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Easton’s ADV, the grandchild of the S1 and Ghost series of bats, is a collection of two-piece composites with a generally light swing, big barrel, and softer feel on impact. These bats are in the wheelhouse of what most younger and growing players expect at the plate. As well, some older hitters that like the big barrel and less stiff connection piece really like the ADV. These are perennial winners at the BBCOR and USA level.

Easton ADV

2022 Easton ADV Hype

$499.95
(9.1)

Easton’s latest and greatest two-piece composite is the 2022 ADV Hype. The non-drop 5’s are built for the contact hitter that likes a big barrel, light swing, and a great feel on contact. The best feature, we think, is the Power Boost knob which is a knob made of a pliable rubber that feels better on the hands. Performance looks excellent, and the “new” composite barrel, connection piece, and handle are intriguing compared to the ADV 360. The Hype does NOT come in a USA—Easton kept the ADV 360 intact for that line, and you can find that 2022 review here.

More than a few suggest the “new” Hype uses the “old” TCT composite from the MAKO series of bats and the end cap from older bats. Easton still claims the Thermo Composite Tech (TCT) on the 2022 Hype is “New,” so we aren’t sure exactly what to make of these claims circling the internet.
Regardless, was the 2017 USSSA Easton MAKO Beast in a 2 5/8 somehow superior to the 2020 Easton ADV 360? Don’t let anyone rewrite history here. From 2016 through 2019, the USSSA 2 3/4 and 2 5/8 market was entirely dominated by the CF in USSSA. Like, downright completely. Pre USA bat, the MAKO dominated the 2 1/4 market, and its TCT composite did unbelievable in that size. But, the 2 3/4 and 2 5/8 MAKO’s and their TCT composite were trounced entirely by the CF.
 
If this “new” TCT is the “old” TCT, why must it also follow that the Hype will potentially dominate the 2 5/8 and 2 3/4 USSSA market when it never did in the first place?
 
And why would Easton have gone away from the TCT in 2018 or thereabouts if it were so special?
 
None of that is to say the Hype isn’t a perfectly reasonable bat that will treat many kids the right way. Indeed, it may end up being the best two-piece composite 2 3/4 or 2 5/8 USSSA Easton has ever made. But, to put it perfectly frank, that isn’t a high bar to clear. No 2 3/4 or 2 5/8 USSSA Easton bat has ever been a must-buy (save maybe a 2017 drop 5 Beast X Ghost, but I digress).
 

This also isn’t to say this ‘new new is the old’ is what Easton is pitching (although I’m confident they’re willing to let that story run). But it is to say, when surfing your social feeds, be wary of the hype.

(Groan, that dad joke was too easy).

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2022 Easton ADV

$349.95
(9.0)

The 2022 Easton ADV is a two-piece composite bat made only for the USA space in the 2022 season. The USSSA and BBCOR versions are referred to as the “ADV Hype.” The biggest change in the 2022 ADV is using only “Launch Comp” composite in the drop 11 barrel instead of the very hot but oh so no durable Ultra Light Comp in the drop 11 from 2020 and 2019. That composite change will undoubtedly make less hot out of the wrapper bombs from the drop 11 but will also likely keep the complaints about the durability down. We expect the ADV 360 USA for 2022 to be a good to great USA bat that comes with tons of sizing options, a big barrel, and a great feel for a premium price.

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2021 Easton ADV 360 Drop 11

$349.95
(9.6)

Our favorite USA bat from last year is back again in the Easton ADV 360. There are no changes between the 2020 and the 2021. However, COVID pushed new iterations of the USSSA and BBCOR ADV 360 to the backburner. Our expectation is we will see those for 2022. But, at a minimum, the success of the Easton ADV 360 Drop 11 in USA brought us a new colorway and fresh stock for 2021.

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2020 Easton ADV 360

$459.95
(9.2)

Our 2020 Easton ADV 360 review is glowing. In BBCOR, behind the Meta, it rates out one of our favorite two-piece composite bat for 2020. The fact it’s $50 cheaper makes it very attractive. For USA, the drop 11 is legit. Winning our favorite USA Bat. It swings as heavy as some drop 10 bats, so don’t oversize it. The drop 10 isn’t terrible, but we prefer the Ultra Light Launch Comp in the 11. The ADV 360 in USSSA is robust with a perfect swing, big barrels, and the Power Boost knob. All in all, the 2020 Easton ADV 360 line may be the best overall bat line for 2020.

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2020 Easton Ghost Advanced

Fastpitch
$399.95
(9.3)

As a late-season addition, Easton adds a 2020 fastpitch bat to improve upon the Double Barrel Line called the Ghost Advanced. We spent time with the drop 8 and drop 10 Easton Ghost Advanced for 2020. It is, like its predecessor, an end-loaded fastpitch bat with a big barrel and a great feel. We have no doubt those who loved the Double Barrel will enjoy the Advanced too. The addition of the Power Boost knob (a rubber knob end) and improved composite are all plusses. Smaller hitters who prefer more bat speed won’t like it as much–although a drop 11 Ghost Advanced does give them some options.

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2019 Easton Project 3 ADV

$459
(8)

Easton’s top end bat for 2019 is called the Project 3 ADV. The ADV comes with a few features we’ve yet to ever see on other bats including a Power Boost knob and an improvement in the connective piece.

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