions and Answers for 2014 COMBAT Portent Youth Baseball Bat: PORYB112
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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