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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2022 Combat B2 Ultra is a BBCOR and USSSA (drop 11, 10 and 8) produced and sold exclusively by JustBats.com. It has a huge barrel, light swing and is built after the Combat Maxum of days gone by. This is, effectively, a reprint of the old Combat Maxum bats circa 2018 that JustBats (via their parent company Pro Athlete) purchased and distributes. Those Combat Maxum bats were very well received and, in the right hands, hit the ball a country mile.
The 2022 Combat B2 Ultra is as curious as they come. Not to bore you too much, but in terms of history, the Combat was a Canadian composite bat company that produced BBCOR and USSSA bats with huge barrels and light swings. Around 2018, or so, Combat’s parent company claimed a chapter 11 bankruptcy and the parent company restructured Combat under Easton, a sister company. Combat became defunct.
But not so fast.
During that restructuring, as far as we’ve been able to gather, some of the intellectual property (or rights to it) as well as the remaining Combat inventory moved to Just Bats.
Easton also began producing a Combat in the Combat Maxum, which exists until this day.
In an unexpected twist, By 2018, Just Bats had reproduced the Combat into their own version named the B2. That B2 was JustBats’ last hurrah in the Combat bat space as they maintained the rights to reproduce a bat in the Combat name. At the time, someone at Easton told us they did not maintain those rights forever.
But that, of course, is when Easton was actually a company.
The 2022 Combat B2 Ultra is a surprise to us. JustBats has clearly retained the rights to reproduce the Combat B2 despite Easton’s continuation of the Easton Combat Maxum (under the Rawlings umbrella who acquired them last year). We are not sure, and likely never will be, if Rawlings acquisition by Easton made Just Bats intellectually property play more possible.
In any event, what once was once lost, now is found. Long live the Combat Maxum.
Single-piece composite bats are not typical in the space. However, the few that do exist are worth considering. We like the Combat Maxum (from Easton) a lot. And Dirt South’s MADE lines get a lot of good reviews too. If you want a single-piece composite bat with a big barrel and light swing, you don’t have a lot of options. But the ones you do have are usually quite a bit good.
Compared to the 2020 version of the bat there are no changes other than, at least according to our records, a drop 8 in lieu of the drop 5.
Or, we will venture a guess, the drop 5 2022 version will appear on the shelves when the 2020 version finally sells out on JustBats.com.
The 2022 Combat B2 Ultra is a single piece composite bat with a big barrel and a light swing. It is the same as the previous year’s version of the bat (the B2). The B2 is the same as the Combat Maxum bat of days gone by.
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.