2013 Best Senior Bat Reviews

The results are in! We have our picks for the best senior bats (youth big barrel) out there.  Our senior bat reviews are based on a total score rating bats on: Performance, Feel, Durability, Balance, Looks, and Value.

 

# 1 RIP-IT Prototype Senior (29.5 of 30)

RIP-IT Prototype Senior

Performance- 5
Feel- 5
Durability- 5
Balance- 5
Looks- 4.5
Value- 5

We were surprised to find RIP-IT it at the top of our list with the 2013 Prototype Senior League bat, but the choice to put this bat #1 was unanimous.  This senior bat outperformed its competitors consistently, and we can confirm that RIP-IT is not lying when they talk about having the largest sweet spot.

The bat feels great, is very balanced and is worth every penny. The only category we could even critique was the looks department since we think the white bat and white grip will get dirty easily, but we still love the sharp look. And after all we are talking about baseball here, so getting dirty is part of the game.

 Finally, we have to commend RIP-IT on their love it or return it policy. You can try any of their products for 30 days, and if you are not happy with it you can send it back for a full refund. 

 

# 2 Easton Power Brigade Speed Series (27 of 30) 

 

Easton Power Brigade Speed Series Senior League

Easton Power Brigade Speed Series Senior League 

Performance- 5
Feel- 4
Durability- 5
Balance- 5
Looks- 4.5
Value- 3.5

Easton’s Power Brigade variety of senior league bats earns the #2 spot on our list. These bats are available at three different price points and in two different series: speed and power.  We have noticed that the Speed Series (S1, S2, and S3) has taken an edge over the power series in Senior league play. 

 The ball flies off of these bats and they have proven to be very durable bats. The only thing bringing them down is the feel category because it stings your hand when mishit and $300 for a senior bat seems a little steep! 

 

# 3 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha (26.5 of 30)

 

Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha Senior League

Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha Senior League

Performance- 4.5
Feel- 4
Durability- 4.5
Balance- 5
Looks- 4
Value- 5

The 2012 Louisville Slugger TPX Omaha gives Easton a run for their money when it comes to this Senior League bat. This youth big barrel bat is a good bat for a great price. We liked the grip and balance of the bat. The ball flies off this bat. You really can’t go wrong with the TPX Omaha!

 The only reason it fell short of our # 2 bat is because the Easton Power Brigade bats slightly outperformed it and proved to be more durable. 

 

# 4 Demarini Vendetta C6 (24.5 of 30)

 

Demarini Vendetta C6 Senior League

Demarini Vendetta C6 Senior League

Performance- 4
Feel- 4
Durability- 4
Balance- 4
Looks- 4
Value- 4.5

Coming in at # 4 on our list is the DeMarini Vendetta C6 -10 senior league baseball bat. This bat is produced with the same Rails Hybrid Handle Technology as previous Vendettas, but with a C6 Composite Barrel as well. We got a consistently overall good response from this bat. It has nice pop and produces great bat speed.

 It has a good overall feel, but can sting when it is hit on the rails. We have also noticed some issues with the USSSA logo smearing off because it seemed to have just been painted on. Hopefully DeMarini has taken the right steps to fix this issue.

 The Vendetta also made its way onto our list because it is being offered at a great price. You can find it at $179.99 as opposed to the original price of $249.99!

 

# 5 Marucci CAT5 (19.5 of 30)

 

Marucci CAT5 Senior League

Marucci CAT5 Senior League

Performance- 4
Feel- 5
Durability- 2.5
Balance-4. 5
Looks- 4
Value- 3.5

Our # 5 choice senior league bat is the Marucci CAT 5.  The number one pro about this bat is that Marucci has mastered their anti-vibration technology. A majority of complaints on bats are about the sting/vibration in the top hand while hitting. This bat feels good to swing and it has a consistent performance to go with it.

The thing that keeps it from higher on our list is the durability factor, which goes hand in hand with the value of the bat. We have seen issues with the end cap, cracking and the grip wearing out very quickly. 

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