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2023 Victus Nox 2 Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated January 24, 2023


The 2023 Victus Nox 2 is a two-piece hybrid bat with a heavy swing weight that comes in a BBCOR and USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5. We are fans and a lot of hitters who want a durable bat but still an excellent feel, as well as can handle a bit of load, really like the Nox. The Nox 2 is a lot like the original Nox, so we expect it to do well and get good reviews across the board. We think the BBCOR version and the drop 8 in USSSA are stars.


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2023 Nox 2 Video

2023 Nox 2 Video

2023 Nox 2 Models


The 2023 Victus NOX 2 is a big-time bat for big hitters. This is not for the faint of heart. Those who want a light swing and a big barrel should look elsewhere. But if you can handle some mass and enjoy some of the highest swing weights for its length, then take a close look at the NOX.

BBCOR
/10*
USSSA –5
/10*
USSSA –8
/10*
USSSA –10
/10*

General Recomendations

Bats whose BBCOR and USSSA versions serve a different market (a big hitter for BBCOR and a balanced drop 10) often struggle to make sense in the market and get the traction they deserve. The Nox 2 may fall trap here. In BBCOR and reduction 5/8 USSSA, it’s an endloaded bat, serving the big hitter who wants hot out-of-the-wrapper alloy performance. The younger kid who wants speed can try the drop 10, but we think they’ll be at least slightly disappointed. If you’re a big hitter and enjoy a big hybrid bat in the BBCOR or drop 5/8 space, then the Nox 2 is your ticket to ride.

Model Recommendations

VCBN2

BBCOR Review*

Nox 2 BBCOR Ratings (key)
5 4 5 3 4 3 5 5 5 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
The 2023 Victus NOX 2 is a second-generation bat with an endload, big barrel and a really good feel. Victus, the sister company of Marucci, makes the Nox and Vandal, and the BBCOR version of the Nox servers as their heaviest swinging BBCOR bat they make. It's $50 more than the 2021 version.
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 33.5, 34-inch
Release Date: January 20, 2023
Serial: VCBN2
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
VSBN2Y5

USSSA Drop 5 Review*

Nox 2 USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
1 5 3 3 3 4 4 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
The drop 5 Nox is a two-piece hybrid bat built with the big hitter in mind. Those in the space not willing or wanting to use the famed CF drop 5, and like the idea of an aluminum barrel that is ready to go out of the wrapper and durable too, should really like the Drop 5 Nox. It's a big barrel with a moderately stiff connection, drop 5 average swing weight and if you can square it up will absolutely fly.
Sizing: 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: January 20, 2023
Serial: VSBN2Y5
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
Similar Drop 5 USSSA Bats
VSBN2X8

USSSA Drop 8 Review*

Nox USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 3 3 4 5 5 5 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
The Victus Nox 2 is available in a USSSA version in drops 10, 8, and 5. The drop 8 version is a two-piece hybrid bat with a big barrel and a smooth connection on impact. It uses a unique threaded connection to help dampen stings on mishits. The alloy barrel is ready to use straight out of the wrapper and the drop 8 version is slightly heavier than traditional composite two-piece bats. This bat is a good option for players looking for a durable two-piece hybrid in a drop 8 and is the best-reviewed Nox of the lineup.
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date:
Serial: VSBN2X8
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
VSBN2X10

USSSA Drop 10 Review*

Nox 2 USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
4 4 4 2 3 3 5 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
The 2023 Victus NOX 2 is a USSSA bat with a drop 10 that offers a balanced swing and good feeling connection. Many players appreciate its two-piece hybrid design and smooth feel. It may be slightly heavier than other bats like the CF or CAT X Composite, but it is still well-liked and performs well. If you are looking for a durable alternative to the Marucci CAT 9 Connect, the drop 10 USSSA Victus Nox is a solid option.
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: November 1, 2020
Serial: VSBN2X10
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
Similar Drop 10/11 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

Two piece hybrid bats that have a big swing are found in the Select PWR form Slugger and The Goods from DeMarini.

Previous Models

The major change for the 2021 NOX is the upgrade in the connection piece. It appears to be a stiffer feel with a little more durability. But, time will only tell if as this bat gets in more hitters hands.

Construction

The NOX 2 is a two-piece hybrid bat with a carbon composite handle and military-grade aluminum barrel. It uses the 2SIX connection system to reduce vibrations and increase energy transfer. The barrel is ringless and made with multi-variable wall thicknesses for a flexible sweet spot. It has a pro-tapered handle for better control and a soft-touch grip for improved feel. It is USSSA 1.15 BPF certified and comes with a one-year warranty.

Overall Ratings

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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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