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Questions and Answers for 2014 RIP-IT AIR Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat: B1403E
Is this for power or contact hitters?
The 2014 RIP-IT AIR Elite (B1403E) would be great for power or contact hitters. With the Elite being a two piece design, it would be more designed towards contact hitters.
How balanced is this bat compared to the Easton S1 or DeMarini CF6?
The 2014 RIP-IT AIR Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat (B1403E) will be similarly balanced to both the 2014 Easton S1 BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB14S1) and the 2014 DeMarini CF6 BBCOR Baseball Bat (DXCFC).
I'm a power hitter. Would this bat be bad for me?
Many power hitters use an end loaded bat very well, but it totally depends on your preference to design. Some power hitters still prefer a balanced bat like the 2014 RIP-IT AIR Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat (B1403E) because it allows you to have better control over the bat during your swing. But if you're interested in this bat, RIP-IT actually allows you to try the bat out for 30 days, and send it back to them for a full refund or exchange.
I am a power hitter, but still like the feel of a balanced bat. Is this good for me?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) is a great bat for contact hitters with its balanced swing weight and two-piece hybrid design. As a power hitter that likes a balanced bat, the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR (B1403A) is a better option with a balanced swing weight. The one-piece design provides a stiffer feel which is ideal for increasing power.
Is this bat USSSA certified for 2014 season?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR Air Elite (B1403E) is approved for play in USSSA. It will not have the USSSA thumb print stamp on the bat but it will have the BBCOR stamp on the barrel. USSSA requires the bat to have the thumb print stamp or the BBCOR stamp.
Would you recommend this bat over the Easton S2? I have heard the R2 Alloy is stronger than Easton's THT100 Scandium Alloy increasing the pop and durability.
Both the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) and the 2014 Easton S2 BBCOR (BB14S2) are good options and both have outstanding durability. The preference between the two would come down to brand preference and the overall feel of the bat. The AIR Elite and the S2 have slightly differing amounts of flex.
Is this bat better suited than the Easton S1 for cold weather since it is half alloy, and half composite?
Using the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: (B1403E) is not necessarily safer to use in colder temperatures because of its hybrid design. Any time you use alloy or composite in temperatures lower than 55 degrees, there is always a risk. The balls become denser in colder temperatures increasing the risk of a crack or dent on the barrel. Avoiding certain temperatures is sometimes unavoidable, however, keep in mind both material are at risk.
Why is this bat being discontinued?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) has been discontinued because they are planning on releasing the 2015 model in the next few months.
How big is the barrel?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403) has a 2 5/8" barrel.
How will the performance of this bat compare to the Voodoo OVERLORD?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) is very balanced. It can be used by players who hit for average and power. The OVERLORD is an end loaded model designed for power hitters.
How would you compare the performance of this bat to the NVS and also which has a bigger sweet spot?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) and the 2014 DeMarini Vexxum NVS (DXVXC) are both two-piece hybrid designs. They both feature a very low M.O.I. to allow the batter to maximize his swing speed. Each bat is a very good bat and to pick one over the other would be based on personal preference.
Between the Combat Portent and the Rip-It Air Elite, which one would you say is better (pop,swing weight,etc...)? I am more of a line drive hitter, which would be better for me?
Both the 2014 Rip-It BBCOR Air Elite (B1403E) and the 2014 COMBAT Portent BBCOR (PORAB103) are both high quality bats with balanced swing weights designed for the contact hitter. However, the Rip-It Air Elite also has a two-piece design that will give it more flex through the zone which is also a preferred characteristic of a good contact hitter bat, while the COMBAT Portent is a one-piece design with less flex.
Which bat would have a lighter swing weight, the RIP-IT AIR Elite or the Easton S2? Also, how would you compare performance between the two?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: (B1403E) will incorporate an AIR balanced swing weight to help increase bat speed and improve control. In terms of weight, the RIP-IT AIR Elite will be one of the lightest bats. Both the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: (B1403E) and 2014 Easton S2 BBCOR: (BB14S2) will be two-piece hybrid designs. The biggest difference will be the materials used in the barrel and handle. If you are looking to generate more power, I would probably recommend the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: (B1403E). The R2 Alloy used in the barrel will be a little bit stronger than the THT100 Scandium Alloy used in the 2014 Easton S2 BBCOR: (BB14S2). Overall, both of these models will be high performing, and have also been highly reviewed.
Is the Rip-It Air Elite more for a contact hitter or power hitter?
The 2014 RIP-IT AIR Elite (B1403E) is a two-piece design which is typically preferred by contact hitters.
My son is 5'9" and 134 lbs., what size bat should he use?
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 31" 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E). For more information regarding sizing, check out our Bat Coach: http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Which bat would be considered the lightest swinging bat on the market? Is it possible to choose one overall winner?
I'm not sure if it is possible to choose one overall, as it seems to be largely based on personal opinion, since it's hard to know until you actually get a bat in your hands, and bats can feel different to different people. Personally, I think the 2014 Easton MAKO BBCOR: BB14MK may be the lightest and best balanced bat out right now.
Will the R2 alloy have more "pop" than the R1 alloy?
The R2 Alloy on the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) will have better performance than the R1 Alloy previously used by RIP-IT.
How does the 2014 RIP-IT AIR Elite compare to the 2014 Rawlings Trio for balance, swing speed, and pop?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) and the 2014 Rawlings TRIO BBCOR (BBTRIO) are both very balanced bat with great pop. Both use top of the line materials for outstanding performance and durability.
Is the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) a good bat for contact hitters?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) is a great bat for contact hitters. It combines an extremely balanced swing weight with huge performance and distance ability.
I've heard that the sweet spot is smaller on this bat then on the rip it Prototype Air. Is this true?
The two-piece design of the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) makes for a more direct taper from the barrel to the handle than on the 2014 RIP-IT Prototype BBCOR (B1403) the actual sweet spot of the bat would be around the same size though.
How does the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR Elite B1403E compare against the Easton Mako?
The Rip-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) is a two-piece hybrid so it has a alloy barrel with a R2 composite handle. It will have a contact grip which eliminates vibration. The Easton Mako (BB14MK) is a two-piece composite bat. It also has a patented ConneXion technology which reduces vibration. Both are great bats and the deciding factor really comes down to personal preference.
Do you have a two bat deal?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) Adult bat is not currently featured in any of our bat packs.
How does this bat compare to the CF6? Which one would you recommend?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) and the 2014 DeMarini CF6 BBCOR (DXCFC) are tough to compare because they are different by design. While they are both top of the line, high performance models, they are made of different materials. The Air Elite features an alloy barrel and composite handle while the CF6 features a fully composite design. Both will offer some flex with the two-piece design and both will adhere to BBCOR standards of performance. The preference for which one you would like would be determined by which barrel material you prefer to use.
What is the difference between the 1403A and 1403E?
The RIP-IT BBCOR Air Elite (B1403E) is going to be a two-piece design with an alloy barrel and composite handle. The RIP-IT BBCOR Air (B1403A) is a one-piece all alloy design.
does this bat have a big barrel?
Yes the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) has a 2 5/8" barrel size.
What would cause the grip on this bat to separate after three batting practices? My son loves the bat. Should we consider replacing with RIP-IT or just replace the grip?
It's hard to say what exactly caused the grip to fail, but both of those options are open to you. Many players end up re-gripping a bat to their preference, and there are a lot of after market grip options out there. But RIP-IT may be able to either send you a new grip or replace it under the 30 Day Guarantee. If your player is a left handed hitter, this may be the issue. The way the grip tape is oriented on the bat is better suited to withstand the friction created by a right handed hitter. Lefties will often run into this issue, and it's better to re-grip the bat in the opposite direction, but I'm not certain if this applies to your situation. You can contact RIP-IT directly at (888) 957-4748.
Is there a big difference between 32.5" and 32"?
The 1/2" difference in length and weight in the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) will be minor. You shouldn't notice a big difference in feel between the two.
What is the best temperature recommended?
We do not recommend using the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) Adult bat in weather below 55 degrees.
About how many swings does it take to break in?
Due to the fact that the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult is a hybrid bat with a R2 Composite Handle and a R2 Alloy Barrel it will not require any break in period.
Does it perform better than the 2014 RIP-IT AIR?
Yes, the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult bat will feature an R2 composite handle. This will decrease the amount of vibration felt and help it be more comfortable. Also, two-piece bat designs can help increase swing speeds with more of a whipping action upon the swing. The pop of off the R2 alloy barrel will be the same between the AIR and AIR Elite.
How does this bat compare to the RIP-IT BBCOR AIR?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E Adult) will feature a two-piece design with the new R2 composite handle and the R2 alloy barrel. The RIP-IT BBCOR AIR will feature a one piece, all alloy design. Both are very high performing and will help maximize bat speed.
How is this bat compared to the 2014 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR (DXVDC) Adult?
The 2014 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR (DXVDC) Adult will be more end loaded for a power hitter, whereas the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) Adult will be more balanced for a contact hitter.
Are you making the RIP-IT in 33" models?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E Adult) is made by RIP-IT, not justbats.com. They do make 33" models. We are currently out of stock on that size and should have more back in stock in roughly 2-4 weeks.
Does this bat dent easily?
No, the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E Adult) does not dent easily. If for some reason it does RIP-IT offers an unlimited number of replacements through out the warranty period.
How does this bat compare to Eastom Mako
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) and the 2014 Easton MAKO BBCOR (BB14MK) are both quality options that meet BBCOR certification. While both bats are high performing models, they are different in their design and material makeup. The RIP-IT AIR Elite is a two piece hybrid design featuring a composite handle and an alloy barrel. The Easton MAKO is a two piece design as well, but both the barrel and the handle are composite. Player preference would determine which barrel material is right for them. Both bats are state of the art as far as technology and construction and both are capable of high performance within the BBCOR guidelines.
My son is a 6'3 200 lb. high school junior. Which bat would you recommend for him? 2014 Elite or Air and what size?
Based on his height and weight, we recommend a 34" bat. The AIR will feature a one-piece fully alloy design. While the AIR Elite will have a composite handle and an alloy barrel. The two-piece design will help increase swing speed and will also dampen vibration. Ultimately, it us up to the player and whether they prefer the one-piece design of the AIR or the two-piece design of the AIR Elite.
Does this bat come in a 33.5" length?
The only half size the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) comes in is 32.5".
How balanced is this bat compared to a good balanced wood bat?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) Adult will feel more balanced than a well balanced wood bat.
Would you consider this one of the most balanced bats you can get?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite (B1403E) is one of the most balanced BBCOR models.
is this bat legal for high school
Yes, this bat is legal for High School use since it has the BBCOR .50 BPF stamp on it.
When you compare the 32" and the 31" AIR Elite, where does that extra inch go? In the handle or the barrel? Does the 32" have a bigger sweet spot then the 31 inch?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult bat 32" will be 1" longer than the 31" model. It is distributed throughout the entire bat. Both will have the same sweet spot.
Has the end cap issue finally been fixed on the Air Elite? Have always heard these are terrific bats but the end cap design has been a nightmare for them?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult bat is a great bat. I have not heard of any end cap issues with this model.
For a power hitter would you recommend this bat or the either of the new Voodoo bats?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult has a balanced swing weight, typically preferred by contact hitters. Power hitters tend to prefer a bat with an end-loaded swing weight, which both the new Voodoo bats feature.
When considering the AIR and the AIR Elite. Do they both have the same barrel length or does one have a bigger sweet spot?
The barrel length on the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR and the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult bats will be the same. Also, the pop and performance will be similar. The AIR will feature a one-piece fully alloy design. While the AIR Elite will have a composite handle and an alloy barrel. The two-piece design will help increase swing speed. Also it will dampen vibration.
What are some differences between this bat and the 2014 Demarini CF6?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult is a two-piece hybrid design with an R2 composite handle and R2 alloy barrel. The 2014 DeMarini CF6 BBCOR: DXCFC Adult is a two-piece fully composite bat with paradox composite and a D-Fusion handle that extends the sweet spot through the entire barrel.
How does the balance of the Air Elite bat stack up against the 2013 DeMarini CF5?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult features RIP-IT's signature rifle barrel, making it one of the most balanced bats available.
Does the Air or the Air Elite have more pop? Also, if I'm a power hitter which one should I buy?
The "pop" on the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult and the Air will be comparable because they both have to meet the same BBCOR standards. The Air is going to be a one-piece which will give it a stiffer feel making it better suited for a power hitter.
What's so different about this model compared to last year's model?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult is a two-piece hybrid design, while the 2013 RIP-IT Prototype BBCOR AIR Baseball Bat: B1303A Adult is a one-piece alloy. The AIR Elite still has the rifle alloy barrel for an extremely balanced swing weight, but the it also has a composite handle to provide more flex and reduce vibration.
I'm a lead off hitter but I also have some power behind my swing. Is this a good bat choice for me?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult bat would be a great choice. It will allow you to have very quick bat speeds. The AIR Elite will be very balanced as a one-piece fully alloy bat.
Is the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult or the 2014 Easton MAKO better? I am freshmen playing on the varsity team. I am starting at second base, so I want to be on the lead off hitter for the team.
Both the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult and the 2014 Easton MAKO will be comparable and have light swing weights. The Rip-It is a two-piece hybrid, so it has a composite handle and alloy barrel. The MAKO is a two-piece fully composite design.
Will the Air Elite offer more pop or more distance than the one-piece Air?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite will offer the same balanced swing weight as the one-piece 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR. The difference is the composite handle which will help reduce vibration and add a little more whipping action to your swing. Generally, this whipping action is a performance upgrade over other similar one-piece bats.
Is the bat going to have an extended barrel like the Easton Mako?
No, the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult bat does not list an extended barrel design like the Easton MAKO.
What is the difference between this bat and RIP-IT BBCOR AIR?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult is a two-piece hybrid design. The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR: B1403A Adult is a one-piece fully aluminum design. Both models will have a balanced swing weight.
Overall, how does this compare to the Easton MAKO? I have used Easton in Little League and was well pleased. And I have used RIP-IT in big league and have no complaints.
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult and the 2014 Easton MAKO BBCOR: BB14MK Adult are both high performing bats. The 2014 Easton MAKO BBCOR: BB14MK will have a slightly longer barrel and will require a break-in period. Both are balanced bats and are designed for a contact hitter.
Is this end-loaded or balanced?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult has a balanced swing weight.
Is the barrel size of this comparable to the Easton Mako BBCOR?
Yes, both barrel diameters will be 2 5/8" for the 2014 Easton Mako and the 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite: B1403E Adult.
My son had the 2013 Rip It Air one piece bat. He absolutely loved it and hit it very well. He is a power hitter that hits for average as well. What would be the advantage of someone like him switching to the two-piece RIP-IT Air "Elite"?
The 2014 RIP-IT BBCOR AIR Elite is a two-piece bat with a composite handle and alloy barrel. A two-piece bat will have flex to help with bat speed as well as cut down on vibration when he makes contact. The composite handle will also help cut down on vibration.
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