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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We hit with the Dirty South DNGR and KAMO BBCOR BBCOR Bats. We compared them to the Easton MAXUM as well as the Slugger Meta in head to head competitions. Results were similar in terms of exit speeds although the player preferred the 2020 Meta. As well, the DNGR and KAMO swing heavily for the sizes we tested them in. In fact, the KAMO was one of the heaviest swinging BBCOR bats we’ve yet swung in 32-inch BBCOR.
For the Dirty South KAMO and DNGR the players loved the barrel size. These single-piece composite bats have some of the largest barrel profiles in the business. As well, the stiffer feel of a single piece gave good feedback.
Unlike the MAXUM, which is also a single-piece composite bat, the KAMO and DNGR swing very heavy. So, if you are looking for a single piece composite bat but would like a real end load in BBCOR then the Dirty South line of BBCOR bats should do you well.
The most comparable bat, in terms of makeup, is the 2020 Easton MAXUM. That bat is also produced directly by JustBats in one called the Combat B2 and an almost unheard of company called the Army of 9. Each of those is single-piece composite bats with big barrels.
The biggest difference, however, is that the BBCOR versions of Dirty South bats are end-loaded. The Maxum and B2, on the other hand, are some of the lightest swinging bats on the market.
Dirty South makes no bones about producing the same bat with different designs. The KAMO, DNGR, Sniper, and Dirt Demon are all the same bats. There isn’t anything different between them other than the paint job.
This isn’t deceit because DSB is upfront about it.
Do note, however, the USSSA and USA versions of the Dirty South Bats are not end-loaded bats like we found the BBCOR versions of the bats to be.
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.