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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
After almost 5 years of experience with the 2015 Easton Mako we have more than a few things to say. But, to put it quickly, the bat is legendary. The 1.15 2 1/4 barrel pre-USA bat was the stuff dreams are made of—and still are. It is still a legal bat in USSSA play—the smaller barrel does not disqualify it. However, the bat is not allowed in USA play.
In short, the 2015 Mako is quite good. It is surprising, at least at the time of this re-write, the bat is still available from sellers in BBCOR sizes at a fraction of the price. We think these bats are worth your time to consider and if you can find a good price then jump on it.
The 2015 Orange Mako is a legend. It stands as the pinnacle of 2 1/4 USSSA bats—where Easton dominated by a wide margin.
In 2015 the major competitors for the Easton Mako were the other two piece composite bats on the market. That included the 2015 DeMarini CF7 as well as the Slugger’s (new at the time) 915 Prime. In terms of market share for 2015 the Mako absolutely dominated.
Easton returns the very popular MAKO bat for 2015. The bats penetration and hype in the market for 2014 was nearly unbelievable. Most retailers claim the 2014 release marked the start of the best selling baseball bat ever seen. It’s over-sized barrel, at the time, was unrivaled. It’s neon was recognizable from a 350 feet out. It’s hype and buzz were perfectly marketed and timed.
With such great success, not much has changed between the 2014 and 2015 of the most popular bat ever made: the bat is still a two piece composite bat with high end TCT composite barrel and composite handle as well as the CXN Easton technology. (Also, not much has changed for the 2016 Easton MAKO either).
Easton’s 2015 Mako is a two piece composite bat. That is, the handle and barrel are made separably, out of composite, and then put together with a connective piece. That connective piece determines the feel and stiffness of the bat at contact. In large measure, the connective piece will make or break a bat. The Easton Mako connective piece (called the CXN) is as good as they come.
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.