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).