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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The Easton Power Brigade line is back in 2015 with the usual suspects.
The Speed (S), XL, and MAKO lines will once again grace the plates of little leagues, high school and colleges around the country. Of course the big news is the MAKO TORQ with its spinning handle, but here we focus on the S1.
A 2015 Easton S1 review should read quite similar to the 2014 Easton S1 review. This light swinging bat is still a two-piece composite bat with THT Composite Handle and IMX Advanced composite barrel. THT is Easton’s proprietary spiral composite which dampens hand sting and the IMX is Easton’s proprietary blend that allows for a big barrel and enough durability. The bat also has Easton’s hinge CXN technology in the transition point.
As a result, those who are already good at contact and want to accentuate that ability with a bat that plays well to their strength really like the S1. Hence, as we see it, why those good at making contact also tend to prefer the S1.
The differences from 2014 to 2015 appear to be an upgraded grip texture and paint job.
We always hesitate to pigeon hole a bat for a certain type of hitter. And with the S1, many are, in our opinion, too quick to claim the bat is for contact or base hitters. The way we like to think of it is the S1 is a bat for hitters who prefer the maximum amount of plate coverage per ounce of swing weight. They may lose some compactness in the swing and drive in a batted ball, but the Easton’s S1 maximizes the opportunity for contact because its barrel is easier to handle.
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.