2015 vs 2016 Easton MAKO BBCOR Review

2015 EASTON MAKO

Easton returns the very popular MAKO bat for 201. The bats penetration and hype in the market for 2014 was nearly unbelievable. Most retailers claim the 2014 release marked the start of the best selling baseball bat ever seen. It’s over-sized barrel, at the time, was unrivaled. It’s neon was recognizable from a 350 feet out. It’s hype and buzz were perfectly marketed and timed.

With such great success, not much has changed between the 2014 and 2015 of the most popular bat ever made: the bat is still a two piece composite bat with high end TCT composite barrel and composite handle as well as the CXN Easton technology.

The 2015 MAKO’s swing weight is the lightest of the entire Power Brigade series (yes, lighter than the S series). The bat has incredible barrel size for such a light swinging bat—only rivaled by some of the best in the business. We found the CF7 from Demarini to swing a little lighter.

Features

  • Ultra-thin 29/32″ composite handle with performance diamond grip
  • 2 1/4″ barrel diameter
  • Certification: USSSA 1.15 BPF, Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Pony Baseball, AABC
  • Speed design for low M.O.I and faster swing speeds

Pros:

  • Light swinging bat
  • Top shelf bat with latest tehnology
  • Cant find a 2014 version of the bat available for a lower price 

Cons:

  • Not recommended for hitters who prefer an aluminium barrel
  • Not recommended for hitters who prefer one piece bats

 

2016 EASTON MAKO : What’s new? 

For 2016, Easton has brought the most expansive line of power . TCT Thermo Composite Technology is the key to the MAKO’s industry-leading swing speed, massive sweet spot, and pure feel on contact. This innovative material comprises both the barrel and handle which are united by Easton’s patented 2-PC ConneXion Technology. By isolating the handle from the barrel with the connection joint, energy transfer is maximized while simultaneously eliminating any unwanted vibration. The MAKO’s foundation is then optimized with one of the lightest swing weights on the market.

Compared to previous years, the 2016 Easton MAKO youth bat only changes the color and an upgraded grip for more cushion. Other bats similar to the MAKO in the youth version are DeMarini’s CF8 and Louisville Slugger’s 916 Prime.

By way of recommendation, we’d be hard pressed to find a hitter that wouldn’t like the 2016 Easton MAKO. The bat is shockingly smooth and pairs so much barrel with so low a swing weight, just about everyone will find value in the bat. The only hitters who may not appreciate it are those who prefer an end loaded bat or those who love the feel and power of a single piece stick. Other than that, we’ve yet to speak with any user of the 2016 MAKO who doesn’t think it’s the best youth stick in the universe.

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