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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
Want the softest feeling “wood” bat on the market?
A BamBoooBat might be your best bet. The bat isn’t wood, technically, it is a grass. So, you’re not only saving the rain forest but you’re also getting a super smooth feel. The bat’s have a lot of give at contact with will make your hands and thumbs grateful—especially on mishits. Bamboo is also remarkably durable. Of course the bats can break. But when compared to other “wood” bats this thing is a steel trap.
There really isn’t anything comparable to Bamboo. Sure, You might find some sucess with an Ash bat–which run with a little more give than something like a Maple bat. But, in terms of how soft they feel on contact you just can’t beat a Bamboo bat in the “wood” bat space.
There are, of course, other companies that make Bamboo bats instead of BamBooBats. Mizuno, among others, have a few options. Check the market on some major vendor sites with searches like this.
BamBooBat are made from, wait for it, bamboo. Bamboo, you probably know, is a grass and not a tree. In other words, it isn’t actually a forest your killing by trying to hit dingers. This also explains the relatively inexpensive nature of bamboo bats.
The bamboo is laminated together and then formed into the shape of a bat. Throw on some polish and coating as well as a cool paint job or two and you have a whole host of bats in the BamBooBat line up.
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.