Easton continues their two piece hybrid design for the 2018 class in a newly named Easton Beast X Hybrid. This is, for all intents and purposes, the new version of the 2017 Easton Z-Core Hybrid. We took the new Beast X Hybrid for a spin in both the BBCOR and USABat versions. That feedback, combined with our experience with the 2017 and 2016 versions of this bat put us in a place to write this 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid Review.
Where to buy the 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid
2018 Beast X Hybrid Recommendations
Go For It...
As a general rule, we like the idea of hybrid bats (and the Beast X) for those who:
- Prefer hot out of the wrapper performance
- Like the more buttery smash of a two piece bat
Additionally, we would add the Hybrid X to the short list of players who:
- Like a slight end-load to their bat
- Want the largest barrel on a hybrid bat for 2018
- Are in the BBCOR or USABat market
- Seek a good value on a performance two piece bat in the USABat space
As a general rule, the following people tend to stay away from two piece hybrid bats, (including the 2018 Beast X):
- Those who prefer the largest barrel possible
- Players who like an ultra light swing
- Hitters who like the direct power of a stiff single piece bat.
Additionally, we would add a few more hesitations to your list for the 2018 Beast X:
- A tight bugdget
- Looking for a USSSA bat
- Needing something with a real light swing
- Needing something with a real heavy swing
Beast X Hybrid Sizing
For 2018, the Beast X Hybrid from Easton will come in only two sizes. This is a step up from last year that only came in the drop 3 BBCOR. This year, expect:
- Drop 3 BBCOR
- Drop 10 USABat 2 5/8
Beast X Hybrid Construction
The 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid is made from a composite handle welded to an aluminum barrel. The barrel is remarkably large---especially compared to other bats of its type.
Easton has used the same connective piece, roughly, since they made the Mako back in 2014. This is referred to as a Connection+ (used to be CXN). It does an industry standard job of creating enough give for a smooth smash, but keeping power in the stroke.
Durability is rarely a cocen for hybrid bats. Especially when the company making the bat has been producing it for several years. Easton has produced a hybrid bat in the BBCOR space for as long as we can remember. In other words, durability should be of no concern.
(But that does not mean we suggest you buy it from some place that does not carry a warranty).
2018 Beast X Hybrid vs 2017 Z-Core Hybrid
Functionally, it is hard to make the argument the 2018 Beast X Hybrid is considerably different than the 2017 Z-Core Hybrid. They both use the same Z-Core barrel that was made famous in the 2016 version.
The barrel size was upgraded from the 2016 Z-Core Hybrid, so we shy away from that version if at all possible. Although prices on that 2016, at the time of this writing, are very attractive.
In terms of marketing appeal and some minor upgrades, the 2018 Beast X Hybrid does come equipped with a new name for its barrel. The alloy is an upgrade, in Easton's view at least, in terms of durability and performance.
The tactile difference between 2018 and 2017 is the thicker grip (1.4mm) in 2018 when compared to the 1.2mm grip for the 2017 Z-Core Hybrid.
A slightly end loaded two piece hybrid bat in the performance space is not common. We think Demarini's Voodoo in the balanced version might be the closest in terms of a proven workhorse with a smooth smash and a great performing barrel. The Voodoo Balanced also comes in a BBCOR and USABat, as well as some USSSA options.
For an off the beaten path option that is built similarly, take a look at the Axe Elite.
Do note, too, in the BBCOR and USABat niche, no hybrid bat comes with as large a barrel as the Easton Beast X Hybrid.