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By Bat Digest
Updated August 10, 2023
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.
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:
As well, it should be noted, the 2016 Louisville Slugger 516 comes with a standard lizard skin grip where the 515 did not.
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.