Easton drops a new version of the B5 Pro Big Barrel Bat

Easton drops a new version of the B5 Pro Big Barrel Bat

The Green Easton is back!

When Easton first introduced the B5 Pro Big Barrel bat in 1978, it opened the world’s eyes to the largest barrel on an aluminum bat the sport of baseball had ever seen. Now, over 40 years later, Easton is bringing back that classic green, big barrel look and combining it with new, breakthrough technology worthy of the B5 Big Barrel name.

While the look will remind older generations of watching future legends like Barry Bonds, Bo Jackson, and Frank Thomas swing this stick, the new generation of players will be wowed by the larger sweet spot and bigger surface area that make this bat a must-have in today’s game.

“This is a really important bat launch for us because it combines the history of Easton as a company with the technology and engineering that we’ve been able to advance over the years,” said John Loeffler, the Category Manager of Bats at Easton Diamond Sports.

“We’re really excited to be reintroducing this bat to the next generation of baseball players,” Loeffler said. “I personally think it’s cool for a college or high school player to swing the same bat that their dad, uncle, or grandpa might have swung.”

But Loeffler also made it clear that it’s not really the exact same bat from the 70s and 80s — it’s loaded with the latest technology that Easton has been perfecting for decades.

The 2021 B5 version is BBCOR certified and features thin ATAC Alloy that maximizes barrel performance. This one-piece aluminum bat also utilizes a ringless barrel design with different layers of alloy spread across the barrel to create a bigger sweet spot and smoother feel. Finally, the VRS™ handle insert reduces vibration and the Natural Pro Balance results in a balanced feel, making it the perfect bat for both speed and power.

Even after all the innovative tech improvements, Easton’s design team didn’t want to stray too far from the original look, giving this bat a very minimalistic and retro feel.

“When starting to redesign the B5 Big Barrel, we wanted it to align with the original one’s look, but with a bit of a modern twist to it,” Loeffler said. “It’s a really sleek, traditional, and simple design. You see companies in other industries, like Vans or Chuck Taylor, keep that old school look. So, I think it’s cool to bring that vintage feel back into baseball because you never really see that in today’s age.”

Whether you’re fascinated by the revolutionary performance this one-piece aluminum BBCOR bat brings to the table or attracted to its modern remix of the Green Easton’s classic look, make sure to hit up eastbay.com right when it drops on 10/1 and pick one up!

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The offseason is rounding third and we’re all feeling ready to hit the diamond. While you’re finishing up a winter of indoor training, start learning about all the latest products and building your gear rack for the new season.

Cleats

Built For Speed

adidas Afterburner 4.0

adidas adiZero Afterburner 4: All hail the speed king of the diamond. This cleat is designed for one purpose: to get you to the next base as fast as possible. Weighing in at just 9.4 oz, it won’t matter if you’re charging for a stand-up double or chasing down a ball in the gap, the Afterburner will get you there. Fast. Available in stunning colorways like the Gold Pack and Dipped Pack, you’ll definitely stand out in the adiZero Afterburner 4 — that is, if they even see you coming.

New Balance 4040v4

New Balance 4040v4: If you play baseball, you’ve heard of these popular cleats from New Balance. From the spikes to the tongue, the 4040v4 is one of the most thoughtfully designed shoes in the game. For performance at speeds, these cleats feature a supportive yet lightweight outsole plate. This plate flexes at key bend points so you get maximum dig from metal spikes. A convenient lace cage adds the finishing touch to a streamlined upper by keeping the laces secured and out of the way.

 

Built For Comfort

Nike Huarache Cleats

Nike Alpha Huarache Elite: We’ll start this list with a legend. From top to bottom, this cleat is built for the much-needed comfort of a long season. The internal bootie and ankle locking system hug the foot with a supportive fit, and a full-length Air Max unit in the midsole creates the perfect buffer between your foot and the spikes. Choose the Alpha Huarache Elite in one of its sleek new colorways and link up your look with the Huarache Elite Gloves.

New Balance COMPv1

New Balance CompV1: Ready to embrace change? The New Balance CompV1 is the most innovative baseball cleat system this season and it’s here to take the field by force. The key, new feature is the spike – each one is a glass-fiber tack surrounded by TPU. The hardness of the glass-fiber allows this cleat to punch through dirt with the effectiveness of metal while the TPU delivers the comfort of a molded system. This makes the CompV1 the perfect choice for players who live in their cleats day in and day out, on any surface and in all conditions. Read all about this impressive new cleat in our featured blog here.

adida Energy Boost

adidas Boost Icon 3: It’s right in the name – these innovative cleats house the power of boost from heel to toe. This responsive cushioning system is the perfect solution to cleat pressure felt from metal spikes. But the tech goes beyond the boost. The Icon 3’s sock-like upper hugs your foot for a natural fit while the spike layout gives you perfect traction. Plus, the classy look makes your diamond presence gold-status.

 

Fielder’s Gloves

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Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Picking the right fastpitch bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want a one-piece or two-piece bat? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrel? It can be a lot to take in. But we’re here to help.

Let’s start by breaking down some of these distinctions:

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: While one-piece bats are just one solid chunk of metal all the way through, two-piece bats are actually two separate materials held together by a connector. You’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, two-piece bats are the better options.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution can make a huge difference in your swings. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed. End loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight to the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy, or aluminum, gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact, while composite takes time to break in, but flexes more so that you can get more power on hits. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Weight Distribution: The ‘drop’ a bat has is all about giving hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking:
  • Length- Drop= Weight
  • For example, a 32-inch bat with a -9 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 23 oz. while a 32-inch bat with a -10 ‘drop’ would be 22 oz.
  • -8, -9 and endloaded bats give you more power with each swing due to extra weight.
  • -10 and -11 are for hitters with quicker bat speeds and looking to get on base everytime.

Louisville Slugger

LXT Hyper 17

$349.99

 

Big-time power hitters will love the unrivaled power, huge sweet spot, and minimized vibration of the Hyper 17.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Xeno Plus 17

$299.99

 

Ideal balance, massive power, and a light weight—the Xeno Plus 17 delivers everything you need in a fastpitch bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Demarini

CF9

$349.99

 

With premium amounts of power and comfort, the CF9 is perfect for college and high school hitters.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -9oz and -10oz drops (-10oz also available in Hope “Breast Cancer Research Foundation” colorway)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified.

CF9 Insane

$349.99

 

This bat is just like the great CF9, but with its end load design, it brings even more power to every swing.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

CF9 Slapper

$349.99

 

The CF9 Slapper is specifically designed for the left-handed speed demons who are always looking for the perfect slap hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Vendetta

$199.99

 

For youth and transitional hitters, the Vendetta provides you with the feel and lightweight performance you need.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Easton

Stealth Flex

$299.99

 

Get maximum performance and elite swing speed right out of the wrapper with the Stealth Flex.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz and -9oz end-loaded drops, -10oz and -11oz Balanced drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Stealth Retro

$299.99

In 2008, Easton released the legendary purple Stealth bat. Well, now it’s back and better than ever.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Hyperlite

$199.99

 

An optimized sweet spot and zero vibration make this a great fastpitch bat for all types of hitters.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Mizuno

Nighthawk 2

$299.99

 

For a bat with elite power and feel that lasts, head to the plate with the Mizuno Nighthawk 2 bat.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz and -11oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of fastpitch bats.

Baseball Bats To Take Your Game To The Next Level

Baseball Bats To Take Your Game To The Next Level

Picking the right baseball bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want one-piece or two-piece bats? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrels? It can be a lot to take in. But we’re here to help.

Let’s start by breaking down some of these distinctions:

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: While one-piece bats are just one solid chunk of metal all the way through, two-piece bats are actually two separate materials held together by a connector. You’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, two-piece bats are the better options.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution can make a huge difference in your swings. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed. End loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight to the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy, or aluminum, gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact, while composite takes time to break in, but flexes more so that you can get more power on hits. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Weight Distribution: The ‘drop’ a bat has is all about giving younger hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking the bat length minus the weight. For example, a 32 inch bat with a -5 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 27 oz. while a 32 inch bat with a -10 drop would be 22 oz.

The brand of bat you choose is very important as well. Each brand brings something unique to the plate. Eastbay not only carries all of the top options but can offer you an inside take on what makes each bat so special.

Marucci

Cat7 Connect

BBCOR: $349.99

 

The Cat7 Connect is the same great bat you’d get with the Cat7 but with even less vibration and even better feel.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School Sizes

Cat7

BBCOR: 249.99

 

By minimizing the worst part of batting (hand vibration) and offering a sweet spot twice as large as the Cat6, it’s easy to see why the Marucci Cat7 is such a big hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, USSSA, and AABC Youth League Sizes

Easton

Mako Beast

BBCOR: $449.99

 

With the game’s longest two-piece composite barrel and its fastest swing weight, the Mako Beast is built to take every swing to the next level.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, PONY, Dizzy Dean, USSSA, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, and AABC Youth League Sizes

Z-Core Hybrid

BBCOR: $299.99

 

The Z-Core Hybrid offers a very slight end-load to give you a consistent, balanced feel at the plate.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School Sizes

 Z-Core Speed

BBCOR: $199.99

 

Looking for an alloy bat with a fast swing and huge sweet spot? Then look no further than the Z-Core Speed.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School Sizes

Z-Core XL

BBCOR: $199.99

Home run hitters will love the end-loaded design and superior strength of the Z-Core XL.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School Sizes

DeMarini

CF Zen

BBCOR: $449.99

 

Faster swings. Better feel. Reduced vibration. The DeMarini CF Zen is a great option for every type of hitter.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, Pony, Dizzy Bean, USSSA, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, and AABC Youth League Sizes

CF Insane

BBCOR: $449.99

 

This bat gives you the same feel as the CF Zen with an end-load for more pop.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School Sizes

Vodoo

BBCOR: $299.99

 

Demarini’s Voodoo series is famous for its great performance and style, and now, you can finally grab a balanced version of the bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School, Pony, Dizzy Bean, USSSA, Little League, Babe, Ruth, Dixie, AABC Youth League Sizes

Voodoo Insane

BBCOR: $299.99

 

Strong sluggers have loved the Voodoo Insane bat for years, and the latest model gives you that same great power with some modern updates.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid
  • Available in High School Sizes

 Voodoo One

BBCOR: $249.99

 

If you love the Voodoo line but want the stiffness of a one-piece bat, the One is perfect for you.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, AABC, and USSSA Youth League Sizes

Louisville Slugger

Prime

BBCOR: $399.99

 

 

For maximum pop and comfort from your first swing to your last, choose the Louisville Slugger Prime.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, AABC, USSSA, AABC, Little League, Babe Ruth, Pony, and Dixie League Sizes

Rawlings

Quatro

BBCOR: $399.99

 

 

This new bat is built to provide you with premium pop and bat speed while minimizing hand vibration.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, AABC, and USSSA Youth League Sizes

Velo

BBCOR: $299.99

 

The Rawlings Velo is light and fast throughout the swing zone and is designed to give you great pop.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, USSSA, AABC, Pony, and Dixie Youth League Sizes

Find the BBCOR bat you need? We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of BBCOR bats for all of the latest and greatest bats on the market.