Questions and Answers for COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League
I am 5'4" 107 lbs what size should I get?
Our charts are suggesting a 31" for a player with your height and weight.
Would this or the new Portent -5 have a bigger sweet spot?
The 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League and the 2014 COMBAT Portent: PORSL105 Senior League will have similar sweet spot. They both use top of the line composite materials for outstanding performance.
How does this bat compare to the 2012 Easton XL1? Which one has more pop? Which one is more durable?
The 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League bat will feature a one-piece fully composite design. The 2012 Easton XL1 is a two-piece composite bat. It has a barrel heavy end loaded swing weight. Both will be very durable and have great pop.
What is the difference between this and the new COMBAT Portent? Which one would have better performance, more pop? Which one would be better for a power hitter?
2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League features the same composite as the 2014 COMBAT Portent. The performance will be about the same. The one-piece composite design is favored by power hitters.
When will the 2014 COMbat Portent -5 be available?
COMBAT has not given us a release date on the new 2014 COMBAT B4 Portents.
When does the 2014 one come out and does this bat have really good pop?
We do not have a specific release date for any of the 2014 COMBATs. Also, the 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League has great pop.
Like most -5 bats, does the COMbat B3 have a fat grip at the bottom of the handle?
The COMBAT B3 happens to not have a fat grip at the bottom of the handle.
Is the COMbat B3 top heavy?
No, the 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League happens to be extremely well balanced and durable.
My son is 13, 5'4", and 135 pounds. Which bat is the better choice between 2013 Combat B3 and the one-piece Anderson NanoTek, both in a -5?
The Anderson NanoTek XT and the 2013 COMBAT B3 are going to be very similar in performance. Both of these bats are balanced pretty well, but if you like a composite barrel better the COMBAT B3 is going to be the way to go.
We purchased a 30" 20oz. COMbat Pure last year from you for my son, who is turning 12. He is 5'1" and 95lbs, and he has had great success with it. Looking to go to a big barrel, but I'm torn between the COMbat B3 and the Louisville Exogrid 3. He tends to have a lazy upper hand, so the less end weighted would likely be best.
I really believe in the 2013 COMBATs B3 it has amazing pop. It is one of the only composite bats that are hot right out of the wrapper. The Louisville Exogrid 3 has been picking up a lot of speed of late. If you order a bat from us leave the wrapper on and hit soft toss with tennis balls. That can help you with the feel of the bat. If you don't approve you can return it.
What is the minimum temperature that this bat can be used in? I live in the midwest and I don't want the bat damaged. Thanks!
Too be safe we recommend that you do not go under 55 degress.
Can it be used in Middle School Ball?
The 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League bat has the USSSA thumbprint stamp, which verifies that it meets current standards set for youth baseball. Middle School baseball typically operates under USSSA rules. The 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League bat would be a good bat for a player competing in Middle School.
Is this bat available in 31/26?
Under "Choose a Length & Weight" we show all the sizes we currently have in stock. If you do not see the size you need, then that indicates it is out of stock. We do not have an ETA as to when we will be receiving more 31" models of the B3SL1. It will probably be at least another 2-4 weeks.
I am looking for a balanced -5 bat for my 13 year old. He used a -8.5 Louisville Slugger Exogrid 2 last season. Which is more balanced, -5 Combat B3 or -5 Exogrid 3? He loved the Exogrid last season but want to compare to the B3. Also, which has more pop? Thanks.
The 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX EXOGRID 3 is known to have a lighter, more balanced swing weight compared to the 2013 COMBAT B3. Neither is proven to have more pop than the other, but due to the Exogrid 3 more balanced design, a player with average or below average swing speed should see more success with that bat over the B3. A stronger hitter would be better suited with the B3.
Is this a balanced bat?
Yes, the 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League bat will be a balanced model. It will be a one-piece fully composite design. Also, it will have COMBAT's Variable Stiffness Technology for a bigger sweet spot.
Will this bat feel a lot heavier than a -9 bat?
The COMBAT B3 -5 senior league bat is going to feel quite a bit heavier if you are making the jump from a -9 bat.
Will this bat start losing pop the more I use it?
The COMBAT B3 will lose pop just as any bat will the more you use it.
Is this bat end-loaded and do you need to break it in?
No, the 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 Senior League baseball bat is not end-loaded, however; because it is has a composite barrel you will need to break it in by hitting it off of a tee or through soft toss.
My son is 4'10" and about 80 lbs., small for his age but a good contact hitter. Playing 14 year old ball this year as a 13 year old and need the -5 drop. Would this be a good choice for him and what others would you look at? Also, what length should I be looking for? Thanks
Based on his size, a 30" -5 bat would be ideal. The 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 -5 is a popular bat with a good size sweetspot and above average pop. Other top options in a -5 are the Marucci Black 2, Louisville Slugger Exogrid 3 and Rawlings Velo.
Is there a -8 for this bat?
Unfortunately, the 2013 COMBAT B3 does not come in a -8. COMBAT does have the COMBAT 52 Caliber, 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent and the 2013 COMBAT Pure in a -8 length to weight ratio.
How does this bat compare to the Easton XL1 -5 bat? My son loves the Easton bat, but it cracked and we cannot find anywhere.
The 2013 COMBAT B3: B3SL1 is a one-piece full composite bat. The Easton XL1 is a two-piece full composite bat. Both have great pop and above average durability.
Will this be good for a contact hitter?
The 2013 COMBAT B3 would be a great choice for a contact hitter. It is a very high performing bat with a ton of pop.
Is the 2013 COMbat B3 legal for Babe Ruth 13-15 year olds?
No, the 2013 COMBAT B3 is not legal for Babe Ruth. You can only use BBCOR composite barrel bats.
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