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By Bat Digest
Updated September 25, 2023
The bat most like the 2015 Easton FS1 is the 2014 Easton FS1. Aside from the color up, not much has changed between the two, in part, we'd guess, due to the focus Easton is now putting on the MAKO lines of fastpitch bats. This Easton FS1 for 2015 will be the last in the FS1 series which started in 2012. Outside the Easton brand, similar two piece composite bats in the light swinging big barrel space are the CF series from DeMarini and the XENO and LXT lines from Louisville Slugger. The IMX composite can be found in the FS3 for 2016. This may be considered the new FS1 but it only comes in a drop 12, not the drop 11 and drop 10 like the 2015 FS1.
On the whole, the FS1 from 2015 is a highly recommendable fastpitch bat. Especially for those hitters who like a light swinging balanced stick the 2015 FS1 is right at home. In terms of player feedback and barrel size, the 2015 FS1 defines top shelf performance. As well, those who prefer their mishit vibrations absorbed into the bat's connective piece, instead of their hands, will prefer the 2015 FS1. The barrel size is remarkable. We'd recommend the 2015 FS1 to serious players looking for lots of barrel and a light swing. Do note however, in marketing hype terms, the bat is 'old'.
Like last year's FS1, the 2015 FS1 is a two piece composite made from a design Easton refers to as IMX. They used this composite structure in all the Power Brigade lines in both baseball and softball leading up to this final iteration. The composite lends for an extra long barrel and a remarkably light swing. The FS1 is also a light swinging bat. The balance point of the bat is as close to the hands as is allowable giving it a low MOI (or swing weight). The drop 11 is obviously lighter swinging per barrel size than the drop 10. The bat continues to use the CXN connective piece which Easton has used for several years in both the baseball and fastpitch softball space.