2015
Marucci
Hex Composite
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2015 Marucci Hex Composite Review

The Hex Composite bat offers a balanced swing weight, similar to Easton’s S1 and Combat’s G3, but not as light as DeMarini’s CF7 or Rip-It’s Senior Air. It avoids the heaviness of models like the XL1 and Voodoo FT, suiting most hitters. In contrast, Marucci’s CAT 6, highlighted in our recent review, starts at a drop 8, bypassing the lighter options for younger players, a deliberate choice to focus on those needing or preferring an aluminum barrel with a bit more heft.


Hex Composite Video

2015 Hex Composite Models

Models Overview

If you weren’t paying close attention to the Marucci CAT 6 review we put up a few days ago or were too distracted by our infatuation with that angelic bat, you may have failed to notice the CAT 6 does not come in anything lighter than a drop 8. Did Marucci just drop the ball and forget about this considerable section of the Little League world that needs something more lightweight than a drop 5? Hardly.


General Recommendations

Overall we are very pleased with this bat. We do wish it had more sizing options (like a 2 1/4 barrel as well as a drop 8 and drop 5), but those looking for a drop 10 balanced swing and prefer one-piece composite bats should have this bat at the top of their list. We feel this bat is a near-perfect combination of emphasis on power hitters and base hitters. While its sizing options are limited, we do feel the bat has the widest appeal a bat of its construction size possibly could.

We recommend this bat for hitters who: Want a one-piece composite bat with a balanced swing; Want a top shelf bat for reasonable top shelf pricing; Are looking for the maximum allowable pop; Are looking for the bat with the largest barrel per swing weight; Need a drop 10 balanced swing.

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Comparable Bats

Another close competitor in both size and barrel volume is the Combat G3. The G3’s drop 10 swing weight is very similar (almost exact as far as we measured) to the Marucci Hex. However, the barrel coverage on the Marucci is measurably larger than Combat’s flagship bat—especially in the neck of the bat.

This Marucci stick is a full composite bat that comes in only a drop 10 for the 2 5/8 and 2 3/4 barrel size. It will not be released in a BBCOR (as far as I understand) nor will it be in a youth 2 1/4 barrel for the foreseeable future. Marucci’s goal seems to be to produce the best single bat in its class. A welcome approach considering some other companies’ desire to be all things to all people.

Construction

What also might be interesting to folks who wonder about this stuff, we found the actual weight of the bat to be the same as the stated weight. Most companies’ bats are a good 1 ounce over stated weight. Some are upwards of 3 ounces over the stated weight. Yet Marucci’s composite Hex bat, as far as we could tell on two different tries, had the same exact stated weight and actual weight.

The most remarkable thing about this bat is its barrel size. The oversized barrel and slow transition neck give it the highest plate coverage per swing weight in the business. Its closest competitor in plate coverage by barrel size would be the Easton XL1¬†and MAKO–however, the XL1 has a swing weight that is 50% heavier and the MAKO has a price point of $100 higher.