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2021 Victus Vandal Review

August 17, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

For 2021, Victus adds a USSSA and USA version of the Vandal. The BBCOR version of the bat released in the 2020 and our review of it can be found here. The USSSA and USA versions are, like the BBCOR, single piece bats with a big barrel, variable wall thickness, an extended composite end cap and light swing. Our swing weight measurements put it on the light side in the drop 10 space. Our performance measurements, including head to head against the CAT 9, showed the Vicuts can hang with the best of them.

Vandall

Our hitters like the big barrel and light swing of the USSSA and USA Vandal. They were also pretty excited about the very tack grip. They responded well the sound—a pretty sizeable ping. The parents like the wide range of sizing. The price could always be cheaper, but it is what it is. At $… Jump to the full review.


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Our hitters like the big barrel and light swing of the USSSA and USA Vandal. They were also pretty excited about the very tack grip. They responded well the sound—a pretty sizeable ping. The parents like the wide range of sizing. The price could always be cheaper, but it is what it is. At $279 for a single piece aluminum, they are pushing the limits, for sure. (The USA version of the bat is $249 at release).

Get Your Own Advice

Light Swing Power Hitter 13U BBCOR Bat Option

Situation:

Dear Bat Guy,

Looking for a BBCOR -3, 32″ for my 5’4″, 140-pound power hitter. He had been using a Slugger Omaha 517 and an Old Demarini, he just took a few swings with a Victus Vandal and liked the balance and light feel. Reading online looking at Marucci 9, and Combat B2. Local stores don’t carry the Combat, so not sure how he can try it. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Jacob

Advice:

Jacob,

Our favorite BBCOR bat in a 32″ right now is an old CAT 5 from Marucci. The 33 and 34-inch versions of that bat were banned and we’ve found, while doing exit speed tests, the 32″ is as hot as anything we’ve picked up. Throw in the fact you can pick one up for <$50 pretty regularly on eBay and we’re all over it. It doesn’t feel the best when you don’t tee one up, but it still hits rockets.

If you want to go with something newer, and you want a light swing then a bat like the Vandal is a good pick up. He appears to like the single-piece bats in the Omaha, CAT 9 and B2 (which is really a JustBats bat, but that’s for another day). Any of those are great choices. If you want to try something out of the box but has a similar sort of feel to those bats then something like the StringKing might do you good too.

In any event, it sounds like you’re on the right track. If the decision is between the CAT 9 and the Vandal in BBCOR then we’d lean Vandal because it does swing lighter than the CAT 9.

As well, although we need to get around to updating it, our best bat for a 13-year-old article might be useful to look over too.

Hope that helps and good luck.

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Generally, we recommend the USA and USSSA Victus Vandal for smaller players that like a loud ping and a single piece feel. Most players in the drop 10 space (from 9 to 11) tend to prefer two-piece bats. As such, the Vandal usually isn’t their first choice. However, there are enough that like the CAT 9 where the Vandal–with its more unique look and off the beaten path option—could make sense. We do like the light swing and the grip is hard to beat.

USA Vandall Recommendations
2021 Victus Vandall Review

The USA version of the 2021 Victus Vandal is only a drop 10 bat. It will compete with bats like the Solo and Marucci CAT. If you’d like a single piece USA bat in a drop 10 with a light swing and loud sound, the Vandal could be on your shortlist.

Price Check
USSSA Vandall Recommendations
2021 Victus Vandall Review

Most USSSA players prefer two-piece composite bats like DeMarini’s CF or Easton’s ADV. But, especially as players get stronger and look to that 32-inch or drop 8 and 5’s, single-piece bats start to make more sense. Better hitters tend to prefer more feedback on mishits. That’s where a bat like the drop 5 or drop 8 2021 Vicuts Vandall can shine.

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2021 vs 2020 Vandall

The 2021 Vandall in USSSA and USA is first run. For 2020, the bat did come in a BBCOR, but nothing else. These USSSA/USA bats are the same as the BBCOR but made for those leagues. It has the same material, extended composite end cap and handle as the USSSA and USA versions of the bat.

2020

Bat Review

Vandal

Our 2020 Victus Vandal review comes after hitting with the bat more than 200 times with 3 different hitters. In short, the 2020 Vandal's inner barrel design and exit speeds make it a legit single piece aluminum bat with a premium price, great look and reasonable enough performance to serve the serious hitter. The barrel size is good but not functionally bigger than other comparable bats like the Solo. We think the 2020 Victus Vandal price is more than its performance and design deserves but, not more than it's vibe and unique Victus brand should get.

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Comparable Bats

The most comparable bats to the Vandal are the CAT 9 and Solo.

2021 CAT 9
See the CAT 9 Review

The long-awaited Marucci CAT 9 was made widely available on 8.31.2020. (Check here to buy it). For 2021, expect the same great barrel with a new alloy and the same AV2 knob found in the CAT 8. The 2021 Marucci CAT 9 comes in BBCOR, USSSA and USA. It’s big barrel and light swing in USSSA will attract a lot of hitters, again. The not too end-loaded BBCOR performs as well as any BBCOR bat on the market, has a loud ping and a great look.

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2020 Solo
See the Solo Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Solo Review: Light, Value, Good Performance. After hitting each 2020 Solo with several different hitters, it rates out as well as the 2019 version did. That is, a very durable bat that perfectly serves the need of a budget conscience buyer who needs a light swing. The BBCOR Solo has many fans and the 29-inch is a hit for those who needs it ultra-light. The USA is our favorite Solo. The drop 11 creates as good as exit speeds as any. USSSA Solo’s aren’t as popular as composite barrels do better there. Our Score 9/10 (BBCOR); 9.8/10 (USA); 8.5/10 (USSSA).

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2021 Victus Vandal Review

Victus Vandal vs CAT 9

We took an 11-year-old player, 4 foot 10 inches and 95 pounds, to hit with the Victus Vandal and the CAT 9 in USSSA. They alternated every 5 to 10 swings with each bat on an overhand pitching machine. They stopped at a total of 60 fair hits (30 hits per bat). We measured, with HitTrax, each of the exit speeds.

There are several ways to compare the exit speeds. We like to take the average of the top 10 hits for each bat as a good barometer as to which bat hit the ball faster. We found the CAT 9 and Vicuts Vandal almost identical at 60.8 and 60.5 respectively. However, the CAT 9 did have max exit velocities.

In terms of feel, the player prefered the CAT 9. They thought it hurt their hands less. This might confirm some of the technology in the CAT’s AV2 knob. The also thought the Vandal swung heavier—although our swing weight measurements showed that wasn’t the case—and the bats were all but the same in swing weight with a slight edge going to the CAT 9’s heaviness. Both should be considered light.

USSSA Victus Vandal vs CAT 9

In the end, the player ended up choosing the CAT 9 Connect. Neither of these bats. They preferred the feel of the two piece hybrid design over the 2021 Victus Vandal or 2021 CAT 9.

2021 Vandall Construction

The Victus Vandal for 2021 is a single piece aluminum bat with a long barrel made possible by differing wall thicknesses. As well, the bat uses an extended composite end cap to help drive down the swing weight.

Bat Sizing Options

The USSSA has a drop 10, 8 and 5. The USA version is only in a drop 5. Lengths range from a 28 through 32 depending on the drop.

9.5
Pop
9.8
Durability
9.5
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8.3
Feel on Mishits
9.8
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