Questions and Answers for Easton L3.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat: SP14L3
What is the BPF for this bat?
Because this Easton L3.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L3) is only approved for ASA play, a BPF rating is not provided like it is for USSSA play. The USSSA regulation still permits a little more performance than ASA models, so it should meet that BPF standard. However, most leagues that require a BPF 1.20 rating will not allow the use of any bat that doesn't have that USSSA crest.
What is the difference between the Easton L3.0 and the Easton L4.0 besides the L4.0 being a Players Model?
The 2014 Easton L3.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L3) has a two-piece construction using Easton's Connexion Technology and the 2014 Easton L4.0 Brett Helmer Pro Model Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L4) is a one-piece single system composite design.
What is the speed rating the ball comes off the bat? I think my league has a maximum of 98 MPH.
All ASA certified slow pitch bats will still be certified at a 98 MPH ball exit speed in their performance certification test, even after the changes made to the test for last year's bat line. This 2014 Easton L3.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L3) should be approved for your league if that is the cutoff, but I would still double-check with a league director to see if they can provide an approved bat list or give you the OK to use this model.
I currently have an Easton (SSR4) Stealth Speed XL. Would you say this bat is similar to the new L3.0?
This 2014 Easton L3.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L3) will have a shorter barrel (12" vs. 13.5") and offers a heavier end load than the (SSR4). Based on swing weight and barrel size, that Stealth model would be between the L3.0 and the B3.0. Both the L3.0 and B3.0 would feature an upgraded composite in their handle (SIC Black Carbon Composite) when compared to the Stealth Speed XL.
Does this bat have CNT? Is CNT in the barrel, or just the handle for the older Eastons?
The Carbon Nanotube Technology would have been found in the handles of those models. But it's actually been replaced in Easton's bat lineup by the SIC Black Carbon Composite that you'll find in the handle of the 2014 Easton L3.0 Slow Pitch Softball Bat (SP14L3). The L3.0 features the IMX Composite in its barrel.
What Easton bat would be the same or about the same as the old gray and orange Easton Stealth COMP?
The 2014 Easton B3.0 (SP14B3) Slow Pitch bat would be the most comparable model in Easton's product line to the Easton Stealth COMP CNT Softball Bat (SCN5) Slow Pitch bat. Both bats feature balanced swing weights, two-piece fully composite designs, and are ASA certified. The main difference would be the upgrade made to the composite handle of the B3.0 and the fact that the Stealth was certified for both ASA and USSSA play. This 2014 Easton L3.0 (SP14L3) Slow Pitch bat has an end loaded swing weight and smaller barrel length than either of the other two models.
Is there a difference between the Easton L3.0 and the B3.0?
Both the 2014 Easton L3.0 (SP14L3) and B3.0 Slow Pitch softball bats are two-piece composite models that are approved for play in ASA, but they offer different length barrels and different swing weights. The B3.0 offers a 13.5" barrel length and is very balanced. The balanced swing weight is easier to control and allows the player to reach higher swing speeds. The L3.0 features a 12" barrel length and an end loaded swing weight that is typically preferred by a power hitter.
I use to swing the Stealth Tri-Zone, how does the new L3.0 compare? Is the endload similar? If not, is thre another bat that is similar to the Tri-Zone?
The end load of this 2014 Easton L3.0 (SP14L3) Slow Pitch bat is more pronounced than the Brett Helmer Stealth Tri-Zone models. With the new Raw Power lineup, the end load increases as you go up in size. In Easton's product line, this L3.0 would be the most similar to the Stealth Tri-Zone models, aside from the end load.
How does the new L3.0 compare to the DeMarini higher end models? Also, torn between the L3.0 & B3.0. I know balanced vs end load, but is there a substantial difference in the pop between them?
There is not a substantial difference in pop between the B-Series and L-Series on the Easton bats. The faster your swing speed can be the farther the ball will travel. The 2014 Easton L3.0 (SP14L3 Slow Pitch) will resemble the DeMarini J3 1.20 (DXNTU Slow Pitch) or the 2014 DeMarini Juggernaut Softball Bat (DXNT3 Slow Pitch). The two-piece fully composite designs and slight end load will make for a very high performance.
When will you have 30 oz. sizes of the L3.0?
The 2014 Easton L3.0 (SP14L3) is not made in a 30 oz. The largest size available is a 28 oz.
I cannot find this bat on Easton's website. Is it exclusive to Justbats? Also will you have the L4.0 when its available in April?
The 2014 Easton L3.0 (SP14L3) Slow Pitch is not exclusive to justbats.com. Yes, we will have the L4.0 in April.
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