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2019 Louisville Slugger XENO Review

October 5, 2019 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

We documented three different hitters with the 2019 Louisville Slugger XENO. Each player hit no less than 80 pitches. Objective metrics like exit speed and ball flight distance were documented.

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We also paid attention to hand vibration and overall feel. After also reading every review online we could find, we write this 2019 Slugger XENO review. In short, we think the XENO the best fastpitch bat on for 2019.

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We also paid attention to hand vibration and overall feel. After also reading every review online we could find, we write this 2019 Slugger XENO review. In short, we think the XENO the best fastpitch bat on for 2019.

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We found, without surprise, the XENO one of the favorite 2019 fastpitch bats. Players loved the sound of the bat. The stiffness in the handle was noticeable—especially compared to the LXT—and was preferred by stronger hitters. Exit speed numbers across the board looked great compared to other bats. We expect that with stiffer bats—where more power transfers to the ball.

Fastpitch Xeno Recommendations
2019 Louisville Slugger Xeno Review

Since 2016 the XENO has been a fantastic bat that gets remarkable ratings across the board. If it were our money, we’d look for a new in wrapper older model version at a less expensive price. But, when those are out of stock in your particular size or drop, then you’ll be very happy with the 2019 Slugger XENO.

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2019 vs 2018 Xeno

2019 Louisville Slugger XENO Review

The only structural change to the 2019 XENO, when compared to the 2018 version, stems from a lighter end cap. This new, light, end cap apparently allows for more integrity and length in the sweet spot of the 2019 XENO. Our testing was unable to prove this claim one way or the other. The 2019 version feels and swings like a great bat. So does the 2018 version.

Assuming you can find the 2018 version in your size (these do eventually sell out) we think you’ll be rather happy with the bat. Most who bought the 2018 bat were over the moon about it. But, no doubt, the 2019 will get as rave reviews as the 2018 version did. It is, save the end cap, the same bat in terms of the S1ID Barrel and IST connection piece.

2018

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Xeno

The Xeno from Slugger is as good as it gets in the fastpitch space.

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2017

Xeno

We spent over 3 hours in our cage comparing the 2017 Louisville Slugger Xeno PLUS Fastpitch softball bat (Ebay, Amazon) to other similar designs in the market. While the 2017 models of performance fastpitch bats are still rolling out we are confident the 2017 Xeno Plus Fastpitch sits among the best in this year's class.

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Comparable Bats

Some would argue there is nothing that compares to the XENO. Fair enough.

But, if we were to suggest something else to look at if the XENO is up your alley, then how about the Mizuno Carbon 2? This is a two piece composite (like the XENO) with a stiffer connection (like the XENO) with a huge barrel (like the XENO) and a nearly identical swing weight to the XENO (at least in the 32/22 that we measured). It also has the same, brand new, price point.

Of course the Mizuno Carbon 2 lacks the long and impressive pedigree as the XENO. This is most apparent in looking for more user feedback from a 2018 version—which the Mizuno Carbon 2 has none. The XENO, on the other hand, has been a fan favorite since they invented fastpitch.

2019 LXT
See the LXT Review

We hit with the 2019 LXT from Slugger nearly 800 times before writing this review. During that time, we documented exit speeds, barrel sizes and the swing weight of the bat.

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2017 Quatro
See the Quatro Review

After several hours in the cage and consuming copious research on player feedback for the 2017 Rawlings Quatro Fastpitch bat, we present our review.

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2020 Prism
See the Prism Review

For 2020, DeMarini has released the Prism out of its D-Labs and into the broader market. They also added a drop 11 to its very popular drop 10 status. For the drop 10, it is the same bat as the 2019 version. For 2019 it had a limited release. No matter what you call it, the Prism is the same double barreled light swing with a massive sweet spot, fantastic feel and a balanced swing. See DeMarini’s D-Labs where the Prism was born. In its original release, due to unexpected demand, the Prism was hard to find in stock. These days its pretty available at just about every major, serious outlet.

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2019 Xeno Construction

As we mention above, the major change in this year’s XENO is a new, lighter, end cap. This weight savings allows Slugger to improve sweet spot length and barrel durability (their claim, not ours).

Otherwise, expect the same great feel and construction that has made the XENO as famous as it is. That is, the S1ID Barrel is back as well as the IST connection piece.

Swing Weight

The swing weight of the 2019 XENO runs 4% heavier than the average 32/22 fastpitch bat in 2019.  This is still lighter than some of the real high MOI bats like the PXT and Ghost Double Barrel. But, the heavier swing weight in the XENO is noticable and those who like lighter swinging bats need either look elsewhere or size down an inch (or drop).

Traditionally, the XENO line is for more advanced players who like want as much power transfer to the ball as possible but still prefer the two piece composite design. The 2019 version should be no different. Stronger players, or those who like a real stiff feel at contact, will gravitate to the XENO.

New End Cap?

A lot of the 2019 literature for the XENO talks about a new ultra light X-Cap for the end cap. But, we see this on the 2018 version as well. Not sure if this is a misprint or misunderstanding. But, we don’t think the end cap is new.

2019 Louisville Slugger XENO Review End Cap

Bat Sizing Options

2019 Slugger XENO Review

Like the 2018 version, the 2019 version will come in a drop 8, 9, 10 and 11. The drop, you should know, is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. That is, a 32/22 is a drop 10. Or, a 33 inch drop 9 weighs 24 ounces.

9.5
Pop
9.5
Durability
10
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9.5
Feel on Mishits
10
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