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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
Player Reviews: Other Rawlings TRIO reviews we scoured the internet for confirmed what we found in the 2-hour cage session. Players like the balance and feel through contact. Almost all felt the pop of the bat, at least in the first few months of owning the bat, was unrivaled. A few naysayers disliked the 2015 grip (saying it wore out too quickly) and even fewer had problems with cracking at the transition. Both of these can be easily remedied by buying with a valid receipt (for warranty) and checking out a lizard skin grip---but their concerns were duly noted by us and reported here.
Recommendations: The 2016 TRIO is both light swinging and hot out of the wrapper. The ping on the bat, in 5150 fashion, is remarkably loud. Ultimately, The TRIO is built for BBCOR players who are looking for a light swinging hybrid bat. In fact, if you are looking for the lightest swinging hybrid bat then the Rawlings TRIO is for you.
Construction: Compared to the previous year's models (like the 2015 Rawlings TRIO), the only change is a larger barrel that has variable wall thickness. This means Rawlings has thinned certain parts of the barrel to give it a larger sweet spot without affecting swing weight. The sweet spot in 2016 is about 20% bigger compared to the 2015 version. (This same change happened in the 2016 Rawlings VELO). Aside from that considerable change, the Trio is still is a three-piece bat composed of a composite handle, 5150 aluminum alloy barrel, and the same extended end cap found on the 2016 5150 and 2016 VELO.