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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
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).
There is no version of the B5 from last year. The last time Easton made a bat that looked liked this was in the 1980's. That said, the Easton Alpha XL has the same end cap and barrel material. So, as far as we are concerned, the at is very similar to that and should be considered all but the same.
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.