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2015 Adidas EQT Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022

Many reading this headline probably did a double take. 

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2015 EQT Video

2015 EQT Video

2015 EQT Models

Adidas, making baseball bats? Have I lost my ever loving mind? No you have not. Well, you might have–but that has nothing with the accuracy with which you read this title. Adidas, a world leader in sports apparel, has entered the playing field of baseball bats–and, quite frankly, they’ve made a pretty decent first impression.

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General Recomendations

Without much fanfare, actually, they’ve sent their EQT bats to a half dozen or so NCAA teams during the 2014 season who were not under any contractual obligation to use any particular company’s bat. Success? Only if you think getting drafted 4th in the MLB is a success (which I do). Clearly the bat proved its worth to players at the highest level of metal bat baseball. As of just a few weeks ago, the bat was for sale at major bat retailers in a BBCOR design.

Model Recommendations

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The Adidas EQT franchise begins with two bats: the X1 and X2–both in BBCOR sizes.

The X1 is a semi-stiff one-piece alloy shtick with a balanced load and large sweet spot. The metal is a very strong (and proprietary) Damascus alloy that allows for a larger barrel face and a recessed thermoplastic endcap. This allows for a larger hitting area and more effective plate coverage per swing weight. In comparison to a handle loaded BBCOR bat like the Easton S1, the EQT X1 has a similar feel to the DeMarini Insane–which is also a single piece aluminum stick. As a reference point, by my calculations, the EQT swings with the same weight as Easton S1 that is one inch longer than it.

The X2 is a hybrid two piece that uses a proprietary permalock connection feature to weld the composite handle and aluminum barrel together. It also has the thermoplastic endcap for optimal swing weight and plate coverage. For those who want a less stiff hit and some sting dampening on mis-hits, then the X2 would be the preferred route. The composite handle should also allow for a bit of a smoother feel through contact–enticing if you are into that kind of thing.

Overall Ratings

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.

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