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By Bat Digest
Updated August 10, 2023
Those BBCOR hitters looking for a full piece aluminum bat with a brand bat may want to take the S3z for a spin. We think it clearly an improvement over the BBCOR S3 from years past. Any one-piece aluminum hitter who prefers a light swing weight should probably have this big barreled aluminum bat from Easton on the shortlist.
We recommend the 2015 Easton S3z for hitters who: Prefer aluminum barrels; Like one-piece aluminum bats; Are looking for the latest innovation but don't want to spend the latest innovation prices; Prefer a balanced to light swing weight; Also need a BBCOR bat.
We thought the 2014 S3 from Easton often suffered from too small of a sweet spot and a bat that was nearly too light to create any mustard on hits. The added barrel length in the S3z and its attention to a more balanced swing (instead of a handle load) are definitely improvements. The bat, to some extent, reminds us of the original Exogrid bat from Louisville Slugger. I am sure Easton (or Slugger) wouldn't accept that comparison, but an internal composite sleeve on a full aluminum shell has been done before. And, for what it's worth, the Exogrid was a very good, if not a bit heavy, bat. The S3z, with its new HyperLite aluminum alloy blend, does have addressed sometimes 'too heavy' complaint the ExoGrid suffered from.