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Easton Project 3 ADV Review

March 3, 2021 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

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.

Project 3 ADV

There have been atleast a few complaints about the bat’s long term performance. We don’t think it too concerning, but the bat isn’t getting the rave some other more proven models are.

As of March 2019 the ADV (and every Jump to the full review.


Quick Review

There have been atleast a few complaints about the bat’s long term performance. We don’t think it too concerning, but the bat isn’t getting the rave some other more proven models are.

As of March 2019 the ADV (and every Easton BBCOR bat) came off of minimum pricing. It is the earliest we have seen any premier bats come down.

As far as we can tell, one of two things. First, the bat’s sales have been flat or lackluster and Easton is looking to drive some inventory before other flagship bats drop their price. Second, it’s possible Easton is looking to launch a few things earlier this year to get the ball rolling and a jump on the 2020 line.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

In some sense it’s worth thinking of the ADV as a newer version of the Ghost X from 2019. It is a two piece composite with a big barrel, light swing and really great feel on contact. Granted, it only comes in BBCOR at the moment. But improvements like the power boost knob make it worthy of a new model and name.

BBCOR Project 3 ADV Recommendations
2019 Easton Project 3 ADV Review

We recommend the bat for those who don’t have much concern about budget, love Easton and want to be early adopters of the latest and greatest. The bat performs well and gets great reviews from all our hitters.

Note, too, the Project 3 ADV is slated to release ONLY in BBCOR. So, those looking for 2019 Easton USA Bats or big barrel bats need look elsewhere.

Price Check

2019 vs 2018 Project 3 ADV

You can see more details in our bat construction section on this review.

Easton’s top end bat for 2018 is the Easton Ghost X. That bat was the new version of the famed Easton MAKO. These bats have dominated much of the two piece composite market. They’ve used a big barrel, light swing and real good feel on hits and mishits to become one of the preferred two piece composite bats in the market.

The 2019 Project 3 ADV significantly upgrades on the Ghost X. Insomuch that a new name and line is warranted. Here are a few of the bats new features:

  • Power Knob: The new knob uses a softer edge that allows for greater wrist movement.
  • The connective piece (formerly known and CXN) adds foam material inside the bat. This helps dampen sting and improve feel.
  • A new barrel layer design Easton is referring to as Launch Comp.
  • A lighter end cap now called the Speed Cap.

Although the Easton Ghost/MAKO rated out as one of our favorite BBCOR bats, the changes to the new Project 3 ADV are legit. We are not able to determine if the price difference is worth it on your budget. Our general recommendation is that last year’s models bats are great buys when they price out well (August through October). But, in terms of a side by side (assuming price is equal) we’d buy the Project 3 ADV.

 

2018

Bat Review

Ghost X

Easton's flagship baseball bat line for 2018 is the Easton Ghost X. The Mako is no longer. We have watched players swing the new Ghost X at length. The USSSA drop 5 is highly recommendable. The drop 10 and BBCOR versions are solid. The USA version of the bat is, to put it mildly, difficult to recommend due to some strange vibration issues it creates in the hands. Easton never quite admitted as much, but when we and a number of others hit the bat it just didn't feel right.

Price Check

2017

Mako Beast

We have spent a lot of time over the last several weeks getting ready for this review.

Price Check

2016

Bat Review

Mako

The 2016 Easton MAKO is a two piece composite bat built with an extremely light swing weight. It is the lightest swing Easton makes and one of the lightest swinging bats on the market.

Price Check

Comparable Bats

In the big barreled and light swinging two piece composite space there are a few real high end options. All bats, mind you, in this category are the most expensive. Others to consider are Rawlings Quatro Pro, DeMarini’s CF Zen and Slugger’s new Meta 9. Each of these bats have their own story and, in their own right, each are good. We suggest you read through the reviews, watch some vidoes and get a feel for what type of bat you’ll like more. Then, when in doubt, flip a coin.

2019 Quatro PRO
See the Quatro PRO Review

Rawlings looks to improve upon the durability of their flagship bat with the 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro. The BBCOR version of the bat was our favorite bbcor bat in 2018.

Price Check
2019 CF Zen
See the CF Zen Review

We have hit with the BBCOR, Drop 5, Drop 8 and Drop 10 2019 DeMarini CF Zen. The bat is a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and a light swing. We don’t see any differences between this bat and the 2018 (or its newer 2020/2021 version). That is not a bad thing. The bat dominated the USSSA space, is average in USA and a good to great bat in BBCOR. The USSSA bat likes to break, but in the meantime, it is a great hit.

Price Check
2019 Meta Prime
See the Meta Prime Review

The 2019 Louisville Slugger Meta is the best a BBCOR bat has ever been. The barrel is massive, the sound is perfect, the feel is amazing. Every hit feels like a tank and every swing feels perfect. The only problem is the bat is nothing short of wildly expensive. This bat is THE SAME as the 2020 Meta (the blue one). However, the 33-inch version of this bat is not illegal. Hence it gets the perfect 10 from us.

Price Check

Easton Project 3 ADV Review

What is a Power Boost Knob?

2019 Easton Project 3 ADV Review

Easton’s new Project 3 lab has produced a soft outer shell on the knob of the bat. The idea is that a softer knob gives you somthing to hold but also something to help swing through. These knobs do feel great compared to other stiffer knobs. And, we are hopeful, Easton adds these to other bats in the future.

2019 Project 3 ADV Construction

There are several features worth noting on the 2019 Project 3 ADV. Compared to the last year Easton top end two piece composite (the Ghost X) there are considerable changes. Here are a few:

  • Easton won the Lizard Skin contract. If you want a pre-installed Lizard skin on the stock bat than the Project ADV 3 will be your choice.
  • They changed the composite in the barrel. The idea is a longer barrel with a more consistent sweet spot. Granted, this has been the claim of every composite bat company since the dawn of time. But, nonetheless, they are claiming an improvement.
  • The Handle is stiffer than previous version. This means less flex at contact and, in theory at least, more power to the ball.
  • They upgraded the connective piece and added some inner foam to help with sting dampening.
  • The new knob is legit. It’s a rubber outer shell that makes it feel better to swing. And it does feel smoother.
  • They also upgraded the end cap.

Bat Sizing Options

Easton’s Project ADV 3 is only a BBCOR bat. It comes in sizes as short as a 30 up to a 34-inch.

8.8
Pop
6.4
Durability
9.5
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
7.6
Feel on Mishits
7.4
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