Combat, a Canadian based company, is known in the baseball space for a high-performance one-piece composite baseball bat with a lot of barrel. For 2016, they brings another iteration and upgrade of that mold to the market. They are calling the 2016 Combat Maxum. We have hit with this bat extensively and use that data to compile our 2016 Combat MAXUM review.
The 2016 Maxum upgrades directly from the 2015 Portent G3. It also adds a youth (2 1/4) barrel to the lineup—-which they haven’t produced since 2014. The 2016 Maxum line is the largest line of baseball bats Combat has ever released—which is a tell tell sign that whatever they are doing up North is working.
Like last years Portent G3, Combat Bats are color coded to the drop. For those wondering: The black bat with green graphics: –12 2 /14, The black bat with the aqua accents: -10 2 1/4, The white bat with aqua accents: -10 2 3/4, The white bat with the green accents: -12 2 5/8, The white bat with the orange accents: -10 2 5/8, The white bat with the red accents: -8 2 5/8, The white bat with the yellow accents: -5 2 5/8, The white bat with the blue accents: -3 2 5/8 BBCOR.
The Blue bat on the far left is the t-ball bat.
Why We’d Recommend
We love how Combat keeps improving the one-piece composite bat when many other manufacturers have abandon the type.
Those who appreciate the feel of a one-piece bat with a light swing weight and also prefer the value a composite design brings should love the 2016 Maxum line. Combat has really mastered that art.
We also love how Combat’s one-piece composite design is, relatively speaking, highly durable. We say relatively because one-piece composites are notorious for durability issue. The fact Combat is committed to the one-piece composite market proves their proprietary seamless construction design creates a durable bat. The bat comes with a 500 day warranty if bought from authorized retailers.
Why We Would Not
The first order of business is a discussion on barrel size and barrel size claims. In our first publication of this article we were quite skeptical of the barrel size and, more specifically, Combat’s claim that their barrel was 20 to 40% larger than competitor barrels. We have verified this to be true. The Combat MAXUM’s barrel is the largest on the market. No one else is even close.
It will NOT be hard to love Combat’s flagship baseball bat. The barrels are gigantic. The one piece design can ring your hands but the power that comes with the seamless construction is a thing of beauty. The continuation of the premium lizard skin grips are a great touch. We also love the numerous sizing options. We are hopeful the drop 5 Maxum will become as good a bat you can find. The color coding is well thought out. The 500 day warranty is the best the industry has ever seen.
Performance wise we have no reason to suspect the bat will be anything other than its predecessors—which was fantastic. The drop 5 will be a player favorite and the all big barrel versions should have the most plate coverage per swing weight any one can purchase for any price in 2016. The low swing weight will feel right at home for many players at the plate.
Do we wish it wasn’t as pricey out of the gates? Of course. But we are sure this won’t be the last time our asthma inhaler is on overdrive due to the price points of 2016 baseball bats. (Check Pricing Here).
The Biggest Barrel?
The 2 5/8 Combat MAXUM is the largest barrel we’ve ever seen on a baseball bat. We are not sure how to even measure the actual size difference, but we found these 2 5/8 discs helpful. You take the disc and slide it down the bat. When it can’t go any further, it has reached it’s 2 5/8 diameter. Notice, the Combat MAXUM just crazy amounts bigger than the 2 5/8 Marucci Hex, 2 5/8 CF7 and a BBCOR RIP-IT.
Pricing is in Line with other bats of it’s class. Most of the big barrel 2016 Maxums start at $399. This is $100 more than where the senior barrel 2015 Portent G3 started last year; $100 more than other top shelf performance one-piece composite bats; and $50 more than the most expensive big barrel bat in the market. (That is, big barrel bats that don’t also have spinning handles).
We do think the Maxum is an upgrade on the 2015 Portent G3 and the Senior League Big Barrel is as big as they get. We would guess that the $400 price point a dis-qualifier for a lot of conversations, but we suspect the Combat aficionados to find it very much worth the premium.