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2015 Adidas EQT Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 7, 2019

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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Construction

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 Key

To keep consistent ratings across years, models and brands, we’ve devloped an aggregated rating system using 6 categories. As well, we track swing weight (MOI), stiffness and profile although they do not affect the overall score directly. The explanation of each rating is below.

  1. MOI: is the swing weight accurately measured at our bat lab. We score it 1 through 5. No score is better than another. This is a descriptive value. A lower number (1) represents a light swinging bat for its class, while a higher number (5) represents an endloaded bat.
  2. Tech: The tech advancements in the bat are 5% of its overall score. We award points for innovation even if the invention encourages the industry to try new things.
  3. Durability: The bat’s lifespan is rated at 15% of the overall score. We gather this information almost exclusively from the user and player feedback. More reports of a bat breaking then the lower the score.
  4. Stiffness: Stiffness is not counted towards the overall score since it’s a complete preference. The higher the number, the stiffer the bat, the lower the number, the more flex in the bat directly after contact. This is significantly correlated to how good a bat feels on mishits and hits.
  5. Profile: The profile does not count towards the overall score. However, we do track it. A high number means the bat has an extensive profile, and a lower number means it has a small profile.
  6. Resell: We count the secondary market of a used value of the bat as 10% of the overall score. We think the demand for the bat in the secondary market (eBay and SidelineSwap) are a good indicator of how well the bat is perceived to perform. It also shows a more excellent value for the owner as their bat retains more value and no longer becomes valuable to them.
  7. Rating: This is the player rating and represents 25% of the overall score. These are gathered from our hitters and reviews we find online and those we have contact with from other reputable sources.
  8. EV: Exit Velocity is the rankings we create in our exit speed velocity tests every year on bats. This score represents 25% of the overall score.
  9. Relevance: Relevance measures how applicable and available a bat is for consumers. The broader range of sizes and the more appropriate the swing weight for the masses then, the higher the score. This metric accounts for 20% of the overall score.

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