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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
Like the Adidas RBZ bat Adidas released to the public last year the Aero Burner is using a TaylorMade club line name (which is also owned by Adidas) to brand the bat—lessons from the tee-box to the batter’s box, if you will. While that tidbit of information doesn’t quite amount to a full on “Adidas Aero Burner Baseball Bat Review”, it does get us on the right track, at least, and as new information arises. We will update this page as we get our hands on the bat as well as get reports from players using it.
We’ve also confirmed the intent is for the Adidas Aero Burner bat to be released in the “summertime” of 2016.
(You can see the Adidas RBZ X3 & EQT X1 reviews here).
The Adidas Aero Burner baseball bat, as far as we can tell from some Getty Images and listening to the bat’s contact during Hurricane games, is that the bat is a single-piece aluminum alloy in the BBCOR space. It performs well enough that Miami Hurricane players are willing to use it consistently.
What we also notice is other major collegiate teams, which are the flagship programs of other brands, do NOT have their new 2017 bats in hand (or at least in-game) just yet. DeMarini, Slugger, and Easton appear a bit behind the curve when it comes to Adidas—or clearly have a different strategy then the Adidas brand who is pushing hard to make serious waves in the aluminum and composite bat space. Rawlings, we should note, has let at least some players use their new Quarto BBCOR bat which should be coming out in the fall..
The Adidas EQT X1 bat wasn’t produced in a senior league, big barrel or youth space and we have no news if Adidas plans on getting into that market with the Aero Burner. But with BPF 1.15 standards changing to the USABats standard in January of 2018, we think it very unlikely Adidas will produce a bat for younger players which will be legal for only a year.
You can see the bat in action when Miami is up to bat in this video.
The Adidas EQT X1 wasn’t particularly well-received, at least among non-collegiate players with school obligatory contracts. This isn’t to say the X1 wasn’t a good bat, as we discuss in our review, but the uptake in a seriously saturated market dominated by Easton, DeMarini, Slugger, and Rawlings will take more than a single piece aluminum bat to break through the rank and file of American baseball branding.
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%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(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 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.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
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.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.