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Questions and Answers for COMBAT B4 Portent XL Senior League Baseball Bat: B4SL210
Is this bat Pony approved?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL Senior League Baseball Bat (B4SL210) is not approved for play in any Pony League. It features a 2 3/4" barrel diameter and Pony does not allow a barrel diameter bigger than 2 5/".
Do you know if this bat has been approved by Dixie Youth?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) Senior League has a 2 3/4" barrel diameter and is not approved for play in Dixie Youth. You are require to have a 2 1/4" barrel diameter in the A division through the Majors 12 and under division. You are also not allowed to have a barrel exceed 2 5/8" in diameter in the 'O'Zone division through the Majors 15-19.
What's the difference between Senior and Junior league bats ?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210 Senior League) is created for kid pitch leagues. A Junior Big Barrel bat would be created for Coach Pitch type leagues. The barrels of the Junior bats could dent or damage more easily if you use them in kid pitch leagues.
My son is 6 and playing on a coach pitch travel team. He really likes this bat. Does it make that much of a difference to use a Senior League versus a Junior League bat? He is currently using a "normal" 27" 16 oz. bat.
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 can be used in coach, machine and kid pitch. The junior big barrel bats have thinner walls, and are designed for coach pitch only.The COMBAT B4 Portent XL is a high performing bat and would work well in a coach pitch league.
Which would you consider the better bat for an 8U playing tournaments for both machine and kid pitch?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) is an excellent choice. It is high performing and can be used for machine and kid pitch.
My son is a 9 years old and 67 lbs. Would you suggestion for a size, 27" 17 oz.? He is 3'9".
Based on his height and weight we recommend a 27" 17 oz. COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210).
My son is 8. He weighs 76 lbs and is 55" tall. What bat would you recommend?
I would highly recommend the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210). Based on your son's height and weight, I would recommend a 28" bat.
My son is 7 years old (will turn 8 Sept 1st). He is big for his age (56" 115-120lbs) and is moving up to play with pitching machine/kid pitch, Mustang league. What do you recommend? The chart says 29" but I wonder if 28" is better for now.
Using our Bat Coach, I determined that a 29" bat would be the size I suggest for your son in the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210).
Some leagues don't allow composite bats. Can my son use this bat in 8U under Nations Baseball?
According to the Nations Baseball website there are no restrictions in that age group. Therefore, the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL21) would be legal. Here is a link to the website: http://www.nations-baseball.com/documents/Nations%20Baseball%20Rules%202014.pdf
In many of the reviews/comment sections for this bat and the TPX it is with in the bat pack, it says the bats cracked or broke after some uses. How do you handle that situation, how long is it warranted from you vs manufacturer? What is you customer service in this situation? TY
All bat warranties are through the manufacturer. If you ever have a defect in a bat you only need a copy of the receipt from us and the warranty number for the manufacturer. If you do not want to pay for shipping to the manufacturer, you can ship it back to us using our free return label and we can forward it on to the manufacturer for you.
Please help me choose between this and the Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha XL: SL136XL Senior League. My 7 year-old son is just under 60 lbs and about 52" tall. I am thinking a 28" -10 and his biggest need is more bat speed to increase power.
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) and the Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha XL (SL136XL) are both very high performing bats that are very balanced. For a younger player that needs more bat speed we recommend a -12 2014 COMBAT Portent (PORSL112).
I am just starting baseball and I am wondering if this is a good bat to start with and what size I might need? I am 5ft tall and 114lbs.
Yes, the COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League is a very solid bat that will offer quality performance. For someone your size, we would recommend a 30" bat, which is the longest bat that we offer in this model. You could also elect to go down to a 29" bat, depending on if you are more comfortable with a slightly smaller bat, or if you like to stand closer to the plate, or other variables of such nature.
Is the B4 Portent end loaded? If so, which is more end loaded: the 2014 S1 or B4 Portent?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) Senior League has a balanced swing weight. The Easton S1 also has a balanced swing weight.
My son is 3' 10" tall and weighs about 52 lbs. He plays in a pitching machine league that's throws 39 mph. Is this a good choice? Or what would you recommended?
Yes, the COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210 Senior League) would be a great choice with its 2 3/4" big barrel size. The 26" 16 oz. size would be best recommended at his size.
My son will be 7 in April. He is 4' 1" and weighs 48 lbs. What bat size do you recommend?
The correct size for him in the COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League would be a 28".
I have an 11 yr old who is 60 inches tall weighs 85 pounds. He currently has an Easton S1 30 inches long -13. He can use a big barrel bat this year for the first time. He hits line drives and ground balls; looking of something that will jump off the bat.
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) uses high quality composite materials. It is very high performing and durable. The Portent is very balanced and is great for a player making the transition to a big barrel.
My son is 7 yrs old weighs 75 lbs and 4'2". What size would you recommend?
Based on his height and weight we recommend a 28" 18 oz. 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210).
What would you prefer for a power hitter. This bat or the 2013 Easton XL1?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League will be considered a balanced model. Most power hitters prefer an endloaded feel, so I would recommend the Easton XL1.
Can this bat be used in 11U USSSA baseball?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL (B4SL210) carries the USSSA thumb print stamp and will be legal for play in 14U & below.
Kara said "make sure to avoid using it in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls." Why is that?
The yellow dimpled balls used in a batting cage are too dense. They can damage the composite materials used in the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League.
My son is 10 years old. He is 5' and 87 lbs. What is a good size for him?
Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League in a 30''. For more information on sizing please visit our Bat Coach at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/.
Can you use this bat all year long? Can it be used in cold weather or does it have to be a certain temperature to be able to use it? I know composite bats don't line the cold for the fact they tend to shatter.
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League should not be used in temperatures below 55 degrees.
My son will be 9 in January, and he plays on a travel team. He is 50 inches tall and weighs 49 lbs. What size would you recommend?
Based on his height and weight, we would recommend a 28" model of the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League.
Is this better than the regular b4 portent senior league?
The COMBAT B4 Portent XL has a 2 3/4 inch barrel and the COMBAT B4 Portent has a 2 5/8 inch barrel.
Just want to clarify---This bat would not be legal for 11U in USSSA ball?
This bat is approved for USSSA play. If you look closely on the taper of the bat you will see the USSSA BPF 1.15 thumbprint stamp.
My son is 4' 4" and 70 lbs. with average bat speed. Would this be a good bat for him to use? And what size bat do you recommend?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League is a very balanced bat, great for increasing bat speed. Based on his height and weight we recommend a 28" 18 oz.
I have read great reviews about this bat but the one con I've read is that it breaks fast. What is the warranty like for this bat? Is the bat prone to breaking?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat will have a 12 month warranty through COMBAT. This bat is not prone to breaking and will have great performance.
How much break in is required?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League will take approximately 100-200 swings we break-in. We recommend to break-in a composite bats by taking 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss. Rotate the barrel about 1 1/4" each swing. Make sure to avoid using it in batting cages that use yellow dimpled balls.
What does the XL stand for? I noticed there is also an SL of this style bat.
The XL in 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League represents that this bat has the larger, 2 3/4" barrel diameter. Some leagues do not allow the use of bats with the 2 3/4" barrel diameter. The other model with the 2 5/8" barrel diameter is the B4SL1. The SL in each product code stands for Senior League which is another term for Youth Big Barrel.
Why did they make a 2 3/4" size, and what is the difference between the 2 5/8" barrel?
Some Youth Big Barrel leagues allow the use of the 2 3/4" barrel diameter models. The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat provides a larger hitting surface than models with 2 5/8" barrels.
I play in a USSSA AAA team and was wondering if 2 3/4 barrel bats are legal in that league?
The 2 3/4" barrel like the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent can be used in 14U and 15U and above USSSA.
What is the difference between this bat and the Easton S1 -10?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat is a one-piece composite bat with a 2 3/4" barrel diameter. The Easton S1 Senior League: SL13S110 is a two-piece composite design with a 2 5/8" barrel diameter. The S1 provides a bit more trampoline effect on contact while the B4 Portent transfers energy more efficiently to the ball. Both are also very balanced models.
Is the 2 5/8" barrel one very balanced?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent with the 2 5/8" barrel will be a fairly balanced bat.
I just received the following COMbat B4 SL Portent model, B4SLl210 31" 21 oz. 2 3/4" barrel made in China all composite. The bat hits and sounds like an aluminum bat and I cannot find one with specs online, the specs being made in China 2 3/4" barrel , just concern it may not be composite.
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat is a fully composite bat design. Here is COMBAT's number if you wish to contact them: 866-266-2287.
Everywhere I have seen this bat for sale, its listed as a 2 5/8" bat. You have it listed as a 2 3/4 bat. Does it come in both?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League bat features a barrel diameter of 2 3/4", as listed. The B4 Portent was also produced in a -10 model with a 2 5/8" barrel diameter. Unfortunately, we no longer carry that model.
Does this bat have more pop than the XL1 big barrel?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League and Easton XL1 will be very similar in performance, as they are both full composite bats.
I am in a 12u AAU league. I want to take advantage of the fact that we can use big barrel bats for the league. Weight, balance, and technology aside, which bat has more pop, this one or a Senior League B3?
The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League and the COMBAT B3 will be just about identical in performance. It would be near impossible to see a performance difference between either bat.
Do you think this bat is better than the Marucci Team bat.
Since the 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent XL: B4SL210 Senior League is a Composite bat it will be a higher quality then the Marucci Team.
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