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2016 Louisville Slugger 516 Omaha Review

March 2, 2021 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

We spent three hours in the cage using the 516 in comparison to other single piece alloy bats and other bats in the 2016 Slugger line up

516 Omaha

We also spent a good two hours reading early reviews online from real players. Overall we can confirm the bat has plenty of feedback on player hands during mishits—but the quick out the wrapper power expected in a one piece alloy bat—as well as it’s large barrel for this type of… Jump to the full review.


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We also spent a good two hours reading early reviews online from real players. Overall we can confirm the bat has plenty of feedback on player hands during mishits—but the quick out the wrapper power expected in a one piece alloy bat—as well as it’s large barrel for this type of bat—makes it a remarkable stick for the 2016 class. Time will tell but it may be our favorite single piece alloy bat of the year.

The 516 Omaha is a classic bat that hasn’t changed much before or since. It’s a single piece bat with fantastic durability that performs up to the BBCOR standard at least some length of the barrel. Big hitters can hit it well and small hitters can usually make due. It stands as one of the better buys in the last 10 years of BBCOR bats.

BBCOR 516 Omaha Recommendations
2016 Louisville Slugger 516 Omaha Review

We’d recommend this bat to anyone in the mid range performance price market and who prefers the power one piece bats bring and can withstand the ringing that one piece bats give to hands on mishits. We’d also suggest the upgrades from 2015 to 2016 are well worth the added price for newer stuff.

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USSSA 516 Omaha Recommendations
2016 Louisville Slugger 516 Omaha Review

Those who can hit well with a smaller barrel (at least compared to some hybrid/composite barrels) and look for power at the plate will appreciate lots about this 2016 516 Omaha from Slugger.

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2016 vs 2015 516 Omaha

As an improvement to last years 515 Omaha, the 2016 version is made with a new lightweight alloy Slugger refers to the 7U1. This alloy blend has allowed for two significant changes in the bat’s 2016 design:

  1. The new alloy gave engineers a chance to create a larger sweet spot. The barrel size on the drop 10 senior league models is measured at 40% larger (or about 2 inches bigger) when compared to the 515 from 2015. The little league youth barrels (2 1/4) are about 25% longer from 2015 to 2016. Of serious note, the barrel on the senior league 516 is actually LARGER than the barrel on the 716 hybrid bat from Slugger. In fact, it is nearly the same size as the 916 two piece composite bat from Slugger.
  2. The swing weight on the Louisville Slugger 516, compared to 2015 515, dropped about 8%.

As well, it should be noted, the 2016 Louisville Slugger 516 comes with a standard lizard skin grip where the 515 did not.

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515 Omaha

The 515 Omaha from Louisville Slugger is the third of four bat in their 2015 top shelf bat line.

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Comparable Bats

Single piece aluminum alloy bats in the performance space are the RIP-IT Air, the DeMarini Insane and the Easton S3 or Easton Z-Core. None of them, by our measurement, have quite the same low swing weight as the 516 although the S3 is very close. In this grouping, the 516’s barrel size is above average.

2016 Velo
See the Velo Review

We spent a good amount of time in the cage and on the field with the 2016 VELO. Our 9 year old player, who weighs right at 65 pounds, fell in love with the 2016 VELO drop 12 2 3/4 two piece composite.

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2016 Z-Core
See the Z-Core Review

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.

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2016 NVS Vexxum
See the NVS Vexxum Review

The 2016 DeMarini NVS Vexxum is back with some color ups and a longer barrel. It remains one of our favorite hybrid bats on the market, focusing on a more balanced swing and a more balanced price point. Swinging this sweet singing two-piece from DeMarini Bats and getting to write about it is one of the highlights of our year. Weird, we know. But the 2016 DeMarini NVS Vexxum Review was well worth the wait.xum.

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2016 516 Omaha Construction

Additionally the over-sized barrel for a single piece aluminum and the lighter swing from the new alloy puts the 516 in the top of the class of one piece alloy bats.

Bat Sizing Options

The 2016 516 Omaha from Louisville Slugger is a one piece aluminum alloy bat built for hot out of the wrapper performance. It comes with a standard lizard skin grip and in a variety of sizes in BBCOR, Senior League (2 5/8 & 2 3/4) as well as 2 1/4 sized barrels.

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