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2020 Easton ADV 360 Review

See the Awards the 2020 ADV 360 has Won!

July 3, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

Our 2020 Easton ADV 360 review is glowing. In BBCOR, behind the Meta, it rates out one of our favorite two piece composite bat for 2020. The fact its $50 cheaper makes it very attractive. For USA, the drop 11 is legit. Winning our favorite USA Bat. It swings as heavy as some drop 10 bats so don’t oversize it. The drop 10 isn’t terrible, but we prefer the Ultra Light Launch Comp in the 11. The ADV 360 in USSSA is robust with a perfect swing, big barrels and the Power Boost knob. All in all, the 2020 Easton ADV 360 line may be the best overall bat line for 2020.

ADV 360

Our hitters like the ADV 360 for several reasons depending on the model. Overall, they like that it is the premier bat for Easton and those who are fond of the brand are also fond of the bat. Younger hitters and those who don’t have above average power prefered it more. The same type of hit… Jump to the full review.


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Our hitters like the ADV 360 for several reasons depending on the model. Overall, they like that it is the premier bat for Easton and those who are fond of the brand are also fond of the bat. Younger hitters and those who don’t have above average power prefered it more. The same type of hitters who liked DeMarini’s CF, Slugger’s Meta or Rawlings Quatro Pro were the same hitters who gravitated towards the 2020 ADV 360 from Easton.

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Easton ADV -11 swing weight

Situation:

Dear Bat Guy,

We recently ordered an USA Easton ADV -11 31/20 for our 2 boys. They are both 11 and normally swing a -10, one sometimes swings a -8. We have an ADV -10, but we heard so much about the -11 being so hot that we wanted to give it a try. We were a little concerned about going down in the weight from what they normally swing, so that’s why we decided to go with the 31/20, but it is too heavy for them. I really tried to do my research before buying it because I didn’t want to waste $350 on a bat and I didn’t see anything anywhere saying that it swung heavy. Also, it is supposed to be a balanced bat, but the one we got definitely feels end loaded. The 31” inch is definitely too long for both boys, but we were thinking they could just choke up on the bat…BUT it’s literally been used to hit maybe 10-15 balls in the batting cage and that’s it bc it is too heavy for them.

Even for the one that has been swinging some -8 bats. Since there are so many glowing reviews about the -11, I’m thinking maybe it’s just the size of the bat that is the issue? I could just exchange it for another size, but I’m just not sure what size to get bc I’m not sure if the bat swings heavy in general or what…if so, the 30/19 may also be too heavy for them and the 29/18 would prob be too short.

So, I’m just at a loss as to what to do.

After we got the bat and found out it was too heavy, I saw that the swing weight on your chart for the 31/20 was like 22.4, I think), so it def swings a lot heavier than I expected, but I wasn’t able to find any info on the swing weight of the 30/19 or any of the other sizes. Does the USA Easton ADV -11 swing heavy in general or is the size that we got the issue?

Advice:

Rachel,

Thanks for the question. You are correct, the drop 11 ADV 360 swings like a middle of the road drop 10. As you are too familiar with now, scale weight and swing weights have very little to do with each other sometimes. It’s a major frustration in the bat world and I see no end in sight. Length changes swing weight much more than supposed stated weight.

Changing an inch down will be a considerable difference. It should change it by about 10%. So, in a perfect world, a person looking for a 29/19 in a drop 10 should really get the 29/18 in the ADV drop 11. Not, as could reasonably but incorrectly suspected, the 30/19. In other words, go with the same length, not the same stated weight.

To answer your question specifically, it would be difficult to answer without just some experimentation. But, for what it is worth, We do think the drop 11 ADV 360 does have a great barrel. Going to the 30/19 might do the trick. But, if they are struggling as much as you say, maybe even the 29/18? Sadly, the best way to know would be to just try it out and see.

Thanks for reaching out.

BBCOR for 13 year old

Situation:

Dear Bat Guy,

I am looking for the best BBCOR from Demarini or LS for a 13-year-old, on the smaller side who I wouldn’t call a “power hitter”. I currently have a voucher for a warranty replacement. I was considering getting a -5 but with the COVID situation, I don’t know how much use he will be able to get out of it before having to step up so I figure we will just make the jump to BBCOR now. He was swinging a 30″ -8 CF Zen.

Jeff

Advice:

Jeff,

Most USSSA kids like to transition to BBCOR and gravitate towards the CF because they had so much success with it in USSSA Ball. However, that soft connection, that works well at < 13U, really starts to lose its brilliance when balls start coming faster and swing speeds start increasing.

Although the CF in BBCOR does well in our exit speed tests, most BBCOR hitters don’t prefer it, and it quickly takes a back seat—especially to bats with more stiff connections. Of course, that isn’t everyone—some really like it and do really well with it.

As well, we realize you didn’t ask if you should be getting a CF in BBCOR. But, since you have that voucher, we just thought we’d throw that insight out there before you buy a CF in BBCOR and end up being a bit disappointed.

We believe the best transition bat for a smaller kid who liked their CF in USSSA is going to be a 2019 Rawlings Quatro, Prime, or ADV 360 from Easton. The 2020 and 2019 Meta are fantastic too, but too expensive to justify for such a short window and because the exit speeds aren’t any better (although the feel is terrific).

The ADV 360, Prime, and Quatro have about the same kind of feel like the CF in USSSA. So, if he likes that feeling and wants to keep it, those are the bats he should be aiming for. The trick is finding the bat with the right swing weight (which will be your challenge when jumping from a drop 8) and has the feel the player prefers.

That said, in the spirit of getting you on the trail of something that it’s a real steal, we’d look real close at bat like a 31/28 Easton Ghost from 2018 in BBCOR used on eBay to tide us over until he could grow into a 32 or 33 where we’d be willing to spend Meta type money (and use our voucher) on his Soph/Junior/Senior year bat.

If that voucher is burning a hole in your pocket, then we’d buy the 31″ Prime from Slugger. There is a “Bat Day” that Wilson does every October where they drop the prices of those bats. If I were you, I’d wait until then if you can and then buy it directly from Slugger’s site.

Thanks for the question, and we hope that helps at least get you on track

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2020 BBCOR ADV 360 Ratings and Awards

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Why the BBCOR ADV 360 Won – Diamond Status

If we had to choose a BBCOR bat for most improved of the season we'd choose the ADV 360. The player feedback score from last year to this was a game changer and forced it into Diamond class territory. Our hitters loved the big barrel and great feel on hits and mishits. The 360 ADV in BBCOR ended the judging like this: 3rd highest rated BBCOR bat in player feedback; 4th best in performance; 9th in relevance and 1st place in tech specs---the barrel size is enormous and tech advancements with the Power Boost knob are real achievements. It only falls short in demand---which is no fault of its own but more its predecessors. When the public figures out the ADV 360 in BBCOR we wouldn't be surprised to see a run on the market. The ADV 360 is the best BBCOR bat we've swung from Easton in, probably, ever.

Hitters who are not that concerned with budget and want the best tech Easton has invented will like the ADV 360 in any model type. It is built for the hitter who wants bat speed, barrel size and a super smooth feel on both hits and mishits. Performance wise expect a top shelf bat that performs at or near the limit under any number of circustnaces. The sweet spot is generally large.

Note, too, the ADV 360 USA in a drop 11 (The red USA bat that looks like the BBCOR one) is the ONLY bat of the bunch that uses a different type of composite. This is why it drives a premium over the other ADV 360 USA bats. More on that below.

BBCOR ADV 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton ADV 360 Review

If we had to invent a BBCOR hitter that loves the 2020 Easton ADV 360 we’d put in a starting JV shortstop with a decent build that hits in the 2 or 1 hole. At the varsity level the kid still might like the ADV 360, but also might lend towards a stiffer or end loaded bat and the ADV won’t offer that. But, as a upper class-men with some swag, bright future and occasional gap power the 2020 ADV 360 will be a nice smooth feel and compliment his game well. Of course there are several other BBCOR players that might really like the 2020 ADV 360, but that’s our ideal hitter for this bat.

Price Check
USA ADV 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton ADV 360 Review

We think the Easton ADV 360 is their best USA bat yet. It will give the top spot Rawlings Quatro and Select Series from Slugger a run for their money. We are particularly impressed with the drop 11 (red version not pictured here). It swings like a drop 10 (in its swing weight) so don’t oversize it. It is lighter than the yellow drop 10, but is lights out. The drop 11 Ultra Light Launch Comp is $50 more, but we like it at least $50 more. In any event, we think the 2020 ADV 360 USA bat worthy of any serious players bag and fully expect Easton to take back some of the market share they lost in the Little League space when the switch to USA bats happened.

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USSSA ADV 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton ADV 360 Review

The perfect USSSA 2020 ADV 360 player depends upon the drop. Recommending the Big Barrel version of Easton’s flagship bat becomes more of a chore when you realize there are so many options. A drop 10, 8 and 5 run the slate of player types. If we had to pick the perfect drop 10 player we suggest the kid who thinks he wants the DeMarini CF but dad has heard to many issues about the CF breaking. For a drop 8 player we’d like to see a strong 11 or 12 year old batting in the 2 or 3 hole that plays left field and occasionally first base. He likes power, but still wants a smooth feel. The drop 5 is built for the very serious 12 or 13 year old who can swing a BBCOR bat but luckily still gets to play some USSSA ball and lets it fly. Of all these bats we’d suggest the drop 5 as Easton has a great history of making ball busting drop 5 USSSA bats.

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2020 vs 2019 ADV 360

Compared to the 2019 Easton ADV in BBCOR the bat has very few changes. They did upgrade some things in the handle and make the connection piece a bit lighter. But, on the whole, the BBCOR versions of the bat should be close to similar (with hopefully some more durability). It did get good ratings last year and we expect the same this coming year. The USA and USSSA versions did not exist in 2019. The Easton Ghost Evolution compared to the ADV 360 is virtually a different bat. New barrel, connection piece, soft knob and end cap. Granted, they are still two piece composite bats with smooth feels. But, in terms of a piece by piece comparison expect a different bat altogether.

2019

Bat Review

Project 3 ADV

Easton's top end bat for 2019 is called the Project 3 ADV. The ADV comes with a few features we've yet to ever see on other bats including a Power Boost knob and an improvement in the connective piece.

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2019

Ghost X Evolution

The 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution (Evo) is the next generation of Easton Ghost X in the USA and USSSA (Big Barrel) bat space.

Price Check

2018

Bat Review

Beast X

The 2018 Easton Beast X is the progeny of the 2017 Easton Z-Core line of bats.

Price Check

Comparable Bats

There are several high end bats that come in a two piece composite. While each of those have their own zing, Easton’s ADV 360 is the only with the soft knob (which they call the Power Boost). They also use a unique end cap although that might not be something you can tell on the swing. If you’re looking for something similar or something to compare it too look at DeMarini’s CF, the 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro and Sluggers’ Prime.

2020 CF
See the CF Review

The 2020 DeMarini CF review comes on the heels of hours of testing the BBCOR, USSSA and USA versions. Our testing gave the 2020 USSSA CF a near perfect rating (save the potential for durability issues). The USA version rated out well but, like all composite barrels in USA  bats, lacked great performance. BBCOR CF testing didn’t go so well and it’s the biggest disappointment of the bunch. We’re not sure what to think of that. We liked the 2019 version. Still, our BBCOR 2020 CF hitters and exit speeds were uninspired. Our Score 9.9/10 (USSSA); 9.0/10 (USA); 8/10 (BBCOR).

Price Check
2020 Quatro Pro
See the Quatro Pro Review

Our 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro review consists of hitting with the USA, USSSA and BBCOR versions of the bat. Our hitters thought the USSSA and drop 10 USA versions are highly recommendable. The BBCOR version, one of our favorite BBCOR bats in previous years, fell short this year with its feel and performance lacking compared to the 2019 and 2018 versions. The Drop 12 USA version is terribly light, maybe too much so, and sounds broke–although it’s exit speeds were decent for a drop 12.

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2020 Prime
See the Prime Review

Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime review consists of years of data collection for the Slugger Prime bats. The 2020 edition will be the 6th edition of the Prime. As expected, the 2020 version is a two piece composite bat built with a balanced swing weight, big barrel and comes in a number of sizes in the BBCOR, USA and USSSA space. There are virtually no changes in the construction of the bat from the 2019 versions.

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2020 ADV 360 Construction

Easton’s 2020 ADV 360 uses a two piece connection with a big barrel and a soft knob to help dampen sting. The two piece connection allows for hits and mishits to not hurt the hands as bad. The big barrel extends the sweet spot of the bat. A balanced swing makes allows smaller or growing players more chances to barrel up the ball. In some sense, the Easton ADV 360 is the evolution of Easton’s long line of two piece composite bats starting with the Mako almost a dozen years ago. Several serious players at all levels of the sport are committed to making Easton’s flagship bat theirs.

Bat Sizing Options

The bat comes in a lot of sizes. More than any other baseball model. In short:

  • BBCOR 30 – 34-inch

2020 Easton ADV 3 BBCOR Review

  • USSSA Drop 10 in a 2 3/4 from a 27 to 32-inch
  • USSSA Drop 8 in a 2 3/4 from a 29 to 32-inch

2020 Easton ADV 360 USSSA Review

  • USSSA Drop 10 in a 2 5/8 from a 28 to 32-inch
  • USSSA Drop 5 in a 2 5/8 from a 30 to 32-inch

2020 Easton ADV 360 USSSA Review

  • USA Drop 11 in a 2 5/8 from a 27 to 31-inch

2020 Easton ADV 360 USA Review

  • USA Drop 10 in a 2 5/8 from a 28 to 32-inch
  • USA Drop 8 in a 2 5/8 from a 30 to 32-inch
  • USA Drop 5 in a 2 5/8 from a 30 to 32-inch

2020 Easton ADV 360 USA Review

9.8
Pop
9.8
Durability
10
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9.9
Feel on Mishits
9.3
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Madden Dillard
Madden Dillard
11 months ago

Do you suggest me getting the 2020 Easton ADV 360 or the 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta? What’s the best bat of 2020 right now?

Brian In So Cal
Brian In So Cal
9 months ago

First off a big thanks to Bryan and his Staff for all the great reviews. This is my go to spot for all bat advice. Took a shot on this one based on BD reviews. My 9 year old has been using this 2020 Easton ADV -11 29/18 for about a month now and loves it! He is crushing the ball off the bat. By far the best USA Bat he’s been able to swing. It does feel like a drop -10 and weighed in at 20.5 oz. Let’s also not forget that it’s still a USA bat and will not hold a cup of tea to USSSA bats (my son loves that Marucci Cat8). At the end of the day this is still a phenomenal bat and my son could not be happier. I think BD nailed this review. Easily the 2020 USA bat of the year!

Jason
Jason
8 months ago

Just a little confused – this is a composite bat and the theme on this site is that composite USA bats don’t perform as well as aluminum. So is this really the top USA bat? Or just the top composite bat?

Johnathan
Johnathan
8 months ago

We are getting the 360-11 already but seen in earlier post that y’all liked the Demarion voodoo…..?? Which one exactly?? 2019,2020, one piece?? Our team is wanting to try a few different bats to see what players prefer . We are strictly on USA bats, would love to hear back, keep up the good work!!

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