The 2016 Easton Z-Core (Amazon Price Check) is a single piece and balanced swinging aluminum alloy bat. The Z-Core, not to be confused with the Z-Core Torq or Z-Core XL, incorporates an internal composite reinforcement along the length of the barrel. This gives the bat a considerably large barrel for a single piece alloy. Easton’s marketing literature often refers to this as ‘Mako-izing’ the bat which is in reference to, obviously, the Easton MAKO’s considerable barrel size.
The bat comes with a middle of the road swing weight not nearly as hand loaded as the traditional Easton MAKO but no where close to as heavy swinging as the Z-Core’s fatter brother: The 2016 Easton Z-Core XL.
In the drop 3 (BBCOR) Easton is currently offering a limited edition of the bat for the same price point. But you need to go right to their site to get that small quantity offer.
The 2016 Easton Z-Core is the 2nd printing of the 2015 Easton S3z. The 2016 version incorporates a new color design and nothing, as far as we’ve been told or been able to gather, further. The 2015 S3z was an upgrade in barrel size and swing load towards the hands when compared to the 2014 Easton S2.
In the grand scheme of 2016 things, the Easton Z-Core is akin to the Easton Z-Core XL but with a lighter swing weight. It is also the same bat as the 2016 Z-Core TORQ but without the rotating handle.
The 2016 Easton Z-Core will only be available in BBCOR sizes 31 through 34 inches. Of course each of these bats are drop 3.
Those looking for a similar balanced single piece alloy bat in youth or senior league versions are out of luck with this particular version but can find some solace in an Easton option like the 2016 Easton S3 or XL3 with similar paint jobs.
There are lots of single piece aluminum performance bats with balanced swing weights on the market today. Many of them are worth a look. The Louisivlle Slugger 516 Omaha, 2015 Marucci CAT 6 and the RIP-IT Air.
In the performance Easton line up, the 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ or 2015 Easton S3z may be worth a look if your okay with a rotating bottom hand or last years model—which is identical in terms of performance. Although a smaller barrel, an Easton 2014 S3 from days gone by can be found on eBay with a search like this if your really on a budget, but we always hesitate buying aluminum barreled bats on the secondary market.
The 2016 Easton Z-Core is a hot out of the wrapper BBCOR bat with a middle of the road swing weight. As such, we’d recommend the bat for Collegiate or High School players who like the idea of a performance name bat with a balanced swing and a reasonable price tag. Most who prefer single piece aluminum bats do so for the power associated with them. As such, they also tend to prefer end loaded bats (like the Z-Core XL or Demarini Insane). This paints the 2016 Z-Core as a less compelling option for most highschool and collegiate hitters looking for one piece power.
However, a balanced swing on a single piece bat from a recognizable brand is what you’ll get in the 2016 Easton Z-Core (Amazon Price Check). If that’s your list of check marks for your game ready stick then the Z-Core could be your bat.
If you are looking for the lightest swing, an end loaded swing, a two piece and/or a hybrid bat, the biggest barrel, a composite barrel, a more forgiving bat or anything outside of the BBCOR realm then keep on looking.