We’d recommend the 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid (Price Check*) to players who not only prefer a performance aluminum barrel for it’s hot out of the wrapper peak power but also appreciate the lack of hand sting a two piece hybrid delivers. As well, we’d recommend the bat to those looking for a slightly heavier swinging bat with a monster aluminum barrel from a brand name they can trust.
*(At the time of this writing the price was $299)
The most comparable bat on the market, when compared to the 2016 Easton MAKO Z-Core, is the 2015 S2z. The S2z is also from Easton. Such similarity exists because the MAKO Z-Core is the new generation of the s2z and, hence, takes the place of the S2z in the BBCOR lineup for 2016.
Outside the Easton brand, a light swinging two piece hybrid bat can be found in the DeMarini Vexxum and TRIO. But neither of those have the enlarged barrel the Easton Z-Core does.
The 2016 Easton Hybrid Z-Core will be available in BBCOR only. Standard 31, 32, 33 and 34 inch lengths with a drop 3 a .50 BBCOR stamp are all available.
The bat will not be available in a Big Barrel, Youth Barrel or t-ball sizes. Those looking for a hybrid bat from Easton in those barrel sizes will need to look at the 2016 Easton S2.
The swing weight of the bat measures 10% heavier than the very light swinging 2016 Mako, but about 15% lighter than the Z-Core XL version.