2016
Combat
Maxum

2016 Combat Maxum Review

Combat, a Canadian based company, is known in the baseball space for a high-performance one-piece composite baseball bat with a lot of barrel.


2016 Maxum Video

2016 Maxum Models

Models Overview

For 2016, they brings another iteration and upgrade of that mold to the market. They are calling the 2016 Combat Maxum. We have hit with this bat extensively and use that data to compile our 2016 Combat MAXUM review.

The 2016 Maxum upgrades directly from the 2015 Portent G3. It also adds a youth (2 1/4) barrel to the lineup—-which they haven’t produced since 2014. The 2016 Maxum line is the largest line of baseball bats Combat has ever released—which is a tell tell sign that whatever they are doing up North is working.


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Comparable Bats

In the comparable bat world of 2016 the only thing close to this bat is the a Dirty South Swag. Both are big barreled single piece composite bats. Both also have massive followings.

You can also look at something like a 2016 Louisville Slugger Catalyst. Those bats don’t have as big a barrel but they are made of a single piece of composite.

Construction

It will NOT be hard to love Combat’s flagship baseball bat. The barrels are gigantic. The one piece design can ring your hands but the power that comes with the seamless construction is a thing of beauty. The continuation of the premium lizard skin grips are a great touch. We also love the numerous sizing options. We are hopeful the drop 5 Maxum will become as good a bat you can find. The color coding is well thought out. The 500 day warranty is the best the industry has ever seen.

Performance wise we have no reason to suspect the bat will be anything other than its predecessors—which was fantastic. The drop 5 will be a player favorite and the all big barrel versions should have the most plate coverage per swing weight any one can purchase for any price in 2016. The low swing weight will feel right at home for many players at the plate.

Do we wish it wasn’t as pricey out of the gates? Of course. But we are sure this won’t be the last time our asthma inhaler is on overdrive due to the price points of 2016 baseball bats.