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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
There is a whole list of things I think about when the word Canada comes to mind.
Nowhere on the list, at least until now, has been baseball bats. But the truth is, a couple relatively inconspicuous companies have been making really good baseball bats from America’s 51st state for quite a while. The first, a wood bat swung by a bunch of MLBers is Sam Bats. The second is a composite bat and hybrid bat company named Combat.
Combat is a little league household name because of its ability to create one piece composite bats. The original one piece composite, called the B1 DaBomb, is one of the best little league bats ever made. Combat took that success and, every year since, has released an iteration of the one piece composite.
The genealogy of today’s Portent G3 looks something like this: B1 DaBomb, B2 DaBomb, B2 Reloaded, B3, B3 Gear Retro, B4, B4 Portent, Portent and now, the Portent G3.
If you just did the count the Portent G3 would be Combat’s B9. We think the B9 Bomber would have been a great name. Next year a B10 Bomber would have been even better. But alas, the Portent G3 it is.
For 2015, Combat in particular released a whole slew of bats: A two piece full composite bat called the 2015 Wanted (which is a color and grip upgrade from the 2014 Wanted version); A new line in a two-piece hybrid (composite handle, aluminum barrel) in the Hybrid Fray; and a list of barrel sizes and drops in their flagship one-piece composite with a 2015 name of Portent G3 (Price Check).
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.