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2022 Easton ADV Hype Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated October 8, 2021

Easton’s latest and greatest two-piece composite is the 2022 ADV Hype. The non-drop 5’s are built for the contact hitter that likes a big barrel, light swing, and a great feel on contact. The best feature, we think, is the Power Boost knob which is a knob made of a pliable rubber that feels better on the hands. Performance looks excellent, and the “new” composite barrel, connection piece, and handle are intriguing compared to the ADV 360. The Hype does NOT come in a USA—Easton kept the ADV 360 intact for that line, and you can find that 2022 review here.

More than a few suggest the “new” Hype uses the “old” TCT composite from the MAKO series of bats and the end cap from older bats. Easton still claims the Thermo Composite Tech (TCT) on the 2022 Hype is “New,” so we aren’t sure exactly what to make of these claims circling the internet.
Regardless, was the 2017 USSSA Easton MAKO Beast in a 2 5/8 somehow superior to the 2020 Easton ADV 360? Don’t let anyone rewrite history here. From 2016 through 2019, the USSSA 2 3/4 and 2 5/8 market was entirely dominated by the CF in USSSA. Like, downright completely. Pre USA bat, the MAKO dominated the 2 1/4 market, and its TCT composite did unbelievable in that size. But, the 2 3/4 and 2 5/8 MAKO’s and their TCT composite were trounced entirely by the CF.
 
If this “new” TCT is the “old” TCT, why must it also follow that the Hype will potentially dominate the 2 5/8 and 2 3/4 USSSA market when it never did in the first place?
 
And why would Easton have gone away from the TCT in 2018 or thereabouts if it were so special?
 
None of that is to say the Hype isn’t a perfectly reasonable bat that will treat many kids the right way. Indeed, it may end up being the best two-piece composite 2 3/4 or 2 5/8 USSSA Easton has ever made. But, to put it perfectly frank, that isn’t a high bar to clear. No 2 3/4 or 2 5/8 USSSA Easton bat has ever been a must-buy (save maybe a 2017 drop 5 Beast X Ghost, but I digress).
 

This also isn’t to say this ‘new new is the old’ is what Easton is pitching (although I’m confident they’re willing to let that story run). But it is to say, when surfing your social feeds, be wary of the hype.

(Groan, that dad joke was too easy).

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2022 Easton Hype BBCOR

$500

Original Price

Hype BBCOR Drop 3

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype is Easton's top of the line BBCOR bat for 2022. It replaces the ADV 360 as the feature bat with a newly designed barrel, handle and connection piece. Although still a light swinging two-piece composite bat, it is different enough to be considered a measurable change from the 2021 Easton ADV 360. The price, you will note, is also the most expensive BBCOR bat Easton has ever tried to sell.

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/27, 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: BB22HYP

Release Month:

Related: Best BBCOR Bats

2022 Easton Hype USSSA Drop 8

$350

Original Price

Hype USSSA Drop 8

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype Drop 8 is a 2 3/4 only is Easton's top-of-the-line BBCOR bat for 2022. It replaces the ADV 360 as the feature bat with a newly designed barrel, handle and connection piece. Although still a light swinging two-piece composite bat, it is different enough to be considered a measurable change from the 2021 Easton ADV 360. The drop 8 comes in a 2 5/8 (SL22HYP8) with lengths from 29 through 32-inch.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 29/21, 30/22, 31/23, 32/24

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 8

Swing Weight: Hand Loaded (10% or Lighter than Industry Average)

Serial Number: SL22HYP8

Release Month:

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2022 Easton Hype USSSA Drop 5

$350

Original Price

Hype USSSA Drop 5

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype Drop 5 is a 2 5/8 only is Easton's top-of-the-line BBCOR bat for 2022. It replaces the ADV 360 as the feature bat with a newly designed barrel, handle and connection piece. The drop 5 has a heavier swing weight and is built for the 11 to 13-year-old hitter that likes to pack a punch in an endloaded bat. It comes in 30, 31 and 32-inch option.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: SL22HYP58

Release Month:

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2022 Easton Hype USSSA Drop 10

$350

Original Price

Hype USSSA Drop 10

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype is Easton's top-of-the-line BBCOR bat for 2022. It replaces the ADV 360 as the feature bat with a newly designed barrel, handle and connection piece. Although still a light swinging two-piece composite bat, it is different enough to be considered a measurable change from the 2021 Easton ADV 360. The price, you will note, is also the most expensive BBCOR bat Easton has ever tried to sell. The drop 10 comes in both a 2 5/8 (SL22HYP108) as well as a 2 3/4 (SL22HYP10).

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 27/17, 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Balance + (5 to 10% Heavier Than Industry Average)

Serial Number: SL22HYP10

Release Month:

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2022 Easton ADV Hype Review

We haven’t had much experience with the ADV Hypes just yet, but the general feedback we are getting from the hitters are they like the big barrel and feel of the ADV Hype. Two piece composites are tough to differentiate these days, so it is hard to say if the bat is a considerable upgrade/chagne from the ADV 360. But, the bat has so far been well received and we’ll need more time to decide how much we really do like it.

ADV Hype Ratings
Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 9.1/10 Total Weighted Rating 9.1/10

2022 Easton ADV Hype Review

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 9.1/10 Total Weighted Rating 9.1/10

We haven’t had much experience with the ADV Hypes just yet, but the general feedback we are getting from the hitters are they like the big barrel and feel of the ADV Hype. Two piece composites are tough to differentiate these days, so it is hard to say if the bat is a considerable upgrade/chagne from the ADV 360. But, the bat has so far been well received and we’ll need more time to decide how much we really do like it.

Comparable Bats

1. 2021 CF

The 2021 DeMarini CF is just like the 2020 line. That is not a bad thing. All versions have that flex feel handle. The BBCOR swings light. The USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5 will still be legendary. The USA version is still struggling to impress (as all USA bats are). Also, the 2021 bat is called the CF, not the “CF Zen.” But, plenty of people search or refer to the bat as the “Zen,” so we use it here. But, to be sure, it is the 2021 CF.

2. 2021 CAT Composite

Marucci is releasing a new bat for 2021 called the Marucci CAT 9 Composite. This is a two-piece composite bat found in USSSA, USA, and BBCOR. The bat will compete directly in a very competitive two-piece market against bats like the META, CF, ADV 360, and Quatro Pro. The bat has a balanced swing, huge barrel and, according to some our hitters, hits absolute rockets.

3. 2021 Meta
See the Meta Review

We’ve hit with the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta over 1,000 times. Compared to the 2020 version, there are very few changes. However, the sound of the bat, due to a new end cap, as well as a minor barrel restructuring gives it a different sound. No bat is anticipated, much like the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta.

Expect a USSSA meta in a drop 10, 8, and 5 in October of 2020.

In June of 2020, Slugger releases the 33″ version of the 2021 Meta. This is mainly meant to replace the 2020 33″ which was made illegal. Expect to see the remaining sizes of the Meta in October, when Slugger releases the bulk of their BBCOR bats. You can check Slugger’s 2021 Meta page here for available sizing.

2022 Easton ADV Hype Model Tips

Generally, two piece composite bats are built for the contact type hitter that wants as much barrel per swing weight as they can manage. The 2022 Easton ADV Hype satisfies that demand. If you have a limitless budget and want the very best Easton has to offer for that growing player and the good to great contact hitter then the Easton ADV Hype can be a great fit.

2022 Easton ADV Hype Review

With a big barrel and a light swing the 2022 ADV Hype is built for the 1, 2 or bottom of the lineup kid that wants as much chance to make serious contact as possible. The bat swings light, feels great and clearly performs as well as BBCOR bats are allowed.

Price Check
2022 Easton ADV Hype Review

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype in USSSA is an all player and fields bat that comes in more sizes than any most other brands and models. If you want a drop 5, 8 or 10 in different barrel diameter then you have an option. The drop 5 is only in the 2 5/8 while the drop 8 comes in the 2 3/4. The drop 10 Hypes come in both a 2 3/4 as well as a 2 5/8 version. Sizing ranges from a 27 inch up through a 32. There really is a bat option for every type of player. We like the drop 5 and it can do damage in the right hands. The drop 10 is built with that light swinging gap power type hitter that needs and wants as much barrel per swing weight they can manage.

Price Check

2022 Easton ADV Hype User Reviews

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Pop
8.5
Durability
10
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
10
Feel on Mishits
8
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