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2016 Easton Z-Core Review: The New S3z

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022

The 2016 Easton Z-Core (Amazon Price Check) is a single-piece and balanced swinging aluminum alloy bat. The Z-Core, not to be confused with the Z-Core Torq or Z-Core XL, incorporates an internal composite reinforcement along the barrel’s length. This gives the bat a considerably large barrel for a single piece alloy. Easton’s marketing literature often refers to this as ‘Mako-sizing’ the bat, which is about, obviously, the Easton MAKO’s considerable barrel size.

Price Check

2016 Z-Core Video

2016 Z-Core Video

2016 Z-Core Models

The bat comes with a middle of the road swing weight not nearly as hand loaded as the traditional Easton MAKO but nowhere close to as heavy swinging as the Z-Core’s fatter brother: The 2016 Easton Z-Core XL.

In the drop 3 (BBCOR), Easton is currently offering a limited edition of the bat for the same price point. But you need to go right to their site to get that small quantity offer.


General Recomendations

The 2016 Easton Z-Core is a hot out of the wrapper BBCOR bat with a middle of the road swing weight. As such, we’d recommend the bat for Collegiate or High School players who like the idea of a performance name bat with a balanced swing and a reasonable price tag. Most who prefer single piece aluminum bats do so for the power associated with them. They also tend to prefer end-loaded bats (like the Z-Core XL or Demarini Insane). This paints the 2016 Z-Core as a less compelling option for most high school and collegiate hitters looking for one piece of power.

Model Recommendations


BBCOR Review

S3Z Zcore BBCOR Ratings (key)
4 3 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 1
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date:
Serial: BB15S3Z
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

There are lots of single-piece aluminum performance bats with balanced swing weights on the market today. Many of them are worth a look—the Louisville Slugger 516 Omaha, 2015 Marucci CAT 6, and the RIP-IT Air.

In the performance, Easton line up, the 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ or 2015 Easton S3z may be worth a look if your okay with a rotating bottom hand or last year’s model—which is identical in terms of performance. Although a smaller barrel, an Easton 2014 S3 from days gone by, can be found on eBay with a search like this, if you are really on a budget, but we always hesitate to buy aluminum barreled bats on the secondary market.

Previous Models

The 2016 Easton Z-Core is the 2nd printing of the 2015 Easton S3z. The 2016 version incorporates a new color design and nothing, as far as we’ve been told or been able to gather, further. The 2015 S3z was an upgrade in barrel size and swing load towards the hands compared to the 2014 Easton S2.

In the grand scheme of 2016 things, the Easton Z-Core is akin to the Easton Z-Core XL but with a lighter swing weight. It is also the same bat as the 2016 Z-Core TORQ but without the rotating handle.

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 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.

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