The Easton Power Brigade line is back in 2015 with the usual suspects. The Speed (S), XL, and MAKO lines will once again grace the plates of little leagues, high school and colleges around the country. Of course the big news is the MAKO TORQ with its spinning handle, but here we focus on the S1.
A 2015 Easton S1 review should read quite similar to the 2014 Easton S1 review. This light swinging bat is still a two-piece composite bat with THT Composite Handle and IMX Advanced composite barrel. THT is Easton’s proprietary spiral composite which dampens hand sting and the IMX is Easton’s proprietary blend that allows for a big barrel and enough durability. The bat also has Easton’s hinge CXN technology in the transition point.
The differences from 2014 to 2015 appear to be an upgraded grip texture and paint job.
Sizing will also be similar to the 2014 models: A -3 BBCOR, Youth, -10 Senior League/Big Barrel and -12 Youth 2 1/4.
We always hesitate to pigeon hole a bat for a certain type of hitter. And with the S1, many are, in our opinion, too quick to claim the bat is for contact or base hitters. The way we like to think of it is the S1 is a bat for hitters who prefer the maximum amount of plate coverage per ounce of swing weight. They may lose some compactness in the swing and drive in a batted ball, but the Easton’s S1 maximizes the opportunity for contact because its barrel is easier to handle.
As a result, those who are already good at contact and want to accentuate that ability with a bat that plays well to their strength really like the S1. Hence, as we see it, why those good at making contact also tend to prefer the S1.
We recommend the 2015 Easton S1 for those hitters who: Want to accentuate their base hit skills and increase their contact percentage; Prefer two-piece composite bats; Want proven technology; Are willing to pay a bit for the brand and proven technology.
We would NOT recommend the 2015 Easton S1 for those hitters who: Prefer heavier swing weights; Are on a budget; Want to accentuate their bomb dropping skills; Prefer One-Piece Bats; Want an aluminum barrel.
Overall we think, quite frankly, it difficult to go wrong when choosing the S1. The bat has been a top of the line contender for a few years now and we don’t see any reason to suspect that folks who drop some change on this bat will be disappointed.