There is a whole list of things I think about when the word Canada comes to mind. Nowhere on the list, at least until now, has been baseball bats. But the truth is, a couple relatively inconspicuous companies have been making really good baseball bats from America’s 51st state for quite a while. The first, a wood bat swung by a bunch of MLBers is Sam Bats. The second is a composite bat and hybrid bat company named Combat.
For 2015, Combat in particular released a whole slew of bats: A two piece full composite bat called the 2015 Wanted (which is a color and grip upgrade from the 2014 Wanted version); A new line in a two-piece hybrid (composite handle, aluminum barrel) in the Hybrid Fray; and a list of barrel sizes and drops in their flagship one-piece composite with a 2015 name of Portent G3 (Price Check).
2015 Combat Portent G3 Review
Combat is a little league household name because of its ability to create one piece composite bats. The original one piece composite, called the B1 DaBomb, is one of the best little league bats ever made. Combat took that success and, every year since, has released an iteration of the one piece composite.
The genealogy of today’s Portent G3 looks something like this: B1 DaBomb, B2 DaBomb, B2 Reloaded, B3, B3 Gear Retro, B4, B4 Portent, Portent and now, the Portent G3.
If you just did the count the Portent G3 would be Combat’s B9. We think the B9 Bomber would have been a great name. Next year a B10 Bomber would have been even better. But alas, the Portent G3 it is.
The Portent G3 is a balanced swing weight bat with real similar MOI measurements to Marucci’s Cat 6. The balance you feel is only enhanced by Combat’s exclusive lizard skin bat tape–which is probably the best in the business. (Lizard Skin bat tape review here). According to our calculations, this bat swings like the Marucci Cat 6.
Lot’s of bats claim their iteration has largest barrel or sweet spot but we actually think the Combat Portent G3 takes the prize this year. And while the barrel is exaggerated the bat doesn’t appear overblown. Make no mistake about it, if you were lost at sea and you could row yourself to shore with the 2015 Portent G3, but the bat does look much more like a ball crusher than a life raft kit item.
As a nice little touch, the 2015 Portent G3 sizing comes in different color codes.
Green: PG3SL112 is the 2 5/8 drop 12
Red: PG3SL210 is the 2 3/4 drop 10
Orange: PG3SL110 is the 2 5/8 drop 10
Blue: PG3SL108 is the 2 5/8 drop 8
Yellow: PG3SL105 is the 2 5/8 drop 5
Maroon: PG3AB103 is the 2 5/8 drop 3 BBCOR
A Portent G3 in the youth barrel size (2 1/4) at the time of this writing has yet to be released by Combat.
Overall it is difficult not to like the Combat Senior League and BBCOR Portent G3. The bats are balanced and they hit with a real honest feel and a real big barrel. If one piece, unpretentious bats are your thing then it’s hard to wrong.
As somewhat of a caution, we don’t find a significant difference in this years model and last years (Portent) or, frankly, the last two or three years of models. The lizard skin bat tape is a real nice touch and the color coding is clearly a step in the right direction but if you can find an older model at a discount we’d suggest that route. (Usually here or here is the place to do that).
However, if you want a monster barrel and the latest and greatest in single piece composite bats from American’s northern neighbor then here is where I’d always start looking.
Go America! Go Canada! Go Baseball!