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2021 Louisville Slugger Xeno Fastpitch Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 3, 2022


The 2021 Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece composite bat with a good-sized barrel and a mostly balanced swing weight. Its differentiating feature is the stiffness of the connection, while all other two-piece composite bats in the performance fastpitch space have a flexible connection. If you want a stiffer connection between your barrel and handle on your fastpitch bat, then the Xeno is where you should look.


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2021 Louisville Slugger Video

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2021 Louisville Slugger Models


We like the drop 8 and 9 Xeno as some of our favorite power-hitting bats on the market. Big hitters might appreciate the loaded feel and the stiff connection. Smaller hitters who want a lighter swinging bat but a rigid connection should like the Xeno. But, to be sure, most more minor hitters who want bat speed and a soft swing aren’t in the mood for a stiff bat. Instead, they tend more towards a bat like the Slugger LXT or Easton Ghost with a more flexible connection.

The bat was initially made available only directly on Slugger.com’s site. However, some models were since released to a few select dealers. 

Fastpitch –11
/10
Fastpitch –10
/10
Fastpitch –9
/10
Fastpitch –8
/10

General Recomendations

Our recommendation is for the Xeno drop 8 and 9 to be in the bag of most heavy hitters who want a stiff connection or, at least, a different feeling bat than their drop 8 Easton Ghost Advanced or Rawlings Mantra. If you wish to drop 10 or 11, we think you’ll appreciate the bat’s durability and the more endloaded feel. 

Model Recommendations

FPXND1121

Fastpitch Drop 11 Review

Xeno Fastpitch Drop 11 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2021 Louisville Slugger XENO is a two-piece composite bat built with a stiffer connection. The drop 11 doesn't make a ton of sense---as hitters who need a light swing tend to want a bat that doesn't have a lot of feedback. Nonetheless, if you want a stiff feeling bat and you're in the drop 11 space then the XENO is your best fastpitch bat.
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33-inch
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Serial: FPXND1121
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 1/4
WBL2456010

Fastpitch Drop 10 Review

Xeno Fastpitch Drop 10 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2021 Louisville Slugger XENO is a two-piece composite bat built with a stiffer connection. The drop 10 is an excellent bat, but those who want a drop 10 could find more success in a lighter swing and a less rigid connection bat like Slugger's LXT or DeMarini's CF. But, if you are one of the few who want a stiff-feeling bat and a bit of a load in a drop 10, then the 2021 Xeno is the right bat.
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Serial: WBL2456010
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 1/4
FPXND921

Fastpitch Drop 9 Review

Xeno Fastpitch Drop 9 Ratings (key)
3 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2021 Louisville Slugger XENO is a two-piece composite bat built with a stiffer connection. The drop 9 is a great bat but serves more for that transition player that is going to be a power hitter but can't find enough gumption in the drop 10 to be the power hitter they are. As such, the drop 9 Xeno isn't as popular although it is plenty useful and a great, stiff fastpitch bat.
Sizing: 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Serial: FPXND921
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 1/4
FPXND821

Fastpitch Drop 8 Review

Xeno Fastpitch Drop 8 Ratings (key)
3 4 5 4 3 4 5 5 3 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The 2021 Louisville Slugger XENO is a two-piece composite bat built with a stiffer connection. The drop 8 makes the most sense in the lineup, as the stiff feel works excellent with a lot of weight behind it. We consider the 2021 Xeno from Slugger one of the best power-hitting bats in the fastpitch market.
Sizing: 33, 34-inch
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Serial: FPXND821
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Comparable Bats

We don’t know of fastpitch bats as stiff as the Xeno. So, if that’s what you want, this is the bat for you. If you are in the mood for a two-piece composite bat and don’t care about the stiffness in the connection, then you have many similar options. 

Construction

The 2021 Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece composite bat built with foam and ring technology that helps slow impacts perform at peak levels while allowing the bat to pass the certification test. The bat has not changed much over the years, which is a good thing.

Marketing Writeup

(From Louisville Slugger’s Writeup)

Inspired by and designed for elite talent that prefers a stiff feel through the zone, the 2021 Louisville Slugger Xeno continues to set the bar for performance.

Our two-piece IST Technology gives you a stiffer connection and a more solid feel on contact, while the Dual-Disc S1ID Performance Composite Barrel means minimal break-in time and ultimate performance right out of the wrapper. The new X-CAP End Cap features ultra-lightweight materials that make this bat easier than ever to get through the zone.

New for the 2021 model, this bat is available exclusively to fastpitch players on Slugger.com.

Play with passion, play to win and play like the world is watching. Play with Louisville Slugger.

  • BARREL: Performance Composite Design with patented dual disk – S1IDTM Barrel Technology that provides the ultimate performance right out of the wrapper.
  • CONSTRUCTION: Two-piece design featuring our exclusive ISTTM Technology – a stiffer connection with a more solid feel on contact.
  • SWING WEIGHT: Balanced swing weight that is perfect for all player types.
  • END CAP: NEW Ultra-lightweight X-Cap™ design for improved speed and control at the plate.
  • GRIP: NEW Standard Fastpitch grip with improved cushion.
Overall Ratings

The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).

*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.

(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.

(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.

(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.

(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.

(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.

(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.

(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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