Who remembers that bright orange Easton XL1? Do you know what happened to the Easton XL1? Why is Easton no longer producing that beast of a bat? Back in 2015, a lot of players took this bat to the plate and are now feeling nostalgic, so they want it back. JustBats is here to answer all of your XL1 questions and more! In 2015, Easton was killin' the baseball bat game and the Easton XL1 was one of their many shining stars. Not because of the neon orange cosmetics, but because of the performance, feel, and pop this baseball bat provided. This bomb dropper was loved by players of all ages from Little League to the collegiate level as it was offered in a -8, -5, and BBCOR -3. So, what happened to the Easton XL1? Why was Easton making two separate composite bats (the XL1 and the MAKO) at the time?
Easton decided to move forward with only one two-piece composite baseball bat, and the MAKO won. While we are sad the XL1 has been retired; its memory lives on. Check out what these parents, players, and coaches had to say about this timeless bat. These bat reviews are a combination of the BBCOR model and the two youth big barrel bats.
“Bat is really good and has tons of pop. I would recommend this bat if you are a big strong kid and can hit a baseball solid. This bat will make you an even bigger stud!”
“My 13u team has 2 of these bats now and looking to purchase more, great pop and weight balance.”
“This bat is a great power bat for power hitters. It hits rockets right out of the box and is even better when it’s broken in. I really recommend this bat to power hitters. The only con I can think of is I really liked this bat in yellow more than neon orange because it makes me feel I have a MAKO and I personally think the MAKO wasn’t that great.”
What contrasted between the XL1 and the MAKO? The main difference was the fact that the Easton MAKO at the time featured (and still does) a balanced swing weight while the XL1 came with an end loaded swing weight. And, there was a slight cosmetic difference. Add in the massive barrel with a noticeably larger sweet spot and you could step up to the plate with confidence you've never experienced before. The two-piece construction would also help with vibration dampening and eliminate any sting in the hands. The Easton XL1 also included the following features:
- ConneXion Technology Maximizes Energy Transfer and Eliminates Vibration
- End-Loaded Swing Weight
- Extended Barrel Design
- BBCOR Certified or USSSA 1.15 BPF Certified depending on the model
- Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty
- IMX Advanced Composite Barrel Delivered An Ultra-Responsive Hitting Surface
- Performance Diamond Bat Grip
- SIC Black Carbon Composite Handle Optimized Stiffness For Added Strength & Performance
- Ultra-Thin Inch Handle To Improve Overall Feel
Did you get the opportunity to swing the Easton XL1? What were your thoughts on this one-of-a-kind design? Please leave a comment below or on the respective product page.
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