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2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 7, 2019

The Vexxum line has always been a two-piece hybrid bat (composite handle, aluminum barrel) with blue-chip out of the wrapper pop yet a price point more in line with one piece full aluminum bats. As a result, it has been rated as one of the best value bats at its price point for a good few years now.


2015 NVS Vexxum Video

2015 NVS Vexxum Video

2015 NVS Vexxum Models
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While the world waits for DeMarini’s new CF7 and Voodoo FT to be released, the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum is also in lift off mode.

2015 NVS Vexxum Models

While the world waits for DeMarini’s new CF7 and Voodoo FT to be released, the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum is also in lift off mode.

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Comparable Bats

Previous Models

I get asked quite often what the difference are, besides the price point, between DeMarini’s Voodoo Overlord line and Vexxum line of metal bats. The Vexxum usually runs about $50 to $100 less expensive than the Overlord FT. At first glance the two bats can be considered similar: Both bats are a two-piece hybrid designs with composite handles and aluminum alloy barrels; Both are made by DeMarini; Both have names that start with a ‘V’.

But on closer inspection you’ll find some differences that, for some hitters, could justify the price difference.

First and foremost is the connective piece. The Voodoo Overlord FT uses the D-Fusion connective piece while the Vexxum uses, what appears to me, the same connective process the Voodoo used three or four years ago.


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Construction

The alloy barrel material has also been updated with DeMarini’s special aluminum blend. The claim is the new X12 Alloy, versus last years X10 Alloy, allows thinner walls with the same amount of durability. We have no reason to think this isn’t the case. The X12 alloy was also put on the top shelf and newly minted 2015 Voodoo Overlord FT.

Demarini also updated the design. Noticeably the knob is shaped like a D and the end cap has a pretty sweet look to it.

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.

2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum User Reviews

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