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Questions and Answers for 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL14X15
Is this bat legal for high school ball?
The 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15) would not be legal for sanctioned high school play. Bats used in high school have to have BBCOR certification and this bat would not meet that requirement.
If I buy this bat now should I break it in now or wait until spring?
You could break in the 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15) at either time. Once the material is broken in, it wouldn't harm the product to sit unused.
Will the 2015 MAKO Torq -5 have as much pop as this 2014 XL1 -5?
Yes, the 2015 Easton MAKO Torq will have a similar amount of pop compared to the 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15).
Is this bat more end loaded than the 2014 -5 Voodoo Paradox?
The 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15) will have the same end loaded feel as the DeMarini Voodoo. Both models are slightly end loaded.
How come I cannot find many Easton XL1 32 inch (-5) anywhere lately? Many of my friends have that bat and it is wonderful. I just cannot seem to find it.
The 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15) has been discontinued in production in order to move on to the 2015 model that will be released in September. For that reason, many companies have limited sizing available just based on what they have left in their inventory.
When will the new model come out?
The 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15) is currently out. The 2015 model will be released around 9/1/2014.
I am 5 foot 3 and weigh 130 pounds. What size should I get?
Based on your height and weight, we would suggest the 31 inch size of the 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL14X15).
I'm on a 7th grade only All Star Babe Ruth district team. I'm wondering is this bat legal?
No, the 2014 Easton XL1 Senior League (SL14X15) will not be approved for play in Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth requires composite barrel bats to be BBCOR certified so this would not be allowed. You will have to use an alloy barrel in a senior league model or bump up to a -3 BBCOR bat for composite.
What is the difference between XL1 and XL3 bats?
The Easton XL1 (SL14X15) is a two-piece full composite design. The Easton XL3 (SL14X39) is a one-piece all alloy design. The XL3 will be game ready right out of the wrapper while the XL1 will require a break-in period. We recommend around 150 swings off the tee or soft toss. Make sure you rotate the barrel a quarter of an inch every 15-20 swings to fully break-in the composite fibers.
I am 5'1" 96 lbs, and I use a 30/21 in the MAKO. However, next year I have to use -5 or -3, and I like this bat, but I'm not sure what size.
Based on your approximate height and weight, I would suggest a 31/26 in the 2014 Easton XL1: (SL14X15).
I am 4'6" and 190 lbs. What size should I use?
A 31" bat length in the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15 Senior League) would be recommended at your size.
My son is 12 years old, 5'11, 145 lbs. He is a power hitter. The problem is bat weight. He is used to hitting with an 18oz Little League bat. What weight should I go up to with as little problem as possible? His summer league uses 2 5/8 barrel with no weight restriction. He likes Easton bats. Is there another model we should look at?
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15 Senior League) would be a good option to look at because it is a bat directed for power hitters. As for size, someone his size would be able to swing a pretty big bat. I think he would be able to swing anywhere from a 23 oz. to a 25 oz.
Does the Easton XL1 -8 have a larger barrel than the Easton XL1 -5?
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15 Senior League) and the -8 version will have the same barrel length if they are the same overall length. A longer bat will have a longer barrel.
Are all easton xl1 big barrels extended or are there also shorter lengthen big barrels?
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL12X15) Senior League bats all have extended barrels.
What is the difference between the Easton XL1 SL14X15 and the SL14X18?
The difference in the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15 Senior League) and the SL14X18 will be the size. The SL14X15 will be a -5. The SL14X18 will be a -8 model.
Does the -5 XL1 have similar pop to the -8? Which would you recommend for me? I am 5 foot 5 and weigh 140 pounds.
The -5 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) would have more power capability if you swing it the same speed as the -8 due to the added weight. If you can swing it, I would go with the -5.
how many hits on average does it take to break in
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) should take between 150-200 swings of soft toss or tee work before it reaches its full performance potential. It is important to remember to rotate the barrel while doing this to ensure and even break-in.
I know the ball jumps off of the XL1 -5. Does the -8 have similar pop?
Yes, the pop on the -8 will be very similar to 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15).
I am 5 foot 1 and weigh 160 pounds. What would you suggest?
Based on your height and weight we would suggest the 32 inch size of the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15).
Is it this bat end loaded?
Yes, the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League is end loaded.
How do you know if this bat is dead?
You can tell if your 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) is dead if you see a steep drop in the performance off the bat. If you believe that to be the case you can send it back to Easton for a warranty replacement.
If I'm using a -8 XL1 right now, should I switch to a -5 if I'm going to 8th grade next season?
Going from a -8 to a -5 would be our recommended transition. If your league does not require 8th Grade players to us a BBCOR -3 already, using the -5 next season would ensure that the transition to a BBCOR model would be as gradual as possible. We would recommend going to the -5 prior to a BBCOR bat if possible, so that you are not increasing the weight of the bat 5 ounces in one season. Many players can make that jump, but it wouldn't be our recommendation to go from a -8 to a -3 in one year.
Does it last long?
2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) is a durable bat. However, if something were too happen to the bat it is covered by a full 12 month manufacturer's warranty.
I am 5' 81 lbs and I play in USSSA league. I am looking for a bat out of the power brigade series. Which would you recommend?
If your game is more representative of a contact hitter I would probably suggest taking a closer look at the 2014 Easton XL1: (YB14X1). The two-piece composite design will create a little bit more flex, and this material will heat up over time. The 2014 Easton XL3: (YB14X3) will work great if you are a power hitter. The one-piece alloy design will provide a stiffer feel, and the THT100 Scandium Alloy used will provide great pop. Ultimately, it will depend on what type of game you have that will determine which model is best suited for you.
Is this bat approved for Babe Ruth play?
No. The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) would not be approved for Babe Ruth play. The models of the XL1 that would be approved would be the 2014 Easton XL1 BBCOR (BB14X1) for the 13-15 year old and 16-18 year old age division and the 2014 Easton XL1 (YB14X1) for the Cal Ripken division (6-12 years old).
What size should I get? I am in 7th grade, 6' and 160 lbs?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 32" model in the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League.
Will there be a 32" -5 bat anytime soon?
We are expecting more 32' models of the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League. Unfortunately, we do not have a firm date for when that will be. Typically out of stock items take 2-4 weeks before they are back in stock.
Please break down for me the exact differences between the Easton SL14X35 and the Easton SL14X15. I understand the material differences ..... simply put, which bat has more power? Will they be exactly the same with just a difference in feel and sound?
The Easton XL3 (SL14X35) is a one-piece alloy bat whereas the Easton XL1 (SL14X15) is a two-piece full composite. The SL14X35 will have less flex going through the hitting zone and this stiffer feel is generally preferred by power hitters. The SL15X15's two-piece design will allow it to flex more than the SL14X35 which is a swing style that contact hitters seem to prefer more. Both bats should perform very similarly as far as pop goes.
I'm in 7th grade and about 5'3" and about 100 lbs. I currently have the 32" -8 of this bat but it is getting to light. I want a bat for the rest of this year and all of next year. What would be the best bat for me?
We recommend the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) if you have had success with the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X18).
Is there a difference between this model and the old white one?
The white XL1 model you're referring to is likely the 2012 model. Between the 2012 and 2013 models, Easton added the stiffer SIC Black Carbon composite handle which improves energy transfer on contact. This 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League bat also features the IMX Composite barrel and SIC Black Carbon composite handle like the 2013 version. Aside from that material difference, the bats will offer very comparable designs and swing weights.
I'm about to be a 8th grader this year and I want a bat to last me til high school. I am 5"10 and 195 lbs., should I get -3 and a 32 in. or 33 in.?
Based on the information you just gave me I would recommend a 33" size bat. Unfortunately, the Easton XL1 (SL14X15) does not come in a 33".
I am 4 foot 9 inches tall. What size should a get?
Based on your height, we would suggest a 30 inch size of the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League bat. That can vary based on your weight.
I'm 12 years old, 115 lbs and 5' 4". What size should I get to last me till high school?
Based on your height and weight right now, I would recommend a 31" model in the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15). However, if you wanted the bat to last a couple years, it might be best to go to a 32".
What size should I get if I am 5' 5" and 175 lbs?
Based on your height and weight, I would recommend a 32" 27 oz. for the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15).
Is there a minimum tempurature that you can use this bat in?
Easton says to not use composite bats like the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) in temperatures under 55 degrees.
Can this bat be used in Babe Ruth?
No. Composite barreled bats like the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League bat must be (-3) BBCOR certified.
Why did they make the -5 XL1 barrel shorter than the other XL1's?
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15 Senior League) should have the same barrel length as many of the other XL1 models. The model will have a slight barrel heaviness that power guys will love.
Does it take long to break this bat in?
A good way to break in a composite barrel bat like the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League is to hit off a tee or soft toss approximately 100-200 swings, rotating the barrel Â¼ inch every swing. The length of time this takes is dependent on how much you are willing to work on it. In general, it can be accomplished over the course of a weekend.
Is this bat legal for Dixie baseball?
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15 Senior League) bat will be USSSA certified. If your league allows USSSA bats it will be legal.
Is this bat legal for Nations baseball tournaments and also for Pony league play?
Yes, the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) will be legal for play in 14U Nations baseball and Pony League play.
My son is mostly a contact hitter with occasional power. How does the balance of this bat compare to the TPX EXOGRID 3 (-5) he currently swings?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 is an end loaded bat. It is designed for a power hitter.
Is this better than the MAKO?
Both models are top of the line but the 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) is better suited for power hitters. It has an extended barrel, bigger sweet spot and an end loaded swing weight.
Is this bat better then the new 2014 DeMarini Voodoo OVERLORD BBCOR: (DXVD5) Senior League?
Both a great end loaded bats for power hitters. The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League will have an extended barrel for a larger sweet spot, whereas the 2014 DeMarini Voodoo OVERLORD BBCOR: (DXVD5) Senior League will have the new D-Fusion handle which extends the sweet spot through the entire barrel.
Is this legal for 14 yo babe ruth? Rules seem to require BBCOR .50 stamp on bat if all composite. Thanks for your clarification.
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League is not legal for the 14 year old division in Babe Ruth because it features the USSSA 1.15 stamp. Babe Ruth 14 year old division does require all composite barrel bats to have the BBCOR .50 certification stamp.
Is this bat approved for Little League Juniors division play?
The 2014 Easton XL1 (SL14X15) Senior League is not approved for Little League Juniors division play because it is fully composite. Composite bats in the Little League Juniors division require the BBCOR .50 certification stamp. The 2014 Easton XL1 BBCOR (BB14X1) Adult is legal for play in the Little League Juniors division.
Is this is a BBCOR bat?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League is not a BBCOR certified model, as it is a -5. The 2014 Easton XL1 BBCOR: BB14X1 Adult is the BBCOR certified model.
What is the "break-in" period for this bat?
Due to the composite barrel, the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League will require a break-in period of 150-200 swings off of a tee or soft toss, working up from about 50% to full power at the 150 swing mark. Be sure to use real leather baseballs and rotate the barrel a quarter turn every swing to ensure an even break-in.
Is this allowed to be used in SISBL league?
The Southern Illinois Select Baseball League is governed by USSSA and the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League does feature the new USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp. The Easton XL1 should be legal for play in SISBL.
I just wanted to make sure so I know I am buying the correct bat. What size barrel is this?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League is a 2 5/8'' barrel.
Will this bat come in -10?
The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League will not be available in a -10 big barrel. It is available in a -3, -5, and -8.
Is this bat allowed in the Babe Ruth leagues?
No, the Easton XL1 will not be approved for play in Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth only allows composite barrel bats that are BBCOR certified.
Can you get more power using this bat or the MAKO since this bat has more mass and the MAKO is lighter? Which one has more pop?
The end loaded design of the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League will assist you in generating more power. Both the MAKO and the XL1 feature top of line composite materials for outstanding performance and durability.
What does the word "14X15" mean? Is there only one -5 model in 2014 Easton XL1 series?
On the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League, the SL14X15 is the model number. Yes, there is only one -5 model available. The Easton XL1 is also available in a -8 on our site.
Can you hit better with a -5 or -8?
If you are able to swing the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League -5, you will have more power. A heavier bat allows you to hit with more power.
Is there a difference in the new 2014 XL1 and the older 2012 XL1?
Yes, the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League features the upgraded SIC Black Carbon composite material in its handle for a stiffer flex and more efficient energy transfer to the ball on contact. The 2012 XL1 was made entirely from the IMX Composite which is still in the barrel of the 2014 model.
Whats the difference between the -5 and -8?
The only difference between the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League and the 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X18 Senior League is the length to weight ratio. The 2014 Easton XL1: SL14X15 Senior League is a heavier model.
My son used a 31" 23 oz. XL2 in 2013. Will a 31" 26 oz. XL2 be available in 2014?
Easton will not be releasing a 2014 Easton XL2 -5. The only Easton XL2 bats available are the 2013 Easton XL2 BBCOR: BB13X2 Adult and the 2013 Easton XL2: SL13X28 Senior League.
Is this -5 model XL1 going to come out in a 33" model?
No, there will not be a 33'' version of this bat. The largest size in the -5 will be 32''.
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