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By Bat Digest | Last Updated June 15, 2022
The Easton Hyperlite fastpitch bat is built for the entry level player looking for a legitimate drop 12 bat.
Our hitters, and every review we found online, mentioned how light the bat felt. For some hitters it won’t pack enough punch to be effective. But, if you need as much bat speed as possible the 2017 Easton Hyperlite might be exactly what you’re looking for.
There are a couple drop 12 two piece composite bats in the 2017 fastpitch space. The most expensive of these is the LXT from Louisville Slugger. However, many of those are sold out. The drop 12 2017 becomes an ideal pick up late into the next season.
The bat’s construction is high end. Really. They use the same CXN connection piece on this two piece composite that Easton has used on bats several times their price. In fact, up until 2018, Easton used the CXN on their most expensive Easton MAKO and EAston Ghost line.
The Hyperlite composite has been used on other Hyperlite bats (including the Hyperlite baseball series of bats). The composite allows for a uniqley designed light swing.
The most notable feature on the fastpitch Hyperlite is the drop 12. Not very many bats in the sub $200 space for fastpitch that are both a two piece composite and a drop 12.
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 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.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
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.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.