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RIP-IT Baseball still exists, but they don’t make baseball or fastpitch bats anymore. They’ve narrowed down their production, far as we can tell, to protective equipment in the fastpitch space. From the early 2010’s through 2017 they produced an impressive line of BBCOR and USSSA bats.
They tried to pioneer the smart bat world with a Kickstarter program. Once that failed to gain traction, they appeared to fold on the bat industry entirely and never made a serious push again. Still, many of their bats can be found on the secondary market and more than a few are worth serious consideration—especially at the price points you can find them now.
We reviewed each of RIP-ITs bats when they were produced. You can find those below.
We hit every bat we review. That includes our RIP-IT Bats reviews below, too.
Recommendations for the 2016 RIP-IT Element One
The 2016 RIP-IT Element One bat comes in a Senior League and a BBCOR version. The BBCOR drop 3 recreates a wood bat experience as well as any non-wood bat on the market for 2015. We’d recommend it for stronger hitters who can handle, and often prefer, direct feedback in the hands on poorly hit balls. The flared grip on the BBCOR versions, as well as the textured grip, do help in some regard with hand sting. The barrel size is, as expected, smaller than many high performance composite bats in the space.[ezcol_3fifth]
Senior League 2 3/4The 2016 RIP IT Element One is a single piece alloy bat (ONE) made from RIP-IT’s propriety alloy blend (called A4). The BBCOR version has a flared grip/knob while the Senior Barrel versions have no flare, but, compared to other bats in its class, the grip/handle feels and measures out generally larger.
The barrel size is what competitive sales reps would claim the RIP-IT lacks. From a pure measurement standpoint it’s hard to disagree. But RIP-IT bats has always been committed to making a baseball that looks and feels like a baseball bat—not a boat oar. As such, those who want their baseball bat to perform and feel like a baseball bat will be right at home with the RIP-IT Element One.
RIP-IT bats has a serious, committed following. Look no further than their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. However, rather surprising to some, many have never heard of them. RIP-IT dominates in certain parts of the country and in others, we’ve learned, many only know them for their softball helmets.
Despite the public’s lack of awareness, for several years now, RIP-IT has pushed the forefront of baseball bat production design. Earlier this year they released the first bat to be pressurized with a gas. Just a few weeks ago they announced the production of the world’s first Smart Bat. Last year the RIP-IT Air bats were well received and well reviewed among players at all levels of baseball.
They’ve also made a name for themselves in terms of making a bat that feels like a bat. They are not particularly interested in making a bat with a barrel larger than last year’s version or a swing weight as light as an empty wrapping paper tube. They are committed, and so far the market has proved it needs something like this, to a bat that feels like a traditional bat—with a good weight distribution and show stopping power when hit correctly. Said differently, RIP-IT bats don’t generally do a great job of covering up for poor hitting, but instead, they accentuate a good hitter’s ability to make legit contact and transfer a remarkable amount of power to the baseball.
There are hoards of single piece aluminum baseball bats on the market. For example, the vast majority of Walmart based bats have that same design. In the performance space (with 400+ day warranties), however, there are not very many.
From a pure single piece aluminum standpoint, in the Senior League space, you’ll find a lighter swing weight with the One. The 515, on the other hand, will give you a bit more barrel. We’d only find a few instances where the 515 would be the better choice when compared to the Senior League One.
In BBCOR, a single piece alloy with an end loaded swing weight is a bit more rare. The 515 Omaha BBCOR attempts a balanced swing, so isn’t a good comparison. DeMarini’s Insane BBCOR also lacks the swing weight. You can find a single piece aluminum end load in the 2016 Easton Z-Core XL. Both bats resemble an aluminum log.
Pound for dollar, the Senior League versions of the RIP-IT Element One bat are hard to be beat this year. Those bats, with a 400 day warranty, new in wrapper are listing at $99 which, if you’ve been paying attention to this space, is a phenomenal deal. Having the gumption to actually lower the price on your senior league bats is worthy a few stars in our books.
The BBCOR One prices out at $249 retail, which is competitive if not high for a single piece aluminum bat. Most, for this type of technology, price in the $199 range although there are a few in the $249 world too.
In terms of performance, we’d suggest the RIP-IT Element One is designed perfectly for those looking for a no frills bat that can hit the ball well and who believe the trick of good hitting has way more to do with the player than it does the bat.
The 2016 RIP-IT Element Two bat comes in only a BBCOR version. This two piece hybrid BBCOR (drop 3) is a bat made for hitter’s—with a balanced swing weight and an average sized barrel. After hours in the cage, reading reviews we trust online and speaking with RIP-IT directly, we’d recommend the Element Two for average to smaller hitters who prefer a no frills bat, in RIP-IT fashion, for the traditional 1 through 3 hole hitter in all of us. (Amazon Price Check)
We spent several hours in the cage with the 2016 Element Two BBCOR bat. We found that hitters with better mechanics tended to prefer the Element Two more than others—although no one walked away from the experience disliking the bat. The composite handle and flared grip felt smooth on impact. The barrel, although somewhat undersized compared to some composite performance bats, felt strong with consistent performance along it’s entire length.
Most hybrid bats (composite handle and aluminum barrel) in the BBCOR space tend towards an end loaded design (see, for example, the DeMarini Voodoo Raw or 716 Select from Slugger). However, the RIP-IT Element Two keeps it’s balanced swing weight despite the heavier alloy found in the barrel. The Element Two is clearly hot right out of the wrapper and, when hit right, drilled baseballs on the back of the net.
Overall we got exactly what we expected from the BBCOR 2016 Element Two: A balanced swinging hybrid that performs exactly like a traditional feeling baseball bat right in RIP-IT fashion. The balanced hybrid is clearly designed for the one to three hole hitters looking for line drive base hits.
Here is Texas Baseball getting some reps in with the Element Two. Notice the barrel sound on impact.
Here is RIP-IT’s video on the 2016 RIP-IT Element Two. Somewhat informative if not just mostly boring.
The RIP-IT Element Two will come in only a BBCOR version. Sizes are 31 through 34 inches in, of course, a drop 3. There is a 2016 RIP-IT Element One in this same color scheme but that bat is a senior barrel bat—not a BBCOR.
The 2016 RIP IT Element Two is a two piece hybrid bat with a balanced swing weight. Designed like the 2015 RIP-IT Air Elite with a different color design and a lighter swing weight due to its even lighter composite handle. (RIP-IT refers to this as R4 Composite). RIP-IT also claims a new alloy in the barrel, called R4 Alloy, which is designed for better durability. Such durability claims would be nearly impossible to confirm other than taking their word for it—and we trust the brand enough to do so. It comes with a 400 day warranty (and a 30 day love it or return it policy which is quite nice).
The barrel size is what competitive sales reps would claim the RIP-IT Element Two lacks. From a pure measurement standpoint it’s hard to disagree. But RIP-IT bats has always been committed to making a baseball that looks and feels like a baseball bat—not a boat oar.
Compared to the 2015 Version
There was no official RIP-IT Element Two in the 2015 RIP-IT lineup. There was, however, a balanced swinging hybrid bat in the BBCOR space by RIP-IT called the Air Elite. Compared to that 2015 Air Elite, RIP-IT claims the Element Two has an upgraded alloy in the barrel to increase durability and an upgraded composite in the handle to even further lower the swing weight. We can’t quite measure durability without a few good seasons of use, but the Element Two definitely swings lighter than the Air Elite.
We wouldn’t expect a reputable and longstanding company to hoodwink us on those upgrades from the Air Elite and are familiar enough with the brand and their history of quality to gear to accept their claims. If those claimed upgrades are worth the price difference of a new 2016 Element Two or the 2015 Air elite will be the reader’s call.
Other Similar Bats
There are not many two piece balanced swinging hybrids in the BBCOR space for 2016. The first that comes to mind is the 2016 Rawlings TRIO. Some may argue Easton’s 2016 Z-Core Hybrid also fits the bill (although a bit heavier swing than the RIP-IT Element Two for sure).
Other than those two, the line drive hitter looking for hot out of the wrapper performance (i.e. aluminum barrel) with a bat built to reduce hand sting should find the RIP-IT Element Two a helpful tool in their 2016 gear bag.
Our Final Say, For Now
If you are a line drive or base hit player looking for a bat without a break in period and an average to below swing weight then the 2016 RIP-IT Element Two is as good a choice as we could recommend. The bat does have a flared knob (which some prefer), only comes in a BBCOR and isn’t too dramatic a change from the 2015 Air Elite—but if those things don’t keep you from pulling the trigger then we think nothing should stop you.
The 2015 Air Elite BBCOR bat is a hybrid (composite handle, aluminum barrel) bat with a balanced swing weight. This is the second year that RIP-IT has produced a two piece bat and it is a slight upgrade to the very successful and well received 2014 Air Elite.
The 2014 had a very gradual neck. Our experience was this gave a lot of hitters more success on contact made outside the sweet spot. Some report the ball exit speed on this bat is more consistent throughout the barrel than other over-sized barrels that dribble to the pitcher outside the sweet spot. We don’t have the technicalities to measure that stuff for the 2015 models (maybe one day!) but as far we could guess from our time in the cage there is probably some truth to that.
The 2015 Model keeps the gradual neck of the 2014 model. Those looking for a boat oar at the plate might find the Air Elite lacking—but those looking for what is probably the most consistent barrel on the market should be pretty happy with the bat.
As well, the 2015 model keeps the same weight distribution as the 2014 Air Elite. The inside of the barrel has a grooved spiral like the inside of a rifle barrel. This allows engineers to control the swing weight without the usual disadvantage that aluminum barrels lend to heavier swing weights.
The bat swings very similar to Sluggers 715/Raid models–which is balanced. It is not as light as some composite and handle loaded bats like the CF7 or S1 but not nearly as heavy as the XL1 or Voodoo FT. Of interest, it has, at least by our measurements, a heavier swing weight than its full aluminum little brother (the 2015 Air).
Maybe most importantly, RIP-IT kept their best warranty in the business. It is a 400 day unlimited return as well as a 30 day love it or return it (with free shipping) policy. You have to buy it from an authorized vendor (like these guys) to get a valid receipt. But with a 400 day warranty and a 30 day love it or return it policy as liberal as theirs, its hard to not just pull the trigger and take it to the cage for a couple weeks to see if its all its cracked up to be.
Overall, the bat really is a hitters bat without frills or fancy names. It’s a balanced bat that is shaped like a baseball bat, feels like a baseball bats and made for hitters who accept the reality that good players are made in the cage, not in the aisle’s of sporting good stores trying to wade through the minutia of connective pieces and rotating handles.
If you are a player or coach who just wants a bat that feels, looks and hits baseballs well and consistently along all parts of the barrel then the 2015 RIP-IT Air Elite, with it’s very liberal 30 day return policy, is the place to start. It fits more in the base hitters realm than the home run hitters realm although I am sure the right hitter could dial in some tape measure shots with this shtick..
I’m not quite sure I’ll ever become accustomed to $400 baseball bats. But it seems like new top shelf pricing now starts there. I’d suggest, considering its likeness to the 2014 version, maybe taking a stab at a new 2014 version (with valid receipts to still take advantage of the warranty and love it or return it policy) while the supplies last. Otherwise the best place we’ve been able to pick up this bat new (and ones like it) is here. And hey, if you don’t like, just send it back and spend your $400 elsewhere.
We would recommend this bat to hitters who: Prefer a balanced swing; Prefer hybrid bats; are unsure of what to do and are willing to take advantage of the no risk return policy; Are hitters in the 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 hole; are not on a budget.
We would NOT recommend this bat to hitters who: Prefer a composite barrel; Prefer a very light swing or an endloaded swing; are in the 4 or 5 hole; are on a budget.
As also should be noted, although some sites are reporting differently, we actually found the RIP-IT Air to have a lighter swing weight than its top shelf brother the 2015 Air Elite BBCOR.
The bat also comes with RIP-IT’s best in the business warranty. It is a 400 day unlimited return as well as a 30 day love it or return it and RIP-IT will pay for the return shipping. It really is a no risk trial and we at justbatreviews love that about the company and bat. It is no wonder they have the reputation for customer service that they do.
As well, the 2015 version does come with an updated paint job from last year. Here is a shot of the 2014 version:
The barrel, compared to other bats, could be bigger. However, we think, the gradual neck is what lends to the consistent barrel performance. We don’t believe you’d have as much success off the sweet spot if the bat was engineered to look more like a boat oar.
As well, for every 1 who said they didn’t like the bat there were about 99 who said they did. The bat was one of the most popular one piece aluminum bats on the market in 2014 and since not much has changed for 2015 we suspect results will be similar.
The bat is, in our opinion, a hitters bat. It isn’t particularly frilly or overly designed and its balanced swing doesn’t make it a home run hitters bat. Players who want a bat that looks like a bat, swings like a bat, and hits like a bat with a lighter swing should be quite pleased they picked up one of these bad boys.
We recommend this bat for hitters who: Prefer the power in one-piece aluminum bats; Are on a budget yet want a top shelf BBCOR bat; Are base hitters; Are looking for a bat with the best warranty in the biz; Want a bat they can try out for a couple of weeks to decide if they want it for the season; Hitters looking for a light to balanced swing.
We do NOT recommend this bat for hitters who: Are not on a budget; Prefer composite barrels or two piece bats; Prefer end loaded bats; Are big bomb hitters.
When we wrote a highly read review on the Mako Torq and its spinning handle a few months back we asked, “what will the baseball bat industry think of next?” Well, we finally have our answer: It’s the RIP-IT Helium BBCOR bat that will be available for the 2015 season.
At first glance we thought the idea of naming bats after stable gasses was a great idea. Light swings are en vogue these days and what better way to brand that idea than a bat named after a gas. 2015 could be Helium. 2016 they could go with Neon. 2017 could be Argon and then you’d be left w… Jump to our Full Review
At first glance we thought the idea of naming bats after stable gasses was a great idea. Light swings are en vogue these days and what better way to brand that idea than a bat named after a gas. 2015 could be Helium. 2016 they could go with Neon. 2017 could be Argon and then you’d be left with Chlorine in 2018–which no one would buy on that name. Surely 2019 would be Krypton to revitalize the bat line and who wouldn’t want a bat named Krypton? The gas-naming theme seemed perfectly sane.