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2021 Easton B5 Review

September 19, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

This is our 2021 Easton B5 review. The B5 is a throwback BBCOR bat produced for the 2021 Season. It is a single-piece alloy using Easton’s ATAC Alloy–which is the same high-grade alloy Easton uses in other popular single-piece aluminum bats like the Easton Alpha. In fact, for all intents and purposes, the Easton B5 is the Easton Alpha XL.

B5

What’s not to like about Bo Jackson’s college baseball bat? We love the nostalgia, no-frills, working-man, no fancy end caps or explanations about some variable wall, longitudinal groove, multi-faceted ring tech marketing jargon. It’s a bat—and the graphics say as much. It hit… Jump to the full review.


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What’s not to like about Bo Jackson’s college baseball bat? We love the nostalgia, no-frills, working-man, no fancy end caps or explanations about some variable wall, longitudinal groove, multi-faceted ring tech marketing jargon. It’s a bat—and the graphics say as much. It hits baseballs. Hard. If you can, you’ll like this bat. This bat’s design came before folks like us started to think that the reason you hit the ball far was because of your bat, not because of your swing. Be warned: It does swing heavy, so the 30 and 31″ don’t make a lot of sense for us. But, if you want a heavy swinging single piece alloy with a design circa 1985, this is it.

In terms of performance, the Easton B5 swings heavy. The swing weight for the 33-inch B5 is 9650. That’s 5+% higher than the ADV 360 and getting on almost 10% heavier than a bat like the META. Expect it to swing as heavy as the Meta PWR, or the Omaha in a 33-inch. (Remember, the 28 through 32-inch Omahas swing light).

BBCOR B5 Recommendations
2021 Easton B5 Review

The bat is clearly built for big hitters. It rivals bats like the Omaha and CAT 9. Expect and end-loaded feel, tapered knob and good-sized barrel. If you like Easton’s other single piece alloy bats, like the Alpha and Fuze, you’ll appreciate the feel and performance of the Easton B5.

BBCOR bats perform all but the same. The standard, regardless of the make, model or year, get real close to the limit no matter what. If you’re looking for the ‘best’ performing BBCOR bat then the B5, if you can swing it, will work as well as any. The real lure of the Easton B5 is the old school throwback style and the swagger it takes with it to the plate.

This is a working man’s bat.

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Comparable Bats

Heavy swinging single piece aluminum bats include those like the Warstic Gunner, Slugger Omaha in the 33 and 34-inch and Axe Elite.

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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2019 Elite
See the Elite Review

Axe’s most popular bat is the Axe Elite. That popularity is due to its big size offerings and great player feedback. It also fits well as a value bat as Axe isn’t nearly as popular as it should be, which ultimately pushes the price down especially when they come off of manufacturer agreed upon pricing. In other words, if you want a value bat that isn’t well known in the hybrid space its likely there’s an Axe Elite out there with your name on it.

Price Check
2020 Omaha
See the Omaha Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review: Value. Value. Value. After hitting with every version of the 2020 Slugger Omaha, we are confident it will continue to dominate the value purchase realm of all baseball. It serves as a legit option for novice and expert alike in the BBCOR, USSSA and USA space with a reasonable price point most parents are willing to pay. Our favorite, if we had to choose, is the drop 5 USA Omaha. With the exception of the 33 and 34-inch BBCOR, 2020 Omahas are built with a light swing in mind. Those two BBCOR versions are intentionally built for a heavy swing. Our Score 9.8/10 (BBCOR); 9.5/10(USSSA); 9.8/10 (USA).

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2021 B5 Construction

Easton’s B5 is a single-piece alloy bat made from Easton’s ATAC Alloy. The ATAC alloy is the same aluminum they’ve used in other high-end single-piece bats like the Easton Alpha XL. As well, they added some technology in the barrel to help dampen sting. The B5 is also an endloaded bat.

Bat Sizing Options

The Easton B5 for 2021 is a BBCOR only bat made in lengths from 30 to 34-inches.

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