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2022 Easton ADV Hype Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 11, 2021

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.

2022 ADV Hype Models
BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10
USSSA –10
/10

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).

2022 ADV Hype Models

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).

BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10
USSSA –10
/10
BB22HYP

BBCOR Review

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 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.


OVERALL/10
Hype BBCOR Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Serial: BB22HYP
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
SL22HYP10

USSSA Drop 10 Review

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). If you need a 2 5/8 USSSA bat in a drop 10 or 8, then the Hype is just about your only option.

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). If you need a 2 5/8 USSSA bat in a drop 10 or 8, then the Hype is just about your only option.


OVERALL/10
Hype USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Serial: SL22HYP10
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
SL22HYP8

USSSA Drop 8 Review

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.

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.


OVERALL/10
Hype USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
1/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
3/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Serial: SL22HYP8
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
SL22HYP58

USSSA Drop 5 Review

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.

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.


OVERALL/10
Hype USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Serial: SL22HYP58
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
SL22HYP108

USSSA Drop 10 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.

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.


OVERALL/10
Hype USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: October 7, 2021
Serial: SL22HYP108
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Comparable Bats

There are plenty of two-piece composite bats comparable to the ADV Hype.

Previous Models

The new Hype appears to use the same TCT composite as was used in the MAKO versions of bats. We aren’t convinced they are exactly the same although the names are. For the 2022 Hype, Easton changed the handle, barrel, and connection piece.


Construction

  • Thermo Composite Technology™: Combines a massive barrel and sweet spot for the lightest swinging bat in Easton®’s lineup, delivering explosive power
  • ConneXion Max™: Delivers maximum energy transfer with an even stiffer feel on contact, while the injected Nitrocell™ foam helps dramatically reduce vibration
  • Pro Stiff Carbon Handle™: Designed with extra-stiff carbon fibers to create a more-solid handle, giving the most elite athletes that stiff feel they love
  • Power Boost™ “Soft Knob” Technology: Provides hitters with more leverage, while reducing vibration and improving comfort for the bottom hand
  • Flow-Tack™ Grip: Easton®’s most premium grip provides the ultimate combination of cushion and tack in solid color design
  • Country of Origin : Imported
  • Style : BB22HYP

Mareting Writeup

Meet the newest member of Easton’s prestigious family of bats – The 2022 ADV Hype™ offers the ideal combination of a massive barrel and sweet spot with a light swing weight for explosive power at the plate. The ConneXion Max™ taper is injected with Nitrocell™ foam to maximize energy transfer, produce a stiffer feel on contact and reduce vibration on mis-hits. The Pro-Stiff Carbon Handle™ is specifically designed with extra-stiff carbon fibers to create a more solid, stiffer handle that elite players love, while the Power Boost™ Soft Knob gives hitters with more leverage to improving bottom hand comfort.

Overall Ratings Key

To keep consistent ratings across years, models and brands, we’ve devloped an aggregated rating system using 6 categories. As well, we track swing weight (MOI), stiffness and profile although they do not affect the overall score directly. The explanation of each rating is below.

  1. MOI: is the swing weight accurately measured at our bat lab. We score it 1 through 5. No score is better than another. This is a descriptive value. A lower number (1) represents a light swinging bat for its class, while a higher number (5) represents an endloaded bat.
  2. Tech: The tech advancements in the bat are 5% of its overall score. We award points for innovation even if the invention encourages the industry to try new things.
  3. Durability: The bat’s lifespan is rated at 15% of the overall score. We gather this information almost exclusively from the user and player feedback. More reports of a bat breaking then the lower the score.
  4. Stiffness: Stiffness is not counted towards the overall score since it’s a complete preference. The higher the number, the stiffer the bat, the lower the number, the more flex in the bat directly after contact. This is significantly correlated to how good a bat feels on mishits and hits.
  5. Profile: The profile does not count towards the overall score. However, we do track it. A high number means the bat has an extensive profile, and a lower number means it has a small profile.
  6. Resell: We count the secondary market of a used value of the bat as 10% of the overall score. We think the demand for the bat in the secondary market (eBay and SidelineSwap) are a good indicator of how well the bat is perceived to perform. It also shows a more excellent value for the owner as their bat retains more value and no longer becomes valuable to them.
  7. Rating: This is the player rating and represents 25% of the overall score. These are gathered from our hitters and reviews we find online and those we have contact with from other reputable sources.
  8. EV: Exit Velocity is the rankings we create in our exit speed velocity tests every year on bats. This score represents 25% of the overall score.
  9. Relevance: Relevance measures how applicable and available a bat is for consumers. The broader range of sizes and the more appropriate the swing weight for the masses then, the higher the score. This metric accounts for 20% of the overall score.

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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