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2015 RIP-IT Air Elite BBCOR Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 2, 2022


Maybe most importantly, RIP-IT kept their best warranty in the business. It is a 400-day unlimited return as well as a 30-day love it or returns it (with free shipping) policy. You have to buy it from an authorized vendor (like these guys) to get a valid receipt. But with a 400-day warranty and a 30-day love, it or return it policy as liberal as theirs, it’s hard to not just pull the trigger and take it to the cage for a couple of weeks to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

Overall, the bat really is a hitter’s bat without frills or fancy names. It’s a balanced bat that is shaped like a baseball bat, feels like a baseball bat, and is made for hitters who accept the reality that good players are made in the cage, not in the aisles of sporting goods stores trying to wade through the minutia of connective pieces and rotating handles.

If you are a player or coach who just wants a bat that feels, looks, and hits baseballs well and consistently along all parts of the barrel then the 2015 RIP-IT Air Elite, with its very liberal 30-day return policy, is the place to start. It fits more in the base hitters realm than the home run hitters realm although I am sure the right hitter could dial in some tape measure shots with this shtick.


2015 Air Elite Video

2015 Air Elite Video

2015 Air Elite Models


The 2015 Air Elite BBCOR bat is a hybrid (composite handle, aluminum barrel) bat with a balanced swing weight. This is the second year that RIP-IT has produced a two-piece bat and it is a slight upgrade to the very successful and well-received 2014 Air Elite.

The bat swings similarly to Sluggers 715/Raid models–which is balanced. It is not as light as some composite and handle-loaded bats like the CF7 or S1 but not nearly as heavy as the XL1 or Voodoo FT. Of interest, it has, at least by our measurements, a heavier swing weight than its full aluminum little brother (the 2015 Air).

BBCOR
/10

General Recomendations

We would recommend this bat to hitters who: Prefer a balanced swing; Prefer hybrid bats; are unsure of what to do and are willing to take advantage of the no risk return policy; Are hitters in the 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 holes; are not on a budget.

We would NOT recommend this bat to hitters who: Prefer a composite barrel; Prefer a very light swing or an endloaded swing; are in the 4 or 5 holes; are on a budget.

Model Recommendations

B1503E

BBCOR Review

Air Elite BBCOR Ratings (key)
4 3 5 4 2 4 5 5 4 1
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The RIP-IT Air elite is a two-piece composite bat with a good-sized barrel, stiff feel and really amazing performance. RIP-IT has long been out of the baseball bat game, but the bats they made circa 2015 never got the credit they deserved.
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: January 1, 2015
Serial: B1503E
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

The 2015 Model keeps the gradual neck of the 2014 model. Those looking for a boat oar at the plate might find the Air Elite lacking—but those looking for what is probably the most consistent barrel on the market should be pretty happy with the bat.

As well, the 2015 model keeps the same weight distribution as the 2014 Air Elite. The inside of the barrel has a grooved spiral like the inside of a rifle barrel. This allows engineers to control the swing weight without the usual disadvantage that aluminum barrels lend to heavier swing weights.

Previous Models

The 2014 had a very gradual neck. Our experience was this gave a lot of hitters more success on contact made outside the sweet spot. Some report the ball exit speed on this bat is more consistent throughout the barrel than other oversized barrels that dribble to the pitcher outside the sweet spot. We don’t have the technicalities to measure that stuff for the 2015 models (maybe one day!) but as far as we could guess from our time in the cage there is probably some truth to that.

Construction

I’m not quite sure I’ll ever become accustomed to $400 baseball bats. But it seems like new top-shelf pricing now starts there. I’d suggest, considering its likeness to the 2014 version, maybe taking a stab at a new 2014 version (with valid receipts to still take advantage of the warranty and love it or return it policy) while the supplies last. Otherwise, the best place we’ve been able to pick up this bat new (and ones like it) is here. And hey, if you don’t like it, just send it back and spend your $400 elsewhere.

Overall Ratings

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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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