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Questions and Answers for 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat: SP14L6
What is the difference between the L6.0 and the L4.0?
The 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L6) and the L4.0 are fairly similar models. The L6.0 is a one-piece fully composite bat made out of IMX Composite. The L4.0 is the Brett Helmer pro model and it has an IMX Composite barrel and a SIC Black Carbon Composite handle. The SIC handle helps improve the feel of the bat and eliminates vibration and sting.
Is this bat similar to the discontinued 2010 Easton CV12?
No. The 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L6) is a single piece composite design whereas the Easton CV12 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SCG1) had a composite inner core and an alloy outer shell. The L6.0 will also be a bit more end-loaded.
How does this compare to the original Easton Salvo (SRV5) from 2010ish?
The 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L6) is very comparable to the SRV5 Salvo. They are both one-piece bats with IMX composite. The big difference is the end load featured on the two bats. The Easton Salvo has a slight end load, while the L6.0 features an additional 1 ounce of end load for every ounce increase in weight. For example: 26 oz bat has a 1 ounce end load, and at 27 oz bat has a 2 oz end load.
I bought the 2013 L6.0 a year ago, and I'm starting to see a small crack. I play in ASA leagues and use .44 COR balls. I'm just wondering why it's showing signs of that so fast. Would the 2014 model hold up a little bit better?
Both the 2013 and 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L6) feature the new ASA performance certification mark and are designed to hit the lower compression, higher COR softball. You're likely seeing durability issues because you're hitting the .44 COR softball. All ASA leagues should have switched over to the .52 COR, 300 Compression balls these bats are made for. If your league is still using the higher compression softballs, there really isn't a bat that was produced past 2012 that I would say could stand up better, unfortunately.
Is this bat ASA approved?
Yes, the 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L6) is approved for ASA and ISF play.
Which Easton slow pitch bat is better LX.0 or L6.0? I mainly play ASA, would it be a advantage swinging a dual stamp? We're currently using the .52 COR 300 ball.
The 2014 Easton L6.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L6) and the 2014 Easton LX.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14LX) are very similar to each other since they feature a one-piece end loaded design. There will be little to no advantage to swinging a dual stamped bat in your ASA league. ASA and USSSA bats have different standards to meet for their certifications. A bat that is dual stamped has to meet both those certifications, so there is a chance that there may be a drop off in performance because it has to meet the requirements of both leagues. A bat that has only the ASA stamp, only has to meet the requirements set by ASA and vice versa for USSSA stamped bats. Since both the L6.0 and the LX.0 feature the new ASA stamp, using the .52 COR 300 balls will be ok for use.
I just bought this bat from you guys. Is it safe to take it to the batting cages?
We do not recommend taking the 2014 Easton L6.0 (SP14L6 Slow Pitch) in batting cages with the yellow dimpled balls. We have found that those balls are not good for baseball and softball bats and does increase the chance of the bat to break if hit with in the batting cages.
What is the difference between the SP14L6 L6.0 and the SP14LX LX.0?
The difference between the 2014 Easton L6.0 (SP14L6) and the 2014 Easton LX.0 (SP14LX) would be the material they are made out of. Both feature the IMX composite but the L6.0 has a different composite in the handle that allows for better feel.
Is this a single wall bat?
The 2014 Easton L6.0 (SP14L6) is a composite bat. Therefore, it will have layers of composite but it is not a single or double wall technically.
I play mostly .52 core 12" ball but also on a fun league that uses a 14" ball. Would this bat be safe to use for that as well?
The 2014 Easton L6.0: SP14L6 Slow Pitch can be used with the .52 core or the 14" balls.
I have the 2013 model and it seems to be good with the .44 core ball that my league uses. Do you not recommend buying this new model?
Both the 2014 Easton L6.0 (SP14L6) and the 2013 Easton L6.0 (SP13L6) are intended to hit the new .52 core balls that are used for most sanctioned ASA play. The fact that your 2013 hasn't seen durability issues yet does not necessarily mean that you will not have issues later. The harder .44 core balls react with the bat differently and can cause internal damage at first that can lead to visible damage later. .44 core balls are best with older stamped ASA bats.
How will this bat hold up to .44 COR balls?
The 2014 Easton L6.0 (SP14L6) Slow Pitch is designed to hit the .52 COR balls and will not hold up very well with the .44 COR balls. The L6.0 is very susceptible to cracking when used with the .44 COR balls.
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