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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2020 Combat B2 is a JustBats production—who acquired enough of the intellectual property rights during Combat’s bankruptcy in 2018 to somehow produce a bat with the name Combat. The B2 is taken from a 2014/15 Combat bat but is put on a reprtin of the Combat Maxum from 2018. That entails the 2020 Combat B2 you see here. We think the Combat Maxum from 2018 was a good to great bat.
Our hitters like the single-piece feel of the 2020 Combat B2. It’s a light swing in BBCOR and USSSA. The drop 5 is a fan favorite as the heavier swing weight and massive barrel make for a fun hit.
Other single-piece bats in the composite space include the Maxum series from Easton and Combat.
The Combat B2 is a JustBats sponsored and produced bat under the intellectual property rights they acquired during Combat parent company’s bankruptcy. We aren’t sure how it all works, but in any event, JustBats has retained the rights to both produce and sell a bat with the Combat name exclusively.
The Combat B2 takes the name from a 2014/15 Combat line and puts it on the Combat Maxum from 2018—which this 2020 B2 ATB is an exact replica of.
Here are the manufacturers write up on the bat’s construction features:
After years of going undetected, one of the hottest bats of the past is back! JustBats is reintroducing the Combat B2 for the season, looking to no longer go Under the Radar! The COMBAT B2 ATB -11 USSSA Baseball Bat: SL20B211 utilizes ATB Composite construction, which incorporates computer controlled precision providing the most technologically advanced barrel in the game. This one piece, fully composite model will be stiff on contact, offers a well balanced swing weight, and a large sweet spot making it a great option for any type of young hitter!
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.