While the world waits for DeMarini’s new CF7 and Voodoo FT to be released, the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum is also in lift off mode. The Vexxum line has always been a two-piece hybrid bat (composite handle, aluminum barrel) with blue-chip out of the wrapper pop yet a price point more in line with one piece full aluminum bats. As a result, it has been rated as one of the best value bats at its price point for a good few years now.
The 2015 NVS Vexxum will fill that same niche it has come to be respected in. There are a couple of notable updates over the 2014 version.
First, the bat has a slightly lighter swing weight when compared to earlier models. In fact, this is what the NVS (New Velocity System) refers to. The balance point of the bat has been brought closer to the knob by about 2% and the swing weight has dropped about 8% (at least as we measure it). The swing weight of the NVS Vexxum lies between the CF7 and the Voodoo FT. It becomes the middle weight bat of the DeMarini line.
The alloy barrel material has also been updated with DeMarini’s special aluminum blend. The claim is the new X12 Alloy, versus last years X10 Alloy, allows thinner walls with the same amount of durability. We have no reason to think this isn’t the case. The X12 alloy was also put on the top shelf and newly minted 2015 Voodoo Overlord FT.
Demarini also updated the design. Noticeably the knob is shaped like a D and the end cap has a pretty sweet look to it.
The NVS Vexxum will still come hot out of the wrapper with an Alloy Barrel and that great ping sound we’ve come to love on aluminum barreled bats.
2015 DeMarini Vexxum Vs Overlord
I get asked quite often what the difference are, besides the price point, between DeMarini’s Voodoo Overlord line and Vexxum line of metal bats. The Vexxum usually runs about $50 to $100 less expensive than the Overlord FT. At first glance the two bats can be considered similar: Both bats are a two-piece hybrid designs with composite handles and aluminum alloy barrels; Both are made by DeMarini; Both have names that start with a ‘V’.
But on closer inspection you’ll find some differences that, for some hitters, could justify the price difference.
First and foremost is the connective piece. The Voodoo Overlord FT uses the D-Fusion connective piece while the Vexxum uses, what appears to me, the same connective process the Voodoo used three or four years ago.
The manner in which a two-piece bat welds together its handle and barrel can make all the difference in the bat. A bat with a weak transitions suffers from a loss of power at the plate and is less durable. A bat with too strong a transition defeats the sting dampening effect of a two-piece bat and you lose some of the buttery swing most love about two-piece bats. The Voodoo FT has what DeMarini believes is its finest work in the transition piece to date: the D-Fusion handle (also found in the CF7). The Vexxum does not have that ‘latest and greatest’ but, instead, what DeMarini used 3 or 4 years ago.
The connective piece, in part, is what drives the price difference.
There are other differences but my intent is not to bore you into agreement. Quickly, then, the other differences are: The end caps are different–the Overlord FT claims to have one that helps in a bigger sweet spot; the knobs have a different design and slightly different feel with the Overlord being a bit more rounded on the inside; the handle composite’s are of a different composition–DeMarini claims the Voodoo Overlord FT handle is an improved composite over the C6-Composite on the Vexxuum.
Are those differences worth the price difference? It just matters what you want. Maybe the following will help and be a good place to end this conversation.
We recommend the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum for those hitters who: Prefer two-piece bats but don’t want to spend two-piece prices; Appreciate an aluminum barrel that is hot out of the wrapper; Need or prefer a more balanced swing (not a light swing, but a balanced one); Those looking for a quality bat at a quality price.
We do NOT recommend the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum for those hitters who: Prefer or need a composite barrel; Want to afford the top shelf two-piece hybrid bat from DeMarini (they should buy the Voodoo FT); Prefer a one piece bat. Are looking for either a handle loaded swing or an end loaded swing.
Overall we expect the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum to continue the a long tradition of fantastic two-piece bats at a one piece aluminum price. The bat has always been and should continue to be a very smart buy.