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