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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Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was one of three players elected to the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class. In 19 seasons, also spent with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays, Thomas recorded 2,468 hits, 521 home runs, 1,704 runs batted in and a batting average of .301. He won two MVPs in 1993 and 1994, was named an All-Star five times, Silver Slugger four times and won the AL batting title in 1997.

With his popularity soaring in the early 90s, Thomas signed an endorsement deal with Reebok in 1993. Highlighting a partnership that would last 5 years, the brand released Frank’s signature Big Hurt cleat and trainer in 1996.

The Big Hurt was part of Reebok’s Mobius Collection, which consisted of shoes with unique 50/50 black and white counterblocked uppers. In line with Chicago’s pinstriped uniforms, the Big Hurt featured a fully striped upper, three Vectors along the side and a Big Hurt logo on the tongue.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane celebrate’s Frank’s HOF election with a look back at the Big Hurt from our Spring 1996 catalog. What’s interesting about this two-page spread is seeing the different versions of the Big Hurt ranging from pro level to beginner. The version Frank wore on field was equipped with Insta Pump technology, which with the aid of a manual inflator, enhanced cushioning and support. Takedown versions for novices or softball players were made without the steel cleats you’d find on a pair of pro levels.

Check out the catalog pages below and if you’re a fan of the Big Hurt, you’ll be happy to know that the training sneaker version is being re-released this year.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996 (1)

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996 (2)