We like lots of things about Combat’s baseball and softball bat lines. Near the top of that list, maybe even above our affinity for Canadians, is the warning label they put on every bat sold. “Warning,” it states, “This high performance bat is capable of producing batted ball speeds that present a risk of serious injury or death to players, coaches and spectators.”
No other bat company does this—and it’s not, frankly, because balls hit from other companies’ bats don’t also present a risk of serious injury or death. We’ll also go out on a limb and say that Combat doesn’t happen to have an overly cautious attorney relative to the industry or (as far as we can tell) Combat’s hand isn’t forced by an obscure Canadian mandate.
No, we think, this sticker is tactical marketing and we LOVE it. As buyers come across the sticker in the aisle of a sporting good store, the subliminal message must sink in: If a ball hit from this bat can separate a spectator’s soul from their very body, then surely it can also improve my batting average. Some companies go with custom made bats or pressurized bats of helium that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement. But a competitive edge via a one cent sticker about possible death or dismemberment? We award them points for both cleverness and caution.
These stickers are found on the 2015 Wanted G3 Slow Pitch softball bats as well. And for good reason as Combat’s two piece full composite line has been known to kill a few softballs in its time. In addition to the two 2016 Combat Oliveira’s Slow Pitch we reviewed last week, Combat also has 5 Wanted G3 bats for 2015, three of which are Senior Softball and two Slow Pitch.
The three Senior Softball come in a balanced (WANSR2-B), end loaded (WANSR2-FL) and short (WANSR2-S) version. The short has a 10 inch barrel—which, if someone out there knows why anyone would ever need a 10 inch version of this bat can they please email me email@example.com. 🙂
Two more slow pitch Wanted G3s come in an ASA and an All Association version. Combat calls these All Association bats a 275.
2015 ASA Combat Wanted G3 (WG3SP8)
The 2015 ASA and 275 are similar to the 2015 Oliveira’s bat. Compared to the 2016 Oliveira they have 20% more flex in the handle. As well, the connective piece is found in the rubber sheath whereas the 2016 Wanted connective piece is found in a small ridge.
These bats also have a Lizard Skin grip, a 12.5 inch barrel, and are two piece composite bats connected by some sting dampening technology that really does make hitting butter smooth.
We said it in our earlier review but we’ll say it again: Combat’s Wanted line of slow pitch bats are top shelf bats for serious softball players who want the most out of their stick. The company has a fierce commitment to owning the slow pitch space and that commitment has helped them rise to the top of elite players’ short lists for preferred clubs.
We think Combat makes the best overall line of two piece composite slow pitch bats on the market. The sweet spot is gigantic, the balance feels right, the thin handle is often preferred and accented by the best grip in the business. For those who like two piece slow pitch softball bats in any league and want the best then it’s not hard for us to recommend the 2015 Combat Wanted G3.
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And, after meeting with our attorneys, we are now required to tell you: balls hit off this bat may very well hurt someone. So be careful.