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November 14, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

Surprising. Impressive. Easily the biggest surprise of all 2020 Baseball bats is Easton’s new Maxum. It replicates the old Combat Maxum well with a huge barrel. The ultra-light swing in BBCOR and its outstanding exit speed make it one the best BBCOR bats for 2020. The USSSA versions of the bat are no joke either and should put Dirty South Bats on its heels a bit. Huge barrels and light swings go a long way in the youth space, and the Maxum is a great pace changer from the overdone two-piece composites in the market.

Maxum 360

Like year’s past, the Easton Maxum is loved for its massive barrel. In some respects, it is the model that Dirty South Bats built their successful yet young company from. That is our sentiment, not necessarily theirs. It is a single-piece bat so that you can expect some ring in the hands-on… Jump to the full review.


Quick Review

Like year’s past, the Easton Maxum is loved for its massive barrel. In some respects, it is the model that Dirty South Bats built their successful yet young company from. That is our sentiment, not necessarily theirs. It is a single-piece bat so that you can expect some ring in the hands-on mishits. As well, the barrel swings ultra-light and, if you’ve never held a Maxum in hand, will be surprised at the size of the barrel. It is ridiculous.

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

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Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

2020 Maxum 360 Ratings and Awards

Overall Rating
Performance
Player Feedback
Popularity
Relevance
Advancement

Why the Maxum 360 Won – Status

Recommendations for the 2020 Easton Maxum stand close to where the Maxum was recommended in 2018 and previously. It is made specifically for hitters that want a balanced swing and the largest barrel space per swing weight on the market. It will ring the hands more than most two-piece bats so, if that bothers you and you don’t quite barrel the bat up every time, you might want to look elsewhere. Although too early to tell on durability, the Maxums of old had surprisingly good durability for as huge and thin as they are made for performance. We will keep tracking.

BBCOR Maxum 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton Maxum 360 Review

We’ve yet to see a single piece composite bat do very well in the BBCOR space. It seems like most hitters who want a stiff bat like the Maxum is considered are more interested in end loads. As such, big-hitting single piece aluminum bats like the 5150 or Omaha do really well. Smaller, base-hit type players often want a light swing and the added power of a single piece. The Maxum is the exact type of bat for that kind of player. For the record, the Combat versions of the Maxum in BBCOR got lukewarm reviews from most players. We don’t expect the 2020 Easton Maxum in BBCOR to be a must swing kind of bat, but it will work for some.

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USSSA Maxum 360 Recommendations
2020 Easton Maxum 360 Review

USSSA is where the Easton Maxum should make a real run. The 2020 version of the Maxum comes in a drop 5, 10, and 12. The 10 and 12 are 2 3/4 bats while the drop 5 is 2 3/4. In some circles, the drop 5 Maxum was the favorite USSSA bat in 2017. Even beating out the CF Zen. People loved the heavy swing weight to compensate for stingy hands and the absolutely monster barrel. We’ve never seen any kid hit a ball further in USSSA than with a drop 5 Combat of days gone by and, believe us, we’ve seen a lot of that CF Zen from 2017. The drop 12 version of the bat doesn’t have enough gumption in its barrel to compensate for the ring on the hands, but it might fit for some–especially those seeing slower pitch speeds.

Price Check

2020 vs 2018 Maxum 360

There was no 2019 Combat. A major vendor bought all of the inventory when Combat when defunct and kept selling them new during the Maxum drought—even honoring the warranty if something went wrong. This is the first year Easton releases a Maxum. In large measure, the bat looks super similar. Combat loved the idea of a seamless composite structure, the bat’s weight is committed to a balanced swing, and it still comes with a Lizard Skin—just like the Maxum of old.

Only time will tell in terms of its actual performance compared to a 2016, 2017, or 2018 version of the Combat Maxum. Although it will be hard to pass up if you are an Easton fan, we expect that the Easton Maxum and Combat Maxum of days gone by are remarkably similar.

2018

Bat Review

Maxum

Cage work and a few games with the BBCOR 2018 Combat MAXUM, as well as a couple conversations with major vendors on the bat, put us in a spot to publish a review.

Price Check

2017

Maxum

We have spent over a hundred hours of cage and game time experience among several different players to formulate our 2017 Combat MAXUM Review.

Price Check

2016

Bat Review

Maxum

Combat, a Canadian based company, is known in the baseball space for a high-performance one-piece composite baseball bat with a lot of barrel.

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Comparable Bats

In the BBCOR space, the only single-piece composite bat you’ll find, as far as we can tell, is Dirty Souths Kamo bat. Neither Rawlings, Demarini, Slugger, or Marucci make a full single piece composite bat in BBCOR.

In USSSA, you have a few options. We’d argue the most similar bats are Sluggers’ 2020 Prime One, Dirty Souths Line of USSSA bats, the Rawlings Threat, and Marucci’s CAT composite. In terms of sizing options, the Easton Maxum has them all beat. If a drop 10 is where you’re looking, then you’ll have several options.

2019 Kamo
See the Kamo Review

After discussing with several players that have used the BBCOR Dirty South KAMO and measuring its exit speeds and swing weights, we write this review.

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2019 Threat
See the Threat Review

We put several hundred swings on the 2018 Rawlings Threat USA Bat. The USSSA and BBCOR versions are reviewed here too, but they are significantly different in makeup when compared to the 2019 USA Rawlings Threat.

Price Check
2021 CAT Composite
See the CAT Composite Review

Marucci is releasing a new bat for 2021 called the Marucci CAT 9 Composite. This is a two-piece composite bat found in USSSA, USA, and BBCOR. The bat will compete directly in a very competitive two-piece market against bats like the META, CF, ADV 360, and Quatro Pro. The bat has a balanced swing, huge barrel and, according to some our hitters, hits absolute rockets.

Price Check

2020 Maxum 360 Construction

The 2020 Easton Maxum is a bat made from a single piece of composite. They use a seamless piece of plastic that allows them to have an absolutely massive barrel. Easton claims to have added some of their 360 techs to the bat, but that might be some marketing speak to help fit it into the 2020 line of “360” bats. The composite is ultra-light, and you’ll notice that right when you pick it up. From the drop 12 to the drop 3, every size of Easton Maxum is built for light swing weight. Expect a custom Lizard Skin on each one too.

Bat Sizing Options

In BBCOR, the 2020 Easton Maxum comes in a 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34. Expect the most popular sizes in the 32 and 33-inch.

2020 Easton Maxum BBCOR Review

The USSSA version of the 2020 Easton Maxum comes in a drop 12, 10 and 5. Here are the sizes:

  • Drop 5 (2 5/8): 30, 31, 32-inch
  • Drop 10 (2 3/4):  27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
  • Drop 12 (2 3/4): 27, 28, 29, 30, 31-inch

2020 Easton Maxum Review

7.9
Pop
9.7
Durability
9.2
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8
Feel on Mishits
8.7
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2 years ago

Most comparable bat is Mizuno Power Carbon BBCOR.

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