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2018 Rawlings Quatro Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 12, 2020


Our bat has been used with several different types of hitters and their feedback was gathered. That information, combined with our experience of the 2017 Rawlings Quatro, goes into the following 2018 Rawlings Quatro Review.


2018 Quatro Video

2018 Quatro Video

2018 Quatro Models


We spent considerable time with the 2018 Rawlings Quatro in both real game work as well as cage time.

BBCOR
/10
USA –10
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –11
/10

General Recomendations

Very few bats have wowed us with their performance in the BBCOR space. The 2018 Quatro does specifically because of its ability at low impact speeds. Any player, especially smaller ones, could reach top levels of performance and trampoline with the bat. The major downside, of course, is the bat’s durability. Higher swing speeds and bigger players, hoping to get the same advantage smaller ones were, destroy this bat over and over again. (A fair number of smaller hitters did too).

Model Recommendations

BB8Q3

BBCOR Review

Quatro BBCOR Ratings (key)
1 5 2 1 5 4 4 5 3 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro (aka the #glowstick) is legendary for its crazy great performance at lower-end swing speeds. It is also known that it has a penchant for not lasting too long---especially if you are a bigger and strong hitter. The bat is a big barreled two-piece composite with a light swing, great pop, and huge barrel. If it didn't break as easily as it does, then it would be one of our favorite all-time BBCOR bats.
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Serial: BB8Q3
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
US8Q10

USA Drop 10 Review

Quatro USA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
3 5 2 2 5 4 5 5 5 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro USA bat is legendary in its performance and (lack of) durability. The bat is a two-piece composite bat with a huge barrel light swing and, what was at the time, a legendary performance. It came in a good range of sizes and was a real win for anyone who happened upon it.
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Serial: US8Q10
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 10 USA Bats Bats
UT8Q34

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Quatro USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2 4 3 2 4 3 4 4 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Serial: UT8Q34
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats
UT8Q11

USSSA Drop 11 Review

Quatro JBB USSSA Drop 11 Ratings (key)
2 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 4 3
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Serial: UT8Q11
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

In terms of a two piece composite bat with an inner sleeve on the end of the barrel the Quatro stands alone. There is simply no other bat like it. In terms of a light swinging two piece composite bat the market is crowded.

Previous Models

Aside from the slight changes in color, the only difference in the 2018 Quatro when compared to the 2017 version is the swing weight. And although the swing weight change is not dramatic (they did not, for example, go all the way from an end load to a balanced) it is enough of a lighter swing weight in 2018 to make a noticeable difference. In other words, if you didn’t like the feel of the 2017 version then the 2018 option might still be your ticket.

The swing weight change was created by a redevelopment of the end cap and the extended inner sleeve. As more bulk and weight was removed from those elements swing weight dropped sufficiently. This principle is simple enough: more weight taken from the end of a bat lowers the amount of strength to spin it around by the knob. This insight relies on the the basic principles of Mass Moment of Inertia or MOI.

Construction

The 2018 Rawlings Quatro is made of four distinct pieces. It is, technically, a four piece bat and Rawlings likes to point this out. The name of the bat, Quatro, signifies the four pieces.

  1. The Handle is made of a composite structure.
  2. The barrel is also composite.
  3. There is a collar that sits around the connection between the handle and the barrel. This helps dampens sting to the hands during mishits on the barrel.
  4. Inside the end portion of the barrel sits an extended end cap. That endcap is the most unique feature of the Quatro.

The additional inner barrel at the end of the Quatro serves the purpose of allowing the outer barrel of the Quatro the flexibility to perform well at slow pitch speeds. As well, the outer barrels pliability gives the bat a shortened work in period.

Of course the idea of an inner barrel advantage are all in theory. No one has the data to prove that an inner barrel around the end portion of a barrel in a baseball bat is superior to ones without an inner barrel. Many fastpitch softball bats use an inner ring and a many of them swear by the idea.

But the Rawlings Quatro stands alone, even within their own brand, as the only baseball bat with a composite inner barrel on the outer half of the barrel.

Mareting Writeup

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • BBCOR Certified For High School & Collegiate Approval
  • Carbon Fiber Composite Barrel Provides Premium Pop & Further Ball Flight
  • Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Tru-View Technology Reveals 100% Carbon Fiber Composition
  • Newly Designed Lightweight End Cap Reduces Swing Weight For More Control
  • Ultimate, Focused Flex Helps Accelerate Speed Through Contact
  • Vibration Dampening Technology (VDT) Creates Incredibly Smooth Feel At Impact
  • Made In The USA – Patent Pending
  • Quatro Collar Absorbs & Eliminates Any Negative Vibration
  • Four-Piece, Composite Baseball Bat
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%).

(UR) Un Rated: An overall rating of UR means the bat has yet to be fully rated. When it is, this score will update.

(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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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