When the dismal news that COMBAT would no longer be making baseball bats came to light, the team at JustBats.com went to work. We made sure that COMBAT lovers everywhere would have one final chance to swing the bat with the biggest sweet spot: the MAXUM. With a hitting surface that is 20-40% larger in comparison to competitor models, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM will provide plate coverage, unlike anything you've ever seen before. COMBAT understands the need to push technology to the limits while delivering products that will perform at the highest level. From inception to delivery, COMBAT bats are some of the best in the business at improving player performance. If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, COMBAT is sure to convey value and impress with their dedication to providing composite baseball bats at a fraction of the cost. It all starts with their precision molding technology (PMT) combined with a seamless construction design. These two features ensure no seams, no dead spots, and a perfectly tuned bat that results in ultra-consistent, hot out of the wrapper performance right out of the box. As they like to say, no seams mean no deads spots and in on the hands doesn't have to mean out at first base. The best part? COMBAT is so confident in their product that each MAXUM is backed by a full twelve (12) month warranty along with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with the performance of you bat within 30 days from your original purchase date, you may send it back for a full refund or exchange. COMBAT: Measure Up To The MAXUM!
This 218 COMBAT MAXUM Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) features a standard 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter, a drop 3 length to weight ratio, and the BBCOR certification for high school and collegiate approval. Plus, the handle comes pre-wrapped with a red, synthetic bat grip for enhanced comfort and reduced vibration. Push the limits of your performance and buy one of these COMBAT MAXUM baseball bats today with free shipping and 24/7 customer service exclusively at JustBats.com! Don't forget, we'll be here for you from click to hit!
add_circle_outlinePros: I'm so glad they brought back the MAXUM. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get another one after I heard COMBAT went under. The sweet spot on this bat is HUMONGOUS. Seriously, it's like Everest.
remove_circle_outlineCons: I do feel a bit of sting but that's pretty typical with a 1 piece bat.
add_circle_outlinePros: Bat has really good pop. Son used the Combat Maxum as a 14Uthis past year and loved it. He had lots of homers with this bat. As a 15U using the Combat Maxum BBCOR this fall. It has lots of pop and a large sweet spot.
add_circle_outlinePros: Great pop right out of the box. Grandson ( 14 years old) hit a few balls 300 ft. the first time with this bat. I would say it has a lot of pop, and should get better in time. Not a bad price for what you are getting.
Combat Maxum Vs Louisville Prime
add_circle_outlinePros: I am a HS Senior (2018) I am committed to a well known D1 College for baseball. I have had the opportunity to swing ALL of the "popular" bats. (Used LS Primes). I used the Combat Maxum 1/2 way thru summer season down at PG Events. I am telling you to run & get this bat. EXPLOSIVE OFF THE BAT !! The 1 pc construction bat lets power go right to the ball. LS is good bat, but Combat bat seriously made the ball jump.
remove_circle_outlineCons: Stinging!! The bat will teach you to square it up. If not, ouch. When you square it up, the ball flys effortlessly and it just feels good. LS Prime is forgiving on Miss hits, but I feel you trade off power for the anti vibration.
2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103
add_circle_outlinePros: This bat has a lot of pop...great feel and sound (not that 'ting' sounds but something more solid). Some folks on here reviewed it has having some vibration if miss hit...but my 15 year old reports no sting. This is quite a find for the price.
remove_circle_outlineCons: Nothing at this point...had it now for 2 weeks but a lot of use.
add_circle_outlinePros: huge barrel, no deadspots, great pop.
My son was using a 2018 Demarini CS ZEN. He is now driving the ball father with his 2018 Combat Maxum. My son did his research and said he's glad he chose his Maxum and I didn't have to spend $400. - $450.
add_circle_outlinePros: This bat has a giant sweet spot which allows you to easily get the ball on the barrel. Also, it has a very balanced feel which I love. I got the 30â€ 27oz bat and I love it. Really love the conposite design, and I highly recomend it.
remove_circle_outlineCons: Little sting when you hit it on the end of the bat or on the handle, but thats common with a one piece bat
add_circle_outlinePros: Cannot go wrong with this one piece composite bat. Great bat for the price, more bang for your buck. Expect the ball to carry further once the bat is broken in. My 13 year old really loves this bat.
Yes, this 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) has BBCOR certification and will be allowed for college sanctioned play.
I was under the impression that COMBAT were no longer going to be in production for this coming year. Is this not the case?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 was one of a few models that COMBAT did produce for 2018. This bat is something we at JustBats.com are able to sell exclusively.
What is the difference in this model and last year's model?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is very similar to the 2017 model with a different paint color.
Is the weight on this true to the listing or does it come in a little higher like the Easton Beast?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 will come 1.2 oz heavier.
Will this bat stay at the price of 259 dollars, or will it go back up after time?
It's difficult to predict the exact price in the future. However, it's unlikely the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 will go back up in price.
What happened to the lizard skin grip as shown on previous models?
The 2018 model does not feature the Lizard Skin grip.
The video says the 2018 has a Lizard Skin Grip. Then below your expert says no. Which is it?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 does not feature the Lizard Skin Grip tape. It features a very similar grip tape though.
How is this bat hot out of the wrapper being a composite bat?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 comes hot out of the wrapper due to the technology that Combat uses. Sometimes it may still require a break in, but it is a much shorter process than is required for other composites. You would probably only need to take about 50 swings to break it in.
How will the warranty on this bat be honored if combat isnt still in business?
We here at Justbats.com handle the 2018 Maxum Line warranty replacements in house.
Is the weight balanced along the bat or is it end loaded?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) Is a balanced bat.
Is this bat approved for use in Pony League (Pony Division) and USSSA type tournaments?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) is USSSA certified.
Does the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM have a lighter swing weight than the 918 Prime?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 will be slightly heavier than the LS Prime 918 BBCOR by roughly 0.4 ounces.
Can you compare/contrast the MAXUM and the CAT 7?
Both the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 and the Marucci Cat 7 feature one piece designs. Where they differ is the Cat 7 features an aluminum design and the Maxum has a composite design. Both have a balanced design.
What is the MOI of the 2018 MAXUM?
Unfortunately, COMBAT does not list the MOI of this 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103). However, the MAXUM line is very balanced in its weight distribution. The MOI is most likely pretty low and you want a lower MOI, this bat should deliver that feature for you.
Is this bat lighter than the 618 Solo BBCOR?
The balance of a bat can feel different to each player, but typically the Solo 618 feels more balanced to most players. The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is a very balanced bat though.
How does this bat compare the Vigor in terms of balance?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is more well balanced than the Vigor, and offers a larger sweet spot as well.
Is this bat really a Combat or an Easton built clone?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) was made by COMBAT.
How different is this bat from the 2016 Maxum?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103, in our opinion, only differs from the 2016 MAXUM in regards to the cosmetic design.
I would like to know what's the difference between this year and the 2017 BBCOR model? Also do all BBCOR bats come in a big barrel? I was hoping to keep a 2 1/4 barrel size.
Essentially the only difference between the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 and 2017 model would be the cosmetic design. As for BBCOR bats, they are all 2 5/8" barrel diameters with -3 length to weight ratios. As for the 2 1/4" barrel diameters, these bats are slowly being phased out.
My son had a 32/29 Cat 7. Will the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM 32" swing the same way, or is it a heavier bat?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 may feel slightly lighter to some when comparing it to the Marucci CAT 7; would venture to say possibly about a 1/2 ounce difference.
Is this bat USA approved under the new guidelines for 2018?
Unfortunately, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is not USA approved. It is just certified for BBCOR. It would be best to check with your specific league, as they may allow BBCOR as well.
Can you use it in cold weather?
At JustBats.com, we do not recommend using the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AM8MX103) in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Check out our blog post on cold weather bat care: https://blog.justbats.com/can-i-use-my-bat-in-cold-weather
My son played with Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 32/29. Does the Combat Maxum seem heavier or is it more balanced?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 features a one-piece composite design as opposed to the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBO5163 which featured a one-piece all alloy design. Both bats will feature a balanced swing weight but the Combat Maxum tends to be a little more balanced.
Is this bat approved for 2018 Dixie Youth play?
Unfortunately, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 does not have the USA certification and therefore will not be allowed for 2018 Dixie Youth play. This bat is legal for all 2018 USSSA sanctioned events, however.
How does this bat compare to the Omaha 518, which one has more pop, and which one is more balanced or lighter?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 features a one-piece composite design with an extended sweet spot for greater plate coverage. The 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat: WTLBBO518B3 is fairly similar but will feature a one-piece aluminum alloy. Both bats will have a balanced feel.
Is this bat legal for Texas high school play?
Yes, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is approved for play at the High School level in Texas.
Was the 2018 model year available in 34/31, if not what would you recommend as a comparable 1-piece composite bat?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 was never made in a 34 inch model and unfortunately there would not be another one-piece BBCOR model that would have been on the market.
Is 2018 Combat MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 approved for play in Massachusetts high school and Pony baseball?
Yes, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is approved for both high school play and Pony baseball.
Is this bat a -3?
Yes, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is a -3.
What is the best way to break in this particular bat?
The best way to break in the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 would be to hit off a tee or soft toss, roughly 150-250 swings, and rotate the barrel a 1/4" turn after each swing. Swing speed would only need to be roughly 70% of max swing effort.
I am 5'5" 150 lbs. I just turned 15 what size bat should I be using? This is my first year of high school.
Based on your height and weight we would recommend a 32"/29 ounce 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103.
I'm 5'5" and 150 lbs. I just turned 15, what size bat should I be using? It's my 1st year of high school.
Based on your height and weight, I would suggest a 31" 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103.
My son is 14 yrs old and plays travel ball. He is 5'2" and 100 lbs. I feel he needs a 31", but not sure about the weight and such. What would you suggest for a bat size?
If you are seeking a BBCOR bat for a 14 year old player, we would recommend getting the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 in a 29 inch model. You can always go up to a 31 inch model if you feel the player can handle the extra length and weight as this bat does feature a very balanced swing weight design.
My son is 16 and is a sophomore in high school. He is 6 ft. and 160 lbs. What would be the bat size he would use?
Based on your player's height and weight, I would suggest a 33" 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103.
Which is better for a contact hitter this bat or the MAKO Beast in your opinion?
I would probably say the Mako Beast as it is a two-piece design that is generally preferred a little more by contact hitters. The two-piece design allows the bat to flex and bend slightly more during the swing, providing a little more whip and making it easier to get the bat head through the zone.
What would be done if the bat were to break within the 1 year warranty and there were no replacements available due to Combat basically being out of business?
Easton and Combat were owned by the same parent company so, if this 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) were to break within 1 year of your purchase, Easton would handle the warranty process. If they can't replace this exact bat, they would provide an Easton bat as similar to the Combat Maxum as possible.
My son is 12 years old and is 5'-5'1". He weighs approximately 140 pounds. What length bat do you suggest?
Given your player's specifications, I would recommend the 31" 28oz. 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103.
My son is 15 and making the transition to high school ball. Given his height at 5'8" and weight of 130 lbs, what would you recommend for length in the MAXUM?
Based on your player's height and weight, I would recommend the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) in either the 31"/28 oz or 32"/29 oz size. He would likely be more comfortable with the 31" size this season but if you were hoping to get a bat with a little room for your player to grow, I would recommend the 32".
How does this bat compare to the Easton Beast X Speed? Are there any major differences?
Comparing the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 to the Easton Beast X Speed would be like comparing apples to oranges. The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 is a one-piece composite bat with a balanced swing weight while the Easton Beast X Speed is a one-piece alloy model with a balanced swing weight. The overall balance might be slightly better on the MAXUM.
Does the Combat have the same size barrel as the Beast X Speed? And is the barrel length the same?
All BBCOR bats will have a 2 5/8" barrel diameter, so yes they are the same size. The barrel length is fairly close on each model, but I would probably give a slight edge to the 2018 Combat Maxum.
What bat has a bigger sweet spot, the Easton Beast X Speed or the Combat Maxum? And which one is better for power?
I believe the 2018 Combat Maxum BBCOR (AB8MX103) will have a slightly larger sweet spot than the 2018 Easton Beast X Speed. Both bats are similarly designed for power however, since both will have a one-piece design.
How does the balance of the COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR compare to the Louisville Slugger Solo?
Both the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 and the LS Solo 618 are one-piece balanced bats. With that said, the overall balance of the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 will carry a slight edge of the LS Solo 618.
How does this Combat compare in balance swing weight compared to the 2017 Mizuno Maxcor and 2015 Easton Mako. Are two piece 2015 Mako bats for contact hitters?
All three of these bats are considered to have balanced swing weights a should provide good swing speeds. Generally two-piece bats are better suited for contact hitters since they flex more during the swing and provide better vibration dampening on mishits.
Next year in PA high school baseball they want everyone using -5. Do you have this bat in a 31 inch -5?
For high school play, one has to use a -3 BBCOR regardless of the state the player is in. The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 would qualify as a legal bat then for all high school and college players.
Can it be used in High School and Collegiate Baseball?
Yes, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 can be used in high school and college.
Does this red synthetic grip suppose to be better than 2017 lizard skin from last year. Any reason why they did this?
I wouldn't say that one grip is better than another. However, my best guess is that the new synthetic grip on the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 helps reduce vibration more than the lizard skin. I recommend reaching out to Combat if you want more information on why they changed the grip.
Is there a temperature that this bat should not be used under?
We recommend limiting use of any bat at temperatures below 55 degrees. When the temperature sinks below 55 degrees, the ball becomes denser and has the ability to damage the barrel walls of the bat. If a player is participating in a practice that is being held in conditions with a temperature below 55 degrees, we would recommend using an older model bat that will no longer be used for games or even a wooden bat. If a game is being held in conditions below 55 degrees we would recommend taking BP with a non-game model bat (or wooden model) and then only using the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat (AB8MX103) in the actual game.
Is this USA certified?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103, like all other BBCOR bats, will not come with the USA stamp as they held to a different certification for older players (high school and NCAA.) The performance threshold is very similar to the USA requirements though, and quite a few of the USA leagues allow for players to use a BBCOR bat.
Is there an option for a left handed grip?
Unfortunately, the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 will come as the grip that COMBAT provides.
I am a contact hitter and want a balanced bat that still provides plenty of pop. Should I get this bat or the 2018 velo?
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 would be a great option for a balanced option with performance.
Does this bat meet the Babe Ruth Leagues Junior Divisions bat standards?
USA Baseball Marking or BBCOR .50
2 5/8â€ Barrel
The 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 does feature the BBCOR .50 marking and features a 2 5/8" barrel, so it would be legal according to those rules.
High school baseball is played in the cold weather of Feb. How will this bat hold up in 32 to 50 degree weather?
It is hard to say whether the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM BBCOR Baseball Bat: AB8MX103 would hold up well in colder weather since this bat is fully composite. Generally speaking, the colder the weather the greater likelihood a bat can break down at a faster rate. If just using this bat for colder games you should be okay, assuming the entire season is not being played at these listed temperatures.
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