The 2016 Easton MAKO XL (Amazon Price Check) is a two piece composite bat built with an end load. It is the third heaviest swing Easton makes behind the Z-Core XL and Z-Core Hybrid XL. The bat’s two piece design is based on the same chassis as the famed Easton MAKO so it carries the same oversized barrel and peak performance. For sure, the 2016 MAKO XL is a top-shelf performance composite built at the edge of allowable limits.
Indeed, the bat is built for hitters who appreciate big swings and can appreciate the balance of the bat feeling more towards the knob then the hands.
In 2015, the end loaded two piece composite from Easton took a split. The Senior League and BBCOR versions continued with the XL1 name while the little league version took the new expanded MAKO barrel onto an endloaded two piece composite and called it the MAKO XL. Previous to that split, the Easton Omen was Easton’s response to those players looking for a composite barrel in a bigger swinging bat.
For 2016, Easton has abandoned the XL1 name altogether for the MAKO XL name. With that change, all bats formerly known as the XL1 come with an expanded barrel size like the MAKO XL upgrade in Little League from 2014 to 2015.
Now that all end-loaded two-piece composite bats are under the MAKO XL name, it makes them easier to categorize by available sizing. The 2016 Easton MAKO XL will come in the following league sizes:
- Big Barrel 2 5/8 Drop 8
- Big Barrel 2 5/8 Drop 5
- Youth Barrel 2 1/4 Drop 10
There are not many bats in the 2016 class which attempt to be an end load for a two-piece composite. In fact, we can’t quite think of any. What may be the most legit competition is a drop 8 or drop 5 DeMarini’s CF8. But the CF8 in BBCOR and a drop 10, 11 or 12 in Senior and Youth barrels better equate to the Easton MAKO not the MAKO XL.
If you are looking for an end loaded two piece composite bat in BBCOR may we suggest the MAKO TORQ XL (which is this same bat but with a rotating handle). Or, if you’re reaching deep, maybe try a CF8 or 916 Prime in a longer size as a change in length effects the swing weight in the same manner as an change in balance point.
If none of those options sound appealing, then you realize what we do to: The 2016 Easton MAKO XL is in a sizing class of its own.
The 2016 Easton MAKO XL is a top shelf performance bat built on the same chassis of the Easton MAKO. As such, the bat has a track record of changing the nature of performance bats post BBCOR and BPF era.
On the whole, if you like an end loaded bat for its power then we’d at least suggest the idea of a hot out of the wrapper aluminum barrel. There is, after all, a reason all bat companies but Easton don’t focus on the end loaded composite barreled bat market (because there isn’t much of one). Those who tend to prefer a heavier stick also tend to appreciate a hybrid or single piece aluminum barrel’s power and honest feedback. If you’re so willing to be entertained, a bat like the Z-Core Hybrid XL from Easton, DeMarini Voodoo Raw or even a Rawlings 5150 may be worth a gander.
Otherwise, if you’re looking for a composite barreled bat with an end load in the BBCOR space or would prefer a drop 10 in the Little League space that has a built in end weight then the 2016 Easton MAKO XL may be your only choice. If you’re willing to go a longer size in the BBCOR space or a drop 5 or 8 in the Senior League space then you at least have a few other options but, to some extent, why bother? The 2016 Easton MAKO XL is built exactly for you.