Easton adds a subcategory to the MAKO line this year in the MAKO XL. This bat is the youth version of the 2014 Easton XL1. In in the MAKO XL line there is only this single bat.
Not much has changed between the 2014 Youth XL1 and the 2015 MAKO XL other than the type of composite used (oh yeah, and the name). We are not quite sure why the name and category change occurred but leave it to the bat industry to change names on bats for no apparent reason other than to confuse us. The upgrade of the material to the composite made famous by the MAKO seems like a good enough reason, we guess.
This bat comes in a drop 10 2 1/4 barrel version only. This bat is end loaded. If you want or need a lighter swing then you should look at the Youth MAKO which comes in a drop 11 and has a bit smaller barrel.
Overall this bat is an absolute beast. The upgrade of the XL1, which we thought was the best youth baseball bat in 2014, to an improved MAKO type composite seems like a step in the right direction.
Those hitters in youth leagues that must swing a 2 1/4, and can swing an end loaded stick, should find a lot of joy in this bat.
It would appear that the best place to currently purchase the 2015 MAKO is either here. I will try and update those as better pricing comes around. If you come across better pricing and want to share please tweet @justbatreviews or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would recommend the 2015 Easton MAKO for hitters who: Must use a 2 1/4 bat; Looking for a heavier swing; Are NOT on a budget.
We would not recommend the 2015 Easton MAKO for hitters who: Are allowed to swing a barrel bigger than 2 1/4; are on a budget; Prefer one piece bats; Prefer aluminum barrels.